• 10 Creatives to Follow on TikTok in 2021
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    10 Creatives to Follow on TikTok in 2021

    Domestika’s Instagram community votes for the social network's most inspiring accounts TikTok is much more than dance moves, reactions, and laughs. There is also a growing wave of creatives surprising everyone with their talents. On Instagram, we often get to see a more carefully-curated side of each user, with heavily edited photos and thought-out angles. TikTok gives us a more relaxed experience and a behind-the-scenes atmosphere. That's why we asked Domestika’s Instagram community which TikTok accounts they find most inspiring. These were the most voted: Marjan Roshan @dailymarjan A Persian-Spanish designer and illustrator based in Madrid. Her work has been featured in Spanish magazines and group exhibitions. On her TikTok, she shares creative processes behind her illustrations (mostly portraiture) with different techniques and materials.

  • Sonia Pulido: "Illustration Fosters Reflection and Change"
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    Sonia Pulido: "Illustration Fosters Reflection and Change"

    We spoke to Spain's winner of the 2020 National Illustration Award about the role of illustration in today's 'tsunami of images' We could say that Sonia Pulido, illustrator and winner of the National Illustration Award of 2020, decided that she wanted to devote herself to this profession after watching a rerun movie on a Sunday afternoon. When she was nine, she noticed a secondary character in one of those films: an illustrator who had a fantastic studio filled with art materials and drawing tables. Suddenly, all the illustrated books in her home took on a different meaning. "I almost felt something click when I realized it was those people who made the illustration," she recalls. Unlike many others, she never abandoned drawing. At the university where she studied Fine Arts, she discovered a book by illustrator Ana Juan in the library and had another revelation. It opened the doors to a whole other world. "I came across a style and method different to what I had ever produced before," she explained.

  • “Working Together, Apart”: Reinventing Relationships Between Teams and Clients
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    “Working Together, Apart”: Reinventing Relationships Between Teams and Clients

    Sagi Haviv explains how the rebranding of discovery+ and Panda Global logos helped his team to reinvent their working methods In March 2020, when the pandemic hit, like everyone else, we were nervous about impact on our business. There were two main worries: one, that clients might be skittish about initiating or continuing design projects when the world was in crisis. This worry very quickly lifted when we discovered that many companies were eager to use the downtime of the pandemic to continue and even to accelerate their engagement with us. The second concern was more existential: working collaboratively and in person—both within our office and with our clients—has been at the core of our practice for decades.

  • What Are the Key Characteristics of Manga Illustration?
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    What Are the Key Characteristics of Manga Illustration?

    Discover more about this format and the key characteristics of Japanese illustration The word “manga” refers to Japanese comics and graphic novels. The manga industry is huge and a key part of Japanese culture: its reach goes way beyond the country’s borders. In this blog post, we explore the history and main features of this genre.

  • What is ISO Sensitivity in Photography?
    Film & Video

    What is ISO Sensitivity in Photography?

    Learn the basics for beginners about ISO and how aperture and shutter speed settings interact with each other, by Giulia Candussi In analog film photography, ISO (or formerly ASA) indicated how sensitive a roll of film was to light. While most modern cameras do not use film anymore, the term stuck around and now refers to the relative sensitivity of a camera’s sensor to light. Along with shutter speed and aperture, ISO is one of the most fundamental settings to understand when taking digital photographs. In this video, Giulia Candussi explains what ISO is and how you can use it in your digital photography to achieve the best results possible:

  • Domestika Scholarships Are Back! Turn Your Creative Passion Into Your Future
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    Domestika Scholarships Are Back! Turn Your Creative Passion Into Your Future

    Unlock your creative potential! Win one of 10 Domestika Scholarships and enjoy 50 free courses Domestika is committed to learning. There are no limits regarding age or experience, time zone, or geographical location to be part of the Domestika community. Some of the best creative professionals showcase their best work on Domestika, and the courses are open to everyone. The world of creativity is based on sharing knowledge, and this concept inspired us to kick start the third edition of Domestika Scholarships.

  • Meet Maria Mandea, a Play Designer From Bucharest
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    Meet Maria Mandea, a Play Designer From Bucharest

    Maria Mandea designs and creates playful objects and experiences for all ages Play is essential, regardless of our age. “It allows mistakes, discovery, and the creation of new realities,” says Maria Mandea, a play designer from Bucharest, Romania. Not sure what a play designer does? Actually, the role of “play designer” is a job title that Maria invented herself to most accurately explain what she does. Allow us to elaborate... Maria designs and creates playful objects and experiences, such as toys, stop-motion animations, apps, and games.

