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10 Great Free Colour Tools for Artists and Designers

Show Your True Colours

It might seem like a relatively simple part of the design process, but choosing the right colours for your artwork can sometimes prove a real headache. You may have settled on a general colour scheme, but how do you decide which shades, hues and tones are going to give your work the wow factor?

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The Comeback of Social Commentary Illustration

Illustration can be an emotive art. Whether it makes us laugh, cringe or cry, it can evoke emotions and encourage us to reflect on ourselves and the world around us. Since the late 1800s –  when the first generation of successful American illustrators created their masterpieces – illustration has been there when people needed it most.

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Illustration trends for 2016

10 Illustration Trends for 2016

Illustration trends you won’t want to miss

Illustration has a wonderfully handcrafted feel that can give any product a relatable, human touch. The skill needed to draw custom images also adds a sense of value and finesse to a design. Hand-drawn illustration is unique and is a universal medium that can be understood worldwide; a way to communicate without being hindered by language barriers. This year, people have fallen out of love with mass-produced images and are hankering after original, bespoke drawings. Illustration personalises your design in a way that stock images and ready-made fonts simply cannot. Right now, everywhere you look, you’ll see quirky illustrations on labels, brands and even in video. To help you keep your drawings looking sharp and fresh we have put together some of the hottest illustration trends to watch out for in 2016.

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‘Catspiration’ and Illustration Advice from Kaori Mitsushima

Catching up with Japanese illustration artist Kaori Mitsushima

We first introduced you to illustration artist Kaori Mitsushima back in October of 2013. Her work is heavily influenced by her cultural heritage and her travels since leaving her home country of Japan. Her work is a quirky and cool fusion of East meets West with elements of traditional Japanese illustration. Since 2013 her illustration work has continued to flourish and expand. With her upcoming illustration exhibition this year in Prague, we decided to check in with her and find out more about her recent projects. Keep reading to get practical  illustration tips and to find out how Kaori keeps her creativity flowing.

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James Mylne on Being a Pioneer in the Art World

Modern Art is getting inked

James Mylne is a young artist who is considered to be a pioneer of ballpoint pen art. Over five years ago, Mylne was approached by BIC’s PR agency to create a photorealistic drawing of Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring. Over a period of 90 hours, using a single black pen, Mylne created a remarkable replica that astounded many. This project gained Mylne and pen art serious credibility within the art world. At the time, ballpoint drawing wasn’t really considered a legitimate form of art. Galleries and critics alike were hesitant about it, but Mylne’s extraordinary work raised the whole profile of the genre.

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