Society and its issues is a topic often covered and discussed by many, especially artists. They love to portray the problems society has in their creative work and make a statement.

That's what Stephan Schmitz, a Swiss illustrator, does. He takes pop culture, politics, mental issues, and many other topics often discussed and fought over and turns them into deep and thought-provoking illustrations. Every single one of his drawings has an idea behind it and most will find something that relates to them.

Stephan has been featured on Bored Panda before, here's part one and part two.

More info: Instagram | stephan-schmitz.ch

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Marsha Fredell
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11 months ago

"Like sand through the hourglass, these are the days of our life"

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Stephan Schmitz gave an interview for Bored Panda and told us the main goal of his illustrations: "I love to surprise the viewer. To catch someone's attention with an illustration, I like to play with our viewing habits. I try to achieve that by combining objects, symbols, or scenarios, by working with negative space, or by tinkering with the rules of perspective. In the best cases, the image produces an 'AHA' effect for the viewer. I think, once you've got someone's attention through an image with this method, it will automatically make him/her think about the subject. Even if it is only for a couple of seconds."

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Steffen Rehm
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11 months ago

I hope, he never comes back. Awful person.

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Clandestine
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11 months ago

"Trickle down" they say

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"I've loved drawing since I was a kid and always wanted to become a comic artist. As a boy and later as a teenager, I used to copy the characters of my favorite French and Belgian comic books and invent my own stories with them. I didn't know about illustration in the way I work today until I was around 20 years old and had to decide in which direction I wanted to move forward in art school. I studied illustration in Lucerne, Switzerland, and later art education in Zürich, Switzerland."

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R Carson
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11 months ago

AI is everywhere.

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Verena Gitterle
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11 months ago

When there is no light, make your own!

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"The most difficult but also most intriguing part is coming up with new ideas. How can I twist a scene, landscape, a room with a person in it, in a way that it tells a story to the viewer? A story in one image with a pun at the end... Again, I am talking about the 'AHA' effect here. I think it is very satisfying for the person looking at the image to decipher the image and understand what the artist meant by it. Basically like understanding a joke or seeing a magic trick."

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Abhinc
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11 months ago (edited)

SPEECH BY MR JACQUES CHIRAC PRESIDENT OF THE FRENCH REPUBLIC TO THE PLENARY SESSION OF THE WORLD SUMMIT ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT - JOHANNESBURG - SEPTEMBER 2002 : " Our house is burning down and we're blind to it. Nature, mutilated and overexploited, can no longer regenerate and we refuse to admit it. Humanity is suffering. It is suffering from poor development, in both the North and the South, and we stand indifferent. The earth and humankind are in danger and we are all responsible. It is time to open our eyes. We cannot say that we did not know! Let us make sure that the 21st century does not become, for future generations, the century of humanity's crime against life itself. " ... we are still waiting for it to happen ...

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sandra tison
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11 months ago

This could represent old age or just alienation.

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Stephan tells us about the topics he covers: "Usually the client comes to me with a subject. This covers pretty much everything from finance, health, politics but also cooking psychological topics and digitalization. In my personal work, I like to come up with ideas that revolve around interpersonal relationships, self-perception, and psychology in general."

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Ik haat iedereen
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11 months ago

Online dating isn't that bad if you're both not creeps

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Queen Metapha
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11 months ago

That's disgusting.

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The artist describes his style: "I used to say it's a graphically reduced style with a subtle palette of colors. Basically, a very typical editorial style. Although I have been getting into more complicated compositions and details in some of my recent work. Also, the color palette got much bolder and brighter than it used to be some years ago."

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Alexis Bernstein
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11 months ago

They say it. Pollution IS dangerous.

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Earl Grey
Community Member
11 months ago (edited)

I don’t get angry like that anymore. I used to ignite, followed by a Vesuvius of profanity. Now, I find that sort of response just too exhausting, unproductive and frankly unintelligent.

