As inspired and creatively enthusiastic as we are, there are times when we can’t be as fully creative as we want to be. Whether you’re a creative pro taking a break after long hours at the drawing board, working a day job during the day or you’ve got to take time away from your creative life because of school. These things happened and we have to prioritize other things over our creativity.
However have you found when the pencils, paint brushes, graphics tablet or camera are put down, we don’t quite know what to do with ourselves. We’re creatively restless and eager to do anything but relax or what we’re supposed to. So to sooth your creative side whilst taking a break or trying to focus on other life to-do’s, here are a few small ways you can be creative in even the smallest ways everyday:
- Doodle while you’re on the phone ( comes in handy when you’re stuck on hold)
- Write a quirky quote as your twitter or facebook
- Doodle on the fridge ( grab a black wipe away board pen and have fun)
- Snap some pictures on your phone whilst you’re on your travels
- Write or draw something quirky in the sand or snow ( if you have snow where you are!)
- Doodle on your ipad whilst sitting on the bus or train
- Grab a pack of sticky notes and jot down your creativity anywhere ( maybe leave it for someone else to find?)
- Doodle on a napkin whilst you’re in that coffee shop whilst waiting for a friend or meeting.
- Sketch what you wore that day ( if you’re a lover of fashion)
- Find inspiration in the little things and make a quick 2 minute sketch of it ( it might become an illustration or pattern later on)
What do you do everyday to stay that little bit creative?
Image by illustrator Rhianna Wurman, you can find out more about there work here.
Posted by Kate Leonard on 02/01/15 under artists
We’re excited to announce this week’s topic, but first please enjoy the illustration above by Anna Marie Farmer, our Pick of the Week for last week’s topic of PASSION. Thanks to everyone else for participating. We hope it was inspiring!
You can also see a gallery of all the other entries here.
And of course, you can now participate in this week’s topic:
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!
Dan Brereton broke into the comics scene in the late 80’s/early 90’s with books like The Black Terror from Eclipse, and The Psycho from DC Comics. His distinct painted art style stood out among the other comics being published at that time. In 1995 Brereton introduced his creator-owned series The Nocturnals to the world. The Nocturnals is a pulp style horror series about a bunch of supernatural crime fighters, starring a cast of colorful characters like Doc Horror, his daughter Evening AKA Halloween Girl, Firelion(a revived victim of spontaneous human combustion), and many, many more.
The Nocturnals are celebrating their 20th Anniversary with a special KickStarter campaign for their next graphic novel The Sinister Path. There’s less than 2 days left as I write this, so hurry over there, if you’re interested.
Other works of note by Dan Brereton are Giantkiller, Batman: Thrillkiller, Legends of the World’s Finest, and The Last Battle, just to name a few.
Brereton has been nominated for 5 Eisner Awards, and has won an Inkpot Award.
You can keep up with the latest Dan Brereton news, and browse more artwork on his website here.
For more comics related art, you can follow me on my website comicstavern.com - Andy Yates
Sonia is a Melbourne based illustrator whose work features on book covers, editorial and now homewares. Sonia works in traditional and digital media and is also an animator, her sense of colour and pattern, juxtaposed with the characters in her work that seem to come from another time, makes her work unique. She also loves sloths!
You can see lots more of her work here : http://www.soniak.com/
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Posted by Jeanine
UK based artist Linzie Hunter’s typographic illustrations are so fun to look at! Her bright and playful work often has a vintage flair, and she mixes unique type styles with color and pattern to create whimsical pieces from often complicated, text-heavy content. Linzie’s started 2015 with a very cool personal project—she’s been accepting new years resolution submissions from folks around the internet and illustrating one per day throughout the month of January. The full series can bee seen on her website, Twitter, and Instagram.
Linzie’s work can be seen on book covers, magazines, and in ad campaigns, and clients include Time magazine, The Guardian, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Hallmark, Nike, VH1, Gillette, The BBC,Penguin Random House, and Chronicle Books. Her work has also been featured in Communication Arts, 3×3, and How magazine.
Maki Naro is a cartoonist, illustrator and blogger for the likes of Popular Science, The Nib and The New York Times. Maki does really clever and engaging explainers on all sorts of scientific concepts, like this fantastic piece for The Nib, Vaccines Work, Here Are the Facts. He has a portal site which will lead you down a rabbit hole of cartoons, blogs, commentary and all around interesting stuff.
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Posted by Mark Kaufman on 01/28/15 under Don'tMiss
Posted by Chloe
Tiago Americo is a Brazilian illustrator based in Canada. His illustrations have a quirky, vintage feel with a contemporary twist. Americo’s illustrations are created digitally and are inspired by his upbringing in Brazil, 50s and 60s pop culture and Scandinavian design.
You can see more of his work here | Portfolio
Posted by Chloe Baldwin on 01/28/15 under artists
For more of Conor’s work go HERE>>
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Being a creative at times can be hard, whether you love to scribble, paint, take a picture, shape clay and more all you know is you’re passionate about what you do. No one said it was going to be an easy path to follow when you start out, taking each day as it comes trying to direct your creativity in so many ways for opportunities to come your way.
Although there is that one bump in the road we all come across countless times called the “pennyless art believers”. Many of us have no doubt been there and got the t-shirt when we’re asked “What do you want to do as a career?”.
With a huge cheesy grin and sketchbook in hand we enthusiastically reply… “I want to be an illustrator” or fine artist , ceramic designer or any other type of creative professional. Its then that you suddenly see the person cringe with the assumption you’re going to struggle to make it as a creative. Yes its easy for other people to assume in the comfort of their everyday job that you’ll be a pennyless artist.
However if you’re wise about how you do things you can achieve great things , avoiding the assumption of being a pennyless artist drawing doodles for macaroons and a starbucks ( or is that just me?). If you encounter people with a negative view of your career path , don’t let that upset you and take this advice:
“Be around the right kind of people who will help your creativity grow and who believe in what you do. Believe in yourself and the right people will support you on your journey to do and achieve great things”.
Image is by Leah Bergman and you can find out more about her work here.
Posted by Kate Leonard on 01/27/15 under artists
Laura Slater is a pattern and textile designer based in West Yorkshire, where she runs her own studio. Her work is largely inspired by Danish design and is a superb combination of shape and texture which unite to create intriguing abstract interpretations of nature. Laura hand prints each piece in her collection onto lampshades, pillow covers, dish towels, aprons and paper products. Laura’s work is a true testament to the idea that simple shapes, textures and a limited color palette can make some truly impactful imagery.
You can check out Laura’s work on her website, or follow along with her process and inspiration on twitter. She recently posted this video about her process; it’s a really interesting peek into her world and inspiration!
Written by Bryna Shields.