Replenish Your Source of Inspiration with Creattica

December 31, 2011 at 11:00 am | Posted in Conventional Art | Leave a comment
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Hello, fellow artists! Happy New Year’s Eve! It’s the Imikimi Team here, and we’re so glad to have you back for what we hope will be yet another fun and helpful feature! One of the most important items an artist can have in their repertoire is something that cannot be purchased, held, or even seen. It is inspiration, something which can only be felt within the artist. And when your stores of inspiration are feeling a bit depleted, it’s time to renew it. And today, we’re going to help you do just that with Creattica.

Founded by Envato (the parent site of great destinations like PSD Tuts+ and Rockable Press), Creattica is quite simply a gallery of astounding art and design, a feast for the eyes. This is a must-visit destination due to all of the different categories of art/design found within. 3D graphics, architecture, book covers, digital paintings, Flash websites, infographics, logos, photography, Photoshop, posters, street art, t-shirt design, and typography are just a sampling of some of the styles found within.

While we can talk and talk about the great features to be found inside, it is much preferable to show you how the site looks and functions. So let’s head on over to Creattica.com and take a few seconds for our eyes to wander about the page. Upon visiting, you’ll be in a wash of great design, art, and color. Covering the entire page are preview images of works within some of the categories.

All of this is surely beautiful, but what if you want to narrow down your search a bit? Let’s say you’re working on a new painting, and are simply running low on inspiration. Even some of the best artists recommend taking inspiration from looking at the work of others, which is a fantastic tip. To say that everything we create comes from solely ourselves could not be further from the truth. Rather, we subconsciously pull inspiration and ideas from the world around us, which is a perfectly acceptable thing to do! Keeping this in mind, let’s take a look at at the “Digital Painting” link in the “Inspiration” navigation on the left side of the page.

Here, you’ll see the latest digital paintings to be added to Creattica. All items here were hand-picked by the staff from thousands of user submissions, so you just know that every work is going to be top-notch. If you see an preview image you like, go ahead and click on it or its name to the right to be taken to the full-size version where you can see the whole piece in all its glory. Towards the lower left of the image, you can see a count of just how many times this painting has been viewed. And if you wish to Tweet or “Like” this image so that your friends can see, there are also options for that to the bottom right of the image. Below the image users can give a little more detail about their painting, such as how it was made, why, their inspiration, etc.

Remember that just because you are perhaps creating a painting, it does not mean that you cannot be inspired by other mediums. For instance, you could see a truly astounding photo-manipulation in the “Photoshop” category, which could in turn spur your interest in exploring similar imagery, or using a similar color scheme. So take your time to explore the site and each of the different categories, because who knows, you could suddenly run past an image which ignites your creativity once again. Inspiration can sometimes be locked away deep in your mind, and we hope that Creattica can be a key to accessing it.

As always, we want to thank you so much for taking time away from your holiday festivities to stop by the Imikimi Blog! Knowing that we may potentially help you in your quest to become a better artist excites us greatly, so please stop back again soon, as we’ll have more features ready for your hungry eyes!

Best Wishes,
The Imikimi Team

“Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow spot into the sun.” — Pablo Picasso

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