Archive for Creative Inspiration

Photography Favorites (It’s Been a While)

Welcome back! I’m sorry it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything through this blog…there has been quite a lot going on in my life. LOTS of changes. But now I’m hoping to be back for good…at least for a while anyway! So, to start this off right, I’m posting some of the awesome sites I’ve discovered recently.

I’ve been doing a lot of browsing both for creativity and photography purposes. I always feel as though there’s more to learn, more to see, and DEFINITELY more to be inspired by! Therefore, I’ve compiled a list of some of my new favorite sites to visit…enjoy!

  • Total City Girl: This beautiful lady from NY has got it down pat when it comes to everything I love- creativity, photography, AND New York City! She creates a weekly field trip to special, not-so-visited places in NYC (my favorite part about the blog) and also shares her ventures in photography and creativity. Definitely check out her etsy shop if you’re looking for some cute hair things or personalized candy bar wrappers!
  • iHeartFaces: Discovered this one by reading through Stacy’s blog (TCG) and really enjoyed reading some of the posts. They offer photo challenges, contests and GREAT tutorials on anything photography related. The main aspect I love about the site is that it’s mainly focussed on capturing the human face in photography (portraiture is my specialty!) and most of the contests/challenges are judged based on such.
  • Fonts for Peas: I found this site by reading a post on iheartfaces and completely fell in LOVE! I’ve been venturing into more creative ideas in my photography and their HUGE inventory of FREE fonts makes this even better! The coolest part about the site (not including the fact that it’s a part of a bigger site that includes other cool things like recipes, scrapbooking and crafts) is that every font is provided by the blog’s followers’ own handwriting! So you can just submit your own handwriting sample and if it’s accepted, you would be able to use it in your own creative ventures! AWESOME!!
  • Adobe Support: I know this one is a little less imaginative, but I’ve come to learn, it’s more helpful than any other site when it comes to Adobe products. I learned about this site while still in art school, but never got around to actually using it to learn how to use my software. Now that I have a little more free time to browse and create, I’ve found that this site really is the best! When you get to the main page, you are able to choose which product you need help with (my choice is usually Photoshop, but I’ll be looking into Lightroom soon as well). After that, all you have to do is search for the topic you need help with (like creating a vignette) and let the site help you out. There are also some pretty great video tutorials on a few of the subjects as well as the step-by-steps.

 

I get the cutest handwriting fonts at Fonts for Peas! kevinandamanda.com/fonts

 

That’s what I have for now…I’ll add more as I discover more awesome blogs/websites. Check out my blogroll for any other sites not mentioned as well. Hopefully you’ll enjoy browsing through these sites as much as I did! Have a favorite of your own? Feel free to post them in the comments section and I’ll take a look at them…maybe there will be a future post on YOUR favorite site!

Visual Inspiration

Welcome back to my blog! As I promised, I am creating more posts for your entertainment and creative experiences! The inspiration for today’s post came from a site I was viewing titled It’s Nice That. The site is somewhat of an online gallery and the author explores all types of artists, photographers, and designers. While viewing some of the designs from graphic designers and pieces from fine artists, I saw plenty of pieces that reminded me of things I’ve just learned in my first quarter of art school (which just ended by the way). I was very proud of myself to be able to notice the types of work that I saw and I was even able to compare one artist to another that I had heard of. This inspired me to view more and more of the online gallery so that I could get a feel for different types of art and design.

After viewing so much of the site, I was inspired to create a new goal for myself: by the end of my third quarter, I will be able to cite at least 10 of my favorite artists and what their personal styles are. This goal will take a lot of work on my part because I will need to do a lot of research on different artists and studying the different styles and personal tastes of artists. I will need to continue what my principles of design instructor has already began: he gives us an assignment and he asks us to go online and view websites of artists that are related to that assignment. I think this is an awesome idea in order to expose myself to different aspects of art, design, and photography and it helped me to learn a great deal about varying styles.

So, with that being said, I think I will start off by showing you some of the art I saw on the It’s Nice That site. These pieces were both interesting and inspiring to me to create something new. We’ll see how that goes in the coming weeks! Anywho, here are the pieces that caught my eye…enjoy!

dominicwilcoxThis first piece is by Dominic Wilcox. I thought this idea was completely genuine, if not humorous. I always try to find things that are ironic or humorous, especially if there is some new idea included in it.

This piece is similar in that same fashion of humor and original ideas. It is a piece by Karl Toomey. The scale has celebrity names on it instead of numbers. Toomey also designed scales with animals or monsters on it instead of the numbers. I want one of these for myself! It’s such a cool idea and lightens up the idea of dieting and weighing yourself. celebscales_karl toomey This piece is also another one of the original idea types. It is a large clock created by Swedish designers Humans Since 1982. The clock is made up of 24 analog clocks  to act as a digital display using the clock hands to read the time. I didn’t quite get the photo at first, but once I read the description I felt like and idiot! I love different types of clocks and I especially love intriguing design pieces! This is something I would LOVE to have in my house!

clock_humansince1982 This photo is of pieces that ultimately form a chair. It is created by designer Eric Ku, who was inspired by contemporary artist Joseph Kosuth. This is titled Chair/Chair (Mission No. 2). It is a part of  Ku’s Mission Redefinition, in which he is exploring the idea of redefinition to a series of subjects through the application of graphic design. I think this is a great idea because I’m always trying to think of ways to redefine items in my world through photography.chairchair_eric kuI hope you enjoyed this post and the artists/designers featured in it! If you would like to view more, please visit the It’s Nice That site. Also, for more inspiring ideas, visit Inspired Magazine’s article on 40 Fresh Websites for Daily Visual Inspiration. There are plenty of ways to be inspired through each type of  application of art, design, and photography! Have a great time being inspired!