The style of a character design often depends on the software it was created with. Raster based applications like Photoshop lead to digitally painted artwork with realistic texturing and shading; 3D modelling programs like Maya allow artists to produce easily animated characters with realistic surface materials; while vector software like Adobe Illustrator typically lends itself to more stylised and abstract designs made from basic shapes, hard outlines and bright colours. In today’s inspiration showcase I present a variety of fun vector character designs from a range of artists. See how they all adopt a different illustration style, but they all feature the recognisable aesthetics of vector artwork.
Album cover art is always a great source of inspiration because there’s such an eclectic mix of styles to feast your eyes on. There’s no rules that determine what an album cover should look like, it just needs to be attention grabbing, possibly relate to the genre of the music it represents, and present the name of the artist along with their album title (although some examples don’t seem to make this requirement much of a priority!). This gives the artist or designer complete creative freedom to experiment and innovate, which can sometimes lead to their work becoming iconic as their artwork forms a recognisable identity for the album. In today’s design showcase you’ll find over 50 creative album covers, made using all kinds of disciplines from complex illustrations to clever photography.
The year 2016 is drawing to a close, so let’s take a look back at some of the best free font releases you might have missed from the past 12 months. There’s been some fantastic typefaces made available for everyone to download, so help yourself to these goodies in preparation for a creative 2017. I’ve trimmed the selection down by eliminating those that were simply restricted demos of a premium font. While some are for personal use only, and some require a registration or newsletter signup in order to download, you’ll find a range of beautiful serif, sans-serif, script and display fonts to add to your collection.
Art Deco is a distinctive art style that has influenced many design disciplines, from architecture to visual arts. It’s characterised by cubist style geometric shapes and patterns, combined with a sense of luxury and glamour. In today’s showcase I present 30 brilliant examples of how the art deco movement still inspires designers and artists. See how the style is incorporated into posters, branding and illustration projects.
Despite being one of the oldest forms of writing styles that the myriad of digital fonts and typefaces evolved from, artwork featuring Gothic and Blackletter calligraphy is now a rare find among the various lettering and typography styles that are popular today. However there’s still a number of talented scribes who produce beautiful work with pen and ink. In today’s inspiration showcase I present 45 examples of blackletter and gothic calligraphy from the masters of this discipline.
As a bit of a car nut, I love browsing the work of automotive designers who have the skills to visualise their own custom car ideas in the form of digital paintings and 3D renders. In today’s inspiration showcase I present 35 unofficial concept car designs that these artists have produced just for fun, however I’m sure all my fellow car enthusiasts will wish they were real! Some of them are stunning concepts that you could imagine as real production cars, whereas others are slightly more outlandish concepts, but they’re all unbelievably life-like creations.