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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.

Illustration Work by David Delin

David Delin is an illustrator from France, with a huge love for his art. He makes beautiful artworks, and there is no surprise that I needed to feature him here. He focuses mainly on Typography, Illustration and general Graphic Design. Magazines like Advanced Photoshop and Digital Artist UK, among many others, have featured his work. Enjoy!

David Delin - Organic Skull
Organic Skull
Rouge Sang
Rouge Sang
Symbols "TRIANGLE" Forms
Symbols “TRIANGLE” Forms
SAVAGE Lion
SAVAGE Lion
SAVAGE Giraffe
SAVAGE Giraffe
SAVAGE Rhino
SAVAGE Rhino
SAVAGE Seagull
SAVAGE Seagull
SAVAGE Lioness
SAVAGE Lioness
SAVAGE Tiger
SAVAGE Tiger
SAVAGE Pigeon
SAVAGE Pigeon
SAVAGE Fish
SAVAGE Fish
SAVAGE Dragon
SAVAGE Dragon

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