Inspirations

Clever Illustrated Puns that Make Sense

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Some artists are good in creating puns or paronomasia. This is a form of word play in which multiple meanings can be suggested by words or there is a similar sound from the combination of words. Puns are intended for humorous or rhetorical effect. With the multiple meanings on it, the audience might sometimes find it ambiguous as well as entertaining. When puns are used for illustrations, it needs deep thinking and a good sense of humor as well because if not, the pun could fail.

Why are we talking about puns here? Because we will be featuring some illustrated puns from Jaco Haasbroek. He is a freelance designer and illustrator based in Cape Town. The illustrations that we are about to show you were also printed on t-shirts as featured in Threadless. He was considered as a MADE artist of Threadless. These are also printed on cards, toys, pillow covers and many more. The art of Jaco is impressive because these are simple and minimal but have deep meanings in it if you will try to decipher the idea behind the drawings. With acrylic and ink, Jaco had made a name for himself as a clever pun illustrator. Check out some of his works below:

Chili

Chili

Break Fast

Break Fast

Coughin’

Coughin'

Break A Leg

Break A Leg

Box

Box

Cape Town

Cape Town

Down With Capitalism

Down With Capitalism

Lettuce Pray

Lettuce Pray

That’ll Do Pig

Tha'll Do Pig

Negative Space

Negative Space

Cannonball

Cannonball

The Pre-Lightbulb Age

The Pre-Lightbulb Age

Food for Thought

Food for Thought

Cover Version

Cover Version

I Fell

I Fell

Magic

Magic

Live Fast

Live Fast

Pop It

Pop It

Nailed It

Nailed It

The Daily Grind

The Daily Grind

The Punktuation Marks

The Punktuation Marks

The Ever-Releable Abacus

The Ever-Releable Abacus

Play

Play

No Parking

No Parking

The Thinker

The Thinker

Time Flies

Time Flies

To The Rescue

To The Rescue

Skating On Thin Ice

Skating On Thin Ice

The Sweet Sounds of Nature

The Sweet Sounds of Nature

Table Tennis Champ

Table Tennis Champ

Find the Artist

Jaco loves to draw with minimalism and clean designs. We can see that in the illustrations above. He had undergone different challenges in life but never stopped doing art. With that, he succeeded. His Threadless T-shirts are even selling well and have earned fame all throughout the globe. If you want to see more of Jaco’s work, you can check his website. Hope the illustrations above have brightened up your day same as how it made mine!

  • Kyle Richardson

    I’d like to submit my own :)

    • Zhenya Gurka

      What’s this?I didn’t get the thought?

  • Denmark Peter

    Truly amazing post..

  • Yalda Tamer

    Nice thoughts and Jaco is really a creative artist.

  • Lippincott

    TIME FLIES is funny.

  • Melody Copper

    The artists of this collection is really clever pun illustrator and I love his talent.

  • marguerette

    Idealistic illustration,it’s simply designed but it has a sense.

  • Annalyn Sia

    Cool designs…

  • James Cruz

    Time flies makes me smile..I like it!

  • Samantha Resser

    Nice collection but I’m most interested to “the ever-releable abacus”,nice color and I like the message.

  • Lemuel Carpio

    Entertaining post.

  • Dmytro Roscha

    A new type of post..interesting and idealistic.

  • Dalia Tenenbaum

    Smiled all way through, thank you, this collection is wonderful!