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. We fall in love with the characters and characteristics. And even then, we can still be overflowing with so much feelings we get creative. Very, very creative…

Riddick from The Chronicles of Riddick
The Doctor from Doctor Who
Khal Drogo and Daenerys from The Game of Thrones
Carnage from Spiderman
Captain America from the Marvel series
Thranduil from The Lord of the Rings
Elsa from Frozen
Peter Parker from Spiderman
Mister White and Jessy from Breaking Bad
Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy
Leeloo from The Fifth Element
Loki from the Marvel series
Red Skull from the Marvel series
Merida from Brave
Belle and the prince from Beauty and The Beast

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.

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.

Illustrations by Paul Davey

Paul Davey is an illustrator from Manchester, Jamaica, and works under the alias Mattahan. He paints beautiful images of black people, and every painting has its own story. The paintings are based on his own life and the things he relates to. The most important thing, according to Paul, is that the painting needs to provoke a reaction from him in order to be satisfied with it. He not only an illustrator, he also does comic art and he makes icons.

Betta Listen by Mattahan

Warm Dossouye by Mattahan

Thieves In The Night by Mattahan

The Twister by Mattahan

The Truest Lie by Mattahan

Pacifics by Mattahan

Nandi by Mattahan

Maddies Nightmare by Mattahan

Left on Silverlake by Mattahan

Dinninit by Mattahan

Reference

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Graphic Designer Kelli Anderson

Kelli Anderson is a very talented designer from Brooklyn, America. She is very crafty with paper. She not only pushes the boundaries with designing, she also tries to fully explore every aspect involved. In this incredible TEDxPhoenix talk, she talks about the ‘disruptive wonder’, a mechanism for revealing the extraordinary talents of ordinary things.

Paris for pleasure seekers

Her latest project is a map of Paris, in collaboration with Herb Lester. With great use of texture, the illustrations are very well made. With 30 locations highlighted on this map, it covers everything that Paris is known and loved for.

Spread On Desk

Paris Map With Cover

Paris Map Back

Paris Map Front Cover

The record player wedding invitation

Another great project of hers, is the wedding invitation she did for her friends Mike and Karen. This wedding invitation is a record player, which plays an exclusive song, made by the bride and groom. The record player is made entirely out of plastic, paper and a metal needle.

As They Play Music

Needle on the Record

Invitation

What I really appreciate in Kelli is that she values the craftsmanship of design. She has a letterpress in her home, which she uses for various projects. She is very curious and is willing to give everything for her projects.

Reference

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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

Reference

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Carved Book Landscapes by Guy Laramee

Everyone has books in their bookcase that they never touch. Let it be an old dictionary, or an encyclopedia, they are collecting dust. You could just trow them out, but you can also… make landscapes out of them. Canadian artist Guy Laramée must have had the same idea when he was looking at his book collection. Guy is a man of many talents. Not only is he a very accomplished painter and sculptor, but Guy is also a highly regarded musician, composer and stage director.

With over 30 years of experience, Guy makes these beautiful book sculptures, with some containing over 10 books per sculpture. The examples you see here, are from the The Great Wall collection, Biblios collection and the Guan Yin collection.

Landscapes Carved Into Books By Guy Laramee - Biblios
Book People – Biblios Collection
Landscapes Carved Into Books By Guy Laramee - Biblios
The Grand Library – Biblios Collection
Landscapes Carved Into Books By Guy Laramee - Biblios
Tectonic – Biblios Collection
Landscapes Carved Into Books By Guy Laramee - Biblios
Petras – Biblios Collection
Landscapes Carved Into Books By Guy Laramee - Biblios
Book People – Biblios Collection
Landscapes Carved Into Books By Guy Laramee - A Caverna
Browns Bible – A Caverna Collection
Landscapes Carved Into Books By Guy Laramee - The Great Wall
Historia Illustrada Do Japaos – The Great Wall Collection
Landscapes Carved Into Books By Guy Laramee - The Great Wall
Jades – The Great Wall Collection
Landscapes Carved Into Books By Guy Laramee - The Great Wall
Water lands – The Great Wall Collection
Landscapes Carved Into Books By Guy Laramee - The Great Wall
Official reports – The Great Wall Collection
Landscapes Carved Into Books By Guy Laramee - The Great Wall
Historia das Americass – The Great Wall Collection
Landscapes Carved Into Books By Guy Laramee - The Great Wall
Longmens – The Great Wall Collection
Landscapes Carved Into Books By Guy Laramee - The Great Wall
Grand Larousses – The Great Wall Collection
Landscapes Carved Into Books By Guy Laramee - The Great Wall
Grand Larousse details – The Great Wall Collection
Landscapes Carved Into Books By Guy Laramee - The Great Wall
Ryoanji details – The Great Wall Collection