Feature image by @borisschmitz
It is as simple as this – I love pretty things. As a designer, I am always on the lookout for images, ideas and unique creations to inspire the boundaries of my own creativity. Learning how other artists develop their visuals and individual style is crucial to expanding your own horizons of capability.
” Don’t just steal the style, steal the thinking behind the style. You don’t want to look like your heroes, you want to see like your heroes. The reason to copy your heroes and their style is so that you might somehow get a glimpse into their minds. That’s what you really want — to internalize their way of looking at the world. If you just mimic the surface of somebody’s work without understanding where they are coming from, your work will never be anything more than a knockoff. “
Steal Like An Artist : 10 Things Nobody Told You about Being Creative – Austin Kleon
Here are 10 creators that with work that is beyond inspiration worthy – truly badass.
1. LINES IN LOVE
I absolutely love this creator’s work – simple and sensual. The artist uses continuous lines to develop and intertwine the subjects seamlessly – this is not easy!
Inspiration // @flowsofly
2. COLLAGE CREATIONS
Helene is an absolute master at creating mixed media collages using trend focused content. Her designs include people, patterns and colour combined in a funky aesthetic.
Inspiration // @scylenedesign
3. MASTER OF BADGES
These designs never cease to impress me. If you are a fan of the outdoors, the Pacific Northwest (#pnw) or simply looking for inspiration for combining illustrative elements – look no further. It’s no surprise Liam’s creations are popular tattoo ideas.
Inspiration // @liamashurst
4. BABES & PLANTS
This collage artist mixes together visuals of women and florals. Contrasting colours of blue and orange litter her feed in a way that makes my heart sing.
Inspiration // @rocio_montoya
5. PORTRAITS OF PEOPLE
A true Pinterest favourite, Boris’ creations are a staple to the platform. His portraits are unforgettable – featuring continuous lines in a way that only a pro can create. LOVE!
Inspiration // @borisschmitz
6. MIXING MEDIUMS
These creations are adorable – plain and simple. The artist brings elements of food, plants or objects to life in a way that puts a smile on your face.
Inspiration // @jesuso_oritz
7. PAINT & PICTURES
The poster child for ‘aesthetically pleasing’ – Lucie uses paint to add colour to black and white images. I absolutely love her feed and her concepts constantly inspire me to add new textures to my designs.
Inspiration // @luciebirant
8. NEON BRIGHTS
If you are a fan of bright colours, look no further. This creator uses neon pigments overlaid on photographs to create a bold visual statement. I love using colour in design, but it can sometimes be challenging to use loud colours in a way that still looks ‘expensive’ and cohesive – All the inspiration I need here!
Inspiration // @joecruz_art
9. SENDING A STATEMENT
Different than the other examples in this post, this artist is incredible at making a STATEMENT. His conceptually based work always carries a message – critiquing society, politics, or simply illustrating something literal.
Inspiration // @dan_cretu
10. SIMPLICITY IS BLISS
I have seen this artist’s work floating around social media for years, posted and reposted over and over – especially on Pinterest. When I finally tracked down the original creator, it was an instant follow for me. Bonus – this creator sells his prints!
Inspiration // @quibe
Do you have any creatives that inspire you? I would love to grow my inspiration base and connect with other visual artists – please let me know in the comments below or by connecting on Instagram!
Looking for more aesthetic inspiration: look no further than my Pinterest board featuring all these designers, plus some!