These Adorable Illustrations Will Brighten Your Dreary, Cloudy Days

If April is the cruelest month, March must be in a league of its own weather-wise. Its lengthening days are at tantalizing odds with its unwelcome snow storms. If the continuing wintry precipitation puts you in a dreary mood, we recommend skimming these adorable, weather-themed illustrations -- welcome reminders that staying indoors can be a fun adventure, so long as you've got a good book to curl up with.

Excerpted from Chronicle Books' From Rain to Rainbows, these designs submitted by illustrators with myriad styles, are arranged to tell the story of a rainy day clearing up to reveal a sunny, post-shower rainbow.

One of Mr. Boddington’s Studio's twee letter-press cards features a chic girl, umbrella in tow, and Yelena Bryksenkova's more bleak depiction of rainy days matches her folky aesthetic. To see these and other fun, weather-themed illustrations, look below!

  • Marc Johns
    Marc Johns
  • Hand-drawn illustration by Mr. Boddington’s Studio
    Hand-drawn illustration by Mr. Boddington’s Studio
  • Yelena Bryksenkova
    Yelena Bryksenkova
  • Photo by Marlo Lavonne
    Photo by Marlo Lavonne
  • Marta Milczarek
    Marta Milczarek
  • Copyright © 2012 Irène Sneddon
    Copyright © 2012 Irène Sneddon
  • Blanca Gómez
    Blanca Gómez
  • CMYK by Skurtur
    CMYK by Skurtur
  • Miss Peden Photography
    Miss Peden Photography
  • Annie Galvin, 3 Fish Studios
    Annie Galvin, 3 Fish Studios
  • Cathy Connolley
    Cathy Connolley
  • Jay Fleck
    Jay Fleck
  • Aiko Fukawa, A Squirrel, Aloe and Girl
    Aiko Fukawa, A Squirrel, Aloe and Girl
  • Jen Stark
    Jen Stark
  • PJ Taylor
    PJ Taylor
  • Illustration by Blanca Gómez
    Illustration by Blanca Gómez


  • William Blake
  • Albert Camus
  • Emily Dickinson
  • Gustave Flaubert
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Jack Kerouac
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Voltaire