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August 31 2012

07:33

Art Inspiration for the Weekend Showcase


  

It has been a while since we compiled a mixed bag of art inspiration for our readers, that spans multiple areas and explores numerous themes. So we thought it was about time to re-deliver on that plan and set all of our readers up for the weekend ahead. Which brings us to the fantastic array of artistic pieces that we have assembled for you below.

Together in this one showcase we have paintings, photographs, sculptures and more. All aimed at getting you on that inspired track and running full steam through any creative projects that come your way over the weekend. With no particular focus we hope that the wide reach will allow for any and all to find a little inspiration in this showcase.

It Begins

Birds are singing by auroraink

Fly me to the moon by Chuchy5

Time machine by AleksCG

cover 07 by phoenixlu

Yin and Yang by Kara-a

Forsaken Stairs by stengchen

Tsuruchi Kosoko by MarioWibisono

Grassflow by IvanAndreevich

Dream Believer by ForestGirl

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Open my Heart to You by DestinyBlue

Nature of Zen Key Necklace by KeypersCove

Pixel Vignette: Who are you? by hitogata

Saving Fish from Drowning by BriannaAngelakis

L’oro in bocca – via by Sh000rty

Two by Dark-Sheyn

Praha by takmaj

Strawberries. by andokadesbois

Steampunk Law Enforcer by Guang Shi

Louvre – Watercolor Study by auroraink

I love this boy .2 by Y-n-Y

Firebird feather by LiliaOsipova

Rainbow River by AnnMarieBone

TEA PARTY by alexiuss

Munich, Candidplatz Curve by alierturk

Quiet My Soul III by IsacGoulart

In Tune iii by PEHDTSCKJMBA

Valley of Aelhar by hontor

Gravestones of civilization by alexiuss

ano koro by nuriko-kun

It Ends

That caps off this end of the collection, but feel free to share your thoughts and favorites with us in the comment section below. Do you have any pieces that always speak to you when you are searching for inspiration? Drop us a link to further the discussion.

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July 25 2012

08:00

World of Imagination: Gallery of Fantasy Digital Drawings


  

Art is a powerful tool that can instantly transport you into another world. A world born of imagination and pure creativity. So many digital artists today specialize in bringing these worlds of fantasy into our world. Making them tangible and accessible, if only through the art they produce. It is these types of fantasy digital drawings that we are focusing our inspirational spotlight on today.

Below we have amassed a brilliant sampling of this vibrant artistic community to help inspire you and get you in a creative mood. Tour world after world of imagination via this impressive gallery of fantasy digital drawings.

World of Imagination

Sew Closed My Soul by DestinyBlue

Creation by sakimichan

The silent wanderer by alexiuss

A Once and Future King by alicexz

grave by sandara

Reach for the Stars by ANTIFAN-REAL

Ocean of my sorrow by sionra

Paramnesia by JenniferHealy

Hallelujah City by Novum1

The Blessing by Ironshod

Confession tower by RaVirr17

neverwonder station . by Megatruh

the Lunar Moth by Alicechan

Silva by anndr

Dragon Light by jjpeabody

fear of fire by ryky

At the edge of the water by thienbao

Zodiac Dragon . Cancer by The-SixthLeafClover

Beast Tracker by JasonEngle

Door to Nothingness by velinov

Ain’t No Mercy by fdasuarez

A NICE DAY IN HELL by uriska

Last Piece by DestinyBlue

IFX .Fairy. by sakimichan

Jigoku by sionra

Architectural worlds by ANTIFAN-REAL

Witness by JinniferHealy

Noble Dragon by Ironshod

weatheria . by Megatruh

Fairies by Alicechan

crown of horns by anndr

Red Haired Fey by thienbao

Moto Rani by JasonEngle

Talrand Sky Summoner by velinov

Tainted love by fdasuarez

Back to the Real World

Now that the showcase is over, and we are turning back to the real world, which of the images from the showcase have inspired you the most? Which ones are have made the biggest impression on you? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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April 09 2012

08:01

From the Unconscious Mind: Gallery of Surrealistic Digital Art


  

When most people think of surrealism, they merely think of the bizarre. They think of artwork that somewhat blends the real with the abstract. They do not take into account the movement which sought to unleash the full creative potential of the unconscious mind. This injects a much deeper meaning in to the pieces than what most would think from work often seen as so abstract.

While the use of strange, and even at times ridiculous imagery, is employed to counter the more mundane elements of the pieces, it all comes together in such moving and powerful ways. Below is a gallery of surrealistic digital art that will fill our readers with inspiration. So many talented artists have wonderfully tapped into their creative potential, we hope that they will help you to unleash yours.

