Traditionally, engraved designs are carved into metal or wooden surfaces with sharp tools, but the visual style of engraving is also replicated in design and illustrative work. Ornate floral elements, detailed patterns, and intricate linework are common features that make engravings such a fascinating art style. In today’s inspiration showcase I present 40 amazing designs that are based on the aesthetics of scratchboard illustrations, etching, and vintage engravings.

Sleeper by Emblem Garage

Sleeper by Emblem Garage

Pisces by Bob Case

Pisces by Bob Case

CS by JC Desevre

CS by JC Desevre

Story of Redemption Bible by Peter Voth

Story of Redemption Bible by Peter Voth

Roosevelt’s Coffee by Peter Voth

Roosevelt's Coffee by Peter Voth

Letterpress Calendar by Peter Voth

Letterpress Calendar by Peter Voth

Rooster by Olga P

Rooster by Olga P

The Nutcracker by Yondr Studio

The Nutcracker by Yondr Studio

Independence by Yondr Studio

Independence by Yondr Studio

Ligature Collective by Alfonsus Abimatha

Ligature Collective by Alfonsus Abimatha

Gelembung Harmoni T-Shirt by Alfonsus Abimatha

Gelembung Harmoni T-Shirt by Alfonsus Abimatha

Logotypes by Martin Schmetzer

Logotypes by Martin Schmetzer

Logotypes by Martin Schmetzer

Logotypes by Martin Schmetzer

Harley Davidson Poster by Abraham Garcia

Harley Davidson Poster by Abraham Garcia

She Wants Revenge by Abraham Garcia

She Wants Revenge by Abraham Garcia

Sting by Dmitry Fironov

Sting by Dmitry Fironov

Tarantino by Andrey Kokorin

Tarantino by Andrey Kokorin

To New Heights! by Andrey Kokorin

To New Heights! by Andrey Kokorin

Helpless Gods by Alexey Sokolov

Helpless Gods by Alexey Sokolov

Five Solas by Peter Voth

Five Solas by Peter Voth

Winged Hussar by Tristan Nuit

Winged Hussar by Tristan Nuit

The Magnificent Seven by Tracie Ching

The Magnificent Seven by Tracie Ching

Roter Greif by Mikhail Danilov

Roter Greif by Mikhail Danilov

Thomas Catsworth by David Lawrence

Thomas Catsworth by David Lawrence

A Tour of British Isles by Greg Coulton

A Tour of British Isles by Greg Coulton

Country Living Magazine by Tobias Hall

Country Living Magazine by Tobias Hall

Lions, Owl & Elephants by Curtis Illustration

Lions, Owl & Elephants by Curtis Illustration

Redwood Empire Whiskey Label by Steven Noble

Redwood Empire Whiskey Label by Steven Noble

Saint George and the Dragon by Steven Noble

Saint George and the Dragon by Steven Noble

Sabotage Wine Label by Steven Noble

Sabotage Wine Label by Steven Noble

Baikal Lake by Tatiana Trikoz

Baikal Lake by Tatiana Trikoz

Big Willie Packaging by Steven Noble

Big Willie Packaging by Steven Noble

Letterpress Calendar by Mr Cup

Letterpress Calendar by Mr Cup

Letterpress Calendar by Mr Cup

Letterpress Calendar by Mr Cup

1984 Illustration Series by Jeff Trish

1984 Illustration Series by Jeff Trish

Engraving Art Captain by Vadim Briksin

Engraving Art Captain by Vadim Briksin

L&W Limited Rose by Chad Michael Studio

L&W Limited Rose by Chad Michael Studio

Promineo Whiskey by Chad Michael Studio

Promineo Whiskey by Chad Michael Studio

Typography Composition by Mateusz Witczak

Typography Composition by Mateusz Witczak

Vintage Style Lettering by Mateusz Witczak

Vintage Style Lettering by Mateusz Witczak

Tattoo Parlours by Mateusz Witczak

Tattoo Parlours by Mateusz Witczak

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  1. Absolutely fantastic! I go to your site everyday – I get more inspiration and learning from your site than anywhere else. Definitely my favorite creative website. Thank you!

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  2. Thank you Chris.
    wonderful examples you always inspire me. and I use your freebies when ever can when I have grunge or retro direction from my clients

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  3. Fabulous roundup as always.I love your no mess no fuss approach – get in, get done, get out. Same goes for your tutorials, no waffling and super easy to follow. You deserve to get way more exposure. Thank you Chris.

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  4. Wow. I mean Wowwww
    Thank you so much for providing continuous inspiration to graphic designers.

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