Some illustrations play the role of entertaining, others are created to inspire, and there are some who deliver a strong message and are thought-provoking. This is the case with award-winning conceptual illustrator Stephan Schmitz based in Zürich, Switzerland who creates clever and honest illustrations that perfectly depict the modern world.

Stephan Schmitz's works are like visual metaphors that tell simple stories revealing the true face of our world. It surprises us with symbolism and depth which some of us long for in the world where everything is already thought for us. Many of us will recognize our hidden and suppressed emotions that we tend to keep to ourselves because they are hard to talk about.

Every illustration is like a puzzle that a viewer has to solve as the subject matter can only be seen if you take a really good look at it. The artist only provides us visual clues and we are the ones who have to connect the dots. His choice of a subtle palette of colors makes these illustrations surreal and obscure reflecting on not so simple matters. So we invite you to take a look at these mind-bending illustrations and consider how much they really represent our lives. If you will want to see more of his illustrations, you can also check his previous post here on Bored Panda. 

More info: Instagram | stephan-schmitz.ch

#1

Self-Doubts

Self-Doubts

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Sally Adora Belle
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1 month ago

It's always just that one single thread you know you shouldn't pull...

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#2

Peace

Peace

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Caroline
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1 month ago

I really like this illustration. Wish there were more doves in this crashing world.

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#3

How To Conquer Your Fears And Use Them To Your Advantage

How To Conquer Your Fears And Use Them To Your Advantage

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Laura
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

Taking my misery, make it my b*tch, can't be everyone's favorite girl

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#4

Am I The Same Person In Different Situations?

Am I The Same Person In Different Situations?

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Daria B
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes you are. You are your brain's response to various situations.

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#5

And I‘m Sorry About The Moon. How Could I Know You‘d Disapprove?

And I‘m Sorry About The Moon. How Could I Know You‘d Disapprove?

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Zoe's Mom
Community Member
1 month ago

There's actually something very peaceful about this one.

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#6

Role Models

Role Models

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Not what you think.
Community Member
1 month ago

This is really sad.

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#7

Our Relationship With Our Phones

Our Relationship With Our Phones

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I draw things
Community Member
1 month ago

We are litterly attached lol but that took skill

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#8

Coping With Depression

Coping With Depression

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Magpie
Community Member
1 month ago

Help is out there, Keep talking to people, if the first meds do not work TELL the doctor that. If the first people don't help ask someone else. If they are talking jargon , ask them for clarifications. Yes there is a bottom, and there IS hope. Hold on.

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#9

The Crisis The Catholic Church Faces

The Crisis The Catholic Church Faces

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CharliAnn Olney
Community Member
1 month ago

Some is changed but not a whole lot. Young men entering into a Seminary should get an intense psychological evaluation BEFORE they are even admitted to training!

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#10

Burnout

Burnout

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Amr Mohamed
Community Member
1 month ago

oof. too true

#11

How We Become Who We Are

How We Become Who We Are

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CharliAnn Olney
Community Member
1 month ago

Especially those of us with Chronic illness!

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#12

Taking A Break

Taking A Break

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CharliAnn Olney
Community Member
1 month ago

Taking "me time" is so good for your sanity and brain! It is also good for the well-being of family.

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#13

Because Of A Strange Law Released In 1800 Women In Paris Officially Weren‘t Allowed To Wear Pants Up Until The Year 2013

Because Of A Strange Law Released In 1800 Women In Paris Officially Weren‘t Allowed To Wear Pants Up Until The Year 2013

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Hocus Pocus
Community Member
1 month ago

Woah that's quite recent. What would happen if you did wear pants?

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#14

The Journey Into Myself

The Journey Into Myself

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Laura
Community Member
1 month ago

There's no way out

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#15

Unknown

Unknown

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CharliAnn Olney
Community Member
1 month ago

Big Pharma, in the US, is causing people to die instead of helping them!

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#16

Professional Guinea Pigs

Professional Guinea Pigs

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Alaia Khalilah-Williams Shabazz
Community Member
1 month ago

This one is just gold

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#17

Unknown

Unknown

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
Community Member
1 month ago

That's a pretty thought.

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#18

At The End Of The Rainbow

At The End Of The Rainbow

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Water Bottle
Community Member
1 month ago

Soooo what does this show? I got a few ideas. We’re destroying the earth? We kill what has been given to us? I don’t know, anyone got any other ideas?

