Inspirational collection of designer dummies

Artistic people have restless hands. Give us a pen and paper and we scribble away. We are constantly figuring out how curtain shapes work, how lighting is supposed to fall upon an object and what different textures are supposed to look like. Don’t forget it is a fast and easy way to work out your ideas. It makes us think about elements we can not (easily) erase like we can on our computer screens. It forces us to start over: the ditch and redo method. We can see the process we have made over time. It is very educational and the result can be incredibly stunning.

Tauriel by eDufRancisco
Tauriel by eDufRancisco
Landscape by Jared Muralt
Landscape by Jared Muralt
Coffee & Sketch by Kaan Demircelik
Coffee & Sketch by Kaan Demircelik
Coffee & Sketch by Kaan Demircelik
Coffee & Sketch by Kaan Demircelik
Sketch Blackbook 2014 by Fernando Forero
Sketch Blackbook 2014 by Fernando Forero
Moleskine 3 sketch by Sabinerich
Moleskine 3 sketch by Sabinerich
Sketch journaling by Beejaedee
Sketch journaling by Beejaedee
On the road sketchbook by Thomas Cian
On the road sketchbook by Thomas Cian
Sketching in Capitol Hill, Denver by Paul Heaston
Sketching in Capitol Hill, Denver by Paul Heaston
Some work by Brian Jarrell
Some work by Brian Jarrell
A peek at Chris Riddell's sketchbook
A peek at Chris Riddell’s sketchbook
Faces by Ian McQue
Faces by Ian McQue
2.2 Sketchbook 2014 by Jared Muralt
2.2 Sketchbook 2014 by Jared Muralt
Sketchbook Pt.II by Mustafa Kural
Sketchbook Pt.II by Mustafa Kural
Sketchbook by Wesley Burt
Sketchbook by Wesley Burt

Do you use a dummy to work out your ideas? Do you have the feeling you need to draw when there is pen and paper near? Tell me in the comments down below.

15 works of impressive fanart

We all have that show or movie we just can’t get enough of. Sometimes we love it so much, we spam our friends and family with that pure awesomeness and we want them to experience it too. And even when then, we can still be overflowing with so much feelings we get creative. Very creative…

Personally, I love the Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones and the Marvel series when it comes to fan art. Let me know what your favorite series are, in the comments below.

Riddick from The Chronicles of RiddickRiddick from The Chronicles of Riddick

The Doctor from Doctor WhoThe Doctor from Doctor Who

Khal Drogo and Daenerys from The Game of ThronesKhal Drogo and Daenerys from The Game of Thrones

Carnage from SpidermanCarnage from Spiderman

Captain America from the Marvel seriesCaptain America from the Marvel series

Thranduil from The Lord of the RingsThranduil from The Lord of the Rings

Elsa from FrozenElsa from Frozen

Peter Parker from SpidermanPeter Parker from Spiderman

Mister White and Jessy from Breaking BadMister White and Jessy from Breaking Bad

Groot from Guardians of the GalaxyGroot from Guardians of the Galaxy

Leeloo from The Fifth ElementLeeloo from The Fifth Element

Loki from the Marvel seriesLoki from the Marvel series

Red Skull from the Marvel seriesRed Skull from the Marvel series

Merida from BraveMerida from Brave

Belle and the prince from Beauty and The BeastBelle and the prince from Beauty and The Beast

15 beautiful digital paintings of warriors

A lot of games are based on warriors or not so strong character types becoming great warriors. Most of the time, they are as deadly as they are beautiful and they vary from nobel soldiers with shiny armor to bare skinned barbarians with clunky weapons. Each of these beautiful digital paintings show their own story about a type or warrior and what they have been trough.

In the comments below, let me know what your favorite type of warrior is and why.

