When it comes to inspiration, political figures can be an artist’s greatest muse, and Donald Trump is no exception. In fact, Trump has an almost unprecedented way of polarizing people.
As we hear more and more about the American President, our team at Bittbox thought it might be fun to view Trump through the eyes of fellow artists—those who like him, those who don't, and everyone in-between. That’s why we’ve put together a list of 50+ Trump-inspired designs, sure to entertain, inspire, and engage you.
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While there’s plenty of contemporary Donald Trump art now, depictions of Trump go back several years. Just look at this portrait of Trump, painted by Ralph Wolfe Cowan in the late 1980’s. (Notice the oil sketch-style of the hand. This has since been changed.) According to entertainment media, the painting was adjusted according to Trump’s wishes.
Houston-based artist, Troy, illustrated this Trumpicana juice box. The design was created for ADNORML, an advertising agency based out of Texas. The design takes “Trump Orange” to a new extreme. Through a few key touches, such as shadow, text placement, and color, this design is both familiar and wonderfully fresh.
In this caricature from DeviantArt, we see Donald in broad strokes, wearing his symbolic red cap. The non-blended colors give this digital painting lots of bold texture.
In this quirky gif, created by Or Twig, we get the pleasure of seeing (and not hearing) Trump and Pence jam out. The use of color here is interesting; we have various shades of GOP red, as well as the patriotic tones of blue and white.
This piece by Matt Chalwell, an Australian/San Franciscan artist, was inspired by Trump’s hair. As many have noted, it has a presence of its own. Even without the hair, this piece offers great symmetry and strong use of color.
René Magritte fans rejoice! This surrealist-style set by Butcher Billy captures the smoothness of modern illustration while staying true to surrealism. This series is especially clever, because it's not only humorous, but it's also inspired by Magritte’s famous painting, “Son Of Man.” See the full set here.
This stencil-style artwork from Julia Design features Trump in the middle of a chess game. It’s an ideal pose for him, since we're all awaiting his next move. Notice the additional texture provided by the the pop art background and faded tones.
This minimalist Trump by Ryan Putnam tells us everything we need to know. The use of red, white, and blue along with the “look of disapproval” speech bubble are simple ways of articulating that Trump disapproves of modern America.
Rohit Iyer gives his own commentary on Trump’s election with this gif of Trump marching across the world. The patriotic tones of his snapping hands, as well as the Earth below his feet, provide an interesting take on America’s place in the world. From an artistic perspective, Iyer has managed to create a message simply utilizing recognizable colors and images; his Earth is very simple, but the colors make it immediately familiar, and the same can be said for Trump’s (in)famous hair.
We love this Trump mascot from Roy Smith! Using only three colors, simple lines, and basic shapes, Smith has created an instantly recognizable Trump icon.
This eye-catching design by Kirsten Ulve has a slightly cubism feel while still managing to capture the most memorable features of The Donald, like his complexion, hair, and fashion sense.
This illustration from Fil Dunsky makes great use of shadow detail work. We love the flag pin and “trump”et cuff links.
Paris-based CYKLE. created this free piece for others to print and use as they desire. Notice the blank space toward the bottom, ideal for commentary. The style of the art itself harkens back to Shepard Fairey’s decade-old “Hope” poster.
Maria Keller, a digital artist based out of Mexico city, created these Trump emoticons, which include a wide range of Trumpmotions, money emojis, and of course, an American flag. Not only would we use these emoticons in a heartbeat, but they are also a great fit for social media—one of Trump's favorite communication methods.
This Dr. Doom-inspired piece for GQ Magazine was designed and illustrated by Arthur Adams and Nei Ruffino. Adams is a famous illustrator of graphic novels, and you can certainly see this in the highly detailed style above. Check out the full spread of this project here.
Using only black lines, Egor Keon has made a highly realistic portrait of Donald Trump. The negative space makes the piece very striking.
This pop-art Trump by Schiani Ledo uses sharp corners and broad lines to create a bold piece. The Ben-Day dots are a wonderful touch, and check out the GOP pink!
Dushan Milic caught our attention with this scratchy, sketchy portrait of the 45th president for Quebec Science Magazine. The serene blue background really makes Trump pop. Milic seems to be sharing some personal commentary as well, with Trump’s large head, big hair, and tiny hand.
In great contrast to the last portrait, this hyper-realistic illustration by Sam Spratt features the Republican victor before a deep red background. The illustration has paint-like textures and true-to-life colors.
DeviantArt user, GantzAistar, offers her version of a Zootopia Trump (or perhaps his spirit animal). Through body language and hair, you immediately know who this little guy is supposed to be.
