Some illustrations play the role of entertaining, others are created to inspire, and there are some powerful images 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 unique artworks that perfectly depict the modern world.

Stephan Schmitz's creative ideas are like visual metaphors that tell simple stories revealing the true face of our world. The visual storytelling 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 the hidden and suppressed emotions that we tend to keep to ourselves because they are hard to talk about.

Every creative drawing 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 and social issues that we encounter. 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
Community Member
2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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
Community Member
2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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
2 years ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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
2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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
2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

There's actually something very peaceful about this one.

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#6

Our Relationship With Our Phones

Our Relationship With Our Phones

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I draw things
Community Member
2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

We are litterly attached lol but that took skill

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#7

Coping With Depression

Coping With Depression

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Magpie
Community Member
2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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
2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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#11

How We Become Who We Are

How We Become Who We Are

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#12

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
2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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#14

Unknown

Unknown

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CharliAnn Olney
Community Member
2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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#15

Taking A Break

Taking A Break

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CharliAnn Olney
Community Member
2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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#18

At The End Of The Rainbow

At The End Of The Rainbow

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Water Bottle
Community Member
2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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#21

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
2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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#22

The Sound That Hacks Our Souls

The Sound That Hacks Our Souls

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#24

Fall‘s Here

Fall‘s Here

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Elaine Dodge
Community Member
2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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#25

Change Of Direction

Change Of Direction

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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
2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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#31

How My Depression Ruined My Wedding

How My Depression Ruined My Wedding

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#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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#34

Is Happiness A Question Of Character?

Is Happiness A Question Of Character?

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#35

Diabetes

Diabetes

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John L
Community Member
2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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#37

Trump

Trump

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Water Bottle
Community Member
2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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
2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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#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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#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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#42

Possession

Possession

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Blue Shadow
Community Member
2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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
2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Addiction is real, but it can always be stopped

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#45

Penguins

Penguins

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TheCakeIsAPie
Community Member
2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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.

#48

Life Skills

Life Skills

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M
Community Member
2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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#50

You Can Go Upstairs Now, Nina

You Can Go Upstairs Now, Nina

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#53

Time Will Heal Your Wounds

Time Will Heal Your Wounds

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Sally Adora Belle
Community Member
2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

Welcome To The New Year

Welcome To The New Year

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CharliAnn Olney
Community Member
2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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#56

How To Find Peace And Quiet In The City

How To Find Peace And Quiet In The City

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#57

Unknown

Unknown

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