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"I started working in this style and with idea-based images in 2014. I get asked from time to time if I think that it will get boring at some point. I don't see that point yet. I try to keep evolving and have been evolving since 2014. At least that is how I feel. I am rarely 100% satisfied with the outcome of an image. So there is always a little voice telling me: 'well... that could have been done better... maybe next time...' It's this voice, this feeling that can be very depressing but also very motivating. I try to keep that in balance as well as I can."

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Clandestine
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11 months ago

ah but they might sleep better not feeling each other tossing and turning.

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Mark Berry
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11 months ago

Biden shining light where there was darkness

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Stephan tells us what motivates him to keep moving forward: "That little voice... Haha! But also the feeling that basically, I got the job of my childhood dreams. I can draw all day long and I get paid to do that. I won't become a millionaire in my lifetime but... again... I get paid to draw and to come up with ideas... How wonderful is that? So even when I am having a bad day I try to remind myself of that. I work in a beautiful shared studio space with wonderful artists and I love my job. That is worth a lot, I think."

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Gin Marie
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11 months ago

Men fantasizing about a fake woman they created, but there's no actual human women around.

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LJ Robinson
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11 months ago

Love this one.

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"My mother's advice: 'When you really love something, you will eventually get good at it. When you're good at something, people will pay you for it.' I think you have to find a way of working, a style, a voice, whatever you want to call it... Something that you love doing so much that you will do it either way: If they pay you or not. When I got to that point and found out what kind of work I loved to do, I pretty soon started getting paid commissions," said the artist when asked to advise people who want to get into art.

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Anyone-for-tea?
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11 months ago

It could be Arizona Robbins! (I am 17yrs late to the Grey’s Anatomy party)

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Marsha Fredell
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11 months ago

The weight of the world is on your shoulders. Overwhelmed by society, the government, by life itself.

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"I was born in the Dominican Republic in 1983 to a German father and a Swiss mother. Both development aid workers. When I was in primary school, we moved to Paraguay. I had a wonderful childhood there. We later moved back to Zürich, Switzerland where I went to high school and of course later to the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts.

After university, it took me more than 4 years to get enough work to make a living off of it. I was still finding out what kind of illustrator I wanted to become... so I had different day jobs... I worked as a gardener and at a local cemetery, in a beverage warehouse, later also as a high school teacher... Today I live and work in Zürich."

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Mark Serbian, PK&RG,W
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11 months ago

The pandemic forced many of us to do this just so we could play our instruments. It's less satisfying but better than not playing.

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AutisticPat
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11 months ago

Icarus?

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"Thank you so much, everybody out there. It is incredible that so many people around the world get to see my work. It's just fantastic and some years ago I would never have dreamed that this could become true someday. Be kind to each other! Cheers from Zürich!"

What do you think about these illustrations? Did you relate to any of them? Did they make you think, or not really? Tell us in the comments down below and don't forget to upvote your favorite ones. Also, go follow Stephan Schmitz on his social media accounts and show the artist some love if you enjoy what he does! Spread joy and happiness and always try to be kind.

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Marsha Fredell
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11 months ago

Outcast because he is different

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Steffen Rehm
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11 months ago

I hop one Day, everyone can be everything, without being judged or forced to do something else. because you have the wrong tone, wrong sex, wrong country, wrong parents, etc.

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Queen Metapha
Community Member
11 months ago

Beautiful

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Alexis Bernstein
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11 months ago

Is this cool or very chilling?

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Why?
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11 months ago

Beam me up, Scottie!

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R Carson
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11 months ago

One of those days.

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Annie
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11 months ago

Totally accurate representation of what happens when "lovers" have an affair.

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Merrill N. Munro
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11 months ago

United States and the European Union trying to intimidate China. China ain't havin' none of THAT.

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Floofy Samoyed
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11 months ago

Dog

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Why?
Community Member
11 months ago

Everything including the kitchen sink.

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HoneyBun Arts
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11 months ago

Nyoom

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