Why do snakes appear in so much artwork? Maybe it’s their history as a mythological symbol, or their popularity within heavy metal and tattoo cultures, but somehow they manage to slither their way into all kinds of graphics. In today’s inspiration showcase I round up a variety of designs and illustrations that feature serpents in some way, including posters, t-shirt designs, product packaging and even some great brand designs. There’s a mix of different visual styles, from meticulously detailed hand drawn illustrations to simplified vector art.
Mockup templates of sketchbooks and notepads are useful tools to show off your artwork or design concepts in a much more presentable way than simply uploading a flat scan of your drawings. These free PSD templates allow you to paste in your boring scans to have them automatically scaled and positioned to fit within the neatly arranged sketchbook page with remarkable realism. They’re perfect for showcasing the concept sketches and ideas behind your logo design process to give a full case study in your portfolio, or for giving your digitally created doodles and illustrations more of a hand crafted appearance.
A beautiful design trend that has emerged recently is the combination of flowers and text to produce elegant floral typography layouts. These designs merge botanical photographs or illustrations with bold typography compositions by intertwining the flower stems, petals and leaves around the letters, which results in a great sense of depth. In this showcase I present 40 brilliant examples of this floral typography design style. See how designers have used this effect to produce exhibition posters, greeting cards, wedding stationery and more!
Brushes for Adobe Illustrator come in three types; Art Brushes, Pattern Brushes and Scatter Brushes. They’re all used with the Brush tool, but they each have their specific purpose. Art brushes are the most common, they’re applied to paths and are often used to create realistic hand drawn effects. Pattern brushes are configured to generate seamlessly repeating patterns, which help you easily create intricate designs. Finally, Scatter brushes are commonly used to produce grungy shading effects by painting rough textures onto specific areas of your artwork. Illustrator Brushes are rare resources compared to their Photoshop counterparts, so it’s useful to know where to find them. In this post I present 25 great quality Adobe Illustrator brush sets you can download for free!
Traditionally, the Photoshop Style was the tool designers used to share their text effects, but these days the Smart PSD has become the new weapon of choice for sharing pre-made effects. Smart PSDs make use of Photoshop Smart Objects, which allow the user to edit the source of a specific layer in order to update the whole PSD with new content. In comparison to Photoshop Styles, Smart PSDs give the designer much more freedom when creating the original effect, allowing them to use Filters alongside Layer Styles to achieve brilliant results. In this roundup I present 30 of the best FREE text effect PSDs I could find. They help you produce stunning effects with ease by simply customising the file with your own text or logo.
Nothing brings out the creativity in artists and designers like a blockbuster movie! As the most anticipated movie of the moment, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been the subject of many personal works as creative people find ways to channel their new found inspiration into fun side projects. In today’s showcase I provide a round up of some of the most incredible pieces of fan art out there. These talented designers and illustrators loved the movie so much they used their creative skills to produce their own alternative movie posters and tribute art.