From the Unconscious Mind

Face of Happiness by Allyzia

the tree of life 2 by sopic84

Envy Tends Her Garden by joeyv7

Light by Sarafinconcepts

I’m Coming to the Garden by sweatshirt

Witness by MyAmbeon

Scream by liiga

Binds by rhinoting

Death Butterfly’s Forgiveness by ser1o

Beautiful by Warnerator

Dreams and quiet noises by froggywoggy11

su pianito despierta monstrous by alejandrosordi

Stargazer by leothefox

The Infinity of Mind by Elzux

Rita by Daywish

‘Howdy!’ Experiment One by baconworm

My Mind by NegativeFeedback

trip by DeevArt

A form of sanity by IMentertainment

La realidad puede ser otra by needtobleed

Death March by vaporeon249

Mona by Warnerator

Drifter by whitlam1

Tigars are here by YukoRabbit

Seeing through The Layers by vshen

Mutation by SaccharineStrychnine

Metalpecker by StickFreeks

Young Dream by seafoam-mermaid

still waiting by sopic84

Mira by GalileeMorningstar

Forbidden Love by SzkulDigitals

Golden fishes by whitecrow-soul

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baloons 3 by sopic84

we’re watching you by GoGalGoGo

Let’s play by mark-in-the-park

Fluffy by gagatka27

A Strange Place by mysticmorning

Unwritten by Jacquesmarcotte

Elder Dream by seafoam-mermaid

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April 03 2012

08:01

Typography Inspiration: Calligraphic Masterpieces


  

Calligraphy is an ancient skill, whose origin is difficult to date. It spans across a wide range of cultures and continents, and can be seen to this day all across the globe. Some track calligraphy back to the inception of the Latin alphabet in 600bc, although other notable examples can be seen through history.

In the world of design, calligraphy is seen as a medium of many contradictions. On the one hand it has an archaic, dated reputation. On the other, it is still widely used in modern design projects, as has withstood design evolutions, transposing well to digital mediums. We can see calligraphy across thousands of typefaces, logos, website headings and countless other examples. Steve Jobs even based the wonderful typography on the Mac OS on his calligraphy classes taken at college level. Calligraphy is quite clearly not dead, but like all worthwhile design, ever changing, and ever valuable.

Today we have a wide range of calligraphic designs to inspire you. These show the diversity of the medium, as well as the breadth of uses available. I encourage you to try incorporating calligraphy into your future design work, it can bring some stunning results. Please enjoy the following artist’s and go and explore their portfolios, which have plenty more inspiring work!

The Calligraphic Masterpieces

Calligraphy by Alexis Persani

Alexis Persani is a wonderful digital artist with some truly inspiring calligraphic work. Many of his calligraphy pieces take an original inked design and turn it into a digital work of art. He will often color his calligraphic designs in Photoshop, applying additional lighting and texture effects. This gives his calligraphy a modern edge, with added depth and intrigue. It’s really fascinating to notice the fusion of traditional and urban visual styles.

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Calligraphy by Jackson Alves

Jackson Alves has an impressive calligraphy portfolio. His calligraphy ranges from daily practices, to commission work, to his own typefaces/fonts. His calligraphy has a traditional feel to it, often portraying a very archaic motif. It’s interesting to see how this classic style is applied to his various projects, as he constructs an elegant, traditional mood. We see again a fusion of mediums, as the traditional calligraphic style is somewhat modernized in it’s transition to custom typeface and digital logo.

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Calligraphy by Ivan Lyashenko

Ivan Lyashenko has a wonderful sense of the mood and detail behind his calligraphic works. He typically will produce the work in it’s most basic form (monotone) and then turn each design into it’s own work of art. He will apply backgrounds, colors, texturing, lighting and extra details to turn a regular piece of calligraphy into a true masterpiece. He is able to produce some very realistic surface textures that bring his calligraphy to life.

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Calligraphy by Boglárka Nádi

Boglárka Nádi has produced a very unique project that produces calligraphic depictions of poems. This is a really creative way to bring the words to life. The playful, colorful lettering is visually fun and light hearted. The arrangement of type is really inspiring and weaves together to create a stand-alone structure. The variety of hues, shades and lighting in each design gives depth and richness to the lettering.

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Calligraphy by Mauro Melis

Mauro Melis demonstrates how to design calligraphic works for commercial purposes. His portfolio displays a wide range of calligraphic designs that are used for logos, titles, brochures and headings, within a range of commercial outlets. His work demonstrates how superb calligraphy can give a truly unique visual to a wider design, avoiding the genericness that comes through using standard fonts and typefaces.

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March 29 2012

08:00

Into the Light: A Collection of Light Fixed Photomanipulations


  

With so many talented artists working in the photomanipulation arena, the internet is positively teeming with amazing works. Some artists decide to opt for darker, more macabre imagery and pieces, while others tend to turn towards the light. Weilding this element with authority and oh, so much talent to bring their manipulations to life.