  • The Fascinating Story of the Women Who Created the Great Disney Classics
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    The Fascinating Story of the Women Who Created the Great Disney Classics

    The Golden Age of film animation would not have been possible without these female illustrators, animators, and art directors Cinderella (1950), Dumbo (1941), Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), and Bambi (1942) are classic Disney movies that marked the childhood of millions of children worldwide. They have one thing in common: the role played by women in their making was invaluable. Although it was the legendary animators of the early days of Disney Production (known as Disney's Nine Old Men) who went down in animation history, the dream factory created by Walt Disney paved the way to hundreds of women. However, their stories may not be as well-known as those of their male counterparts.

  • 10 Black American Female Fiction Writers and Poets You Should Know
    Art

    10 Black American Female Fiction Writers and Poets You Should Know

    From the first African-American novelist to the 22-year-old poet who performed at the 2021 presidential inauguration This March, we are celebrating the outstanding achievements of female creatives throughout history. Stories help us understand the world and see it through another’s eyes. They can be an escape, teach us empathy, and inspire change. We have compiled a list of ten Black American female fiction writers and poets who have made their mark over two centuries and continue to shape and inspire generations. Harriet E. Wilson (1825–1900) Harriet E. Wilson is considered the first African American to publish a novel in the United States. Our Nig: Sketches from the Life of a Free Black was published anonymously in 1859, later discovered to be Wilson's work by the scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr in 1982.

  • Bullet Journal Tutorial: How to Use Basic Symbols
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    Bullet Journal Tutorial: How to Use Basic Symbols

    Learn the basic symbols used in bullet journaling and how to make a key for your own journal, with Annie Weir Bullet journaling was designed to help people organize their lives and bring clarity to their minds using a simple and flexible system made up of basic symbols. Annie Weir (@a_journal_by_annie) has been bullet journaling since 2017, combining her passion for lettering and illustration with a place to store her ideas, thoughts, and memories. In this tutorial, she shares how to use bullet journal symbols and how you can make a key for your own journal.

  • 15 Essential Online Courses for Those Passionate About Design
    Design

    15 Essential Online Courses for Those Passionate About Design

    These courses taught by top experts are sure to inspire anyone starting in UX design, logo design, branding, or interior design The word "design" is mysterious and diverse, referring to the conception and development of a product, a service, a process, a tool, packaging, a publication, and much more. Design is used to define the most basic and most complex aspects of a product. Whether we’re talking about a cup of coffee or the computer you’re working on, the application of a design process has made it possible for you to use the products around you. Design is ubiquitous. Whether you are looking to expand your knowledge of design or are on the hunt for a gift for a friend or family member, we have selected 15 of our favorite design courses for you to consider. Logo Design: From Concept to Presentation, a course by Sagi Haviv Finding a balance between simplicity and originality is one of the most difficult tasks in graphic design, yet it’s something at which Sagi Haviv (@sagi) excels. Over the years, the New York-based designer has created iconic logos for the US Open, National Geographic, Harvard University Press, and Conservation International, among others. In this course, Sagi will dismantle any preconceptions you have about design and help you take your work and portfolio to the next level. You’ll work on designing a logo and brand identity for a client while exploring your own identity as a graphic designer.

  • Who Is Valerie Thomas and What Is the Illusion Transmitter?
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    Who Is Valerie Thomas and What Is the Illusion Transmitter?

    The Illusion Transmitter was invented by a trailblazing Black female NASA scientist This March, we are celebrating the outstanding achievements of female creatives throughout history. Today, we look back on the life and accomplishments of a trailblazing black female scientist who made enormous contributions to NASA’s research and technological development: Valerie Thomas. Valerie Thomas was born in Maryland in 1943. As a child, she developed an interest in technology after watching her father tinker with the mechanical parts of radios and television sets. Aged eight, she read a book called The Boys First Book of Radio and Electronics, piquing her interest. She asked her father to help her with projects featured in the book, but he allegedly refused.

  • Free Crochet Pattern for International Women's Day
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    Free Crochet Pattern for International Women's Day

    Crochet a breast following simple instructions of Ameskeria and share it with the community To join the celebration of International Women's Day (#IWD2021), Leire Villar (@ameskeria) shares with the community a pattern for knitting a breast in crochet. Leire is a photographer, specialist in crochet and feminist, who makes all kinds of pieces with threads and needles.

