There are many times when we suffer creative block, struggling to figure out what to draw, design or photograph next. No matter what our creative field, we all need regular inspiration to help us on our way.
The web is the perfect playground to explore and be inspired by an endless range of art , photography, graphic design or illustrations.
I prefer to draw inspiration from books, movies and emotions, as well as other artists but if you want to just look for something to get inspired for any of your project and If you are having difficulties finding inspiration there are few places you can look and maybe find it:
Behance Network – It is owned by Adobe. Proudly they call their website “the leading platform for creative professionals” and after you take a quick look at it , you understand why.
Bēhance hosts some of the best artists on this planet. surely, if you experience inspirational blocks, this site will help you . artists who want to show their work, this site is an amazing place to register.
500px: An inspiring blog brought to you by photo community, 500px. Expect tips, advice and inspiring work from some of the world’s best photographers. 500px community is the most important aspect of 500px. First, it helps people connect and feel welcomed right from the start. 500px, a photo-sharing community that’s been transforming into an image-licensing business, has backed away from a framework that let people freely share their photos with others.
Tumblr – I doubt there is a person who has not heard of Tumblr. Tumblr lets you effortlessly share anything. Post text, photos, quotes, links, music, and videos, from your browser, phone, desktop, email, or wherever you happen to be. You can customize everything, from colors, to your theme’s HTML. The majority of Tumblr is focused on posting inspirational photos and images that spark interest in the viewer.
DeviantArt – by 2011 this website was The Largest Online Art Gallery and Community. Every digital artist has been there. I don’t personally use it very often lately but this site offers tons of great stuff and it handles some of the best artists on the web. I have used it for a long time trying to find something interesting with great success.
The site has over 358 million images which have been uploaded by its over 35 million registered members
Bored Panda – Known for their viral content covering everything from cute baby animals to steampunk sculpture, often featuring artist submissions.
Bored Panda also reported that it was viewed by 116 million unique visitors that month.
Are you looking for an inspiration? Go on Bored Panda and you will find something there.
Pinterest – everyone has heard about Pinterest. The social media for images. “When it comes to a great idea, you know it when you see it.” Pinterest won the Best New Startup of 2011 at the TechCrunch Crunchies Awards. At the 2012 Webby Awards, Pinterest won Best Social Media App and People’s Voice Award for best functioning visual design.
Instagram – Of course. Instagram is an online mobile social network that serves to share photos and short videos. Based on the original idea, the photos are square like a Polaroid or Kodak camera. I do not believe to someone if they say that it’s impossible to find inspiration on Instagram. Almost every artist uses it everyday and it becomes more and more accessible to follow your favorite artists, and to connect with them at any given time.
Booooooom: This Canadian art blog is extremely playful, showcasing surreal and unusual work that exudes creativity and provokes thought. Always worth checking out.
The Design Inspiration: This online resource for designers created by designers is another great tool to help you push though that designers block. You can find anything from logo designs and illustrations to websites, photography and more. This tool also includes built in statistics, which allows you to filter more popular items to the top. They also post articles that are all art inspired and are usually very interesting.
Colossal: Colossal Type of site Blog, Art, Culture Owner Christopher Jobson Website colossal.art Launched August 2010 Current status Active Colossal is a Webby Award-nominated art and visual culture blog. Founded by Chicago-based editor Christopher Jobson in August 2010, the site covers topics ranging from art, design, and photography, to visual aspects of science and general creativity.
VisualizeUs: Sometimes you are looking through pictures and one of them catches your eye. You know you want to remember it and be able to look at it again in the future, but it’s not that easy: downloading to your hard disk is as usual as bookmaking the website in the usual way.
This is where VisualizeUs changes the rules. Within two clicks, you can quote the image reference in your account, and easily look at it whenever you want to, just as your new favorite picture deserves. All without thinking about the computer you stored it in: always online, always available. This service is social bookmarking for pictures – sounds great, isn’t it?
Surely there are much more places to find inspiration from. Which one is your favourite?
Photo by Kyle Loftus.