So take a look below through the inspiring collection of photomanipulations featuring light in some form or fashion. Be it bursting forth, shining poignantly, or any other inclusion, these light fixed photomanipulations are sure to tickly your creative fancies.

Into the Light

Forget-you-not… by frizzle-pop

Let Your Light Shine Down by Emerald-Depths

Zepta by Khamal25

Still Waiting by Ravenfire711

By The Thames River by Shue13

Red passion by Kalosys

The Unknown by DXPO

Touch of wonder by iluviar

A New Hope by j3ff3rson

Steampunk Teddy by beyzayildirim77

The Saints Home by Death-Summoner

Light by AFineWar

Fishing at Sunset by crilleb50

The beauty of life by Dream-SweetDreams

Queen Mab by paperfaith

Paradise by Mysterykids

Inception by Sidiuss

If I could Fly by Pygar

sheltered nest by beyzayildirim77

Scale of Life by visio-art

Moon Tree by Methevas

Golden hours by Brumae

Brave New World by K-Jenkins

Swan Lake by Nathalie-Bennet

Snow Bride by MidsummerDream

run by EricaMarieArt

Think by guilpejon

Dark Angel by Krzychu08101993

Trying to Forget You by EnchantedWhispers

Far away by Demonia-Mort

Trust in Me by Aegis-Strife

Lady of the lake by PerlaMarina

The Wandering Empress by Colorkiller

Alone in the Storm by Senderosolvidados

March 22 2012

08:01

Jaw Dropping Vexel Artwork From the Pros


  

Vexel art is very similar to vector art in terms of appearance. It typically features sharp-edged lines and areas of flat color, or smooth gradient fills. The word ‘vexel’ was coined from a combination of “vector” and “pixel”. The main difference between vexel art and vector art is that vexel artwork is rasterized. This means that it’s not scalable, so many vexel artists create their vexels at very high resolutions.

Instead of using vector lines, shapes and polygons, vexels are created using a raster programs support for transparent layers. Each layer is given a solid shape, or shape with a gradient fill, and the layer order and structure creates the illusion of a single composition.

Today we’ve rounded up a selection of jaw dropping vexel artwork from some of the very best vexel artists in the world. Not only are these pieces beautiful works of art in their own right, but they show the laborious nature of vexel design. Many of these designs use thousands of layers to build up a detailed, realistic outcome.

The Art

Gimme More Braaainss by Winterof87

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Civic SS – Vector by `dangeruss

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Let me look at myself by kioshima

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Rihanna by Swezzels

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Silence is Golden by Novembermeisje

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C-West Skyline by `dangeruss

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Collab by gershonv

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Adriana Lima 2010 by Swezzels

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Penelope by gershonv

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Angel’s Eyes by gershonv

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Fleur by o0tingeling0o

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Lady Gaga by fabulosity

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Jordin Sparks by Swezzels

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Old Vexel – Salma Hayek by fabulosity

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Colin Edwards by `dangeruss

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Snow by zldz

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contemplating by jawwneeee

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Wind Through my Hair by Swezzels

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Shades of Gray by Joaris333

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Monarch Butterfly by MChaos07

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Wonderwoman by `shebid

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Ooh La La by Ash-Becca

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Nicole by jespecially

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Necklace… by AstridT

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Of my Soul by Dark83

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Suicide Blonde by ChewedKandi

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Fragile by renen02

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Mystery by 0stargazer0

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Girl on the Wing by blinktastic

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Birds of Prey by intoyourheart

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March 15 2012

09:04

Explosions of Color: Inspired Collection of Bright and Colorful Vector Illustrations


  

With Spring on its way to so many, the landscapes will soon be blossoming with bright, vibrant colors. For those who are not wanting to wait for that seasonal colorful explosion, we have prepared a splash of brighter tones to help. With so many talented vector artists sharing their fine works across the web, we have turned out spotlight their way for an inspirational showcase that is sure to please.

So take a look through this bright and colorful collection of vector illustrations to get an inspirational recharge. With a range of subject matter and moods, these pieces’ expressive use of colors are sure to put a smile on your face and even potentially an idea or two in your mind.

