You might have seen the recent trend of twisted candles, whether it be on TikTok itself, or in the latest interior design blogs. This Candle Twisting trend has taken the world by storm and is definitely one of the major design trends of 2020 and 2021.
Interested in hopping on this trend and making your own twisted candles? We’ve got you covered. We’ll be taking you through the process of this viral craft, step by step, to ensure that you end up with the perfect decorative piece for your home.
How to create Twisted Candles:
Step 1 – Source the correct candles
This step is without a doubt the most important one. Make sure that you source the correct candles to start. Paraffin dinner or tapered candles seem to work best for twisting.
Step 2 – Place the candles into warm water
Next, fill up your sink, bath or a bucket with very warm/hot water. Place the candles you’re wanting to twist into the water and submerge them. Leave them soaking for around 15-20 minutes.
Tip: Don’t remove your candles from the water bath before at least the 15 minute mark. By not allowing your candles to soak for long enough, its likely your candles will snap or crack during the twisting process.
Step 3 – Bend and twist
By now, the candles should have softened into a malleable form that you can now bend and twist.
For twisted candles:
Carefully remove the candles from the water and place it on a flat surface. Using a rolling pin, slightly flatten the section of the candle you’d like to twist.
While the candle is still flexible, twist it into a spiral shape by turning each side in the opposite direction.
For bent candles:
For this technique, don’t remove the candles from the water. Instead, start to bend and shape them while they are in the water, to make sure they don’t break.
Tip: If you’re twisting your candles, make sure to leave the top and bottom of your candle completely round and untouched to ensure that it can fit in a candle holder once it’s dry.
Step 4 – Secure the design
Place your twisted or bent candles in some cold water to secure the design.
Step 5 – Enjoy the result
Lastly, place your candle somewhere around your house to add that minimalist, stylish touch! These custom candles are also great gifts!
If you’re looking for the best free script fonts, then you’ve come to the right place! We’ve put together a list of our 15 favourites. Here you’ll find the essential details on each font, including compatibility, licensing and what’s included.
This selection includes a number of different styles and looks – so you’re sure to find something you like!
1. GoodLine Monoline Font
This free version of the Goodline Monoline Font is a must have for creatives looking for a font with a clean, contemporary look. This font is perfectly suited for headlines and logos, compatible with Windows, Apple/Mac and Linux, as well as Circuit, Silhouette and other cutting machines. Also included are installation guides to ensure a smooth, easy installation process.
This unique and vibrant font works to add that final, stand-out touch to any design. The Vervelle Script Font is incredibly vibrant yet versatile and functions as an unconnected script. It is also compatible with Windows, Apple/Mac and Linux, as well as Circuit, Silhouette and other cutting machines. Make sure to check out the installation guide for an easy installation process.
Inspired by a bold approach to lettering, The Brighton Font is a bright and dynamic font perfect for a range of different creative projects. This calligraphic font can be used for titles, greeting cards and quotes. It can easily be converted into a web font and is compatible with Windows, Apple/Mac and Linux, as well as Circuit, Silhouette and other cutting machines.
Nouradilla Script is a decorative, free writing font that brings a sense of elegance to all designs it is used in. This font is perfect for greeting cards, wedding invites, birthday cards, signs and name cards. This free version does not include swashes but, like the other fonts we’ve mentioned, is compatible with Windows, Apple/Mac and Linux, as well as Circuit, Silhouette and other cutting machines.
This delicate, floral font is a perfect option for those looking to add a chic touch to their designs. Inspired by watercolours and garden flowers, The Floristy Font is a great addition to a number of projects, adding a unique feminine touch. This font is perfect for name cards, invitations, branding and quotes to name a few. Included is a full set of upper and lowercase letters, language support in a number of languages, PUA Encoded Characters, ligature features and open type features.
The Andala Retro Script Font is perfectly described by its name – it is a unique, retro themed font with an added extrude to save you time! The font has open type features to modify it as needed. This font is perfect for posters, signs, logos, packaging and more. It includes uppercase, lowercase, numbers, punctuation, ligature, multilingual language, PUA encode and open type features.
