Inspiration Collection: April 2011

April Inspiration 2011
April Inspiration Collection – click to full view

Another month has gone by which means it’s time for a round-up of my inspiring images. It feels like I posted some of these on my Tumblr blog ages ago even though April seemed to fly right past me.

So lets have a look at what themes/trends I can find ๐Ÿ™‚

  • The main colours I can see for the month are blue, pink, yellow and black.
  • No surprise that most images with people are of women again. I think I’ll state right now that this will be a recurring theme across most of my inspiration collections.
  • Digital paintings – I think digital art and sketches can be really amazing, especially when they’re filled to the brim with detail; I used to do digital painting years ago and I appreciate the amount of time that goes into them. A lot of people seem to like them too – the picture FANTASTIC WORLDS 2 by Jon Foster has 131 notes on it since I posted it. I need to get back into drawing more and give my new tablet a full workout – without the giant robot.
  • Lots of classical ladies in this batch as well – Audrey Hepburn, Ginger Rogers, Bridgett Bardot as well as some early Madonna pictures.
  • I have a love for artwork that’s influenced by design/illustrations from the 50s – 70s. The bold colours, the decorative fonts, the quirky characters, the textures, the simplistic styling – it’s all quite whimsical and almost magical to me. A lot of the concept artwork for animation studios like Disney and Pixar have this look to them. It’s always good to see a modern twist on the style as well – the Danger Beach music vid and the Fracking video are both good examples.
  • Simplistic design – I guess this somewhat relates to my previous point of simplistic style. The LOTR covers, the Less is More, More or Less cards, The Filthy Media branding, Aymara Type.
  • The Asian influence – I think my obsession with Asian designs/artworks goes way back to my childhood days of watching anime. I think one of the things that strikes me about it is that the work can range from gentle and delicate like the origami photograph and Lux: Ayana by Wen-M to strong and tough like the Kill Bill Movie and this illustration Shan Jiang.
  • Clever Design – I think every designer loves a good concept that makes them go ‘I wish I had thought of that!’ like this Clever Wedding Invitation, Origami Ice Bucket, Editable Forks and this USB Camera
  • Dress Style – I don’t own a lot of dresses and I think if you had asked me to wear one 5 years ago I would’ve flat out refused. I still don’t feel 100% comfortable wearing them but I definitely want more and I’ve been looking at the simple ones like these. I would also love this dress but only if I could get the 8-bit stockings with them, though unfortunately they cost about $60 to ship over by themselves :(.

I think I’ll wrap it up there. Do you see any other themes emerging from this collection? Let me know in the comments!

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