Explosions of Color

Encomium: Lana Turner by jengartist

wooof – lonely wolf by maxtodie

Monster Avenue Doodle by reyexzyl

We Are Not Alone by GoshaDole

Foodie Babe J by CQcat

Tuti Suka Es Nong-Nong by fajardesign

Leisure Precipice by digitalsleaze

Blossom by iamkzee

Render Cecilia by sakucitah

Gal de los Muertos by SashaZombie

Distorted Reality by x-posion

Ponyville Flower Shop by RainbowRage12

Wild Pinetree and Friends by Mag1cWind0w

Ling-Liang by andyshade

Indonesia by morlock22

Principito by ALPHA11-11

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Caligrafia by lauliver

Summer Time by Cuccko

Park by jarist84

TERESHA X SALLY by silocult

Sound in my ear by Tomekkaz

Matilda by stigmatan

22 by TimurKhabirov

The spirit maya by AR-MANDO

Fruity-fruit by chibiorangebing2

Black Friday Collaborations Project by chicken1985

Ace in the Hole by Maglii

Rainbow pipe cloud by Giesji

Zosterops japonicus by 398hajime

Japan by morlock22

Memory by pikachu0221

punKgirl by Psycool

Chun lee street fighter Vector by brainwavedesigns

GoGo Girl by MidniteHearts

Passado-Presente-Futuro by ine5ita

Me… Oh Wait…! by iveinbox

~ combi ~ by bagusetiawan

Dave Koz by prie610

Little Vampire by Camilo-Otalora

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February 23 2012

07:20

Faces of Imagination: A Showcase of Inspiring Digital Portraits


  

As the never ending quest for inspiration pours on, we have taken our search for creative works back into the area of digital art. This time around we have found some wonderful pieces that were drawn by a range of very talented artists. Though this showcase is a collection of digital portraits, so it is a little different than some of those we have brought you in the past.

Portrait photography is often a popular medium because it gives you the chance to get up close and personal with the subject and really capture the subtle expressions and delicate features that distance can often erase. So this showcase of digital drawings have attempted to impart some of those same elements that make have made portraits a standard for generations. Take a look and see if inspiration follows.

Faces of Imagination

Altais by phoenixlu

Molt by escume

Madeline Mad by MyAmbeon

Red Orange by lolita-art

Enchantment by Vergilsparda666

Gia by WarrenLouW

Bleeding Heart by yuumei

Lackadaisy Perennial by tracyjb

Autumn by luciole

A Brief Glimpse by luciole

Strawberry Hearts by loish

Coral by escume

Fiery by alicexz

Limit by sakimichan

Snow Girl by daekazu

Mermaid by sharandula

Fu by budgie

Ablaze by moyan

Victorian Voodoo by MyAmbeon

portrait of a girl II by lolita-art

The Red Ribbon by asuka111

EPIPHANY PORTRAIT by Jujika

Keely by WarrenLouw

Rouge by escume

Steel Turquoise by loish

Melthanson by CuatroVecesUno

Bounty Hunter: Day Ain’t Done by JayAxer

Twelve Thirty Three v2 by acidlullaby

PORTRAIT OF A KILLER by AURORY

Spring by lolita-art

October by ceruleanvii

RED EARTH redpear

study3 by phoenixlu

OMAI PORTRAIT by Jujika

little princess II by ebrulii

mar by loish

Anne of Green Gables by daekazu

The Blood Eater by luciole

White Lace by moyan

Masquerade by navate

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February 03 2012

20:18

Incredible Hand-Drawn Works (With a Digital Twist)


  

Within the creative community there seems to be an ongoing divide between the realms of digital art, and traditional (non-digital) art. Often traditional art is viewed as somewhat archaic, conjuring images of the Mona Lisa or a Monet landscape. Whilst these masterpieces, and much of traditional art is of course pivotal to our conceptions of art and creativity, there still exists this divide in relation to the digital medium.

The smooth gloss of a photo manipulation has nothing to do with a beautiful oil painting. Or does it…?

Today I challenge the divide between old and new, and suggest that the varying mediums within ‘art’ as a whole are not only not unrelated, but inextricably linked. Digital art is of course directly influenced by the fundamental principles of traditional art. As graphic designers this is not a chicken egg scenario, digital art would simply not exist without traditional art.

The beauty of these varying mediums is that they can help one another. Whilst traditional art does have certain limitations (as does digital art), digital art can often take hand produced pieces to new dimensions. Digital techniques are often the best way to lift a piece of traditional art, giving it new life and substance.

Today I will show you three incredibly talented artists, who are each masters of both traditional, and digital mediums. What is especially interesting about their work is how they use digital techniques to enhance their already stunning traditional artworks. In fusing the two mediums their work takes on a new richness.

Incredible Hand-Drawn Works (With a Digital Twist)

Florian Nicolle’s Hand-Drawn Works

Florian Nicolle is very well known within the design community, and for good reason! His portfolio is a vast collection of mixed media masterpieces. Florian has clearly mastered traditional art, producing some incredibly realistic drawings.

What makes Florian’s work so intriguing is his treatment of his original drawings. It actually seems that some of his traditional techniques are influenced by the digital medium. For example his application of watercolor brush marks is reminiscent of the grungy, watercolor techniques used in many photo manipulations.

After he completes his original drawing he will typically scan it into Photoshop and proceed to color the image, often applying background textures and details. A common trait of his work is to use Photoshop to paste relevant words over his portraits (for example the lyrics to Billy Jean are laid over his portrait of Michael Jackson).

