Creative inspiration gallery

Creative inspiration gallery is a place where illustrators, designers, artists and other creatives share a short story about the inspiration behind one of their work.

What got them inspired? How did the idea get started? You’ll get a bit of insight where the inspiration can come from. Click on a story below to start reading the artist’s inspiration origins.

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Creative inspiration gallery

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103 creators, artists, illustrators & designers participated so far.

Sketchbook Zen by Ramón Springer

Sketchbook Zen by Ramón Springer

Equinox by Wenting Li

Equinox by Wenting Li

Japanese New Year by Azusa Okumura

Japanese New Year by Azusa Okumura

Mama Earth by Sarah Holliday

Mama Earth by Sarah Holliday

Stay home by Elena González

Stay home by Elena González

Pridefull by Mylène Cagnoli

Pridefull by Mylène Cagnoli

Roots by Lia Tuia

Roots by Lia Tuia

The Banjo Player by Alona Millgram

The Banjo Player by Alona Millgram

Treasure by Alex Finkeldey

Treasure by Alex Finkeldey

International Women’s Day by Mijke Coebergh

International Women’s Day by Mijke Coebergh

Tap by Ocean Hughes

Tap by Ocean Hughes

Hope by Cindy Kang

Hope by Cindy Kang

Doodle Dogs by Lauren Lowen

Doodle Dogs by Lauren Lowen

The Elephant, the Zoo and World War Two by Ellan Rankin

The Elephant, the Zoo and World War Two by Ellan Rankin

It’s Okay To Do Nothing by Lisa Tegtmeier

It’s Okay To Do Nothing by Lisa Tegtmeier

Waves by Maureen Keeney

Waves by Maureen Keeney

Story Bones by Hannah Bess Ross

Story Bones by Hannah Bess Ross

Maybe Tomorrow by Jessica Rose

Maybe Tomorrow by Jessica Rose

Begonia by Mollie Helliwell

Begonia by Mollie Helliwell

Viral by Lidia Cao

Viral by Lidia Cao

Perseus by Sebastiaan Van Doninck

Perseus by Sebastiaan Van Doninck

2020 illustrated calendar by Sanja Stiković

2020 illustrated calendar by Sanja Stiković

Golden Fields by Isabella Fassler

Golden Fields by Isabella Fassler

Floating parade by Cris Tamay

Floating parade by Cris Tamay

The Artist Sketchbook by Rachel Katstaller

The Artist Sketchbook by Rachel Katstaller

Map of Ireland by Alana Keenan

Map of Ireland by Alana Keenan

2020 Vision illustration by Kaitlin Mechan

2020 Vision illustration by Kaitlin Mechan

The Nutcracker by Soyun Park

The Nutcracker by Soyun Park

Bird Trainer by Georgie Ellen McAusland

Bird Trainer by Georgie Ellen McAusland

Marathon Day by Kathleen Marcotte

Marathon Day by Kathleen Marcotte

Apples to Apples by Linda Liu

Apples to Apples by Linda Liu

Offline by Lea Vervoort

Offline by Lea Vervoort

Tarasque and Friends by Clara W. Dudley

Tarasque and Friends by Clara W. Dudley

Couch Potatoes by Kaila Elders

Couch Potatoes by Kaila Elders

Painted Film Stills by Ellen Surrey

Painted Film Stills by Ellen Surrey

Nineties babe by Erin Jaye

Nineties babe by Erin Jaye

Illustration collection by Becca Lettice

Illustration collection by Becca Lettice

Wizard of Oz by Nicole Lim

Wizard of Oz by Nicole Lim

Heal by Megan Sebesta

Heal by Megan Sebesta

Warm Socks and happy hearts by Natalia Cardona Puerta

Warm Socks and happy hearts by Natalia Cardona Puerta

Whipped Cream Cloud by Sonya Rakhimzhanova

Whipped Cream Cloud by Sonya Rakhimzhanova

Welcome to the Jungle by Jill Goritschnig

Welcome to the Jungle by Jill Goritschnig

Bhau Beej by Aditi Kakade

Bhau Beej by Aditi Kakade

Elisabeth of Valois by Ailsa Johnson

Elisabeth of Valois by Ailsa Johnson

Joshua Tree by Claudia Melchor del Rio

Joshua Tree by Claudia Melchor del Rio

Tobusaru by Lisa Heine

Tobusaru by Lisa Heine

The Joy of Breastfeeding by Jody Ghani Nordby

The Joy of Breastfeeding by Jody Ghani Nordby

Mermaid by Barbara Dimić

Mermaid by Barbara Dimić

Mule Portrait by Alison Polston​

Mule Portrait by Alison Polston​

Kitchen cat by Karla Alcazar

Kitchen cat by Karla Alcazar

The Clock Spinner by James Firnhaber

The Clock Spinner by James Firnhaber

Imaginary room by Ross Becker

Imaginary room by Ross Becker

Grow a Beard by Darya Shnykina

Grow a Beard by Darya Shnykina

Portrait of a Young Woman in White by Melissa Lee Johnson

Portrait of a Young Woman in White by Melissa Lee Johnson

Horserider by Ashley Nicole DeLeon

Horserider by Ashley Nicole DeLeon

Team Practice by Christy Lundy

Team Practice by Christy Lundy

Illustration

Bike Touring Lady by Marcy Day

