8 illustrated tributes to Serena Williams

Serena Williams illustration

The images were created to celebrate the incredible career of Williams

Serena Williams is one of the greatest athletes of all time. Victory after victory has seen her make history, causing her to inspire millions – designers included. New York based agency Vault49 (opens in new tab) have created 21 incredible illustrated tributes to the iconic woman, featuring them on an original mural in Brooklyn.

"Gatorade has sponsored Serena from the beginning of her career and to celebrate her 21 major victories, we created 21 unique pieces of art," they explain. "Each one celebrates a specific major victory. Every piece has it's own individual style, and conceptualises each specific tournament moment. The mural was hand painted on the corner of Grand & Kent in Williamsburg, Brooklyn."

From the surreal to the typographic, you can take a look at the story behind each piece over on the Gatorade (opens in new tab) website. For now, we've picked eight of our favourites and you can see them below.

Serena Williams illustration

Gatorade have sponsored Williams' since the beginning of her career

Serena Williams illustration

Each piece was included in a cumulative mural

Serena Williams illustration

A clever typographic offering

Serena Williams illustration

Williams' won her first grand-slam when she was just 17 years old

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This splash effect is particularly striking

Serena Williams illustration

Some focus on Serena herself whilst others hone in on the racket

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We think they should create a whole Serena card deck

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Sammy Maine was a founding member of the Creative Bloq team way back in the early 2010s, working as a Commissioning Editor. Her interests cover graphic design in music and film, illustration and animation. Since departing, Sammy has written for The Guardian, VICE, The Independent & Metro, and currently co-edits the quarterly music journal Gold Flake Paint.