Specially crafted with wedding invites, thank you cards, quotes, and logos in mind, Haney Love is an elegant font that gives any design that delicate, hand written touch. Included is a varying baseline, smooth lines, glyphs and alternates. This flowing font is a great options for all kinds of creative projects!
The Briquette Natural Brush Font is a unique handwritten font created by Bluetype. This font includes open type features, numbers, uppercase characters, lowercase characters, PUA encoded characters, punctuation and multiple languages. Resemblant of a brush stroke, Briquette is a great option for creative projects, wedding or birthday invites, packaging and photography.
This calligraphic font is a smooth, modern and classic option for a variety of creative projects. Basyirah Script embodies the chic, contemporary look that can be used for titles, logos, quotes, newsletters and posters. Included is a full set of lower and upper case characters, punctuation, numerals, glyphs, ligatures, stylistic alternatives and multilingual support.
The Sellena Font is a great option for creatives looking for a modern, elegant typeface. With its handwritten touch, this font is perfect for use on wedding invitations, greeting cards, logos and quotes. The Sellena Font includes features, ligatures, upper and lowercase letters, numbering, punctuation, multilingual support and is compatible with both PC and Mac.
Nathan Vintage Script is largely based on a vintage and retro theme. Interestingly, the font is also incredibly contemporary-looking. This is due to the combination of Modern Sans Serif Caps and Vintage Script that worked together to create Nathan Vintage Script!
Conveying the vintage aesthetic perfectly, this font is perfect for logos, lettering for apparel, social media posts, advertisements and product design. Nathan Vintage includes OTF and TTF files, upper and lower case letters, open type features, numbers, multilingual support and punctuation.
If you’re looking for a font that is simple yet incredibly modern and stylish – the Wakanda Script Font is the font for you! Perfect for a variety of different projects, Wakanda Script can be used in logos, branding, invitations and packaging designs to name a few. This font includes an extended use license, Wakanda OTF, PUA encoded characters and multi-language support.
With a smooth and vintage look, the Amaranthine Script is a great option for adding that classic touch to any design. This free download comes fully packed – it includes open type features, upper and lower case characters, punctuation, numerals, multilingual characters, stylistic alternatives, glyphs and ligatures. The Amaranthine Script font is available for both personal and commercial use, so you won’t need to worry about any licensing issues.
This delicate, artistic font immediately sets itself apart from other fonts. Aletcia is a beautiful script font specifically designed to give designs that modern, minimalistic look. Consider using this font for quotes, wedding invites, headers, branding or logos. The Aletcia Font is licensed for personal use only.
Are you looking for a decorative, flowing font to feature in your design projects? Consider the Fitament Font – this font is a new handwritten typeface script, perfect for titles, headlines and logos! Fitament is also a great option for adding an elegant look to your invitations, quotes, flyers or branding – as it includes both a personal and commercial license.
We rarely think of the words “graphic designer” and “revolutionary” in one sentence. And yet graphic designers hold immense power: They shape what we see around us in significant ways.
Whether we are opening a magazine, browsing the internet or going for a walk: Unless we live in a secluded forest, graphic design is all around us. Not only does it direct our attention and influence what we look at and what we see: It can also change how we see. Changing the way graphic design is done changes the way people perceive the world around them.
The following graphic designers have therefore done more than just revolutionize their industry or how we think about design: Their names may be unknown to anyone who is not a designer and yet their invention, imagination and daring has touched the lives of millions of people.
Whether you are feeling stuck with a creative project, feeling unmotivated or simply looking for some life-inspiration- the works and words of the following ten graphic designers are sure to inspire you to dare more, dream more and create more:
1. GUTS AND BEAUTY: STEFAN SAGMEISTER
Who is Stefan Sagmeister?
