Elias Poland Drew Everything He Bought for a Year

Elias Poland spent his 22nd year recording life in a journal, but unlike most people, he didn’t stick to written accounts of the day, love interests or introspection on the meaning of life (although there’s some of that). Feeling he hadn’t been drawing enough, Elias hit on an idea that would encourage creative output: he’d draw a picture of everything he bought for the whole year.

“From coffee to scabies medication, I drew everything.”

Tools of the Trade: 8 Creators and the Pens, Pencils and Markers They Love

Being creative doesn’t take any specific tool, but after years of work and exploration we all develop our favorites. Maybe the ink from that pen flows just right or makes the perfect tiny dots. Maybe that marker has the color with the most punch. You know what’s best and so do these artists using pens, pencils or markers. We rounded up 8 from past features to learn which tool they like to keep close, and what kind of work they’ve used them for.

Need Color Inspiration? Take Some Tips from Beyoncé

Inspiration is EVERYWHERE. If you need more convincing, just take a look at the entrancing little blog Beyoncé Palettes. Here the singer’s many, many photographs are used as the source for inspired color palettes which harmonize with Queen Bey herself. Whether you’re painting the kid’s room, designing an event website, or searching for a look to set your latest poster apart, this creative exercise is a great example for any designer.

Disharmony of Our Planet Shown Through Yin Yang Illustrations

In Chinese philosophy the yin yang represents the complementary nature of all things. Light and dark are not opposing forces, rather interconnected and necessary to maintain harmony. Creative Director Dalip Singh uses this motif to design in depth illustrations of the Earth. The images show the dual forces of destruction and nature’s beauty at the same time. The illustrations feature the elements Land, Water, and Air. The light side of the yin yang is clinging for survival as the darkness covers the majority of the image, showing the horribly skewed imbalance of the Earth that humans have caused.

Charming Animated Illustrations from Japanese Artist Maori Sakai

Japanese illustrator Maori Sakai has been drawing charming scenes of those special moments in everyday life, then animating them with a lively happiness that’s simply infectious. Many of her drawings have positive messages that flash through their moving scenes and remind us to focus on the simple and good things in life. “Happiness is by your side” or “Take it easy”.

SpaceX’s Travel Posters Will Make You Want to Visit Mars

It may be a while until you can catch a quick flight to the red planet, but SpaceX is hopeful that option may be in our future. The commercial spacecraft company, whose spacecraft will be used to support the majority of U.S. scientific missions, is determined to enable people to live on other planets someday. (Yes, that is the company’s official mission.) To keep that dream alive and offer us some entertaining inspiration, SpaceX released three throwback travel posters last week. Who’s up for an intergalactic road trip?

Police Sketches Alongside Actual Mugshots

Can you imagine what it’s like to be a police sketch artist? Trying to listen to a collection of descriptions to illustrate a portrait that will be plastered all over the place in hopes of catching a criminal is no easy task. Considering the fact that most of us could not even describe ourselves in enough detail for an artist to sketch, eye witness reports are not the most reliable. But sometimes the artists really get it right and other times they just don’t. Here is a collection of 20 police sketches paired up with the criminals they were intended to represent.

Italian Man Spends 10 years Illustrating and Handwriting the Bible

Italian retiree Dino Mazzoli had a vision: to create a visually inspiring and heartfelt version of the Bible, as they did long ago. Before the printing press was invented, old manuscripts of the Bible were beautifully handwritten, illustrated, and preserved. But the press allowed the book to be easily replicated, and thus the artistic beauty of the text fell by the wayside. Yet for Mazzoli, the old style held more allure. So he set out on a personal journey to create his own version—word by word.

17 Year Old Artist Turns Mundane Objects Into Playful Interactive Illustrations

Things aren’t always what they seem! Especially not in the creative mind of 17 year old Kristián Mensa. This young artist from the Czech Republic brings playful energy to typically mundane objects. He has been seeing the world from this point of view since he was a little kid and now he brings the thoughts to life with interactive illustrations. He shares his musings on Instagram and invites you to see the ordinary in the happy, fun world of his imagination.

Artist Captures Panoramic City Scenes on His Coffee Cup

While most of Tokyo is moving quickly in the hustle and bustle of the work flow, illustrator Adrian Hogan is slowing down and taking it all in. In this amusing series of doodles, he chose a panoramic segment of the streets and sidewalks to re-create. But rather than using paper, he illustrated the images onto his coffee cup. He presents the finished pieces by slowly twirling the cup in Instagram videos among the backgrounds that inspired each scene. You can see all of the attention Hogan paid to minor details and how perfectly he replicates each city perspective.