To what extent is inspiration entangled with intoxication? When it comes to writing and alcohol, it’s comforting to think it’s always better to be sober. But is it?

  Judging a Book by Its Recovery Leslie Jamison’s memoiristic study of alcoholic writers Clancy Martin The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath by Leslie Jamison Little, Brown and Company $30.00 List Price When I was in a suicidal phase in my life and hiding my alcoholism from my partner, I was also working on a … Continue reading To what extent is inspiration entangled with intoxication? When it comes to writing and alcohol, it’s comforting to think it’s always better to be sober. But is it?

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Artist Spotlight: Emily Lovejoy

More paintings by New Orleans-based artist Emily Lovejoy . See more below. See more images below. Each week our members share their work with us and we highlight the best of these submissions as  Editors’ Picks . If you have work to share, you can learn more about  becoming a member . Source: Artist Spotlight: … Continue reading Artist Spotlight: Emily Lovejoy

10 architecture breakthroughs you might have missed in 2018

From a floating university to a network of black female architects, Phineas Harper offers an alternative guide to the year's most important happenings in architecture. A barrage of "top 10" articles come out at the end of every year, trumpeting the best films, plays, exhibitions and so on of the previous 12 months. Source: 10 … Continue reading 10 architecture breakthroughs you might have missed in 2018

Paper Marbling Textures Vol.3

The featured freebie of the day is the third volume of colorful paper marbling textures created with the floating ink technique. These unique textures can be used freely in any kind of project such as websites, posters, or packaging designs.

Streets: Banksy (New York)

Taking his turn at one of the most highly regarded mural walls in the United States, Banksy (or Borf on his behalf, as mentioned in some media) decided to paint an explicit, politically charged piece. With almost no references to his previous or recognizable work, without any hidden messages or beating around the bush, he revealed the new piece on his official Instagram:

Jules Cheret – The Father of Modern Poster Art

Jules Cheret was a French painter and lithographer who became a master of Belle Époque poster art. He has been called the father of the modern poster.

Magical Rainbow Roads by Daniel Mercandantes

Photographer and filmmaker Daniel Mercadante know how to bring colours and magic to dull landscapes. He is painting rainbow pathways using light and long exposure that he then captures on camera. Could you imagine where those lit and colourful roads could lead you?

The boathouse – colour palette

William Glackens debt to the Impressionists can be seen in the intense colours, the energetic brushwork and textured surface.   I call this the boathouse.

Dada - Equillibre Hannah Hoch

Dada Art Movement – Making Mischief

As a designer, I am passionate about the history of art and their influence on 'visual design.'  In art history, Dada is the artistic movement that preceded Surrealism, it began in Zurich, Switzerland, in 1916 by a group of mostly painters and painters.  Dada artworks challenged the preconceived notions of what art meant.  Many Dadaists felt that the way to salvation was through political anarchy, the natural emotions, the intuitive and the irrational.

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Creating an Illustration Guideline

An Illustration is like any other form of design. It’s vital that it is consistent. The best way to do this is by creating guidelines across our illustrations Why is it needed? Identifying the core values and a high-level rationale as to why you need illustrations is key to outlining your style. Source: Creating an … Continue reading Creating an Illustration Guideline

Screwing Up Flat Bids: 5 Strategies To Prevent & Fix Low Flat Bids

Day 21: 25 Insights in 25 Days New Year Marathon Underestimating A Flat Bid Happens To Everyone! Over the years here on Mixing Light, we’ve talked a lot about various financial issues when it comes to running your own color […] The post Screwing Up Flat Bids: 5 Strategies To Prevent & Fix Low Flat … Continue reading Screwing Up Flat Bids: 5 Strategies To Prevent & Fix Low Flat Bids

ING- National Geographic

This is the complete illustration for the ING festival in Dubai, promoting a workshop of Nat Geo's photographer Steve Raymer. 😀 😀 😀 Source: ING- National Geographic

The Power of Cropping

In his concept sketch, Oscar Björck (Swedish, 1860-1929) shows a fisherman hastily putting on his gear, responding to a distress call. Sketch for A Signal of Distress " Et nødskud " by Oscar Björck His wife and kids anxiously peer out through the window. Source: The Power of Cropping

Inside the Designer's Mind: Hand Drawn Insights from a Graphic Artist — Meet the Maker

Getting a peek into the creative surroundings of one of your favorite artists is a special treat. Here, we were lucky enough to get a glimpse into the world of Renee Griffith of the naturally thoughtful paper goods brand Heartswell. Source: Inside the Designer's Mind: Hand Drawn Insights from a Graphic Artist — Meet the … Continue reading Inside the Designer's Mind: Hand Drawn Insights from a Graphic Artist — Meet the Maker

Sketching on unusual paper

[by Javier de Blas in La Rioja, Spain] I just accepted Uma Kekkar FB painting challenge sketching the view from my window on the toilet paper I alwys have in my watercolor box. I like the effect, specially on backlight. Challenges remove from yourmind the monotony of everyday practices. #paintingchallenge Source: Sketching on unusual paper

AIGA Promotional Poster

    A poster calling for entries for a design competition sponsored by the The American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA).   I love this poster as it skillfully uses Typography and colour setting the bar high for would-be contestants. The AIGA charter is to enhance the standards of design and production of commercial magazines.  Anybody … Continue reading AIGA Promotional Poster

Christmas Present from Facebook

Facebook  Christmas present for geeks is a new Facebook Messenger camera app that incorporates new features such as 3D masks and special effects. It is not just Japanese school girls but every day more than 2,500 million emoji are sent in Facebook Messenger.   Among them, include those incorporating motifs and Christmas icons to celebrate … Continue reading Christmas Present from Facebook