• 15 Examples of Amazing Comic Strips to Inspire You
    Illustration

    15 Examples of Amazing Comic Strips to Inspire You

    Be inspired by various comic strip and graphic novel artists to find your own style The presence of as many comic styles as there are authors is a good sign. This means you can also start out in this field and share your stories. Even the most celebrated artists started their journey without knowing what they would tell and how they would do it. Practicing non-stop was what made them stand out from the crowd and given them an identity. Also, be aware that every culture has its own way of telling stories. If you are a beginner, it is good to know as many styles as possible, from manga to humor, to made-for-social-media material.

  • 7 Must-Read Branding Books for 2021
    Marketing

    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.

  • Who Created the Iconic Yellow Smiley Face?
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    Who Created the Iconic Yellow Smiley Face?

    Discover the story behind this pop culture icon originally designed by Harvey Ball to boost staff morale The oldest known example of a smiley face dates back to 1700 BC: a nearly-4000-year-old ceramic pot excavated near Turkey’s border with Syria features the faint markings of two dots and a curved line. Yet the ubiquitous yellow smiley face that is a pop culture icon around the world–and would become part of a digital language in the new millennium–is considered to have been created in 1963 in Worcester, Massachusetts by an artist called Harvey Ball.

  • Top Tips for Mastering Night Photography
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    Top Tips for Mastering Night Photography

    Would you like to have the ultimate guide to night photography? Check out these essential professional tips If you have tried night photography you may have found it is a different process to photographing in daytime! The reason is that you don’t rely on your light meter in the camera. My Domestika course, Introduction to Digital Photography in Manual Mode, is on how to use your camera in manual mode and you need to understand this process to be able to use long shutter speeds for night time photographs or to make water look smooth.

  • Character Designer Félicie Haymoz Illustrates Her Inner World in This Draw Yourself
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    Character Designer Félicie Haymoz Illustrates Her Inner World in This Draw Yourself

    Félicie Haymoz answers and illustrates questions about herself and her creative inner world Félicie Haymoz (@feliciehaymoz) is a character designer and illustrator based in Switzerland who specializes in creating fantastical anthropomorphic characters. She’s applied these talents to movies like Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox, where she worked as the lead character designer, as well as to his other animated feature “Isle of Dogs.” In this Draw Yourself, Haymoz answers questions about herself using anthropomorphic illustrations. From what happiness means to her, to the animal that best represents her, to her aspiration to be a witch, Haymoz uses these whimsical illustrations to give us a peek into her imaginative inner world.

  • Yves Zimmermann: six decades at the forefront of design
    Design

    Yves Zimmermann: six decades at the forefront of design

    The Swiss designer was a key player in Spain for his inventive logos and graphic solutions Designer, teacher, editor. If he were just one of these things, Yves Zimmermann would have still left a mark on the early years of graphic design in Spain. However, he managed to be all three and his impact on the craft is still felt today. Zimmermann, who died on Sunday, July 4, 2021 at the age of 84, leaves us a legacy of corporate identities in Spain and wide international recognition. Arriving in Barcelona in 1961, at just 24, Zimmermann brought with him a new conception of design, influenced by his Swiss roots, that he applied to his works, classes and collection of books GG Diseño. Zimmermann has worked with Barcelona Airport, the Bank of Spain, Carolina Herrera and the Círculo de Lectores. He was a finalist in the competition to design the euro notes and won the Premio Nacional de Diseño in Spain. Join us to remember the extraordinary career of Zimmermann in this interview that he gave to Domestika - that became his last one - where he transmitted his passion for graphic solutions, talked about his legacy, the industry and current creativity.

  • Mixed Media Artist Hanoch Piven in this Domestika Diary
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    Mixed Media Artist Hanoch Piven in this Domestika Diary

    The Jaffa-based mixed media artist shows us his studio and shares a peek into his creative process Even though many of us tend to imagine layered pieces of paper when we think of collage, that doesn’t mean this creative technique has to be flat. Hanoch Piven (@piven) is a mixed media artist best known for his creative portraits, which use three dimensional objects such as toys to suggest the features of different figures. His “collage with everyday objects” approach has won him numerous awards, such as a Gold Medal from The Society of Illustrators of New York, and his work has appeared in publications like Time, Newsweek, and Rolling Stone. In this Domestika Diary, he shows us around his studio, shares the process behind one of his published pieces, and demonstrates all the creative possibilities you can enjoy with just a few objects and a piece of paper.

