The best advice I ever received from a Parsons professor was to do one creative thing each day. It doesn’t matter if it’s digging for old photos, going to the movies, reading a book or just drawing in your sketchbook – just do one thing that inspires you and your work. Currently, while balancing two jobs, moving and the increasing pressure of being a college graduate, hitting that one creative thing gets harder every day. But luckily for me (and luckily for you), the 21st century has brought us the blog – what a magical creature. Now when you are going to bed, relaxing or even eating your breakfast you can cruise all the latest postings and still find that one spec of inspiration. So I thought I would share some of my daily blog checks and maybe in the comments you can share yours?
Here they go:
Beautiful Decay: Whether you like photography, design, illustration, videos or even animations, Beautiful Decay posts current trends all the time. With new artists and old favorites, this blog features a nice blend of everything you may want in an inspiration blog. It’s not limiting to one subject or one medium; they make sure to incorporate everything they can. So take a peek for yourself!
Jillian Tamaki Sketchblog: Not only do I love Jillian Tamaki’s work, but I love to see her day to day going ons as well. She always has her current projects up, some student work from her class at the School of Visual Arts and then she always has a link to her super cool comic SuperMutant Magic Academy. When you get your fill of Jillian, you should check out her husband, Sam Weber’s podcast Your Dream My Nightmares– it’s a whole radio show on artists and what they did after art school!
Craft Magazine: We all love Craft. It’s great, fantastic, out of this world. Did I mention that I love it? But when you can’t afford the Craft Magazine, just check out their blog. Great little crafts, recipes and some design tips. It’s always a fun look through and a whole lot of inspiration for Foundation 3D students!
Wooster Street Collective: To follow some of your favorite street artists all over the world without the mileage and travel, just check out Wooster Collective blog post. Whether you’re a street art novice like me or a pro, this site makes street art accessible and easy for everyone. Though posts aren’t as frequent as I would like, it’s always nice to check up on the new Swoon or Roa piece, maybe find something new as well? Or find out who made that piece of art you always walk by on Bleeker street? Wooster Street Collective is the place to be.
Scouting New York: Maybe not an art blog but a great site to get familiar with all of New York City’s eccentricities. The blog was created by a movie set scout who documents all the secret places around New York that you would never think about in a million years. Examples: Do you know where the skinniest store in New York City is? Or where the oldest outhouse in New York City can be found? Or what is actually housed on Ellis Island? Thanks to Scout, I do.
Blown Covers: Recently getting more and more popular, Blown Covers is a great blog because it gives you a real peak into the art of The New Yorker. Ran by Francois Mouly, the art director for The New Yorker, and her daughter Nadja Spiegelman, Blown Covers hosts a contest each week for up and coming artists to create a cover based on a theme. Not only do they host this great contest each week, by Mouly also posts old New Yorker covers that never made the cut or sketches for final covers. So you get a real insiders look at the industry and well, what makes the industry really cool. Take a peek, its worth your while, I swear!