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Curious and bright problem solving through illustration

Hello, my name is Ričards. I am a freelance illustrator & designer from Riga, Latvia

My style is a mixture of bright colours, simple shapes and modern aesthetics! Creating characters who communicate their feelings through body language and compositions which brings concepts to life.

My goal is to create energetic and bright vision, to solve problems for people, products and brands.

I am available for commissions, and will be happy to answer any of your questions!

Awards

LADC  ADwards 22 The Young Creative

Interviews

ItsNiceThatHype & HyperCreative Boom
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Selected works

Special illustratrations from 2018 — 2022
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2022

EMORI — Emotion regulation application

Application that helps people understand their emotional health and well being.

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2021

It must be nice

Ričards Znutiņš-Znutāns new book containing 27 types of human emotions is a global exploration of human psychology. — It's Nice that

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2021

The Covent Gardener

“Bird’s-eye hue” representing the colourful environment of London’s famous Neal’s Yard.

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2021

Le Monde Diplomatique

“The agony of choice”, comic for Le Monde diplomatique July issue, which tells a story about making decisions, despite all the choices that we have. So in the end we are happy with it. Appreciate, love and live.

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2021

Baltic Pride

Until we are all equal, programme poster for Baltic Pride 2021, happening in Riga. The task was to make a poster which talks about socially important event, while communicating the main message - equality. Bringing attention and adding value to it.

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More cool projects

2018 — 2022
How to save some money when you're a kid?

PIKOLO Magazine

How to save some money when you're a kid?

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These illustrations are dedicated to Azores island and the beautiful flowers which grow there, each illustration represents specific flower specie.

Bird of paradise

These illustrations are dedicated to Azores island and the beautiful flowers which grow there, each illustration represents specific flower specie.

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I was commisioned by the Fineacts, Bulgaria. As one of 27 artists from EU to create work that reinforce solidarity and deal with the aftermath of the pandemic in European societies.

Culture of Solidarity

I was commisioned by the Fineacts, Bulgaria. As one of 27 artists from EU to create work that reinforce solidarity and deal with the aftermath of the pandemic in European societies.

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This artwork is part of Artists for Climate - a unique collection of open-license visuals that inspire climate action. A creative collaboration between Fine Acts and TED Countdown.

Ride a bike, save the planet

This artwork is part of Artists for Climate — a unique collection of open-license visuals that inspire climate action. A creative collaboration between Fine Acts and TED Countdown.

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These illustrations are dedicated to Azores island and the beautiful flowers which grow there, each illustration represents specific flower specie.

Sugarbush flower

These illustrations are dedicated to Azores island and the beautiful flowers which grow there, each illustration represents specific flower species.

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A label for Double IPA beer named "Mūļāps". Made by the legendary "Malduguns" beer brewery.

Malduguns beer brewery

A label for Double IPA beer named "Mūļāps". Made by the legendary "Malduguns" beer brewery.

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A reminder to take care of yourself, so you don't end up like this guy right here.

Selfcare

A reminder to take care of yourself, so you don't end up like this guy right here.

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Illustration for exhibition that I took a part in. The whole concept of the exhibition was about rebirth and the creation of new ones, after the pandemic situation, which included 9 people from different fields such as writers, musicians, and artists.

The Triumph of Galatea

Illustration for exhibition that I took a part in. The whole concept of the exhibition was about rebirth and the creation of new ones, after the pandemic situation, which included 9 people from different fields such as writers, musicians, and artists.

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These illustrations are dedicated to Azores island and the beautiful flowers which grow there, each illustration represents specific flower specie.

Heliconia flower

These illustrations are dedicated to Azores island and the beautiful flowers which grow there, each illustration represents specific flower species.

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Illustration for Indie Italia Magazine, that tells a story about a man who is going mad and is in constant battle within himself.

Indie Italia Magazine

Illustration for Indie Italia Magazine, that tells a story about a man who is going mad and is in constant battle within himself.

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Inspired by paintings of Rembrandt & the culture of P.I.M.P.S, two different world's collide in one place

The night watch

Inspired by paintings of Rembrandt & the culture of P.I.M.P.S, two different world's collide in one place

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My approach

I believe that illustration is not only a decorative element, but an impactful tool for problem solving

It is about making things work, instead of making things pretty. It’s based on research and strategic thinking (Explanation of an idea with an appropriate way).

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Illustration is a tool for story telling

It’s a way of communication, which brings concepts to realistic visuals and creates vision for a specific task.

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Illustration is enriching the visual language of communication and is used In such fields as UX/UI, branding and different products.

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It makes you stand out. It tells your story in a unique way. It makes you more meaningful and valuable.

Illustration is not a waste of time. Far more, its among the best long-term investments you can make for your brand or product.

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My approach is to start with research

Even though I am an illustrator and sincere guy, I do believe that illustration without the proper research and strategic story telling is not enough.

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Research provides us with information on audience, its behaviour and attitude, bringing clarity.

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Helping clients to stand out and increasing their value, by ideation and drawing sketches, for the most effective outcome

Which finishes by completing the visual — The illustration itself

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