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Andreas Preis’ Hand Drawn Works

Andreas Preis has one of the most unique styles I’ve come across, and a really wonderful portfolio of art to back it up. His work is typically produced using ink in the early stages. He is a true master of the cross-hatching method of shading, giving his works an incredibly detailed, precise look.

Often he will use Photoshop to digitally color his images, whilst retaining the precise, sharp lines of his original drawing. This is a prime example of how combining mediums can produce the best results possible.

The important thing to remember though is that no matter what effects are applied in Photoshop, it is the strength of Andreas’ original drawings that are the basis for such inspiring art.

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Alexis Marcou’s Hand Drawn Works

Alexis Marcou is an awe inspiring mixed media artist with a very unique style. Alexis’ work will typically begin on paper, producing some fantastic drawings. He then uses a range of mixed media techniques to add depth and detail to his images. Some notable examples include using a make up applicator to powder his image with subtle color, and refracting light from a prism to lay over his drawing.

Whilst Alexis’ work doesn’t make tremendous use of digital techniques, he is widely respected within the digital art/design community. His art, whilst using traditional mediums seems to jump away from the typical constraints of non-digital art. His drawings often take on the appearance of epic photo manipulations, with subtle lighting, gradients and coloring. Amazing what you can achieve with a little creativity!

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January 03 2012

15:04

Stunning Digital Art Inspired by Video Games


  

Since their inception, video games have provided great inspiration for offline artists and digital artists alike. Video games generally adhere to a fantasy theme, which is perhaps what makes them so intriguing visually. Often characters are exaggerated human forms, with bulging bodies, enormous power, or great speed and agility. Many games include characters of another species, possessing magical powers and skills.

Undoubtedly video games offer some of the richest character designs. Of course video games don’t stop at character design. Entire worlds are invented for these characters to inhabit, and whilst they range from the minimal, to the vast and sprawling, these worlds are often visually intriguing.

Today we’ve compiled over 50 examples of wonderful digital art inspired by the video game format. These illustrations range from depictions of famous characters, to epic battles, landscapes and even text effects.

Digital Art Inspired by Video Games

Ry Spirit’s Video Game Art

Ry Spirit is a hugely talented digital artist who has built up a Facebook following in the thousands. His work has very unique style, being both bold/colorful and cartoony. Whilst some of his work does include sharp outlines, generally his compositions have quite soft edges, with a certain handdrawn feel to them.

We get a real sense that these pieces have been ‘painted’ rather than simply filled in with color in Photoshop. The rich shadowing and textures really make this work stand out.

Ry’s work generally put characters at the forefront. Interestingly he captures each character doing something indicative of their existence. Rather than simply placing a character on a plain background, he’ll have child-Link waking up in his bed, or pokemon mid-battle.

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Sandara Video Game Art

Sandara is widely known for her detailed, realistic fantasy artworks. She truly manages to capture the essence of each character she observes. Generally her work will utilize lighting very well, engulfing dark characters in deep shadows, whilst using glows/rays of light to bring life to the piece.

There is definitely a sense of fantasy in her work, as her compositions tend to focus on magical creatures (dragons, elves, wolfmen etc…). She also tends to base each piece around a certain color palette, which evokes the mood in each composition. Below you can observe a magical couple amidst a purple, romantic landscape, or a fierce warrior, fighting through a fiery, amber scene.

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Nezma Video Game Art

Nezma (otherwise known as Nat from Canada) is a talented digital artist with a penchant for capturing the magical world of video games. Her work shows tremendous diversity, as you can see from the examples below. She ranges from soft, cartoony drawings, to sharp vector designs, and realistic digital paintings.

What is admirable is that whatever medium she chooses, Nezma manages to capture the true essence of her character. The pieces below show great attention to colors and lighting and range from cute to ominous.

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DXSinfinite Video Game Art

DXSinfinite has some truly inspiring digital art, much of it based on video game characters. Again, this artist shows tremendous diversity in his work, and can capture an anime scene, or a highly realistic depiction of his favorite character.

His work shows great attention to form, with the vastly bugling muscles of many video game characters providing a wonderful study of the human body. We get a sense of power and energy from many of his works, and he truly captures the might behind some of these popular video game creations.

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GENZOMAN Video Game Art

Last, but certainly not least, GENZOMAN whose works are some the of most favored fantasy digital art in the collection. His work is rich in texture, lighting and details, resulting in a realistic, yet still very much fantasy outcome. He often combines his expert shading and digital painting skills with intense light effects in Photoshop, generally used to demonstrate the explosive powers of the characters he is capturing.

The backdrops for these characters are equally rich, and really place each creation in their natural setting. Each composition typically uses very bold colors and rich shadows to capture the ‘larger than life’ visuals inherent in the video game format.

Definitely an artist to keep your eye on!