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#19

The Personality-Riddle

The Personality-Riddle

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Jeff
Community Member
1 month ago

Duke Kaboom!!

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#20

There‘s Growing Reluctance In Some Countries And Cultures To Vaccinate

There‘s Growing Reluctance In Some Countries And Cultures To Vaccinate

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Elaine Dodge
Community Member
1 month ago

As soon as they have a polio/measles/rubella epidemic and millions of people die or are disfigured or crippled that growing reluctance will swiftly become a mandatory vaccination law - which it already should be!

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#21

Love

Love

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CharliAnn Olney
Community Member
1 month ago

So said the artist thinks that way.

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#22

Life Skills

Life Skills

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Sally Adora Belle
Community Member
1 month ago

What if we aren't told what colours to use

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#23

Fall‘s Here

Fall‘s Here

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Elaine Dodge
Community Member
1 month ago

I absolutely loathe leaf blowers! That hideous high-pitched whine and air pollution! Use a damn rake you lazy sod! Rakes are quiet, environmentally friendly and you don't annoy every neighbour in a square mile or frighten the birds or other small animals, wake the babies mothers have just put down or fill the air with dust! People with dust allergies will thank you! Besides, using a rake is good cardio. Or better yet, enjoy the beauty of fall leaves.

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#24

Change Of Direction

Change Of Direction

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Laura
Community Member
1 month ago

Way more people should do this.

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#25

The Sound That Hacks Our Souls

The Sound That Hacks Our Souls

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Alex Call
Community Member
1 month ago

This looks awesome.

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#26

Financial Health In The U.S.

Financial Health In The U.S.

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Giorgio Prodoti
Community Member
1 month ago

I don't get it

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#27

Trash Talk

Trash Talk

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CharliAnn Olney
Community Member
1 month ago

Words CAN hurt!

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#28

How Scientists Are Looking Into Ways To Prevent Suicides

How Scientists Are Looking Into Ways To Prevent Suicides

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Magpie
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes it is complicated, yes treatments are improving. YES there is hope, if the first thing doesn't help tell that person, get the meds changed. And / or, try a different therapist. Yes every sufferer / survivor needs different treatments.

#29

Authority

Authority

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#30

The Philosophy Of Making Love

The Philosophy Of Making Love

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Blue Distefano
Community Member
1 month ago

WOW THAT ESCALATED QUICKLY

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#31

How My Depression Ruined My Wedding

How My Depression Ruined My Wedding

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bananapower_2.0
Community Member
1 month ago

thats relly sad

#32

My Husband Left Me And My Family For My Best Friend

My Husband Left Me And My Family For My Best Friend

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CharliAnn Olney
Community Member
1 month ago

Been there.

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#33

How Opinions Are Made

How Opinions Are Made

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Sally Adora Belle
Community Member
1 month ago

This is too true

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#34

Is Happiness A Question Of Character?

Is Happiness A Question Of Character?

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CharliAnn Olney
Community Member
1 month ago

It is a question of attitude!

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#35

Diabetes

Diabetes

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John L
Community Member
1 month ago

This should be one for cancer. While I am not a conspiracy nut, I do believe that there will never be a cure for cancer as long as treating the sick is profitable...

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#36

Housing Affordability

Housing Affordability

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CharliAnn Olney
Community Member
1 month ago

Consistently causing homelessness!

#37

Trump

Trump

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Water Bottle
Community Member
1 month ago

Any doubt about this just look at his tweet after he assassinated Iran’s top general. A freaking American flag.

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#38

Graves Disease

Graves Disease

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Karin Gibson
Community Member
1 month ago

Graves disease is over active thyroid caused by the body tissues acting against the organ. It is an auto-immune disease.

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#39

Confusing Court Case

Confusing Court Case

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juice
Community Member
1 month ago

ooh, this is cool.

#40

The Au-Pair Girl Stole My Husband... And My Daughter

The Au-Pair Girl Stole My Husband... And My Daughter

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bananapower_2.0
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

thats sad

#41

The Phenomenon Of Women Being More Likely To Be Put In Leader Positions During Times Of Crisis

The Phenomenon Of Women Being More Likely To Be Put In Leader Positions During Times Of Crisis

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Rita Frost
Community Member
1 month ago

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Nah, Teresa May would have been crap whenever she was leader.

#42

Possession

Possession

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Blue Shadow
Community Member
1 month ago

The less things we own, the neater our lives can be. Plus, living simply is better for the environment.

