Artists famous for painting and drawing portraits figured out a ton about composition, form, shape, shadow, and framing well before the camera ever made it big. The conventions they originated, back when spending months on a single portrait was the most efficient way to capture someone in the flesh, are conventions that still surface in photography today, many of which initially originated in paintings.
Have you ever felt the need to escape this world and its rules? Have you ever imagined how it would it be like if your dreams came true? Literally speaking. How would it be like if you’d live in a universe where you’d swim through the clouds, and fly above the ocean? Well, I’d really like to know that too, but I can’t seem to find the secret magic formula.
But there’s there’s also some good news: being a creative individual you can use your imagination to create a different world, your own wonderful world where you step in through your graphic design artworks. Whenever you want to escape from reality, let your work become the window to your universe where there isn’t any restriction or limit.
I know we don’t usually post showcases of artists’ work, but I just had to share with you guys what Jacob Dahlstrup does. His unique art is an inspiration for us all, in the sense that with patience and perseverance, we can accomplish anything. So today we’re going to take a look at a small collection of his designs. He works with paper and his illustrations are hand embossed with a tattoo needle. Yes, you heard me.
When I think of Halloween, a couple of thing pop up in my mind: carved pumpkins, freaky costumes, bats, ghosts and an old, mysterious mansion. I bet you have all heard of the saying “the haunted mansion” or “the haunted house” – which usually is a dark colored old house, with cracked walls, it usually has two windows at the upper level, it’s surrounded by bats and it has a gloomy deserted background.
Sugar skulls are literally exactly that: skull shaped sugar. Sugar skulls are closely related to Dia de los Muertos, an Aztec ritual which celebrated the lives of those who have deceased. This sugar art dates back to the 17th century, when Mexicans had very little money and plenty of sugar. They created molds of sugar as decorations and used them to adorn the church for the Dia de los Muertos. Each sugar skull represented an individual and their name was inscribed on the forehead of the skull.
Today, artists all around the world are inspired by this Mexican folk art and create handmade decorations, graphic designs, t-shirt designs, accessories with this symbol – the skull. I’ve put together a list of sugar skull inspired designs, from leather accessories, prints, tattoos and digital artworks, you will certainly feel inspired to go create a colorful, creative sugar skull of your own.