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Top 10 Creative Projects of 2020 on Domestika

We have compiled a list of the most-liked projects to be shared by the Domestika community in 2020

There are only a few days left of the year, so we want to present the projects that have received the best feedback from the community out of all of those published in 2020 on Domestika.

As was the case in 2019, the projects of the year are dominated by the medium of illustration. Final projects for different courses have also made the list, while fantasy and poetry have been celebrated as much as hyperrealism. Illustrator Adolfo Serra also gets a special mention for having authored two of the ten final projects to make the list.

These are the top ten creative projects of 2020 to be published on Domestika:


My project for the course: Watercolor Illustration with Japanese Influence, by Jessica Alvarez (@vanila_ryder)

This final project, which was created for Flor Kaneshiro’s course, is titled Mandado. In this artwork, Jessica–the author–draws on Japanese influences, yet takes it a step further: she combines oriental techniques with a Latin American aesthetic inspired by Mexican markets.

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Mandado


My project for the course: Realistic Portrait with Graphite Pencil, by Yuliana Alvarez (@julie_agnes)

This portrait is by tattoo artist and illustrator Yuliana Alvarez, who is from Mexico City. She set out to make a realistic portrait and succeeded in creating this artwork using techniques taught by Domestika expert, Diego Catalán Amilivia.

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Realistic portrait


My project for the course: Realistic Portrait with Graphite Pencil, by Ortiz Mata Laura (@ortizmatalaura)

"I carried out this course while stuck at home during the state of alarm brought about by the Covid-19 crisis: it was like a medicine for me", explains Laura, the creator of this drawing. Like her, many people joined our community this year as a way to unleash their creativity during lockdown. This project shares Laura’s process. She also dedicates a few words to the course teacher, Diego Catalán Amilivia: "I studied Fine Art yet never had I been introduced to such useful theories about anatomy, light, and composition".

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Realistic portrait


My project for the course: Digital Fantasy Portraits with Photoshop Course, by Josephine Janto (@josephinejanto01)

Not only do you need a great imagination to create a fantasy narrative that awakens emotion and wonder, but also a great method. That is what Josephine, the creator of this drawing, learned to apply. "I was inspired by comets for my fantasy theme, and after making my mood board, thought of drawing a sort of glowing comet girl descending through space", she describes. “To add more fantasy elements into the piece, I also decided to draw in some glowing comet fish floating around her.”

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Digital fantasy portrait


My project for the course: Illustrated Portrait in Watercolor, by Ludmila Fernandes (@ludmilafgusmao)

For this project, Ludmila began with a photo, recreating the subject’s expression while adding organic elements to make her piece completely original.

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Watercolor portrait


Hojas de Hierba (Leaves of Grass), by Adolfo Serra (@adolfoserra)

Hojas de hierba (Leaves of Grass) is a series of illustrations by Adolfo Serra, based on Walt Whitman’s book. This collection of poems is characterized by its delight in sensual pleasures at a time when such candid displays were considered immoral.

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Hojas de Hierba


Illustrations for Eme21Magazine, by Adolfo Serra (@adolfoserra)

Adolfo Serra makes his second appearance on our list with this series of illustrations for eme21magazine.

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Watercolor illustration


Experimental comic/illustrated diary lockdown challenge, by Puño (@puno)

During lockdown, illustration and comics expert Puño launched a creative challenge, calling on participants to create an illustrated diary of experiences. Suitable for everyone, no matter their level of experience or whatever their age, this challenge called on the community to fill in this template.

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Diary


My project for the course: Concrete Furniture Creation for Beginners, by Hassan Qureshi (@hassanqureshi93)

This is the only project on our list that is not an illustration. It was created for the course, Concrete Furniture Creation for Beginners. This pot with gold details was a hit with the Domestika community.

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Concrete pot


My project for the course: Illustration Techniques with Digital Watercolor, by Vrigit Smith (@vrigit)

This feminine and poetic illustration was created using digital watercolors and draws on a current and dreamy pop aesthetic.

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Digital watercolor illustration

Congratulations! Thank you very much for sharing your projects! We look forward to seeing more of your work in 2021.

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