The iconic designer Stefan Sagmeister consistently creates works that are innovative, beautiful and daring. He does not shy away from controversy: His iconic Aiga Detroit Poster features his naked body as the canvas into which he has carved words. And yet he also fiercely advocates for the importance of beauty and happiness. Stefan Sagmeister shows us that beauty and guts are not at odds with each other. They make each other stronger:
Inspiring words of Stefan Sagmeister
“Design [needs] guts from the creator and still carries the ghost of these guts in the final execution.” – Stefan Sagmeister
“I’m a big believer in quality finding its way. If it’s not quality, then it will die.” – Stefan Sagmeister
“The pursuit of beauty has come to a crash landing at the beginning of the 21st century…There is nothing superficial about beauty…Beauty means reaching beyond what just works or what is simply pretty. Beauty is the dose of humanity that makes our lives better. Beautiful works are not only more joyful, they also function much much better” – Stefan Sagmeister
Inspiring works of Stefan Sagmeister
What we can learn from Stefan Sagmeister
Beauty cannot exist without courage and courage cannot exist without beauty.
To find out more about Stefan Sagmeister check out the following links:
The former world-class surfer and schoolteacher David Carson stumbled into graphic design by accident, claiming he didn’t even know what it was. This did not prevent him from revolutionizing the profession by simply refusing to make the legibility of words a priority in his design. Carson, who is also known as the father of grunge typography, has conducted a series of typographic experiments that continue to inspire us up to this day.
Inspiring words of David Carson
“I never learned all the rules, all the things you’re not supposed to do… “ – David Carson
“Dont confuse legibility with communication. Just because something is legible doesn’t mean it communicates and, more importantly, doesnt mean it communicates the right thing.” David Carson
“They asked me how courageous it is to be a graphic designer. And I remembered seeing this photograph of my father, who was a test pilot, and he told me that when you signed up to become a test pilot, they told you that there was a 40 to 50 percent chance of death on the job. That’s pretty high for most occupations. And I started thinking about some of these decisions I have to make between, like, serif versus san-serif. And for the most part they’re not real life-threatening. Why not experiment? Why not have some fun? Why not put some of yourself into the work?” – David Carson
Tibor Kalman knew that in order to create truly great design one cannot try to please everyone: He is most renowned for creating the first 13 issues of the controversial and innovative Color Magazine. The multilingual magazine for “the global village” that featured content such as a picture of a black-skinned British queen was crowned by the 13th edition which completely did away with words.
Inspiring words of Tibor Kalman
“Good Design Makes Trouble.“ – Tibor Kalman
“The only difficult thing when running a design studio is not to grow. The rest is easy” – Tibor Kalman
“In an era of increasingly visual communication those people who never learn to read images – to analyze, question, even resist them – are at a disadvantage. They’re illiterate.” – Tibor Kalman
“When you make something for yourself, it will always be far better and more honest than something you make to please the marketplace” – Tibor Kalman
Neville Brody is a British designer who (like many others on this list) started out making album covers and designing magazines.
Inspired by punk and dada he started experimenting with the placement of images and text, leaving large areas completely empty. His work blends understated elegance with raw vitality. Brody has made grungy anti-establishment coolness mass-market compatible. Today his design firm is so successful that it has become part of the establishment.
Has punk gone mass market or the mass market gone punk? Be that as it may: It is save to say that Neville Brody has managed to create graphic design that marries understated down-to-earth minimalism with a playfully domesticated punkrock attitude.
Inspiring words of Neville Brody
“I was drawing before I could even walk, so the only decision I had to make really was whether I wanted to become a fine artist or a designer. the reason I entered into design is because I thought that fine art was fairly dishonest as an industry. it pretends to be about culture but it’s really about money. Design is much more honest about its commercial context and can also reach a lot more people than fine art.” – Neville Brody
“I have always been very interested in how advertising and design can manipulate the way that people think and in the early years I wanted to lean those tools in order to turn them around, to reveal the truth rather than conceal it.” – Neville Brody
“Once you have broken down the rules, literally anything is possible.” – Neville Brody
Inspiring works of Neville Brody
What we can learn of Neville Brody
As designers we must be conscious of how much invisible power we hold.
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Herbert Bayer was part of the Bauhaus school. Its members subscribed to the credo “form follows function” and aimed to eradicate the boundary between artist and craftsman. When the Nazis came to power Herbert Bayer was forced to flee to the USA. He continued to teach and design, bridging the gap between art, philosophy and commerce. Projects such as the “Great Ideas of Western Man” campaign for CCA consisted of works that were of high artistic quality as well as a huge commercial success. The minimalism and artistic quality of his work continue to inspire both artists and designers up to this day.