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#43

Addictions

Addictions

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Water Bottle
Community Member
1 month ago

Addiction is real, but it can always be stopped

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#44

Opinion Polls

Opinion Polls

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CharliAnn Olney
Community Member
1 month ago

Sheesh!

#45

Penguins

Penguins

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TheCakeIsAPie
Community Member
1 month ago

This one made me cry actually, really sad that thats what Earth will come to. And some people are saying its a big lie just to fill their already overflowing pockets.

#46

The Future Of Work

The Future Of Work

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.˜”*°• Kawaii Satan •°*”˜
Community Member
1 month ago

the higher you go the less you can breath

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#47

Prediabetes

Prediabetes

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Water Bottle
Community Member
1 month ago

I don’t think I get this

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#48

Life Skills

Life Skills

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M
Community Member
4 weeks ago

I wonder which life skill will end up being the one puzzle piece that is inevitably missing?

#49

Protection From Legal Storms

Protection From Legal Storms

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Sally Adora Belle
Community Member
1 month ago

Only the rich

#50

You Can Go Upstairs Now, Nina

You Can Go Upstairs Now, Nina

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Staci bigBolden
Community Member
1 month ago

Child abuse? Or the dark?

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#51

How To Find Peace And Quiet In The City

How To Find Peace And Quiet In The City

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CharliAnn Olney
Community Member
1 month ago

Barely.

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#52

Big Eyed Fish

Big Eyed Fish

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Sally Adora Belle
Community Member
1 month ago

The longing is palpable.

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#53

Stealing Time

Stealing Time

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I'm dark
Community Member
1 month ago

kinda looks like gru!

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#54

Time Will Heal Your Wounds

Time Will Heal Your Wounds

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Sally Adora Belle
Community Member
1 month ago

Time allows you to grow accustomed with the pain, dulling it, until its bareable. I dont think emotional pain ever truly heals, there always an echo.

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#55

Unknown

Unknown

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Elaine Dodge
Community Member
1 month ago

Book cover potential

#56

Welcome To The New Year

Welcome To The New Year

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CharliAnn Olney
Community Member
1 month ago

As a paramedic, I saw this WAY to often! Not to mention the devastation it causes for family and friends!

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#57

Unknown

Unknown

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Sally Adora Belle
Community Member
1 month ago

Love this, the truth underneath is often unknown even by ourselves.

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#58

How Opinions Are Made

How Opinions Are Made

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CharliAnn Olney
Community Member
1 month ago

Ayep!

#59

Listening

Listening

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CharliAnn Olney
Community Member
1 month ago

More of it!

#60

Depression

Depression

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Magpie
Community Member
1 month ago

For me depression feels like everything is made of concrete, my blankets, my bones. My thoughts ( slow as crawling through neck deep wet concrete ).

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#61

Kangaroo Households

Kangaroo Households

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Alex Call
Community Member
1 month ago

It looks cool but I think I'm missing something here.

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#62

Why People Are Leaving The Catholic Church

Why People Are Leaving The Catholic Church

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Chris DiFonso
Community Member
1 month ago

???

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#63

Adopting The Right Life Skills

Adopting The Right Life Skills

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#64

Streaming Services That Specialize In Certain Genres

Streaming Services That Specialize In Certain Genres

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#65

Overcoming The Fear Of Taking Risks

Overcoming The Fear Of Taking Risks

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M
Community Member
4 weeks ago

Interesting that there is a fracture forming in the middle of the bridge.

#66

Portrait

Portrait

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CharliAnn Olney
Community Member
1 month ago

There is some Janus in all of us!

#67

Time Is Money

Time Is Money

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#68

Time Is Running Away

Time Is Running Away

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#69

Merkel

Merkel

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Water Bottle
Community Member
1 month ago

Found this about her, perhaps she been draining Germany or the EU of their money? Angela Dorothea Merkel is a German politician serving as the chancellor of Germany since 2005. She served as the leader of the centre-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) from 2000 to 2018. Merkel has been widely described as the de facto leader of the European Union, the most powerful woman in the world, and "leader of the free world".

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#70

Alternative Ways Of Charging Batteries And Winning Electricity

Alternative Ways Of Charging Batteries And Winning Electricity

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John L
Community Member
1 month ago

I'm surprised that there aren't more alternatives like this. I was at the gym the other day, wondering why they don't hook the machines to the building. Wasted energy....

#71

Unknown

Unknown

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Chris DiFonso
Community Member
1 month ago

???

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#72

Veteran Navy

Veteran Navy