• 3 Free Inspirational Books For Illustrating Japanese-style Waves

    3 Free Inspirational Books For Illustrating Japanese-style Waves

    Boost your creativity with these early 20th-century illustrations from artist Mori Yuzan The ocean is incredibly hypnotic. Outlining the silhouette of a wave for an illustration requires letting the brush glide almost freely across the page. In Japanese art, waves express beauty and are packed with symbolism, and Hamonshū, a collection of three books from 1903, includes many great examples. Despite not being very well known, author Mori Yuzan demonstrates a unique ability to draw different types of waves with great accuracy. Thanks to Internet Archive and The Smithsonian Library, you can now access and download all three books free of charge. They will no doubt serve as an incredible source of inspiration and great reference material when creating mood boards in the early stages of your creative process.

  • 10 Professions That Wouldn't Exist Without Google

    10 Professions That Wouldn't Exist Without Google

    From SEO to YouTubers, we take a look at the creative jobs born thanks to the search engine giant In recent years, the digitization of the economy has led to the emergence of new professional profiles characterized by having the skills - and essentially tools - to adapt to a way of working that requires us to analyze, interpret, and respond to markets quickly and efficiently. Most of the tools that these new professionals know how to use have been created, acquired, or improved by Google - a company that since its founding in 1998 has led the way of future trends in industries such as marketing, design, and programming. To mark the anniversary of the search engine giant’s creation, which falls on September 27, here we take a look at ten professions that wouldn’t exist without Google - and the tools that make them possible. Considering a career change? Take note of these careers with great prospects...

  • 4 Drawing Exercises That Will Loosen up Your Hand

    4 Drawing Exercises That Will Loosen up Your Hand

    Illustrator Raúl Urias shares tips on improving your drawing and illustration technique Raúl Urias (@raulurias) is an illustrator and visual artist who finds inspiration in pop culture, traditions, and history to create work with a modern twist. Having worked on major projects for clients such as Google, Nike, Converse, and ESPN, over the years he has developed a methodology that allows him to constantly reinvigorate his creativity. In this article, Raúl shares one of his favorite illustration exercises, which is not just a great way to practice technique but also opens the doors to new ways of working and new aesthetics.

  • 7 Key Embroidery Terms You Should Get to Know

    7 Key Embroidery Terms You Should Get to Know

    These embroidery posts are a must-read if you want to discover amazing tools, techniques, and styles If you've ever stepped into the world of embroidery, you'll know that it offers endless creative possibilities. In most cases, you only need two items to get started: a needle and thread. But how can you approach new techniques and styles or try out new tools? Besides constantly looking for new references, another alternative is to get to know different embroidery terms. Knowing more about crewel embroidery, needle painting, or latch hooking will push you to experiment. If you are just starting out or want to keep learning, discover these seven inspiring types of embroidery. To learn more about each one, just click on the titles in red. What Is Embroidery and What Are the Main Types of Embroidery? Did you know that almost every culture has some sort of history with embroidery? Some examples date back as far as the 5th century B.C. It is fascinating to explore its history and see its evolution. This is a great way to learn about different techniques available to you and experiment freely. Before picking up your needle, learn more about this exciting practice. This will also help you appreciate the value of each piece you create.

  • 10 Cake Design Accounts to Follow on Instagram

    10 Cake Design Accounts to Follow on Instagram

    Enjoy these incredibly creative cake designs by artists with large followings on social media Cake designing is a decorative baking technique that proves you can eat something with your eyes. Even the most greedy, those who never say no to trying something sweet, would probably be left speechless in front of such masterpieces and hold back for a minute. These artistic creations deserve time to appreciate their colorful look, rich in textures and endless details. Creative bakery is also perfect for a visual channel such as Instagram. By visiting the #cakedesign hashtag, you can get lost among the number of real masterpieces, in all styles and from all over the world.

  • 7 Must-Read Branding Books for 2021

    7 Must-Read Branding Books for 2021

    Discover everything you need to know about creating a successful brand identity with this must-read booklist A strong and impactful brand identity makes you stand out from the crowd and is key to connecting with your audience, so getting it right is absolutely essential. Designer, Creative Director, and branding expert Michael Johnson (@michael_johnson) is the founder of Johnson Banks, a world-renowned design consultancy that specializes in branding and visual identity. He has spent over 30 years working on leading branding projects with top clients in the cultural, government, and charity sectors, including Action Against Hunger, the UN Climate Change Conference, and the Royal Academy of Music.