Conan by Kerem Beyit

Elven Concept by Lithriel

Warrior by Serenity220

Practice by Puzzle Lee

Grey Heron by Jennifer Wuestling

Juar-Estevan de la Montegerat, captain of the Cábalas de Libre Pensamiento

Carlitta - Cyber Mafia Boss Samurai by OXAN

General Atodaho by Alexander Ovchinnikov

Game illustration by Leejeeh

King Arthur

Quest by Hokunin

Demon Hunter by Crow-god

Skyrim - Nightingale by justduet

The Warrior by Carlos Garijo

Commander Kalífima Ukuchatari / Silent Forest by aditya777

Some incredibly nice jars in package design

Your grandmother may remember the time when they potted their food. They had potted ham and potted… well, anything really. They used to slay an animal and put the meat in a glass preservation jar along with a lot of salt so it wouldn’t rot. Back then, they used pottery in the form of earthenware or stoneware or simply glass jars. Not many people still do this, since going to the store and buy fresh food is much easier and arguably much tastier. I did manage to find some very nice looking jars that reminded me of our neighbor in France: a 86-year old woman, who brings us pâté in a preservation jar when her son has shot some wild animal. It makes me hungry already. Enjoy!

March Pantry's Kosher Salt

Wild Birds Unlimited.

Jack’s Raw Honey Packaging

Waitrose High fruit jams

hokka Petit Pots.

Wooden Cap Bottles by Sue Bee

The Salad Jar.

Son Brusque villa in Sencelles, Majorca

Fruita Blanch identity

Bobbi Brown Buffing Grains for Face

HUMMM... by Christopher Chefel

Selfridges Sweets

Earl's Best Pickled Onions by David Cran

Hexagonal Honey Bottle Packaging Concept by Maksim Arbuzov

Beautiful examples of calligraphy

Compare your own handwriting to that of your grandmother and the conclusion may be that once people where paying more attention to the art of it. Nowadays we type everything on a keyboard and I for one have to ‘push through’ if I have to write more than a couple of sentences. But recently I have studied calligraphy and have found the beauty of creative lettering. Below I have listed a couple of gorgeous examples of calligraphy for your inspiration. Enjoy.

Mum & Dad

Calligraphy Masters by Mario Andres Fierro

Steven and Amelia by Matthew Tapia

The Mullet by Tim Bontan from bijdevleet

Heading to San Francisco by Matthew Tapia

Stay Strong

Beautiful by Matt Vergotis

Live & Let Live by Raul Alejandro

Living Stream by Eddie Lobanovskiy

Lampeth Envelope by Barbara Calzolari

Australia by by Matt Vergotis

Rhymes by Graffiti Or Die

Live to Print by Evgeny Tkhorzhevsky

Cocaine by Abi/Cream5

New York by Raul Alejandro

Sullen Style Play by Ryan Hamrick

Creative by Neil Secretario

Rap God by Igor Vetoshkin

Grand Optimist by Christopher Craig

Heck Yes by Sean Tulgetske

Almost edible mobile app icons on Dribbble

The last couple of months designers have been really busy with flat design, which is being called one of the design trends of 2014. But it has come to my attention that among these flat icon designs still are some very handsome designs that are Skeuomorphic. I’ve found some very life-like food related designs that make you hungry by just looking at them. Enjoy and bon appétit!

Bacon by Eddie Lobanovskiy
Bacon by Eddie Lobanovskiy
Chuck by Marc Clancy
Chuck by Marc Clancy
Cinnamon Roll App Icon by Creativedash
Cinnamon Roll App Icon by Creativedash
Oreo iOS Icon by Román Jusdado
Oreo iOS Icon by Román Jusdado
Pancakes App Icon by Creativedash
Pancakes App Icon by Creativedash
Salmon Icon by xiaoxian
Salmon Icon by xiaoxian
Steak by Eddie Lobanovskiy
Steak by Eddie Lobanovskiy
Steak iPhone icon by Mike Warner
Steak iPhone icon by Mike Warner
The Bun by Creativedash
The Bun by Creativedash
Waffle iphone icon by Eddie Lobanovskiy
Waffle iphone icon by Eddie Lobanovskiy

A collection of beautiful aquascapes

Aquascaping is the art of underwater gardening with aquatic plants, rocks, stones or wood, in an aesthetically pleasing manner within an aquarium. What makes aquascaping so hard, is that you’ll need to recreate the natural environment within (usually) a small space. Most of the time, aquascapes house fish, to help with building a natural environment, but it is possible create a aquascape with plants only. Big names in the aquascaping world are James Findley (UK), Oliver Knott (DE) and Takashi Amano (JP), who all contributed their knowledge to the aquascaping culture.