  • What Is an Inspiration Board and How to Create One for Your Bullet Journal
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    What Is an Inspiration Board and How to Create One for Your Bullet Journal

    Discover this creative technique for organizing your ideas and defining your bullet journaling style When starting a new bullet journal, it can be difficult to kick your creativity into gear. However, certain techniques can guide you in making creative decisions and help you overcome creative block. Creating an inspiration board is a great way to organize your ideas and gather your reference images, says journalist, expert in creative journaling, and creator of the stationery brand Little Hannah, Chris Bravo (@littlehannah) from Madrid. In this post, she shares tips on how to design your own and get the most out of it.

  • How Camp Became a Queer Aesthetic
    Art

    How Camp Became a Queer Aesthetic

    Learn about camp aesthetics and their significance for the LGTBQIA+ community It's May 6, 2019, on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Diverse artists, creatives, and millionaires gather at the Metropolitan Museum to attend the prestigious Met Gala. The event's red carpet is packed with vibrant gowns and eye-catching shapes. The Met Gala is a fundraising event for the Costume Institute–a branch of the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art that is responsible for documenting major achievements in fashion and trends. Organized by Vogue magazine, it is one of the most extravagant balls in the world. It is also one of the most important days of the year for fashion enthusiasts and internet users, who will analyze every outfit. In May 2019, the theme was "Camp: Notes on Fashion," inspired by American writer and philosopher Susan Sontag's 1964 essay Notes on Camp. In this essay, Sontag, now considered the leading expert on the subject, defined the camp aesthetic and its significance.

  • 10 Free Online Watercolor Classes For improving Your Technique
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    10 Free Online Watercolor Classes For improving Your Technique

    Discover the techniques used by watercolor experts that will help you achieve unexpected results Watercolor is one of the most ancient forms of painting, and although you don't need advanced tools and materials to start out in this technique, you will require a great deal of confidence and control to achieve the best results in this medium. Following a watercolor painting course can help you master it and explore the possibilities of this technique, which happen by combining water, pigment, and playing with transparency.

  • Free E-Book: Patterned Tile Coloring Book
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    Free E-Book: Patterned Tile Coloring Book

    Unwind and enjoy coloring in different tile patterns with this free e-coloring book Tiles have been around for thousands of years. In fact, their origins date back to the 27th century BC in Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia (a historical region that today would include most of Iraq and Kuwait, as well as eastern parts of Syria). In this post, we look back on the history of tiles and share a free e-coloring book filled with Portuguese tile patterns, created by studio Gazete Azulejos (@gazeteazulejos).

  • Meet Founder of Pride Train, Thomas Shim, in this Domestika Diary
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    Meet Founder of Pride Train, Thomas Shim, in this Domestika Diary

    Founder of Pride Train, Thomas Shim, talks us through his campaign preparation for LGBTQIA+ Pride Month New York based Thomas Shim (@thomasshim) is a Creative Director and Strategist at Instagram and Facebook and works with brands to create innovative creative campaigns. He uses his talents outside of work for his own campaign projects to fight for social justice: Pride Train and Why I Didn’t Report It. Thomas started Pride Train in 2016 in response to an increase of hate crimes on the New York subway and the New York administration’s refusal to celebrate, or even acknowledge, the LGBTQIA+ Pride Month of June.

  • 4 Inspiring Books for Starting Out in Weaving
    Craft

    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.

  • Photographer Claudia Andujar: a Life Dedicated to the Socially Invisible
    Photography

    Photographer Claudia Andujar: a Life Dedicated to the Socially Invisible

    Discover the work of this 90-year-old Swiss-Brazilian creator and activist, defender of the indigenous cause Half a century ago, when Claudia Andujar first visited the great land of the Yanomami, a territory larger than Portugal, situated on the extreme North of Brazil, and inhabited by around 30,000 souls, this ancient civilization was living in isolation, leading existences embedded in tradition. Over the next few decades, she was able to document what assimilation had meant to the villages of the forest—illegal mining of metals, land-grabbing, loss of traditions and landmarks, illness, and misery. During the most critical moments of the aggressive developmentalism by the military dictatorship and the failing democratization at the end of the 1980s, the Swiss photographer, with Brazilian naturalization, captured the accelerated transformation that impacted the surviving people who originally inhabited the country.

  • What Is a Comic Book and What Are Its Main Features?
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    What Is a Comic Book and What Are Its Main Features?

    We look at the features and uses of this popular narrative format made up of pictures and words If you want to tell a story, you can be really experimental using a comic format. You can write humor, social commentary, or fantasy, and even tell secrets. You can fit all sorts of genres and ideas into a comic if you know how to exploit it. To evaluate all these possibilities, it is important to understand what exactly is a comic, and what are the main elements it consists of. Once we know this, we can start to structure and organize our messages on the strips. Illustrator and artist Sol Díaz Castillo (@soldiazcastillo) is an expert and explains some of the essential technical notions.

