Finding where you left your inspiration

 

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Do you find you’ve been staring at that blank page for ages, your fine liner’s or paints have began to dry and your idea’s just seem to be at a standstill no matter how much you want to get started. Well my creative friend I think you may have dropped your inspiration somewhere, but don’t panic I’m sure its laying around somewhere waiting for you to find it. All creative people get stuck with art block from time to time and although the frustration can be extremely annoying to the point you may want to scream into the nearest pillow, never fear because here’s a few easy solutions to help get your creativity and inspiration back to where it used to be.

  • Get out of your studio space: Sometimes too much time at your desk or computer can cramp your mind along with your legs, so the best remedy is to get out of your space to clear your head. Go for a walk, drive or run for a change of scenery to promote new idea’s and thought.

 

  • Visit somewhere creatively fuelling: Galleries, degree shows, museums or places of wildlife are perfect places to feed your visual appetite. Whether you’re viewing someone else’s work this may help you visualise different concepts, composition styles, patterns or colour palettes you might not of thought of using before or if you’re out sketching from things in real life making studies may give you the grounds for a specifically theme project that can help you gather idea’s as you go.

 

  • Take a break from the drawing board: The old battery need’s a recharge and despite many of us wanting to be an invincible creative machine that can churn out endless amazing drawings, photos and painting that will dazzle all it’s not physically possible although we can dream.

 

  • Work with a liked minded creative: If the creative juices just aren’t flowing with a pending project often the help of a like minded creative can help pull you out of your rut. Talk with a creative friend about your project in confidence and ask them for points or tips on where to get started, sometimes two heads are better than one.

Image by illustrator Dana Svobodova you can find out more about their work here .

Posted by Kate Leonard on 08/31/14 under creativity
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Pick of the Week for SKULL and This Week’s Topic

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Happy Friday!

We’re excited to announce this week’s topic, but first please enjoy the illustration above by Steven Russell Black, our Pick of the Week for last week’s topic of ‘SKULL’. You can also see a gallery of all the other inspiring entries here.

And of course, you can now participate in this week’s topic:

METAMORPHOSIS

Here’s how:

Step 1: Illustrate your interpretation of the current week’s topic (always viewable on the homepage).

Step 2: Post your image onto your blog / flickr / facebook, etc.

Step 3: Come back to Illustration Friday and submit your illustration (see big “Submit your illustration” button on the homepage).

Step 4: Your illustration will then be added to the participant gallery where it will be viewable along with everyone else’s from the IF community!

Also be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter and subscribe to our weekly email newsletter to keep up with our exciting community updates!

HAPPY ILLUSTRATING!

Posted by Thomas James on 08/29/14 under weekly topics
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Comics Illustrator of the Week :: Malachi Ward

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Malachi Ward has been building up steam in the small press comics world the last few years. His latest release, Ritual 3: Vile Decay, has been met with critical acclaim, and he continues his strong creative collaboration with writer/artist/friend Matt Sheean on their self-published title, Expansion, and Prophet from Image Comics. His earliest works, Utu & Scout, introduced his distinctive character-driven, surreal, sci-fi stories to readers, and you can find similar themes explored in his paintings, as well.

Malachi Ward was raised in Yucaipa, California, and studied drawing & painting in college. Some of his biggest influences growing up included Calvin and Hobbes, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and Spider-man comics. He currently lives in South Pasadena, CA with his wife Keiko.

Malachi will be attending the San Francisco Zine Fest this coming Labor Day weekend, Small Press Expo in North Bethesda, MD on September 13th & 14th, and Alternative Press Expo in San Francisco on October 4th & 5th. His work with Matt Sheean continues in Prophet Strikefile, hitting comics shops in the next few weeks.

You can order a copy of Ritual 3: Vile Decay at the Alternative Comics website.

You can follow Malachi Ward on his tumblr site here.

For more comics related art, you can follow me on my website comicstavern.com - Andy Yates

Posted by Andy Yates on 08/27/14 under artists,illustrationfriday,Interviews,weekly topics
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Pretty Flyers: The Art of Ben Foot

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Before we begin, a quick disclaimer: you’ve already missed all of these gigs. Sorry about that.

But never mind, you were probably busy anyways, right? However, had you been there in the crowd, it would in all likelihood have been because your eyes eager eyes once alit upon a flyer whose unique style could be described as “mid-Century comic book meets etching inside a disarranged psychonaut’s brain”: a flyer that was the work of illustrator Ben Foot. And today, Illustration Friday is here to save you all the bother of rescuing one of his aesthetically outstanding yet probably somewhat trampled pieces of art from of a post-mosh puddle of beer, because you can admire them all from behind a nice, clean screen of your choice.

