Inspiration of the Day: The Daily Doodles

Last night I was out at a bar celebrating my friend’s birthday (and by the way, happy birthday, Abbey!) and I was talking to my friend Anne, and her friend Nathan, and both of them are really design-y, and we started talking about motivation and inspiration and all the really artsy crap artists talk about. (And I mean that in the nicest way.)

I mean personally, and I’m paraphrasing Anne too, I find personal motivation really hard, because I feel like if it’s not for a boss or for a professor, there’s no one waiting for it, and no one to tell you off if it’s late. Only your own personal motivation, and I’m a little ADD, and just find everything interesting, so my motivation is really low.

But Nathan said some really inspiring things, something along the lines of: It’s better motivation to not have anyone wait for, grade and judge it, because it’s all for you, and you can write or doodle anything you want! It can be horribly bad or really simple, but as long as you’re creative and keep with it, it might become something amazing and good later on.

Well, I mean, that’s what I got out of it. I actually found it really inspiring, and after this weekend, I’m going to try to come up with a schedule to keep to, creative-thinking-wise, whether it be writing (I’m looking at you, Jade!) or doodling or designing. Anyway.

While Nathan was talking, he mentioned a Tumblr called The Daily Doodles and I checked it out, and again, I find it fascinating and really inspiring. I really love it when people do these simple things, like doodle and come up with a story for it, but when you look back, it became this huge project while you weren’t looking. I love it. Check it out! I won’t pull a doodle, but I’ll take a screenshot of the tumblr for you to look at:

The Daily Doodle

The pug is adorable! And I am simply in love with the moon. Expect this blog to be updated more often! Woohoo!

(I don’t know if Nathan’s speech came out as inspiring as it was to me; my memory is notoriously horrible.)

Inspiration of the Day: ABC Superhero Print

ABC Superheroes
by Fabian Gonzalez

This is definitely an “I wish I had thought of this!”/”THIS IS BRILLIANT!” print. How awesome is this? Superheroes, in alphabetical order. I can name almost all of them, too! (Which is probably an ordinary and easy feat. But still.)

Aquaman, Batman, Cyclops, Daredevil, Electra, Flash, Green Lantern, Hulk, Iron Man, Nightcrawler, Punisher, Quicksilver, Rorschach, Superman (or, as I like to call him, Supes), The Thing, Vision, Wolverine, Xavier, Zatanna. I still can’t get the letters J, K, L, M, O, U, or Y. If you want to let me in on the secret, please leave a comment!

Inspiration of the Day

Since I basically troll through websites and look at other people’s designs, I thought it’d be cool to post some designs and art I really like, and put credit where credit is due. Today’s inspirations are from Behance because I was looking for job postings and got sidetracked.

Space by stephanie silvera
Space by stephanie silvera

We're a Happy Family by Loulou and Tummie
We’re a Happy Family! by Loulou and Tummie

If a paperclip could talk... by Karla Burns
If a paperclip could talk… by Karla Burns

v for what? by Santos W. Vega III
v for what? by Santos W. Vega III

mobile game website by sonaldezin
mobile game website by sonaldezin

Forgotten Colours by Francesc Tovar
Forgotten Colours by Francesc Tovar

Muv Custom Shoes by Gabriel Lira
Muv Custom Shoes by Gabriel Lira

Mirage Outfitter Misc. by Maxime Hébert
Mirage Outfitter Misc. by Maxime Hébert

MANI by Daniela Donnesi
MANI by Daniela Donnesi

Mixed Illustration by Alessandro Vene
Mixed Illustration by Alessandro Vene

I still have yet to put anything on my Behance profile because I’m so intimidated by what I see. Anyway! Those are my picks for today! Go and check them out, they’re fabulous!

I love me some pumpkin carvings!

For the past four years, I’ve lived in a dorm, and didn’t really get the chance to carve any pumpkins. Then, I graduated, moved back home, and was shocked to learn that, for the past four years, my family hasn’t bought pumpkins, or any other Halloween decorations.

So I swore that this year, at least, we would have a baby pumpkin outside. But some personal family matters came up, life got in the way, and, today, three days before Halloween, there’s still no pumpkin on our porch, much less anything else. I’m not sure if I can still find one, but I’m sure going to try.

Jack Skellington carving

Fortunately America has not forgotten the holiday, and there have been some spectacular pumpkins out there. If I do get a pumpkin I’m going to download a template from Zombie Pumpkins and have at it. My favourites so far are Sam’s Jack O’Lantern and The Guy (middle).

There are also really great ones on Pumpkin Gutter, including R2D2 and C3PO, Buzz Lightyear, and the Pumpkin Viper. I also really loved the Lego Man:
Pumpkin Gutter - Scott Cummings

Scott Cummings (the owner of Pumpkin Gutter) also has this really cool video on YouTube:

And last but not least, thanks to @thinkgeek, here are four links to incredible, geeky pumpkins! Can You Name Them All?, Adipose!, 1 Up Mushroom in Progress and Realistic looking Joker. Being a giant (new series) Doctor Who fan, I am in love with the cute Adipose one, and the Joker one definitely freaks me out. It looks like it could be a great mask/helmet, if you don’t mind the pumpkin smell, ha!