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5 hot illustration trends for 2021

Trends are tricky things to forecast. After all, back in 2019, precisely no one predicted the state the world would be in right now. So it’s with a degree of trepidation that we even try to think about where illustration will be heading during 2021.

However, we believe that some trends have emerged in 2020 that are so powerful, they’re very likely to continue influencing the profession over the next 12 months. Read on to find out what they are, and examples of the trend in action. And make sure you check out our list of colour trends for 2021, too.

01. Medical illustration and pandemic themes 

Alissa Eckert and Dan Higgins created this ‘beauty shot’ of Covid-19 using 3DS Max (Image credit: CDC)

Twelve months ago, specialising in medical or scientific illustration would have seemed a very niche career indeed. But with the pandemic being not just the biggest story of the year, but the biggest thing to happen in most people’s lifetimes, it’s a skillset that’s been in huge demand this year. 

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