Happy Monday! 12 lovely Japanese patterns by Akiko Yamaga for FREE

12 lovely Japanese patterns

Japanese-based Graphic designerAkiko Yamaga would like to convey the splendor of traditional Japanese art in design to the whole world. A wide variety of Japanese traditional designs are available, featuring motifs of basic geometric designs as well as natural settings of plants and animals. Designs which let one experience the four seasons is something found only in Japan, which has treasured its coexistence with nature since long ago.

Get inspired by her beautiful designs and let our world continues to become more colorful!

New Curated Art Classes: Hand lettering by Mary Kate McDevitt and Kelly Thorn

Mary Kate McDevitt
January is the perfect time to learn a new design skill. These curated Skillshare classes will help you get there!

The first artist we curated is Mary Kate McDevitt. She is a letterer and illustrator living and working in Philadelphia, PA. Mary Kate graduated from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia with a degree in Graphic Design and Illustration in 2007. Since graduating, Mary Kate has moved to Portland to Brooklyn and is happily back in Philadelphia. She has been working as a full time freelance letterer since 2010. She has worked for a number of great clients, including Nintendo, Sesame Street, Nike, O Magazine, Chronicle Books and CMYK Magazine and more. 

Hand Lettering Techniques: 5 Ways to Better Work

Does your lettering work feel off, but you can't put your finger on why?

Mary Kate McDevitt has been lettering and illustrating for years, constantly refining and improving her work. Over the years, she's learned to critique her own lettering, noticing common mistakes and how to fix them. In this comprehensive 55-minute class, Mary Kate will share her tips to critique your own work and solve students' most common lettering missteps.

In bite-sized lessons, you'll follow Mary Kate through creating a lettering piece from start to finish, considering the 5 flags for self critique as you go. She will point out examples, common issues, and fixes along the way. You'll also watch Mary Kate critique and improve an old piece, providing opportunities to improve your eye.

Whether you're a letterer, designer, illustrator, or enthusiast, you'll gain a set of tools for self-critique to make your work better than ever.

Kelly Thorn

The second artist we curated is  Kelly Thorn, Letterer & Illustrator. Kelly specializes in design, illustrative lettering, and killing plants (though she loves to draw them). She's currently living in Brooklyn and working full-time as her own boss-lady. From June 2012–June 2015, Kelly worked as Senior Designer at Louise Fili Ltd. She's a 2012 graduate from Tyler School of Art, where she majored in Graphic and Interactive Design.

Join lettering artist Kelly Thorn to design a monogram marrying the tactile, imperfect look of handiwork with the polish and refinement of a digital illustration!

Perfect for graphic designers, lettering artists, and type enthusiasts, this 45-minute class shares how to seamlessly combine hand-done elements with vector drawings.

From researching and sketching, to painting by hand, to refining her work in Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop, Kelly shares her own full process so that you can design a beautiful acronym or monogram word of your own.

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Sara Andreasson for Ace & Tate

Love the Stockholm Pop-up 2017 illustrations for Ace & Tate by Swedish-born, London-based illustrator Sara Andreasson.

Rijksstudio Award 2017! Only 3 days left to enter the competition!

Only 3 days left to enter the competition… Send in your masterpiece and win €10,000! Submission deadline for the Rijksstudio Award is 15 January 2017. Are you in? #Rijksstudio #Rijksmuseum #competition

Be inspired by the Rijksmuseum’s collection and create your own personal masterpiece. Anyone can take part and all art forms are allowed, as long as the design is based on a piece from the Rijksmuseum collection and includes images from Rijksstudio. The Rijksstudio Award design competition!


Love the unusual and highly fashionable collages of Dutch based artist and printmaker Nicola Kloosterman. She is hosting her first solo show at Galerie Oosterbosch in Amsterdam opening on the 8th of January. 

"I create collage using scraps of collected paper and fragments of images that speak to me. I am especially interestend in shape and color, the female body, hands, botanicals, and vintage printed material. I like to use a lot of negative space and my images are always quite airy and light. I like to think of myself as an explorer and a wanderer. The proces of finding images in the torrent of our daily visual communications, carefully excavating them and them recycling them into a new context and narrative is always exiting as I never know where I may end up. I try to stay in artistic shape by making as much as I can, I share my proces over at ohdecollage.


Happy New Year to all of you! 

Lets start this year with some great positive vibes of the very talented NY based artist Jeremyville.

About the Jeremyville Community Service Announcements:

"I started drawing the Jeremyville CSA’s in mid 2010 as a daily online project. The aim is to explore such concepts as self empowerment, personal growth, human virtue, love, loss, and what it means to be human, through simple imagery and words.

The aim is to hopefully connect with people, and to provide a moment of stillness during our fast paced lives.

I draw about 6 ideas each evening, and have posted hundreds online so far, with a new one appearing daily at my Facebook fan page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jeremyville/82742196623

I want each message to be a quiet moment in our day, a simple message to relate with, or feel good about, and make life a bit happier and thoughtful.

We all need time to reflect, contemplate, and enter into our own thoughts, like reading a haiku poem, or listening to an acoustic guitar played by a campfire. I try to create this feeling of introspection during our busy day."

We can all learn something from his words. Have a wonderful 2017!

Fashion & Plants: Bijou Karman

Love the pastel colored fashion work of Los Angeles based illustrator Bijou Karman. She graduated with Distinction from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. Clients include: Converse, Cinespia, ELLE Qu├ębec, Harper's Bazaar, InStyle, Knit Wit, Le Kilt, Stance Socks, and The Los Angeles Times. #Gucci #Marni #Proenza

Creative Tutorials: Tropical Foliage Pattern

We love to curate great creative tutorials for our readers!

The Design Label made this lovely Tropical Foliage pattern/digital paper, perfect for use in your next project or for your own brand identity. All our patterns are hand-drawn & have an organic, simple and attractive construction. We do our best to give you an impressively well-balanced aesthetically pleasing graphic designs that will leave a lasting impression with your audience and will be easy for you to use anywhere you wish - Web or Print.

It's suitable for a variety of fields like art, pattern making, interior design, package design, freelance design, painting and photography, graphic design, personal branding & more. You will probably discover even more areas where you can these designs effortlessly. The 100% editable design is versatile and the possibilities are endless...

Kristjana S Williams

Awesome artwork of Icelandic born London-based artist Kristjana S Williams. Her work is created by multiple layers of eighteenth century engravings, photographs, paintings and drawings that she mixes with contemporary illustration and colouring. Each piece created by the artist is its own universe of botanicals, atmosphere and animals, each born and grown from the things that have inspired her since being a child in Iceland.

Have a look at her amazing art installations for the Rio Olympics projected at Hotel Belmond.
The projection work consists of a series of animations of butterflies which were beamed onto the building for ten minutes each evening at 7pm. Each butterfly bears a different country’s flag on its wings, reflecting the particular nations who have had success at the Olympics that day. Love it!

Weekend Inspiration! Daria Petrilli


Weekend Inspiration!
I am in love with the surrealistic dreamworld of Italian artist Daria Petrilli.

S/S17 by Spiros Halaris

Prada, Maison Valentino, Gucci, Dries Van Noten S/S 2017 by The Talented Mr. Spiros Halaris! Love it!