Amazing Design Inspiration Website: From Up North

I found this website today that I’ve never heard of before. It’s called From Up North. I have no idea how I’ve never heard of it because it is a GREAT site for design and all types of creative inspiration. You’ll never have a problem becoming inspired again.

From up North is a design blog focusing on promoting and inspiring creatives all over the world. We deliver inspiration within Graphic Design, Advertising, Photography, Illustration, Web Design, Motion Graphics, Print & Packaging just to name a few.

It’s filled with images of great typography, photography, graphic design, traditional art, and just about anything you can think of. I found the images below on a blog post of theirs, but there is a ton of work to check out in the Discover tab and the Inspiration Galleries. You’ll want to check out the articles too! Good stuff.

The Girl With the Headphones Ice cream lips illustration Amazing celebrity illustrations

Black and White Illustrations by Nicolas Delort

 

art blog - Nicolas Delort - empty kingdom

Nicolas Delort is an illustrator based in Paris, France. His website is http://www.nicolasdelort.com/ but it seems to be under construction, so I am going to send you to his blog and Tumblr instead. Delort’s work consists of pen and ink illustrations on scratchboard that were inspired by works like American Gods and Harry Potter.

 

art blog - Nicolas Delort - empty kingdom

art blog - Nicolas Delort - empty kingdom

art blog - Nicolas Delort - empty kingdom

art blog - Nicolas Delort - empty kingdom

art blog - Nicolas Delort - empty kingdom

art blog - Nicolas Delort - empty kingdom

art blog - Nicolas Delort - empty kingdom

art blog - Nicolas Delort - empty kingdom

art blog - Nicolas Delort - empty kingdom

art blog - Nicolas Delort - empty kingdom

art blog - Nicolas Delort - empty kingdom

 

All images © Nicolas Delort

Lisa Rodden

Wow, Lisa Rodden has some serious patience! I will do a lot for the result of awesome art but this lady goes about and beyond for her art. Her time is well spent and her work is amazing!

Lisa is an Australian artist whose inspiration comes from the various cultures she experienced.

“We as humans are lost without our connection to land and to one another, and the state of things around us is a reflection of that. The truth is that everything is inextricably linked and everything we do impacts something. For me, to create is to connect with truth, and through this I want to bring people a sense of peace and a sense of place.” via Lisa Rodden

 

Strips of Geometric Vinyl Tape

A pretty neat post by My Modern Metropolis that I had to share. This is pretty awesome!

 

Glasgow-based artist Jim Lambie can transform any space into a visual delight with his geometric tape designs. Using everyday vinyl tape, he creates angles and lines of contrasting colors that suggest movement and optical illusions. He can convert a once empty and quiet room into a space filled with energy. As viewers enter a converted space, they instantly have a visual interaction with the artwork.

The labor-intenstive installations take up to several weeks to complete. When speaking about his work, Lambie says, “Is the room expanding or contracting? Covering an object somehow evaporates the hard edge off the thing, and pulls you towards more of a dreamscape.”

As a former musician, the artist draws on musical references as inspiration. Often, the titles of his pieces refer to iconic bands or songs, including The Doors, Morrison Hotel (2005), and Careless Whisper (2009). The pieces depend on the architecture of the space, and thus are unique and fleeting installations that cannot be exactly reproduced anywhere else.








Jim Lambie’s website

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Inspire Me… Inspire You

Sometimes it is hard to find inspiration. Believe me, I know. You are feeling creative and really want to just throw some paint on a canvas but you sit there staring at your paints and fiddling with your paintbrush because you have no idea what to make. You could do the Jackson Pollock thing and just splatter it, but will that get it all of  your emotion on to the canvas? Maybe some days.

I like to search new places to find inspiration. Here are some of my newest methods.

 

1: A New Era

We all have our preference of art genre or time period. Try looking at something new. Do you like Abstract? Try checking out something contemporary. You might not particularly like what you see but it might give you some ideas. Who knows, maybe you will come across a painting that you find so hideous that your brain with automatically start coming up with ways to distort it. That is the best.

 

2: Take It All In

Go for a walk. I know you have heard this before and are thinking this is nothing new. It can be a new experience every time. When I say go for a walk I mean in new places. Don’t walk around your house every time. There is only so much in that area. Go explore a park, walk past some tennis courts or drive a few miles away and walk around. There is so much in the world and you may think that nature doesn’t have the answers to what you are looking for… It just might.

Giving nature a different perspective is pretty helpful as well. Instead of looking at a duck pond from the bridge, may try getting in it. Maybe you are not adventurous enough for that… Who knows. It is a thought.

 

3: Stumble Upon

Seriously, I don’t think I’ve ever seen the same thing twice while stumbling. There is always a new article to read, artist to explore or video to watch. There are some amazing people out there and just typing in “artist” in google is not going to introduce you to them.

 

4: Color Palette

Have you ever looked at www.Colorlovers.com? It is a pretty neat site. You can view other users’ color palettes or make you own and some of them are pretty creative. Colors you never thought would go together mesh so well it will have  you scratching your head. You can search/create colors, patterns, shapes, occasions (weddings) and trends. I recommend it.