The Iwagumi lay-out style

There are lot of layout types of aquascaping. Iwagumi is a styles that originates from Japan, where stones are the backbone of the aquarium. Iwagumi typically has only a couple of plants, and around three or four type of stones: Oyaishi (primary stone or father stone), Fukuishi (secondary stone), Soeishi (tertiary stone or accompanying stone) and the Suteishi (or sacrificial stone). In a planted tank, the Suteishi stone often disappears after the plants have completely set in, but it still plays an important role in the structure of the lay-out.

Ada Iwagumi aquascape by Jeff Senske
Ada Iwagumi aquascape by Jeff Senske

The Dutch Lay-out style

The Dutch style, which is originating from the Netherlands, features a wide range of plants and colours. Wood and rocks are hardly ever present or visible, but the depth, color and contrast make it a very interesting layout.

The Dutch layout: The Enchanted Garden by Shay Fertig
The Dutch layout: The Enchanted Garden by Shay Fertig

The Nature lay-out style

The Nature style focusses on both natural landscapes and snapshots of natural environments. This lay-out is pioneered by Takashi Amano. It focusses on the design elements which are also used in Iwagumi lay-outs.

The Nature lay-out: Mountainscape by Peter Kirwan
The Nature lay-out: Mountainscape by Peter Kirwan

Competitive aquascaping

The world biggest competition is the Aquatic Plants Layout Contest (IAPLC), with applicants from all over the world. Another example of a aquascapers competition is the Aquatic Gardeners Association’s International Aquascaping Contest, which website provides information on what is in the tank and what is used to make it function.

'Fabulous Decay' aquascape by Gergely Hideg
'Fabulous Decay' aquascape by Gergely Hideg
Whispering Winds aquascape by Georg Werner Just
'Whispering Winds' aquascape by Georg Werner Just
'Forest Lair' aquascape by Szécsei Tibor
'Forest Lair' aquascape by Szécsei Tibor
'Forest Scent' aquascape by Pavel Bautin
'Forest Scent' aquascape by Pavel Bautin
'Towering Peaks' aquascape by Chow Wai Sun
'Towering Peaks' aquascape by Chow Wai Sun
'Seven Falls' aquascape by Fabian Kussakawa
'Seven Falls' aquascape by Fabian Kussakawa
'Sunrise in the valley' aquascape by Marcelo Tonon Chiovatto
'Sunrise in the valley' aquascape by Marcelo Tonon Chiovatto
'The Crag' aquascape by Mustafa Erdogar
'The Crag' aquascape by Mustafa Erdogar
'Whisper of the Pines' aquascape by Serkan ÇETİNKOL
'Whisper of the Pines' aquascape by Serkan ÇETİNKOL
'Charm of Light' aquascape by Timucin Sagel
'Charm of Light' aquascape by Timucin Sagel

It is not easy (however not impossible), to make layouts like these. It takes a lot of planning and patience, which makes aquascaping a real form of art. Especially in the beginning, it takes a lot of searching for the right type of materials for the lay-out, finding the right plants, choosing the right fish and a lot of water changes. But once you found the correct balance in your tank, it is a really beautiful addition to your home or office. It is also a very good therapeutic activity, which allows you to play around with design rules like the golden rule. I especially think it is good for designer, illustrators and photographers like us, because you learn to look at it from a different perspective.

For more insight in aquascaping, the Green Machine, a company founded by aquascaper James Findley, has very detailed and well explained videos.