Skulls have been used for artistic decoration right from early primitive civilisations. Whether they’re used to embellish your battle gear or the latest heavy metal album cover design, skulls are a symbol of death and evil that makes them the perfect imagery for certain aesthetics. In today’s design inspiration showcase I present 40 magnificently morbid art and illustration pieces featuring skulls, ranging from dark and distressing depictions with a horror theme to bright and colourful creations with more of a witty vibe.
I’ve featured the style of single-weight line art illustrations on Spoon Graphics a few times over the years. The first showcase was back in 2015, followed by a couple of tutorials showing how to create line art illustrations yourself using Adobe Illustrator. My latest tutorial on the topic a couple of weeks ago prompted me to check out how the trend has developed, so I’ve been busy putting together a fresh showcase of vector line art illustrations from a range of talented artists. See how detailed illustrations, patterns and shapes can be created using only stroked paths.
There’s no better way to give a design a sense of quality and luxury than to embellish it with gold! Hot foil stamping is the special print finish that adds shiny metallic materials like gold or silver to printed products. Just like varnishes and spot colours, it’s commonly used by print designers to highlight portions of the artwork with an alluring shiny appearance. In today’s inspiration showcase I present 40 magnificent print designs with a gold foil finish, including expensive whiskey bottle packaging, elegant wedding invitations and extravagant art prints.
If like me, you went through a dinosaur phase during your childhood, one of the first genres of art you probably developed an appreciation for is Paleoart—the depiction prehistoric life. I loved browsing though my collection of Dinosaurs! magazine, admiring the pages of colourful hand-illustrated artist’s impressions of oversized lizards. The tools available to paleo-artists have since evolved to include digital illustration and 3D modeling, which now allow both hobbyists and professionals to produce intense dinosaur themed art. Today’s inspiration showcase features 60 fearsome examples of modern Paleoart, including ultra-realistic 3D renders and digitally painted concept art. It’s interesting to compare the difference in art style pre-and-post Jurassic Park (1993), which is now being built upon with a new wave of artwork that depict dinosaurs with the more recent discoveries of feathers and bright markings.
Ambigrams are a really clever form of word art or logo design where the graphic is perfectly legible when viewed both ways up. Not only do these symmetrical designs have the novelty of looking the same when rotated, they produce versatile logos that still work even when viewed upside down, which is an important consideration for logo designs that might appear in unusual places and viewed from multiple angles. In today’s design inspiration showcase I present 40 brilliant ambigram logo examples in a variety of styles, ranging from simple shapes to detailed calligraphy.
Grime Art is a surreal style of illustration that is popular in the worlds of Tumblr and Instagram. It’s a simply concept where portrait photographs are digitally doodled upon with drooping, cartoonish drips of slimy flesh in vibrant colours to produce weird and wonderful zombie-like images with a gross, but somehow cool effect. I’ve enjoyed discovering a variety of grime art examples on all kinds of imagery, ranging from celebrity pictures to candid photos. Check out this showcase and admire this unusual underground art style.