This blog is a great place to announce the most important milestones from our developers’ lives such as software updates and releases. Nevertheless, it is also a great place to share the best tips and tricks from our creative world that might help you just like they helped us. We are starting with the list of 10 websites we love to visit to stay creative and hope you’ll add your own tips to the list. Enjoy :)
Illustration by Kevin Cornell
Have you ever had one of those days when you sat in front of a blank computer screen or an empty paper and found it hard to come up with something original? If you are a creative professional, you will agree that inspiration is crucial for your work. Relying solely on your creative mind is not a crime, however, there are days when even the best ones need a spark that kicks their imagination.
Luckily, the best sources for inspiration are only one click away in today’s world of the internet. To help you find the crème de la crème among the inspirational sources, we have put together the list of ten websites we spy on every now and then. The list includes blogs, communities, tutorial pages or magazines from all over the world, that have one thing in common - they ensure us the world of art is immense can always surprise us:
Creativebloq.com - Creative tips and inspiration across web, graphic design and 3D are posted daily on this website. We just love the useful tips and “true stories” from a designer’s world such as the collection of 9 most annoying things every designer does (yes, getting furious about a hi-res photo pasted in a word document is our favorite).
CG Channel - If you are keen on visual effects, animation, game development, and illustration, you need to bookmark CG Channel’s website right away. They also run monthly competitions for all skill levels hosted by selected industry professionals - a great way to get pro feedback and a chance to win great prizes.
Visit their competitions page and don’t be afraid to take part!
DeviantArt - We can not exclude the largest online social network for artists and art enthusiasts from our list. With over 35 million registered members, your daily dose of inspiration is right behind the corner. Get your registration done and become a part of the family. And after that, check our Flame Painter group on DeviantArt.
Abduzeedo.com - Abduzeedo is a collection of visual inspiration and useful tutorials. There are all sorts of articles that will inspire your creative mind - the topics vary from architecture to illustration and photography. If you are looking for step by step Photoshop or Illustrator tutorials, Abduzeedo offers plenty of them on their website. Our recently favorite post are these Fantastic Beasts by Illustrator Jade Mere.
Dribbble.com - Dribbble is show and tell for designers. What began as a side project is now a profitable company that helps you get inspired by other designers from all over the world that share their finished work and current projects. What is more, you can get hired via Dribbble too!
Digital Arts Magazine - The UK’s leading resource for creative professionals offers comprehensive coverage of the art of graphic design, 3D, animation, video, effects, web, and interactive design. Reviews of creative applications and other must-have digital tools will help you choose the best practice for your creativity.
We need to mention here that our Rebelle was chosen as one of the best painting software for artists by DA, you can read the full article here.
DesignFaves.com - Amazing articles, artworks, and pictures that make your jaw drop are listed on DesignFaves. The website covers almost every field of creative business and will make you want to try all those things yourself. Definitely check this post about beautiful convincing yet surreal digital manipulations by Jati Putra Pratama.
Arteide - Arteide is a meeting place between those who create and those who enjoy the world of art. You can find published artworks and art places as well as events, exhibitions, courses, and news on Arteide.
It is worth checking out its International Contemporary Art Catalogue for 2015 with unique artworks from various artists in the form of painting, mixed media, prints, illustration, photography or sculpture.
ThisIsColossal.com - One of the top 50 blogs on the web, Colossal explores art and other aspects of visual culture providing you with news from the world of photography, design, animation, painting, architecture and more. We recently fell in love with these creatures illustrated with curved moire Patterns by Andrea Minini:
Artist Network - Artist Network is a community of visual artists who share inspiration, ideas and all parts of the art process. If you are an emerging artist, browse through the relevant tips and techniques, videos and step by step demonstrations that will help you improve your art skills. For example, you can learn the drawing basics in their helpful tutorials.
Do you have any other useful websites you follow to keep your mind inspired? Share them with us in the comments!