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November 23 2011

17:34

A Showcase of Still Life Digital Paintings


  

As our technology evolves, so do the industries and professionals driven by it. Painters, once only using brushes and canvas have seen so many amazing new strides in digital painting software over the years, have taken to these new applications like a fish to water. And so many brilliant and inspiring digital paintings have poured from the galleries since. Which is what brings us to this post today.

As most of us in the design field are always looking for inspiring work to share, these digital painters pieces jumped out from the webs, demanding to be featured. So many fantastic paintings reminiscent of the great still life’s of yesteryear, all created with digital effects and brushes. These painter’s precision hold a wealth of inspiration just waiting to be tapped.

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still life by janaschi

Pomegranate Still Life

Desk Job by algenpfleger

Ceramic and Glass by yumedust

boing boing by algenpfleger

Rose Coffee by depingo

Apple by katzai

Mindcage by I-NetGraFX

Still life by tincek-marincek

Red Queen by Ketka

Night at the Saloon by DawnFrost

Still Life by grey-seagull

Pruity by ebrulii

Horn Cup Spoon Still Life by ATArts

Dragonblood by ELConsigliere

Digital Drawing Still Life 02 by spiritwolf77

Stale Bread by nivalis70

Teapot from photo ref by silvercherry

Still Life by al-nay

1949 by robertmekis

Study Still Life 5 by Tsabo6

Happy New Lunar Year fxEVo

ox ccg silver whistle by skim-milk

White Still Life by cacodaemonia

Merry Urn and Friends by mckadesinsanity

Feather Fruit Skull by KatePfeilschiefter

Study Still Life 1 by tsabo6

Tea Party by sonicaust

Colour Study 2 by TheBlackVerse

Still Life – Fruits by Isra2007

Winter’s End by artcova

Pen and Ink by LancerMoo

Fruit Bowl by saintchase

Heartburn by phantastes

Grapes by CoryTheAnimator

L5R Toturi’s Tactics by higherdepths

after old masters 2 by griffinfly

boy with a coin by Fleana93

The Cowboy by komodoempire

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November 04 2011

16:48

15 Awesome Examples of Portrait Typography

I haven’t done an inspiration post in a while, and I was browsing Flickr this morning, so I thought I’d share some cool typography I found. I’m calling these “portrait typography,” but you may have a different name for them. I like using type as a texture, but this is on the next level. Have a look and see what you think.

Typeface

mos_def_lyric_portrait_by_DilsJ

Typography portrait of Amy Whinehouse.

vedder poster (typography)

britney_by_DilsJ

Typographic Self Portrait

Russell Simmons #typography #portrait

Typography portrait

Will i am

screaming_typography-portrait___by_goblina

As You Type, So Shall You Be

typography self portrait

typographic portrait series_mat

DNA sequence portrait

Utada Hikaru Typo Portrait

November 05 2010

12:04

Inspired by the Dark Side of the Force: Darth Vader Variations

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by Robert Bowen

For over thirty years one iconic villain has reigned in the dark corners of so many hearts mdash; and not just of those who proudly parade beneath the banner of sci-fi junkies. Darth Vader has transcended the page and screen to live on in ways most characters will never achieve; but then again, most characters do not have command over the power of the force like the dark Sith Lord does. So when you are looking for a dose of inspiration from the darker areas of the imagination, turning to the artwork inspired by the face of the dark side is a fantastic way to go.


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Darth Vader at Iwo Jima by: hitokirivaderbefore he shaped the future, Lord Vader was playing his part in shaping the past of the human race.

For generations, fans have been taking their love of this character and exploring it across artistic mediums to share with the fan base and beyond. Below is a showcase of some choice pieces from the mountains of Vader related fan art that fill the cyberspace vaults.

If you are a fan of this mythic figure then you have certainly come to the right place to get your fix of Vader’s looming artistic aura. If you are not a fan, then by the time you get to the bottom of these showcased images, you just might become one. . .

Digital Art

We have divided the images into a couple of categories for you today. The first is very much in keeping with the futuristic theme of the verse from which this character was wrought. In the following category, Darth Vader gets a retouch from some talented digital artists who have fixed their eye on this dark figure from the sci-fi side of the scene.