  • 12 Packaging Websites and Blogs to Inspire Your Designs

    12 Packaging Websites and Blogs to Inspire Your Designs

    Discover the most popular packaging design web pages in the world to inspire all your projects Finding inspiration is something a packaging designer constantly does. Elena Sancho (@tatabi), creative director of Tatabi Studio and a designer specializing in sustainable branding and packaging, dedicates a few minutes every morning to sift through all sorts of new ideas. Sticking to this routine, Elena gets inspired when creating designs that go beyond the usual aesthetic. She shares some of her essential packaging resources below. The selection in this list includes blogs, websites, and an Instagram account that looks at the latest trends and jobs and can help you unleash your creativity. The Dieline Created in 2007 by Andrew Gibbs, what started as a personal blog became the most visited packaging website in the world. Its mission is to connect professionals worldwide and promote more sustainable solutions in the packaging industry by using creativity and innovation.

  • 4 Inspiring Books for Starting Out in Weaving

    4 Inspiring Books for Starting Out in Weaving

    Learn about this mindful craft, be inspired by popular hand weaving books and get your own projects going Hand weaving is a meditative art that allows you to unwind while creating something beautiful. Fiber artist Lucy Rowan (@peasandneedles) incorporates her love of playful colors and texture in her work as a specialist hand-weaver and punch needle embroiderer. After buying a lap loom off the internet and learning from books borrowed from the library, she began almost by chance and has so far been featured in magazines, opened an online shop, and even written two books about her craft.

  • 10 Inspiring Interior Design and Lifestyle Bloggers You Should Check Out
    Architecture & Space

    10 Inspiring Interior Design and Lifestyle Bloggers You Should Check Out

    Explore the world of interior design and lifestyle blogging and be inspired to start your own projects Emma Jane Palin (@emmajanepalin) is a multi-award-winning blogger, digital marketing specialist, and interior stylist based in the seaside town of Margate in Kent in the UK. She has worked on interior design and lifestyle campaigns with major international brands such as John Lewis, Aperol Spritz, and Apple. After graduating with a degree in graphic design and illustration from the University of East London, Emma began interning at a PR agency and launched her blog as a creative outlet that kept her in touch with everything related to design and illustration.

  • 5 Books on Wabi-Sabi and Japanese Culture

    5 Books on Wabi-Sabi and Japanese Culture

    Learn more about the japanese art of putting broken pottery back together that sees beauty in flaws and imperfections Clara Graziolino (@claragraziolino) is an Italian ceramic artist and kintsugi expert living in Madrid. She creates sculptures and installations for galleries and international interior designers and teaches ceramic restoration and kintsugi. Kintsugi is the centuries-old Japanese art of putting broken pottery back together using a special tree sap lacquer dusted with powdered gold, silver, or platinum, which highlights the cracks. It results in one-of-a-kind pieces of pottery.

  • 4 Best E-commerce Platforms for Your Business

    4 Best E-commerce Platforms for Your Business

    Discover the best platforms available for your business with a little help from top experts Choosing the right e-commerce platform to best serve your business requires some basic knowledge of what is on offer. Ellie Rivers (@ellie_rivers) is a London-based e-commerce and digital marketing consultant who has been helping small business owners and major brands develop tailored e-commerce and digital marketing strategies for over twelve years. In her Domestika course, she guides you through creating your own efficient and professional online business and makes some informed recommendations so you can make the right decision. Read on to discover different available options and how you can decide which one is the best for your brand or business.

  • 10 Female Geeks Who Changed History

    10 Female Geeks Who Changed History

    Celebrate the lives of ten women whose nerdy obsessions changed the world Those who show a lot of enthusiasm for niche subjects, solve problems quicker than everyone else, or prefer to spend their free time furthering passion projects instead of socializing, often get labeled "geeks". It is a word that has been used as an insult to banish a person or group of people to a particular corner of the school cafeteria and make them feel ashamed of their talents and achievements. However, being a geek is something to celebrate, which is exactly why Geek Pride Day was created in the late 90s/early 00s, held annually around the world on May 25. Geeks are usually gifted and unfazed by the idea of being different. Throughout history, their dedication to their specialist subjects has resulted in outstanding contributions being made to society. Today, we’re celebrating ten real-life women whose nerdy obsessions changed the world.

