When Graphic Artists have the creative freedom to choose the subject of their personal projects, they often base their work on pop culture interests. Childhood cartoons were a source of early inspiration for many artists, so producing fan art of their favourite characters in their own style, or completely reimagining iconic figures in new and unique ways is a great way to practise and experiment while producing work that can be appreciated by other like-minded people with the same interests. In today’s inspiration showcase I present a variety of reimagined cartoon characters by some really talented artists, ranging from realistic depictions of heroes, princesses and villains, to surreal reincarnations that are the stuff of nightmares!
The beautiful style of lettering from the 19th century with its influences from Baroque and Art Nouveau art movements has remained a popular style that is often replicated by typographers and calligraphy artists today. This vintage style is characterised by detailed decorations and ornate flourishes that produce extravagant designs. In today’s inspiration showcase I present 50 type designs and hand-lettering pieces for posters, editorial designs, product labels, logos and more, all with a beautiful vintage aesthetic.
Of all the genres and subjects, the topic of Pirates is where you’ll find one of the largest collections of character designs. Due to the popularity of the Pirates theme across movies, TV shows and games targeted at both children and adults, there’s such a diverse range of art styles, from friendly and colourful cartoons to gritty and realistic concepts. In today’s inspiration showcase I present 45 pirate character designs from a variety of artists, featuring stunning artwork across all disciplines, including vector illustrations, digital paintings and 3D modelling.
The role of an artist is to visually depict a subject or scene. Typically this is done by observing and replicating, but artists are given much more creative freedom when working within the realm of fantasy, where we rely on the artist’s impression of a subject’s appearance that doesn’t actually exist in the real world. There are many legendary mythical beasts that we’ve heard descriptions of in stories, but it’s the artist who can bring their imagination to life by sharing their own interpretations as paintings and illustrations. In today’s inspiration showcase I present 45 magnificent art and design pieces featuring fantasy animals and mythical beasts from a range of talented artists.
Corporate identity projects often involve producing print designs across a whole range of stationery products, each with a consistent visual appearance that reflects the overall brand image. It can be difficult presenting your work when all you have is a pile of flat image previews for each individual design file, especially if some items are double-sided prints. Mockup templates allow you to show off your designs as neatly photographed layouts as if they were physical prints fresh from the shop, without the need to compose and shoot the proofs yourself! The result is a stunning presentation of your design work, which is perfect for wooing clients or displaying the work in your portfolio. Check out these 40 mockup templates you can download for free, each featuring a unique layout of stationery items against a variety of backdrops.
I’ve wanted to produce an inspiration showcase post based on this photo effect since I first discovered it over a year ago. Typically my roundups feature works of a certain style or trend from a range of artists, but with this particular subject I found that every example I came across was made by the same person! As a result, this post is dedicated to the talented Aydın Büyüktaş, who pioneered the Flatland drone photography technique that produces breathtaking imagery reminiscent of the mind-bending scenes from the movie Inception. Aydin’s portfolio seems to be an exclusive source of examples of this photo style, but I did also discover some great tutorials that explain how to create these amazing photos using a drone. Admire these surreal landscape photographs, then follow the featured guides to experiment with the effect yourself.