  • Experience the Power of Daryan Dornelles’ Iconic Portrait Photography
    Photography

    Experience the Power of Daryan Dornelles’ Iconic Portrait Photography

    This remarkable contemporary photographer captures the soul of his subjects Daryan Dornelles is Brazilian, lives in Lisbon (Portugal), and his experience with photography started when he was a teenager thanks to his passion for music. So, it is no surprise that he's photographed some of the biggest names in Brazilian music, from Gilberto Gil to Chico Buarque, Caetano Veloso, Marisa Monte, Elza Soares, and Maria Bethânia. Over the years, his photographs have appeared on the cover of over 150 magazines worldwide: GQ, Vogue, Bravo, Rolling Stone, Serafina, Trip, and Esquire, to name a few. In addition, he was awarded the Prêmio Abril de Jornalismo in 2007, and in 2016 the Prêmio Globo de Comunicação, both prestigious Brazilian accolades.

  • What Is Ghost Light in Photography?
    Photography

    What Is Ghost Light in Photography?

    Learn about this mysterious lighting technique and how you can use it to take incredible photos Ghost light is a lighting technique that photographer Ibai Acevedo (@ibai) discovered while trying to find the best way to light his models and control the light as much as possible, both how it is perceived and how it appears. Imagine you want to photograph a person using a diffuser, playing with the light and shadows. Given that you need the light source to be close to your model in order to achieve the right lighting, surely the light source will be visible in the frame? Well, Ibai discovered that it’s possible to light your model without showing your light source. He does this by creating a layered composition as if it were a collage. This gives you the power to decide what you want and don't want to show in the photograph: he calls this technique “ghost light”.

  • Melanie Chadwick: Philosopher of Sketching
    Illustration

    Melanie Chadwick: Philosopher of Sketching

    Meet food and travel illustrator Melanie Chadwick and learn why she considers sketching to be a way of life Melanie Chadwick (@melanie_chadwick) is a freelance illustrator and designer based in Cornwall, UK. She believes that design should be fun, lively, and enrich the lives of those around it. She has a love for sketching and incorporates it into her daily practice. She specializes in map and food illustration and enjoys mixing analog and digital techniques in her work, working in a variety of media–from traditional watercolors, pen and ink, and collage to digital and vector brushes. She has worked with numerous clients across various projects, including book illustration, food packaging, restaurant menus, magazine editorials, branding projects, maps, greeting cards, postcards, and more. Melanie's clients include Cornish Seasalt, Foodimentary, Ferment Magazine, American Airlines, and Virgin Atlantic.

  • 8 Miniature Artists and Diorama Creators to Inspire You
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    8 Miniature Artists and Diorama Creators to Inspire You

    What is a diorama? Be inspired to create your own miniature worlds A diorama is a three-dimensional miniature model, usually representing a scene that includes characters interacting, a landscape, and architectural elements. The models are typically found in museum exhibitions. However, many different types of creatives have focused on this craft in cinema, television, graphic design, advertising, and other art fields. While museums’ dioramas are usually highly realistic historical representations, contemporary creators tend to recreate scenes with a satirical message and social commentary. These artists create all their work in miniature, showing impressive technical ability. Meet some of these creators and their artwork, accurately capturing their love for miniature sculpture in their photographs. Lori Nix and Kathleen Gerber An architect and a sculptor make up this duo. Their work is inspired by classic disaster movies and post-apocalyptic literature. Their experimental scenes depict a dangerous world, ridden from human beings, all with a touch of humor. Their advice to young artists is to remember that all good projects require time for development.

  • Top 10 Creative Projects of February 2021
    Design

    Top 10 Creative Projects of February 2021

    We put together the projects that received the most likes in February within the Domestika community Like every month, we showcase the 10 projects that have caught the Domestika community's attention and received the most likes and appreciation. They are the final projects created by students from all the different courses on offer and are a mix of assignments suggested by teachers and personal projects. All get to fill up this space with creativity. Among the most appreciated projects in February are illustrations and knitting pieces. Also, making a debut this month are some creative cake designers, which made it to the list with three impressive final projects. To check their creative processes, click on the red titles. Don't forget to add your comment at the end of the article and let us know your favorite. Watercolour hummingbird, by Sarah Stokes (@sarah_stokes) This artist's wildlife work is inspired by her home environment in the countryside around Worcestershire, in the United Kingdom. This piece demonstrates many of the techniques Sarah teaches in her Domestika course, Artistic Watercolor Techniques for Illustrating Birds.

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