  • Watch These 4 Animated Shorts By Belgian Filmmakers
    3D & Animation

    Watch These 4 Animated Shorts By Belgian Filmmakers

    These four stop-motion shorts are free to watch and present the magical world of animated storytelling One of Irish illustrator Kevin Waldron's (@kev_wally) favorite go-to sources of inspiration is a long list he has created of animated shorts from all over the world. These projects demonstrate a variety of styles and approaches and tell entertaining, moving, and inspiring stories–they are sure to spur your imagination, whatever format you usually work in. Today, Kevin spotlights four stop-motion shorts from his list, made in Belgium by director Guionne Leroy and directing and writing duo Emma De Swaef and Marc James Roels. Watch below!

  • 18 US and UK Museums You Can Visit Online in 2021

    18 US and UK Museums You Can Visit Online in 2021

    Take virtual tours of some of the best galleries the US and UK have to offer to celebrate International Museum Day Museums are slowly reopening their doors, and art lovers are all extremely thankful for it. However, it may still be difficult to book a visiting slot, and while we patiently wait for things to truly go back to normal, we may still want to access collections from the comfort of our homes. When the first lockdown happened a year ago, museum experts, historians, curators, and photographers around the world took it upon themselves to ensure we could go online and visit art and history collections while we were confined to our four walls. International Museum Day seems like a great opportunity to invite you for a virtual tour of our selection of British and American museums. Enjoy, anytime, anywhere! Science Museum, London This world-class museum has a collection of 325,000 objects and archives and ever-expanding digital resources. You can find all the stories behind the most fascinating, historically significant. and awe-inspiring objects that have shaped the world as we know it.

  • 10 Female Crypto Artists to Keep an Eye On

    10 Female Crypto Artists to Keep an Eye On

    Discover the works of female visual artists selling their art on NFT marketplaces As the crypto art market grows, it is becoming more and more male-dominated. While the overwhelming majority of artists embracing this market are male, more and more women are beginning to band together to help each other get a foot in the door of virtual galleries where they can access the highest-paying collectors. Below is a list of ten female creatives—designers, illustrators, animators, and digital photographers—who are active in the NFT community. They all seek to gain better exposure and do so through collaborations, mutual recommendations, and sharing their artworks online.

  • 5 Anatomy Books to Improve Your Figure Drawing

    5 Anatomy Books to Improve Your Figure Drawing

    Discover some invaluable resources to help you when drawing the human figure Human anatomy is undoubtedly complex, and studying it is an activity that deserves years and years of commitment. Like all complex things, it needs to be broken down to be more easily understood. Studying artistic anatomy books routinely is key to a figurative artist's practice. Understanding how human anatomy works is essential to strong, powerful figure drawing. It improves the ability to represent the human figure and contributes to creating successful dynamic figure drawing. Artist Shane Wolf (@shane_wolf) has dedicated over ten years to exploring and experimenting with the art of figure drawing. Hailing from the US, where he graduated as a graphic designer, he soon realized that his true calling was to explore his inner artist with unwavering determination. He set off to Florence, Italy, where he studied at the Angel Academy of Art and is now a professional painter working from his studio in Paris, where he experiments and seeks to express the depth of humanity through his art.

  • 5 Online Mexican Art Exhibitions to Visit on Cinco de Mayo

    5 Online Mexican Art Exhibitions to Visit on Cinco de Mayo

    Immerse yourself in Mexican culture and explore this rich mix of art, from Mesoamerican stone carvings to 1940s film noir May 5th is Cinco de Mayo, the yearly anniversary of Mexico’s defeat of the French Empire in the Battle of Puebla back in 1862. While in Mexico, this day is only really recognized in Puebla, in the USA, it has morphed into a big, commercial celebration. Why is it such a big celebration in the USA? It began back in the 60s, when Mexican-American activists started to raise awareness of this historic event to honor their heritage, and bridge the gap between the two cultures. Cities with large Mexican-American communities subsequently started to commemorate the date with parades, parties, mariachi music, Mexican folk dancing, and traditional foods such as tacos and mole poblano.