Music and illustration are two disciplines that have a rich shared history; they’ve probably been complementing one another in some form or another since the first time someone opened their mouth to sing, thereby unleashing an avalanche of images on the inside of someone else’s skull. Indeed, there’s definitely something synesthetic about Ben’s work, with its behind-the-eyelids glow of candied violets and emeralds – and although there may not be any lyrical reference to moons with whimsical cat faces in the songs they complement, these images certainly hail from the same dimension of inspiration that informs the work of the musically innovative. In fact, this is artwork that at times strays into the sublime realms of true psychedelia, where image breaks down and the pure geometry of the universe, unfettered by mere human perception breaks through, spewing bubbles of energy and shards of celestial light through the rift and into the viewer’s consciousness. Yeah, you heard. At other times though, it’s as wistful and human as the work of Daniel Clowes.

Besides creating musical ephemera par excellence, Ben’s work has also adorned t-shirts from purveyor of illustrated fashions, threadless.com, and appeared in self-penned comics effervescing with his trademark surrealism and wry humour, such as the outstandingly-named Sparkly Sparkly Chew.

If you’d like to see more of Ben’s artwork (and why wouldn’t you?), head over to his website.

Posted by Oli Rogers on 08/27/14 under artists
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Editorial Submission :: Renata Owen

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Editorial Submission :: Renata Owen

Editorial Submission :: Renata Owen

Editorial Submission :: Renata Owen

Editorial Submission :: Renata Owen

Editorial Submission :: Renata Owen

Meet Renata Owen, an illustrator and designer from Surabaya, Indonesia.
Renata uses copious amounts of rich, ornamental detail in her work, which along with an soft, exquisite color palette, results in images that feel dreamy, complex and inviting.

You can see more of Renata’s work on her website.

 

Posted by James on 08/27/14 under editorial submissions
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Flora Waycott Illustration

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Flora Waycott graduated from Winchester School of Art with a BA Hons in Textile Design, her whimsical designs are inspired by her childhood in Japan where she was surrounded by lots of colours and patterns. She currently works freelance in New Zealand creating illustrations and surface patterns for stationary and the children’s apparel market. I really like all the textures that you can see in Flora Waycott’s work as I think this makes them really visually exciting. I also love how she uses nature in her work as it looks very beautiful.

To see more work by this talented illustrator visit her website or facebook. You can also purchase cards and tea-towels from her Etsy shop.

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Posted by Jessica Holden on 08/27/14 under artists
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Contemporary Artist: Louise McNaught

 

Contemporary artist, Louise McNaught uses nature and animals as her primary source for inspiration and says her degree in Fine Art at the University of Greenwich (2012) helped her achieve what she does today. It is so reassuring to hear this as an undergraduate student and budding artist myself!

The use of vibrant colour created by using neon and metallic paints gives a sense of uniqueness and life to her paintings, although even McNaught’s delicate use of pencil brings this sense of depth also. There is something mesmerising about her work and how she portrays nature as a powerful force, emphasing their beauty. I also love the way the artist uses a variety of materials to paint on which gives her pieces a certain edge.

More of McNaught’s work can be viewed on her Facebook page and Website.

 

Thanks for reading,

Carla

Posted by Carla Taylor on 08/25/14 under artists
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Back to school : 5 Creative tips before you start art college or university

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Hey everyone ,

Pretty soon I know a majority of some very talented young people will be setting out to start university or college here in the uk . I remember back to my very first day of art college and university studying my creative degree, I didn’t particularly know how to prepare for my degree and hence this meant I was abit behind in my prep before I started.

So if you’re wanting to pursue a creative career and are ready and raring to start your course but want to prepare here I’ve put together 5 of my own tips to do before you start to help give you a flying start unlike I did!

Art box materials : Art college/university is a great opportunity to really broaden your creative understanding , explore different styles and experiment with materials to really find your own creative niche. So gather together a variety of art materials from oil pastels to watercolour, acrylic paint , ink and collage. Having these materials to hand in a art box or tool box that you use for DIY will make it easy for you to carry to and from college with ease.

Sketchbooks : You may well need a sketchbook for each art project your given, one of my personal favourite makes of sketchbooks whilst in college was the pinkpig sketchbook ( have to say a3 was my favourite). Size wise I would stick to having larger size sketchbooks like a4-a3 giving you plenty of room to draw aswell as making them easier to carry around though your college or university tutors might also specify a different size you need like 12×12 for example

Portfolio : Your portfolio is going to be where you store all your progressive artwork for each project from the start to your finished projects. In art college I had to use an A1 portfolio with a centre binder and plastic display pockets however in university I simply down sized to an a3 portfolio with display pockets the same. Be sure to ask your college or university what type of portfolio you might need before you start so that you can be sure to get what you need in advance.

