Around the World in Eighty Days: Hong Kong


Phileas Fogg found that Hong Kong resembled Britain: “Docks, hospitals, wharves, a Gothic cathedral, a government house, macadamised streets, give to Hong Kong the appearance of a town in Kent or Surrey transferred by some strange magic to the antipodes.” What we see there today is a completely new world and a strange mixture of culture. Take a look: you are welcome to form your own opinion!

PS: And a little surprise for our readers: enjoy Hong Kong in motion.

Traffic in Hong Kong at night | Stock Photo © Depositphotos | Iakov

High Five! 5 trends of stock illustration


All stockers know that in general, to be successful means to follow the current trends. However, tracking trends is not always as easy as it seems. That’s why High Five! asked successful illustrator Alisa Foytik for some inside information.

In Alisa’s opinion, it is difficult to talk about general image trends because they depend on particular styles of illustration. The insights she’s sharing pertain to the trends she can identify in her own portfolio (which contains more than 3,000 files at the moment!). For the past several months she has noticed such trends as retro, shabby chic, moustache, and abstract geometric styles, as well as label and ribbon sets with space for some text. We now turn the floor over to Alisa:

1. Retro: This is one of my personal favorites. Tinted warm colors, hipster-style characters, natural shapes, old-fashioned humor and childhood memories – these are the reasons why so many people choose Retro. The Retro trend has been with us for years, but over time the imagery has shifted slightly from the 20s & 30s to the 40s & 50s. I think it will stay that way for a while.

Couple Redecorating. Retro style | Stock Photo © Depositphotos | AlisaFoytik

Remembering the Dragon


In honor of Bruce Lee, who would have turned 72 today, we have prepared a selection of creatures – some to be afraid of and some to admire. Tremble in fear: dragons are in the air!

Water dragon | Stock Photo © Depositphotos | papendesign

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