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AdvertisementIn a creative field like design, we face an undeniable truth: our wells of inspiration are bound to run dry from time to time. In those periods of imaginative downtime, we seek out sources that can help us return the creative flow to our working process, and get us "back in the game." But when we need a quick recharge, where do we turn? Many of us have our favorite "go-to" places when we are victim to creative drought, though perhaps with a little help, our routinely chosen paths could change.
Although they are so different in their purpose, art and design have such a close relationship; extensive discussions, over the years, have tried to figure out what separates these two imaginative fields. Today we set that discussion aside and focus on the creative outcomes that have dazzled and inspired, by leading you toward some spectacular sources to get your dose (or two) of inspiration. Hopefully we can point you in the direction of some of inspiring artwork sure to produce enough spark to light anyoneâ€™s creative fire. Sit back, and let us act as your tour guide through this artistic recharge.
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Individual Artist PortfoliosA great tactic on the quest for art-based inspiration is to directly tap into the source. Individual artist portfolios seldom cease to amaze, and plunge you into a flood of new impressions if you're willing to invest a little time. By observing artworks of individual artists, you can learn new techniques, compare their work to your work and improve your designing skills.
Online Artist CommunitiesPlaces definitely worth sourcing for art inspiration are online artist communities. They brim with the artists and with the type of work you can lose yourself in, to refill your inspirational mojo. These community websites are wonderful resource pools that provide you with a slice of the art world, showcasing so many different styles that it is often easy to rekindle your own creative fire.
A large, forum-based community for both traditional and digital artists alike, sharing some truly inspiring work. Browse their link collection for further ideas, or register to fish for fresh input on the theme forum.
FFFFOUND! requires an invitation, but that does not mean you cannot browse this inspiration-filled cyber location. Once a member, FFFFOUND! adapts to your needs and taste, proposing styles and art that meet your requirements. Minute-by-minute updates by users around the globe guarantee a never-ending flow of stimuli.
An open art community for artists, still in its early stages, but with potential. Currently, only images can be shared here but an additional section for sound and video art is soon to come.
A lot of people scoff at deviantART, seeing it as the "Myspace" of the art community as it has attracted over 13 million registered users since 2000. But stick to the right categories, keep an eye on some selected artists, and you're bound to be amazed.
This site is on an artistic mission to develop a free online artist community, and to help foster relationships among those working in the arts. Browse the galleries categorized by subject, or by medium.
A great resource for artists looking to get their work out to the public, and for members of the public looking to get inspired and to discover new artists.
One of the largest and most used design communities on the Web. Always a wonderful place to go to get a little inspirational refill.
A growing international online artist community. Everyone can share, and search, the extensive art catalog.
ARTST Guild & Gallery
Here artists can meet, share work and collaborate. The gallery has over 26,000 artworks, all sorted in various categories and organized alphabetically and by rating.
Art MagazinesOften it's also useful to take the inspirational art search into the physical world by venturing towards some good art magazines and art-oriented publications. Check them out if you are looking to uncover some truly inspiring artwork; this more traditional presentation is preferred by those who still like to hold magazines in their hands.
This is one of the most popular monthly art magazines today. Filled with awesome artwork and insightful articles, it is an inspirational powerhouse.
The magazine has one core question at its heart â€" if you could only use eight typefaces for the rest of your life, which would you choose? â€" and poses this (and many others) to eight leading designers from the fields of web design, print design, illustration, and of course type design itself. A nice project by Elliot Jay Stocks. Issue 2 is currently available.
Art Nouveau Magazine
A quarterly art and culture print publication. Focusing heavily on art and design, avant-garde fashion and an eclectic mix of music, this inspirational magazine offers a little something for everyone.
A relatively new publication focusing on the local art communities that allow so many artists to grow and to nurture their abilities. With only six issues to date, the archives are small but the inspiration is not.
A quarterly art publication that has been around since the '80s, evolving artists' dialog and overall sense of community through in-depth discussions with artists about their work and processes.
Another quarterly art magazine, around since 2005. Founded by artists, this inspiring publication focuses on works that break out of their genre boundaries and reach beyond the trends.
An annual publication that takes, and collects, found images and items throughout the year, then puts together each collaborative "artistic slice of life" for the world to see.
One of a family of arts and culture publications on ARTINFO that has been around for a bit, and that has built a dedicated following within the artistic community.
A quarterly art magazine that has been enlightening and inspiring the community since 2004, focused on giving artists a platform to share their work with the world.
A popular arts and culture publication that has been inspiring the masses to swim through their creative pools, and colorful pages, for over 50 years.
From the proverbial arts underground, comes this exciting and inspiring magazine full of intriguing and creative works.