There have been many artistic incarnations of Pokemon’s yellow, cuddly, cat-like character, Pikachu, from the people dyeing their cat’s fur yellow and photographing it, to less extreme creations in the form of nail art. Pikachu is among the nominees for the “Most Popular Cute Character” award, battling it out with Hello Kitty among others. Here we have Pikachu in pixel art form, with occasional appearances by his buddies Ash Ketchum and Jigglypuff, with materials from the art store and beyond.
Mexican designer and illustrator Alberto Cerriteño certainly knows how to draw attention with his vibrant, humorous and festive creations. His works are comprised with lively, doll characters, usually emphasized with big smiles, round eyes, and stumpy bodies, all evoking different kinds of emotions which will make onlookers gaze and wonder with curiosity. Developing his own style and technique, he draws inspiration from his roots—a great love for his Mexican heritage which is clearly depicted in each of his illustrations.
Since about 2010, Jake Mize had been playing with the idea of starting a small t-shirt company. His main goal, just like most other small t-shirt brands, is to provide a high quality product at a very reasonable price and to make sure that the overall customer experience is as enjoyable as possible. Jake had originally started outsourcing the designs to a couple of illustrators to help grow the brand and bring exposure to artists that were maybe not so well known. But, being a designer himself, Jake's own designs quickly became his preferred creative outlet.
Edgar Berg is a young and ambitious photographer from Dortmund, Germany. His main passions are around fashion, beauty and editorial. Taking a closer look at his photographs you will see a strong emphasis on detail and emotion which he uses to tell a story. Triggering the right feeling by implementing natural light situations is an important feature in the composition his pictures. Recently Edgar spent six months in Paris absorbing fresh inspiration from one of the world's fashion capitals.
Here at The Inspiration Blog we understand the need for budding designers to have their work published. Over the next few weeks we'll be accepting submissions from design students and showcasing your work on our homepage, Facebook and Twitter feed for FREE. Are you ready to be "discovered"? Read the rest of this post for details on how to submit your work and get your name in lights...
This incredible "must-see" piece was filmed over 12 days in New Zealand's beautiful and desolate Tongariro National Park. Interestingly, this is Jared Brandon's first attempt at filming time lapse - and what a stunning result! This particular location in New Zealand's North Island is one of the most picturesque places on Earth, and is known for its challenging and temperamental climate which is beautifully captured throughout the film. Now, dim the lights and check out Jared's amazing work...
Bill Rose is documentary photographer who strives to capture and preserve the increasingly endangered beauty of American vintage signs through his work. The main focus of his Recapturist collection is the Google-inspired neon signage favored by many local businesses during the mid-1900s. Although this Mid-Century Modern architectural movement originated in Southern California, its influence can be found in almost every corner of the Unites States. As a result, much of his free time is spent exploring the nearly forgotten two-lane highways and back roads of America on a never ending quest to document these roadside treasures before they all fall victim to progress...
Gregbo Watson is an artist and illustrator with a passion for the whimsical and wicked! From the Upstate of South Carolina, he was raised on mountain folklore and fairytales filled with fantasy and wonder. As an artist, Gregbo combines his wicked imagination and love of visual storytelling to create quirky, interesting characters and illustrations for various media. His illustration style focuses on expressive line-work, exaggerated action and form, as well as bold color. The presented work shows Gregbo’s love of illustrating for children and the influence he draws from the fairytales of his youth. Also included is a piece done in tribute to Apple Founder, Steve Jobs, upon his passing.
Chris Brock is a portrait and fashion photographer who uses the world around him - inside and out - as a backdrop for his shoots. Having lived and worked in New York and London, the urban and the suburban are as much a part of his pictures as the people he photographs, creating texture, depth and atmosphere that suggests a story behind the images, like a moment stolen from a movie. Conveying emotions that are at times dark, at times tongue-in-cheek, there is often an unsettling urgency about his photographs that is at once both challenging and engaging but always aesthetically fresh.
Creating thoughtful illustration art is a wonderful talent. Here are two illustration artists who have made themselves known to us and are certainly worth a look. Whether you are inspired by classic design illustration or more graphically intense illustration art these people's work is sure to impress.
Twitter has gone through a number of design and layout iterations, where perhaps Twitter background design options have suffered. Many people simply gave up, but with the right design skills it's possible to create a rich experience for your followers. Here is a collection of awesome Twitter backgrounds from the Twitterverse. Hope they inspire you to create your own amazing Twitter background! Remember to check out The Inspiration Blog's background too (@TheInspirationB)
8-Bit Art, or "Pixel Art" is style of graphic design that was first seen in the 1980s and early 1990s, most commonly in video games. The famous computer game "Super Mario Brothers" is widely regarded as the origin of low resolution 8-bit art. The constraints of video game technology in those days gave artists and developers few visual options. Today, this old school 8-bit art is emulated to great effect. Here are some wonderful examples!
Here is a fascinating collection of photos using the tilt-shift technique. It has been a popular and widely used technique over the last couple of years. Some photographers have really mastered the technique to create some stunning pieces. Tilt-shift effects can be achieved using a special tilt-shift lens or in Photoshop. Are you a photographer with a penchant for tilt-shift photography? Let us know in the comments section.
Bashar Alaeddin is a digital photographer and social activist. He is passionate about the visual arts and is a tech geek when it comes to cameras, optics and iPhoneography. A Middle Eastern of Jordanian, Lebanese and Palestinian origins, Bashar is very passionate about shedding light on social affairs and causes in the region through his photography. The presented work is an assortment of landscapes, from his fine-art collection, of his home country Jordan, featuring: its capital Amman; the Roman ruins of Jerash; the port city of Aqaba, sitting atop the Red Sea, and more.
In the latest installment of our "Sites We Like" series, we take a look at some incredible website designs that belong to designers and artists themselves. The goal is simple - to develop a website that shows the artist's best work and creates a lasting impression on the customer. Execution, however, is not so simple. Here are some excellent examples of where the artist has got it right. Get in touch if you know of other great website designs out there! Remember to give us your feedback in the comments section below!
Recently we received a number of inspiring examples of motion picture work via our Contact form. The quality and breadth of the work is amazing and we just had to share a collection of our favourite videos. These artists have an ability to tell a story and create a mood using video and audio. Here are some examples of how real-world footage, animation or a combination of both can be used to great effect. We'll let the work speak for itself, and remember to support the artists by adding your comments below. Enjoy!
Underwater photography is one of the most difficult forms of photography. Not only do you need a lot of underwater photography equipment, but you will probably also need scuba diving gear and a highly trained crew. Your photographic subjects will also need a lot of patience and great lungs! Underwater photography yields some amazing results, making the effort worthwhile. Here is a collection of some incredible fashion underwater photography for your inspiration.
I set about learning the art of Infographics and Data Visualisation last year. Starting simply (with the complete journeys of Doctor Who - which I immediately regretted) I learned a lot and began to try as many different styles as I could. Most recently, I dabbled with use of icons to tell stories recreating the entire plots of the first two Star Wars movies entirely in icons (or "Iconoscope"). I'm now moving towards traditional illustration as well. I am not, however, thinking of shaving my ginger beard in the foreseeable future as its inherent gingeryness is the source of my creative energy.