Inspirational Artist Feature – Octavi Navarro

Beautifully touching illustrations by Spanish illustrator Octavi Navarro. More than just the playful, children’s book style, I’m moved by the emotions and environment emitted from each piece. When I look upon his artwork, I smile and dare to look deeper. If write more about each piece, I believe I would do his artwork an injustice. It speaks for itself better than I could ever speak for it.

Music by Octavi Navarro

Music by Octavi Navarro

Outsmart by Octavi Navarro

Outsmart by Octavi Navarro

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Playing with Patterns, Prints, Fashion & Technology

Spiral Flower Pattern - Large by Nicole Barker

Pattern by Nicole Barker

This is a step away from some of the artwork I normally produce. It’s a change, a challenge, and a careful process. I’ve never created a custom pattern before. For clients, I’ve created patterns from their branded graphic designs, and I’ve taken images and made them into seamless patterns. But I’ve never gone so far as to pick up my digital paint brush and start from scratch, on a blank canvas. As with anything out of one’s comfort zone, this can be extremely daunting, but I’m truly happy with the result. I feel this pattern can be used in many different places, and on a number of different things. But I’d rather hear from professional pattern makers and novices alike, what they truly feel about this design. So, I release it into the wide network of the WordPress. As always, all feedback is very much appreciated.
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Inspirational Artist Feature – Kurt Huggins and Zelda Devon

This amazing duo from Brooklyn, New York has done truly exceptional work together. The story-driven nature of each piece leaves you with the sense that you are entering an entire world created to leave you asking questions and wanting to know more of what has befallen these characters. The figures are full of emotion, and the atmosphere and color choice make the artwork dramatically resonant.

borrowed dreams by Kurt Huggins and Zelda Devon

borrowed dreams by Kurt Huggins and Zelda Devon


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Seed – photoshop time-lapse drawing

I have to admit, I have stopped myself creating more times than I care to count. Its not healthy. I believe I’ve developed too much of an expectation for how a sketch is suppose to look when finished. I don’t sketch often enough, and because of that I haven’t had a lot of work that’s just experimenting. How can one create something perfect every time? One cannot. Every sketch will hone your skill and make you ready for a potential masterpiece. I feel the video I created above is a break-through in my own experimentation.
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Eiffel Tower – ipad sketch

Eiffel Tower iPad Sketch by Nicole Barker

Eiffel Tower iPad Sketch by Nicole Barker

While I was traveling last year I visited Paris, and the thing that influenced me the most was the Eiffel Tower. In an effort to sketch more in my life, I decided this was the perfect subject matter.
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Seashell – ipad sketch

Seashell - iPad Sketch by Nicole Barker

Seashell - iPad Sketch by Nicole Barker

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Eye – ipad sketch

Eye - ipad sketch by Nicole Barker

Eye - ipad sketch by Nicole Barker

This is the first sketch I ever created on my iPad. I was using the sketchbook pro iPad app and my new pogo stylus. After testing out the way the iPad app registered my brush-strokes, I would highly recommend the sketchbook Pro app, but found the pogo stylus to be inaccurate and cumbersome. It never seemed to paint where I wanted it to on the tablet. Later, I started using the soft-touch stylus and found drawing and painting much easier. Unlike the pogo stylus, it provides much-needed resistance against the tablet’s surface. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is frustrated using their finger or another stylus to paint on their iPad.
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