Darth Vader by: gereksiztara

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Darth Vader by: NathanRosario

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Darth Vader by: Cinar

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Darth Vader by: DennisBudd

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Darth Vader by: kidnotorious & commanderlewis

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Darth Vader by: erwebb

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Darth Vader Special Cover by: anjum

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Darth Vader has a Posse by: 1NNU3NDO

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Darth Vader by: CarlosNCT

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Darth Vader by: MissLastri

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Darth Vader – Star Wars by: FlowComa

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Darth Vader Widescreen by: DanMed – available as a wallpaper

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Lord Darth Vader by: frogmachine

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Darth Vader – Death Star by: Shadrak – available as a wallpaper

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Darth Vader by: particle9

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Vader on Hoth by: Livio27

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Typographic Darth Vader by: Bakageta-Koto

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Vader by: DarthMater

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Darth Vader Unmasked by: HeroforPain

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Darth Vader by: Ferigato

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Vader by: bazze

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Darth Vader by: yigitkoroglu

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Darth Vader by: raikoh14

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Vader by: scrappster

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Jonboy’s Vader by: Jonboy007007, Andrewchun, & pochrzas

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Star Wars – Darth Vader and Co. by: jamga

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Lord Vader by: Tigerblock

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Lord Vader StarWars by: Thuddleston

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Vader Redeemed by: Taclobanon

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Darth Vader by: ashasylum

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SW: The Will of Darth Vader 55 by: Brian Koschak, Dan Parsons, & Michael E. Wiggam

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the Birth of Darth Vader by: avimdesign

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Vader by: LastDarkAutumn – available as a wallpaper

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Traditional Art

In this section of the post we have scoured through the DA gallery to find a number of traditional artists who have turned their artistic eyes and talents towards the villain who stands tall among Hollywood’s most beloved baddies. Translating this tech-driven most prodigious villain in more low-tech presentations work wonderfully for refilling your wells of inspiration.

Darth Vader by: gattadonna

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Darth Vader by: RobHough

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Darth Vader by: Blasterkid

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Darth Vader by: Lalalae

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Darth Vader V2 by: itmon

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Darth Vader by: RickLacy

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Darth Vader by: sullen-skrewt

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Darth Vader Painting by: golfiscool

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Darth Vader by: renonevada

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Darth Vader – Luke Skywalker by: greatart4jeff

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Darth Vader by: raulinho07

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Darth Vader Unmasked by: pokefreak123

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Vader Re-Imagined

Now we arrive at the final section of the showcase, Vader re-imagined which is a bit different. Here we look at some pieces where the artists have taken this iconic figure and have re-imagined him; crafting new and exciting variations of the Sith Lord.

Steampunk Vader by: Caveatscoti

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Darth Vader Sugar Skull by: strongstuff

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Master Darth Vaderuki by: kizer180

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Darth Vader Nendoroid by: aLDoDarK

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Steampunk Darth Vader by: simjoy

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Zombie Darth Vader by: DoomCMYK

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ReDarth Vader by: chosen-1

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Alternate Darth Vader by: Movindus

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Darth Vader C.XVI by: Aioras

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Steam Wars Darth Vader by: sillof

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September 25 2010

00:56

Typography Inspiration: Text Art from DeviantART

Here we showcase some of the best digital artworks which principally use text art and typography as the main theme to create works of true inspiration.

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January 30 2010

00:06

30 Beautiful Artworks of Robots

Robots are often the subject of art because they’re a symbolism of futurism; and as people, we enjoy trying to envision what’s to come. In this collection, you’ll see some amazing robots created by talented digital pixel pushers from all over the world.

3D robot

3D robotBy Anton Wiklund

Claim of the war

Claim of the warBy Cedric Seut

BOT 3 02

BOT 3 02By Nikolai Kropat

The Farm bot

The Farm botBy Andree Wallin

Automaton

AutomatonBy Kazuhiko Nakamura

Ice Robot

Ice RobotBy Michha Zimmerman

Robot in disguise

Robot in disguiseBy Valentin

Mechanical Soldier

Mechanical SoldierBy WanBao

My Red Tie

My Red TieBy Daniel Conway

Megas – rock on

Megas – rock onBy Hugh Farted

Robot is dead

Robot is deadBy Waldemar Kazak

I-bot

I-botBy Alp Germaner

Packbot

PackbotBy Norio Fujikawa

Robot Girl

Robot GirlBy Noname –Face

‘Hermit Crab’ Sentry Robot

Ice RobotBy Mike Doscher

Natalie – mechanical portrait

Natalie – mechanical portraitBy Luis Ramos

Endzeit

EndzeitBy Michael Kutsche

Robot MI-79

Robot MI-79By Vinh Tran

Dan luisi

Dan luisiBy Dan Luisi

AVP

AVPBy Benjamin Parry

Quad bot

Quad botBy Norio Fujikawa

Robot Fight

Ice RobotBy Liu Yang

Robot Ckts

Robot CktsBy Jonathan Gurvit

SCRAP E

SCRAP EBy Kim Jerbo

Practice Robot

Practice RobotBy Rudyao

PD Bot

PD BotBy Norio Fujikawa

JUMP

JUMPBy Jimmy Xu

Pursuing the colors

Pursuing the colorsBy Mike Stone

Monkey on your back

Monkey on your backBy Pär "Pelle" Tingström

Me have heart

Me have heartBy Jonas Liang

Hajime soriyama

Hajime soriyamaBy Sakke Soni

Braintower

BraintowerBy Kazuhiko Nakamura

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About the Author

Richie Thimmaiah is a freelance graphic designer from Bagalore, India specializing in logo design. He’s currently finishing his degree in Electronics Engineering. He runs a blog called Richworks, a catalog of his experimentations and inspiration in Graphic Design. You can find him on Twitter, Behance, DeviantART, Facebook, and LinkedIn

