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Billy Collins On How To Become A Poet, And Why Poetry Can Be A Game

For many NPR fans, Billy Collins needs no introduction. The former Poet Laureate is widely acknowledged as America's most popular poet, regularly popping up on national best-seller lists (terra incognita for most poets, even beloved ones).<p>Public radio fans might know him best from his frequent …

Literature

Sketching for travellers: reasons to swap your smartphone for a pencil or paint

Tens of thousands of years ago, our ancestors used earthy pigments to draw pictures of their surroundings and daily lives on cave walls. Today, we respond to the selfsame impulse when we reach into our pockets and pull out a smartphone.<p>The ease and spontaneity of capturing the world around us in …

Sketching

Illustrator Completes His Illustrations With Everyday Objects (10+ Pics)

Meet Christoph Niemann - an amazingly talented illustrator, who creates unique drawings featuring everyday objects. You may recognize him from the NY …

Drawing

Artist Creates Watercolor Paintings on Location and Aligns Them with Actual Landscape

Elena Efremova uses watercolor painting as a unique way to showcase the places she has traveled and lived. Originally from Russia, the artist resides in Marseille, France but is currently in Stockholm, Sweden. No matter her location, though, Efremova takes the time to create detailed renderings of …

Painting

9 of the most beautiful lines from Irish poetry

Ireland has produced a hell of a lot of memorable poets.<p>To tie in with St Patrick's Day, we've rounded up some of the most evocative lines from the …

33 Epic Sites With Breathtaking Free Stock Photos

No matter how good your product is, you must present it in a clean, professional and most important natural way. Imagery is one of the strongest element in any form of design making an emotional connection with your customer so you should pay incredible attention to what imagery you use to …

Web Design

The surreal way David Bowie came up with some of his groundbreaking song lyrics

Ever wonder how David Bowie crafted his memorable song lyrics? The English singer and songwriter, who died Sunday, once described his method to BBC …

David Bowie

All those office perks? They're ruining creativity.

It's a new year and that means new bean bag chairs. Chances are high that someone in your office — the Chief Innovation Officer, perhaps, or the Senior Motivational Poohbah — will decide that your firm is not innovative enough, not creative enough, for the year 2016. Action will be taken. Free …

Energetic Landscape Paintings Portray Artist Erin Hanson's Love for National Parks

Artist Erin Hanson uses painting as a way to express her love for America's diverse array of National Parks. As an avid rock climber, hiker, and backpacker, Hanson used her outdoor experiences as inspiration for her latest <i>Painted Parks</i> exhibition, in honor of the National Park Service's Centennial. …

National Parks

Illustrator Amusingly "Unmasks" the True Identities of Pop Culture Icons for New Book

Alex Solis continues to marvel us with his clever series <i>Icons Unmasked</i>. The witty cartoon-style portraits reveal the unknown “identities” of famous characters in pop culture, and their costumed alter-egos might surprise you. All along, a babbling Minion has been lurking beneath the facade of a …

Kickstarter

Artists Share "Before and After" Evolution of Their Drawing Skills with Years of Practice

Drawing, like all things, requires dedicated practice to master the craft and create amazing works that wow a wide audience. Although many people dabble in art when they're younger, few people choose to hone their skills into their teens and adulthood. Those that do work on improving themselves …

Drawing

Illustrator's Ingenious Cut-Outs Turn Any Landscape into Clever Clothing Designs

Jordan-based illustrator Shamekh Al-Bluwi has found a brilliant way to combine his passion for fashion and architecture into a series of cleverly crafted illustrations. Like many of his contemporaries, the visual artist sketches his fashion illustrations on paper; however, he completes his drawings …

Visual Art
TV shows
Kids

A 100-Year-Old Church Transformed Into A Skate Park Painted With Colorful Graffiti

A historic church in the Spanish city of llanera was transformed into a skate-park earlier this year by La Iglesia Skate; titled Kaos Temple, it has …

Amusing Illustrations Show Monsters Have Problems Like the Rest of Us

Who says monsters can't have problems, just like the rest of us? Artist and designer Teo Zirinis (aka Hands Off My Dinosaur) has created a delightful, on-going series that sheds light on the hilariously distinctive dilemmas faced by fictional monsters. Aptly called <i>Monster Issues</i>, the charming …

Cthulhu

A Simple 4-Step Process for Writing Your First Book in 100 Days

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>It's on a lot of people's bucket lists, along with "go to space” or “walk through Central Park naked.” Okay, maybe that’s just <i>my</i> bucket list.<p>But my guess is, somewhere on your list too is the desire to write a book. I also know that the …

Writing

Mom Turns Her 3-Year-Old’s Doodles Into Paintings

A little over a year ago, Ruth Oosterman wrote on Bored Panda about how she collaborates with with Eve, her two-year-old daughter, to create …

Artist is Obsessed with Drawing Super Detailed Art

Downgraf | Design Inspiration and Developing Blog <br>Downgraf | Design Inspiration and Developing Blog - Best Place for Design Inspiration source. …

Art

10 Best Illustrators of 2015

Illustration encompasses many areas of our visual culture. It’s the picture on your coffee cup and a clever advertisement you see while going to …

Art

These Kooky Animated Portraits Will Make You Look Twice

These animated portraits (often known as cinemagraphs) by French photographer Romain Laurent are sure to confuse your senses.<p>In his imaginative …

Photography

6 designers' bad habits – and how to avoid them

You might feel on top of the world when you nail that killer concept, or produce that perfect design solution the client didn't know they needed – …

Lynda Barry’s Wonderfully Illustrated Syllabus & Homework Assignments from Her UW-Madison Class, “The Unthinkable Mind”

Our reverence for cartoonist Lynda Barry, <i>aka</i> Professor Chewbacca, <i>aka</i> The Near Sighted Monkey is no secret. We hope someday to experience the pleasure …

Artist transforms thrift store paintings by adding pop-culture icons

One artist is helping us all look at thrift store paintings in a totally different light, with all new possibilities.<p>Dave Pollot describes himself as …

Artist Turns Photos Of Random People Into Fun Illustrations (You Might Be Next!)

Brazilian artist Julio Cesar created a fun series of digital illustrations based on the photos of random people. His cheeky illustrations distinguish …

Digital Art

Artists Give New Life to Children's Monster Drawings to Encourage a Creative Path

The Monster Project aims to help young kids realize the power of imagination. Without rules or restrictions, elementary school students are asked to draw a monster. As they allow their imaginations to flourish, these children are encouraged to draw anything that comes to mind. The finished drawings …

Kids

40 Funny Posters About Graphic Designers

<i>Posters can be an incredibly fun and colorful way to brighten up the spaces around you – whether they be in your office or at home.</i>They can provide …

Graphic Design

Photographer Ben Thomas Makes The World Look Like A Wes Anderson Set

Spy sun-soaked and color-saturated cityscapes from around the world.<p>For the most part, a natural landscape will always make a pretty picture. Cities, on the other hand, are filled with grit, haphazard construction, and chaos, often requiring a trained eye to make those urban scenes beautiful. …

Tilt-shift

Danny Madden animates a vintage jazz club for David Gilmour's music video

<b>Music:</b> animator and director Danny Madden of Ornana Films referred to the design of old French lithograph posters to create this multi-layered …

David Gilmour

10 Poster Design Tips

My name is Allan Peters. I’m the Judge for this year’s Poster Design Awards. I went to art college because I wanted to draw every day for living. I …

Graphic Design