  • The Pattern Library: The Home of Free Design Patterns
    Design

    The Pattern Library: The Home of Free Design Patterns

    Download pattern designs from this virtual library and take your illustrations and designs to a different level When a pattern design is good, it can be repeated to great effect. The samples included in The Pattern Library are precisely that: a handy tool for designers and creatives looking for patterns and inspiration. Furthermore, this virtual library allows you to download your favorite designs free of charge. Read on as we tell you how this website works and what you’ll be able to find in it. You will also find out about three artistic ways for applying pattern designs.

  • The NASA Lens That Ended Up in the Hands of Stanley Kubrick
    Film & Video

    The NASA Lens That Ended Up in the Hands of Stanley Kubrick

    Discover how the legendary film director shot scenes from Barry Lyndon with a lens designed to photograph the dark side of the Moon Of the thirteen feature films that Stanley Kubrick directed during his career, Barry Lyndon appears relatively far down the list when ranked according to commercial success (according to IndieWire, the top spots go to 2001: A Space Odyssey, Spartacus, and The Shining). However, Kubrick’s adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray’s novel following the life of an ambitious young Irish social climber, played by Ryan O’Neal, who sets out to achieve wealth and status by all means possible, is often considered a favorite among cinephiles.

  • What Is And How Did the Brazilian Tropicália Movement Begin?
    Art

    What Is And How Did the Brazilian Tropicália Movement Begin?

    Discover tropicália's influence on music, cinema, architecture, and design, and how it changed Brazilian style Brazil, 1967. The country is under full military dictatorship. As a result, cultural identity in such a diverse place as Brazil is drifting, almost at a loss. While Bossa Nova and the Jovem Guarda are the ruling forms of expression and are considered mainstream, they do not reflect the sentiment and artistic expression of a large part of the younger generation. This is the context in which tropicália was conceived, with its innovative songwriting, new sound, and a big desire to create a new Brazilian identity. Tropicália, also known as tropicalism, or tropicalist movement, as we know it, was inspired by modernist poet Oswald de Andrade who published the Manifiesto Antropofágico (Anthropophagic Manifesto), in 1928. To Oswald, the term anthropophagy, despite relating to cannibalism, meant "to feed off foreign culture" and referred to a number of ideas that would help shape something uniquely Brazilian. What is foreign and international must not be ignored but rather transformed into something new and incorporated into the local and thriving culture.

  • 5 Contemporary Artists Who Color Photographs with Paint
    Art

    5 Contemporary Artists Who Color Photographs with Paint

    Discover this technique for coloring photos and be inspired by these innovative photographers and visual artists Painting and photography are two visual languages that can be combined to create surreal universes that awaken our creativity and imagination. For Brazilian documentary filmmaker, director of photography, photographer, and visual artist Carine Wallauer (@wallauercarine), combining photo records with watercolor painting techniques allows her to experiment with new emotions and play with different tones and textures in her art.

  • 5 Books on Wabi-Sabi and Japanese Culture
    Craft

    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.

  • Watercolour World: Access 100,000 Pre-1900 Watercolor Paintings
    Art

    Watercolour World: Access 100,000 Pre-1900 Watercolor Paintings

    Explore this archive collating 100,000 watercolor paintings created before 1900, which have been recovered by the Marandi Foundation Long before photography existed, artists, explorers, and scientists used watercolors to capture the world around them and record moments from everyday life. While lots of museums and organizations have recovered a great deal of material, there are still millions of priceless paintings out there waiting to be discovered. Although most of the authors are anonymous or unknown painters, the Marandi Foundation has committed itself to finding, digitizing, and categorizing these artworks for its Watercolour World archive, which includes more than 100,000 watercolor paintings. You can use their search engine to explore their catalog and download images for free in high resolution. Collaborative efforts have led to the foundation discovering where a lot of these paintings come from and what they were trying to say.

  • How Ken Garland's Manifesto Impacted Generations of Designers
    Design

    How Ken Garland's Manifesto Impacted Generations of Designers

    We celebrate the British designer, writer, photographer, and teacher who wrote the legendary First Things First manifesto in 1964 As the world mourns the loss of Ken Garland (1929–May 20, 2021)–an influential talent who famously took a stand against consumerist culture–we look back on his legendary First Things First manifesto, which spoke about the importance of making a difference. Published in 1964, First Things First had 22 signatories and called for “a reversal of priorities in favour of the more useful and more lasting forms of communication”. The designer wrote that using one's talents to sell trivial things like cat food, slimming diets, and striped toothpaste, “which contribute little or nothing to our national prosperity”, was wasteful.

  • 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
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    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.