 

5: Children’s Book Illustrations

When was the last time you read a Dr. Seuss book? I can confidently say that Dr. Seuss is one of my favorite authors, hands down. His ideas and drawings are awesome! It takes me back to my childhood. When you are a kid your mind is open; you are a free-thinker. You aren’t being judged because you drew a pink elephant with purple polka dots sitting on a yellow cow in orange grass. It was a good time!

Oh The Places You’ll Go in books like these.

 

6: Promotion

Have you seen modern business cards? (I should make a new post on business cards… maybe tomorrow.) They are so creative! No longer are they a small piece of paper that fits in your wallet but they are advanced methods of design and self promotion.

 

7: Last Resort Library

This isn’t so helpful at this particular moment but it will be useful in the long-term. Whenever I am looking through a magazine or a book and I find an advertisement, photo shoot image, etc I cut it out of the book and put it in a folder. Something about that page I ripped out of GQ 5 years ago may inspire me now because of something I haven’t thought about in years. The same goes for objects in a store. If I am walking through Wal-Mart and I see a LEGO tower and I enjoy it, I take a picture of it. Anything I like, strongly dislike, or something useful goes into my folder. I don’t get it out frequently, but when I do there is a bevy of inspiration for me to feed off of.

Wondrous Talent

In the past few months I have been finding inspiration from fewer and fewer sources because everything I see looks the same.  This makes me sad. I’m sure you have heard the quote “good artists borrow, great artists steal”…  I never want to be that girl.  So, every time I find an artist that is unique I feel the need to praise this person for being themselves.  These artists show the world who they really are, what they really feel. They don’t use bright colors because their favorite artist does. When you find a creative person like that you really have to stick with them. They will constantly inspire you to bring out your real interest in your work.

By the way, I’m not saying that those who “borrow” aren’t good artists. Many of them are, but there’s a whole new level of talent exposed when someone  can create their own work.

 

I want to share my newest, most fascinating inspiration: Carne Griffiths

Bio (according to DeviantArt)

Born in Liverpool and spent much of his childhood drawing. Studied Illustration at Maidstone college of Art in 1992 graduating with a 1st class BA Hons in 1995, made a fellow of the college along with colleague Dan Baldwin. Together they curated the Shynola exhibition at Islington’s Candid Arts Gallery in 1996.

Early influences include the animated work of the Brothers Quay, the drawings of Andre Masson, Paul Klee and Leonardo Da Vinci as well as the influence of outsider artists Adolf Wolfli, Scottie Wilson, Henry Darger and the drawings of Antonin Artaud.

Started work with M. Hand & Company in 1999, A two-year apprenticeship led to a 12 year career, becoming Creative Director and producing elaborate hand drawn embroidery designs for a range of prestigious clients including HRH the Prince of Wales, The Sultan of Oman, Ralph Lauren, Tom Ford, Asprey, Chanel, Burberry and many of London’s Savile Row tailors, as well as designing for films The Last King of Scotland, Valkyrie, The Phantom of the Opera and costume embroidery design for the musical Wicked. In 2008 carne designed the front cover for the royal variety performances 80th anniversary.

First Solo show in Jan 2009 with drawings, based on the automatic process, and created the company 100 square feet in November of 2009 bringing together artists from all backgrounds to show their work alongside established professionals, 100 pieces in a 10′ x 10′ grid [link]

Pieces from the Harvest, Carne’s new collection of work were shown at Arts AfterDark, Art Egg Studios in New Orleans in October 2010, the piece Rose appeared at the London Art Fair in 2011 represented by Eyestorm and at the London Original Print Fair at the Royal Academy.

Current Residence: East London
deviantWEAR sizing preference: S
Favourite genre of music: mixed bag
Favourite style of art: surrealist automatic drawing
Operating System: w7
Favourite cartoon character: popeye
Personal Quote: lose yourself

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Links to his work:

DeviantArt

Etsy Shop

Carne Griffiths

The Street Work of Banksy: British Graffiti Artist

Banksy is a pseudonymous England-based graffiti artist, political activist, film director, and painter.

His satirical street art and subversive epigrams combine irreverent dark humour with graffiti done in a distinctive stencilling technique. Such artistic works of political and social commentary have been featured on streets, walls, and bridges of cities throughout the world.

Banksy’s work was born out of the Bristol underground scene which involved collaborations between artists and musicians. According to author and graphic designer Tristan Manco and the book Home Sweet Home, Banksy “was born in 1974 and raised in Bristol, England. The son of a photocopier technician, he trained as a butcher but became involved in graffiti during the great Bristol aerosol boom of the late 1980s.” Observers have noted that his style is similar to Blek le Rat, who began to work with stencils in 1981 in Paris and members of the anarcho-punk band Crass, which maintained a graffiti stencil campaign on the London Tube System in the late 1970s and early 1980s and is active today.

Known for his contempt for the government in labeling graffiti as vandalism, Banksy displays his art on public surfaces such as walls and even going as far as to build physical prop pieces. Banksy does not sell photos of street graffiti directly himself;  however, art auctioneers have been known to attempt to sell his street art on location and leave the problem of its removal in the hands of the winning bidder.  Banksy’s first film, Exit Through the Gift Shop, billed as “the world’s first street art disaster movie,” made its debut at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.  The film was released in the UK on 5 March 2010.  In January 2011, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary for the film.

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