Computer equipment & software :  Now your university or college will no doubt have a variety of computer equipment , scanners and software available for you to use to edit and progress with your work. However its always handy during those dissertation projects or final deadlines to have some of these things to hand at home aswell.

When I started university I didn’t have anything computer wise at home because I couldn’t quite afford it, but with my student funding I purchased a cheap and cheerful all in one a4 epson printer from amazon that allowed me to both scan , copy and print ( I still have this 4 years on!). Secondly the computer I bought was a hp pavillion laptop but a majority of my friends had the money to invest in mac computers. To be honest its really up to you even if you go for a windows laptop like I did or mac you can still do a majority of the same things that you can on a apple laptop though the great thing about getting a laptop version is they’re much more portable.

If your wanting to try software there are some  trial and student editions of adobe that you can get online or subscribe to creative cloud etc with student discount on top which comes in handy ( though I’ve not tried  CC myself).

Be open minded & try new things: I remember when I started art college I was very much into the “Manga”, at 17 it was what I was aiming to do ( current fad at the time look how my style turned out in the end!) so I drew very graphically in my work using strictly ink and markers and because I did this I missed out on being able to experience more techniques like print making. So one thing to be is open minded , though you may well have an aspiration to be a specific type of artist that may well change as you get older. My best advice is listen to your tutors and experiment in your creative studio as much as you can and absorb all the learning.

Image by designer  Susan Estelle Kwas   you can find out more about their work here.

Posted by Kate Leonard on 08/24/14 under artists
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“Designy Illustrator” Mikey Burton

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Self-described “designy illustrator” Mikey Burton is a Philadelphia-based creative with a serious bear preoccupation. His professional work centers around editorial illustration, infographics, and identity design. He’s also been bestowed with awards from ADC Young Guns, Communication Arts, & Graphis, some of the most prestigious organizations in the industry, and has worked with clients like The Atlantic, Converse, Facebook, Fast Company, and Wilco. Mikey values simplicity in principles of color and design, using minimalism and traditionally-inspired typography to an effective advantage. The understated elegance of his work is what secured his spot in the Art Crush Friday Hall of Fame.

Mikey’s aesthetic is identified in the intersection between sharp, geometric vector designs and substantial, meaningful textures. I use the word meaningful not to be an art school asshole, but to say that the textures have strong purpose and intent in his work.

As I’ve learned more and more about graphic design, I’ve started to see the fork in the road that exists between flat and realistic design (this gorgeous Webby-winning site explains this very conundrum in further detail). As I mentioned earlier, Mikey’s process allows real textures to shine through flat shapes, seemingly creating atmospheres within the simplest of flattened shapes. Interestingly enough, he’s referenced his really old HP LaserJet printer as being the very tool that creates these fascinating textures. [More about his process here.]

Mikey swears by two things in particular before starting his design process: coffee and preliminary sketching. He’s a refreshingly real person who needs to participate in real humany things before dragging along on the computer for hours on end. He will routinely post final work to his Dribbble account, modestly seeking feedback from the peers he so deeply respects. I admire his humility, honesty and continual hustle for meaningful work, even amidst his great successes thus far. For budding designers, here’s some of Mikey’s advice: create work that you want to be hired to do, and don’t be a lame person to deal with.

Follow along with Mikey and his adventures to come:

Website

Dribble

Instagram

Twitter

 

Posted by Rachel Frankel on 08/24/14 under artists,conceptual,design,digital,freelance,technique,typography
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Pick of the Week for JOURNEY and This Week’s Topic

 

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Happy Friday!

We’re excited to announce this week’s topic, but first please enjoy the illustration above by Daniel Guidera, our Pick of the Week for last week’s topic of ‘JOURNEY’. You can also see a gallery of all the other inspiring entries here.

And of course, you can now participate in this week’s topic:

SKULL

Here’s how:

Step 1: Illustrate your interpretation of the current week’s topic (always viewable on the homepage).

Step 2: Post your image onto your blog / flickr / facebook, etc.

Step 3: Come back to Illustration Friday and submit your illustration (see big “Submit your illustration” button on the homepage).

Step 4: Your illustration will then be added to the participant gallery where it will be viewable along with everyone else’s from the IF community!

Also be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter and subscribe to our weekly email newsletter to keep up with our exciting community updates!

HAPPY ILLUSTRATING!

Posted by Thomas James on 08/22/14 under weekly topics
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