Bike Touring Lady by Marcy Day

Fireworks by Jianan Liu

Fireworks by Jianan Liu

Illustration

Guardian by Lauren Lee

Guardian by Lauren Lee

Illustration

Osaka Dotonbori by Grace Helmer

Osaka Dotonbori by Grace Helmer

Illustration

Anxiety by Diana Barbu

Anxiety by Diana Barbu

Illustration

Gilgamina – She Who Saw the Deep by Bárbara Fonseca

Gilgamina – She Who Saw the Deep by Bárbara Fonseca

The things that I’ve never drawn before by Manuela Montoya

The things that I’ve never drawn before by Manuela Montoya

Illustration

Animals and Where we Find Them by Eliott Bulpett

Animals and Where we Find Them by Eliott Bulpett

Pop-up book

Autumn Morning by Karen Shangguan

Autumn Morning by Karen Shangguan

2323 by Jesus Velazquez

2323 by Jesus Velazquez

Monsters by Belle Lee

Monsters by Belle Lee

Girls wanna shred by Melanie Gandyra

Girls wanna shred by Melanie Gandyra

Illustration

Floral body bars by Sara Maese

Floral body bars by Sara Maese

Packaging design

Snake Adventure by Lana Simanenkova

Snake Adventure by Lana Simanenkova

Animation

Lay Down in the Tall Grass by Lisa Vanin

Lay Down in the Tall Grass by Lisa Vanin

The great adventure of little Mindy by Dream Chen

The great adventure of little Mindy by Dream Chen

Unstable dream by Amber Ma

Unstable dream by Amber Ma

Illustration

Abuse by Lidia Tomashevskaya

Abuse by Lidia Tomashevskaya

Editorial Illustration

Naamah by Kaley McKean

Naamah by Kaley McKean

Illustration

Outgrown by Iris van den Akker

Outgrown by Iris van den Akker

Illustration

Tam Lin by Erica Leveque

Tam Lin by Erica Leveque

Illustration

Dog Inspiration by Johana Kroft

Dog Inspiration by Johana Kroft

Golden Slumber by Weitong Mai

Golden Slumber by Weitong Mai

Illustration

Wrestling Bedroom by Robert Young

Wrestling Bedroom by Robert Young

Illustration

Connected by Luca Di Bartolomeo

Connected by Luca Di Bartolomeo

Illustration

Animals in Space by Leya Luna

Animals in Space by Leya Luna

Zine

Heads in Clouds by Chantal Horeis

Heads in Clouds by Chantal Horeis

Illustration

Fight the lion by Evangeline Gallagher

Fight the lion by Evangeline Gallagher

Illustration

Plants pattern by Gizem Özden

Plants pattern by Gizem Özden

Pattern Design

A Briefer History of Time by Lydia Maltby

A Briefer History of Time by Lydia Maltby

Illustration

Cloud Brocade by QU Lan

Cloud Brocade by QU Lan

Illustration

Chile 2019 by Amaël Isnard

Chile 2019 by Amaël Isnard

At the Edge by Loulou Elliott

At the Edge by Loulou Elliott

Malá Morská Víla by Julia Plath

Malá Morská Víla by Julia Plath

Illustration

Arizona Coyote by Essi Kimpimäki

Arizona Coyote by Essi Kimpimäki

Illustration

Piano by Tatiana Karpova

Piano by Tatiana Karpova

Illustration

XI La Force by Gonzalo Martínez Moreno

XI La Force by Gonzalo Martínez Moreno

Illustration

Out there in the dust / Meet me at the milk bar by Teo Skaffa

Out there in the dust / Meet me at the milk bar by Teo Skaffa

Illustration

Drawing inspiration by Ulises Mendicutty

Drawing inspiration by Ulises Mendicutty

Illustration

Drops of Jupiter by Mariness Rivera

Drops of Jupiter by Mariness Rivera

Illustration

Exafanisi by Herlinde Demaerel

Exafanisi by Herlinde Demaerel

Illustration

Sewing Box by Susanna Rumiz

Sewing Box by Susanna Rumiz

Illustration

Madrid by Kailey Whitman

Madrid by Kailey Whitman

Illustration

Flyleaf illustrations by Aliz Buzas

Flyleaf illustrations by Aliz Buzas

Illustration

Cooltural Shift by Laila Ekboir

Cooltural Shift by Laila Ekboir

Illustration

Birds by Alice Yu Deng

Birds by Alice Yu Deng

Illustration

Sunset Baking by Gemma Gould

Sunset Baking by Gemma Gould

Illustration

Post-It Show Monsters by Sam Washburn

Post-It Show Monsters by Sam Washburn

Illustration

Bleibe by Marika Haustein

Bleibe by Marika Haustein

Illustration

Potato Love by Jenny Tang

Potato Love by Jenny Tang

Comic

Landseer Lions by Lydia Hill

Landseer Lions by Lydia Hill

Illustration

Rudibum by Eko Toko

Rudibum by Eko Toko

Illustration

Move, when the water reaches you by Johanna Springer

Move, when the water reaches you by Johanna Springer

Illustration

Somehow That Stranger Doesn’t Feel Like Stranger by Martynas Pavilonis

Somehow That Stranger Doesn’t Feel Like Stranger by Martynas Pavilonis

Illustration

Sushi Escape by Marian Blair

Sushi Escape by Marian Blair

Illustration

This is mine now by Jonas Welin

This is mine now by Jonas Welin

Pattern Design