This flat illustration of Trump by Trevor Thomas makes use of shape and color in an interesting way. Both the gradient rosiness of his cheek and his sharp profile give this illustration a beautiful, vintage aesthetic.
This piece by Jacob Greif shows Trump as a simple cartoon. The symmetry and bright colors make this piece, although technically political, lighthearted and fun.
Another stencil style illustration, this one was created by Sébastien Thibault. Here we see Trump alongside his podium, but his figure is facing away. Like many of the other pieces we’ve seen, the artist uses patriotic colors to represent Trump.
As opposed to the painting that kicked off our list, this is the first oil portrait of Trump since his election. This is part of C-SPAN’s 17-year “American Presidents: Life Portraits” exhibit. Like the other portraits in the collection, this one was painted by Chas Fagan. Notice the combination of colors used to provide Trump's suit with texture. Additionally, Fagan has used a slight gradient element in his background, giving the painting a classic portrait feel.
As a play on the president’s commonly used Twitter phrase, “sad!”, Tierra Connor created a sad clown version of him. This piece works, because underneath the clown exterior, the physical features (e.g. eyes, nose, face shape) are quite realistic. Additionally, Connor stays true to classic clown portraits, using a harsh gradient background to age the image.
The layers and various opacity levels in Martin Wickstrom’s portrait are just part of what makes it so catching. The sky behind Trump’s profile, as well as the cityscape below him, make him look either very powerful or very menacing.
Netherlands artists, Bram van Rijen, has created a caricature of Donald Trump. The shadow and color choices for the complexion create a sickly looking figure. And what about that hair? The scribbled style definitely seems satirical.
We can’t get enough of the Mad Men aesthetic used in this portrait by Philippe Nicolas! It’s a perfect choice for Trump, whose business deals and personalized brand make him somewhat of an advertising mogul. Notice this uses only red, white, and blue.
This geometric Trump was featured in WWD Magazine and was illustrated by Andrew Colin Beck. The portrait uses only three colors: red, gold, and black. Additionally, behind Trump are the US and Chinese flags.
While many of Enrique Pacheco Luna’s portraits are realistic with a play on color, this portrait is perhaps one of his most exaggerated. Although much of the face is hidden, we know this is the controversial President Trump due to the hair, eyebrows, and most importantly, the wall. Using only shades of red and negative space, Luna’s Grinch-like portrait certainly tells a story.
This highly detailed, yet stylized, up-close portrait of Trump is somewhat remnant of muscle medical illustrations one might see in a doctor’s office. Like many of the portraits in this list, the image utilizes patriotic colors. This is a design from the company, ChangetheThought.
Adheedhan Ravikumar’s use of negative space, bold lines, and bright colors make this cartoon Trump pop. While the cartoon is relatively simple, it’s important to notice the lighting and shadows within the illustration.
This portrait makes use of light in an interesting way, lighting Trump’s features from above, as if he is under a spotlight. Chanseven also included a subtle flag in the background.
The number of textures and colors used in this piece, “Donald Trump for Roll Call,” are extremely interesting. Not only do we have a rough, crayon look for the hair outline, but we also have a rich, Ben-Day Dot pattern on Trump’s sports coat. This is just one of Mitchell MacNaughton’s many political portraits.
In this provocative piece, Alejandro Alvarez features Trump, along with political icons revolving around him. The colors are very modern, but the piece's politically charged nature places it into a category occupied by many pieces before it.
Here we have Donald Trump fan art, in which the president is seen as a saving Emperor of Mankind for the American people. The piece is unquestionably patriotic and uses a unique contrast between metallic tones and USA colors.
Kiel Johnson has created an amazing likeness to Trump in this portrait using mostly bold lines.
While there's quite a bit of negative space in this image (illustrated by Zach Roszczewski), the portrait itself is wonderfully detailed through its use of layering and varying shades.
This New York Times cover, featuring Donald Trump’s face on a floating balloon, was created to represent Trump’s rise in popularity. We love the combination of real imagery and illustration.
This gif from Tony Babel is just one of his rolling character illustrations. However, this Trump version is unique, not only because of his bouncing hair, but also due to the dollar bill that makes an appearance.
This Politico Magazine cover by Tracie Ching, illustrated for the 2016 RNC, makes incredible use of superimposed images, texture, and colors.
More fan art of The Donald! This Napoleon-Donald mashup is from 4chan, and while the Photoshop isn’t great, the piece is definitely entertaining.
While Donald has fans, there are certainly those who view him as a villain. This illustration from Jorge De la Paz creates an eerie sensation through the use of creative sizing and dark colors.
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