Tags: Digital Art

November 08 2009

18:24

50 Stunning Video Game Concept Art

Video games can be a great source of design inspiration; they’re the ultimate mash-up of visual goodness and entertainment. Making concept art requires a high skill level with image creation software such as Photoshop and 3D animation applications such as Maya, as well as a very creative mind. In this massive collection, you’ll see variety of stunning video game concept art by talented digital artists for games such as Unreal Tournament, Grand Theft Auto IV, Assassin’s Creed, Half Life, and much more.

Section 8

Section 8

By Alessando Baldasseroni

SEGA’s VIKING

SEGA's VIKING

By Michael Kutsche

Starcraft: Protoss Hero

Starcraft: Protoss Hero

By ProlificPen

Dawn of War

Dawn of War

By Cheol Joo Lee

Ninja Gaiden

Ninja Gaiden

By Tomonobu Itagaki and Hiroaki Matsui

Gears of War

Gears of War

By Michael Heilemann

Red Steel

Red Steel

By Renaud Bec

Beacon (Unreal Tournament 3)

Beacon (Unreal Tournament 3)

By Mavor

Halowars

Halowars

By Alessando Baldasseroni

For the Horde (World of Warcraft)

For the Horde (World of Warcraft)

By abraaolucas

Assassin’s Creed Fanart

Assassin's Creed Fanart

By kerembeyit

Godfather

Godfather

By Tyler West

Stranglehold

Stranglehold

By Stephan Martiniere

Riddick Concept 02

Riddick Concept 02

By torvenius

Wanted: Weapons of Fate

Wanted: Weapons of Fate

By Nacho Yagüe

Elveon

Elveon

By Radoslav Javor

God of War

God of War

By Eduardo Gonzalez

Killzone 2 – Extrasolar War

Killzone 2- Extrasolar War

By skybolt

Assassins Creed

Assassins Creed

By Nicolas Bouvier and Patrick Desgreniers

Path of Neo

Path of Neo

By Rick Majon

San Marco (Assassin’s Creed 2)

San Marco (Assassin's Creed 2)

By Ubisoft

Half Life 2

Half Life 2

By Jeremy Bennett

Starcraft

Starcraft

By Harley Huggins

The Path

The Path

By Auriea Samyn

Killzone

Killzone

By Marcos Domenech

Hitman game

Hitman game

By Cynthia Iurinic

Project Gotham Racing 2

Project Gotham Racing 2

By Ben O’Sullivan

U-Wars Concept-Art

U-Wars Concept-Art

By leopardsnow

STF Lighting (Fable II)

STF Lighting (Fable II)

By Lionhead Studios

Frontlines

Frontlines

By Alessandro Baldasseroni

Wagon (Assassin’s Creed 2)

Wagon (Assassin's Creed 2)

By Ubisoft

Riddick concept

Riddick concept

By torvenius

Smoke (Grand Theft Auto IV)

Smoke (Grand Theft Auto IV)

By Rockstar Games

Full Auto

Full Auto

By Vince Chui

Warhammer Online

Warhammer Online

By Alessando Baldasseroni

Johnny Shotgun (Grand Theft Auto IV)

Johnny Shotgun (Grand Theft Auto IV)

By Rockstar Games

LCPD (Grand Theft Auto IV)

LCPD (Grand Theft Auto IV)

By Rockstar Games

God of War PSP Concept

God of War PSP Concept

By andyparkart

Fable II spell concept

Fable II spell concept

By PeteAmachree

Halo wars

Halo wars

By agnidevi

King on Throne Concept

King on Throne Concept

By aaronsimscompany

The Witcher

The Witcher

By Damian Bajowski

Gears of War

Gears of War

By Michael Heilemann

Damnation Moodpainting

Damnation Moodpainting

By Mavor

Making of Perry Rhodan

Making of Perry Rhodan

By Sven Sauer

Terran Marauder Concept

Terran Marauder Concept

By ProlificPen

Lair

Lair

By Deak Ferrand

The Hunter

The Hunter

By Alessandro Baldasseroni

Fable Village

Fable Village

By skybolt

Rise of Legends

Rise of Legends

By Dylan Cole

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About the Author

Tomas Laurinavičius is interested in web design, graphic design and web development, based in Lithuania. He’s also the founder of WebDesignFan.com, a blog about Photoshop, web design, WordPress and inspiration. If you’d like to connect with him, you can follow him on Twitter.

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