Inspiring words of Herbert Bayer
“It would seem unlikely that a manufacturer of short-lived paperboard boxes could make the slightest cultural impact upon his time. But the facts show that if even the humblest product is designed, manufactured, and distributed with a sense of human values and with a taste for quality, the world will recognize the presence of a creative force.” Herbert Bayer
“My work seen in its totality is a statement about the integration of the contemporary artist into an industrial society.” Herbert Bayer
Inspiring works of Herbert Bayer
What we can learn from Herbert Bayer
It is possible and necessary to work artistically and experimentally even and especially when the “function” of the work is commercial.
To find out more about Herbert Bayer and the Bauhaus movement check out:
It is without doubt that Steve Jobs and Jonathan Ive have played a key role in the designing of what we have come to know as the Apple brand and the way this company has revolutionized multiple industries by successfully marrying design, function, innovation and brand identity.
And yet there is a third person who needs to be mentioned. This person is Rob Janoff – the man who designed one of the most recognized logos in the world.
Inspiring words of Rob Janoff:
“How simple can you make it?” – Rob Janoff
Inspiring works of Rob Janoff
What we can learn from Rob Janoff:
Keep it simple. “When in doubt, leave it out!”
To find out more about the story behind the logo of the world’s most recognizable brand check out:
7. THE FORGOTTEN WOMAN BEHIND THE NIKE LOGO: CAROLYN DAVIDSON
Who is Carolyn Davidson?
The woman behind the famous Nike-Logo was only 21 years old when she designed it as part of a freelance job to support her studies. She reportedly received only 35 dollars compensation for it at the time but was given Nike-shares as compensation after the brand took off.
Nike co-founder Phil Knight’s reported first reaction to her logo design was “I don’t love it, but it will grow on me.” Little did he or Davidson know that the Nike-Swoosh would become one of the most recognized brand symbols of our time.
One would expect that the high impact of such an early work would have set a precedent for a successful career in graphic design, but contrary to such expectations Carolyn Davidson’s name has remained obscure (and contrary to Rob Janoff she did not feel compelled to write a whole book about it).
Inspiring words of Carolyn Davidson
“I’ve pretty much stayed under the radar, and nobody knows who I am.” – Carolyn Davidson
Inspiring works of Carolyn Davidson
What we can learn from Carolyn Davidson
Never underestimate the possible impact of your work or the potential lurking in yourself and others.
To find out more about great logo design check out:
Saul Bass is not only the graphic designer responsible for some of the most well-known logos of today, but also a film director and film poster designer. Most importantly: He has forever changed the way we use film credits by animating and designing them in a way that made them part of the artwork.
Inspiring words of Saul Bass
“I want everything we do to be beautiful. I don’t give a damn whether the client understands that that’s worth anything, or that the client thinks it’s worth anything, or whether it is worth anything. It’s worth it to me. It’s the way I want to live my life. I want to make beautiful things, even if nobody cares.” – Saul Bass
“Sometimes when an idea flashes, you distrust it because it seems too easy. You qualify it with all kinds of evasive phrases because you’re timid about it. But often, this turns out to be the best idea of all.” – Saul Bass
“Design is thinking made visual” – Saul Bass
“Symbolize and summarize.” – Saul Bass
“The most stimulating source for the solution of a problem comes from the problem itself” – Saul Bass
Inspiring works of Saul Bass
What we can learn from Saul Bass
Never assume that you already know the solution to a problem. Starting from the assumption that you know nothing can open up new unforeseen possibilities.
To find out more about Saul Basses contribution to the world of film and design check out:
Paula Sher is one of the most acclaimed designers of today. What is most impressive is the immense variety of her work and her chameleon-like ability to move comfortably in different worlds and projects: She has written a children’s book, designed for high profile corporate clients, created work for the music business and the public theatre.
Apart from that Paula Sher is an accomplished artist in her own right, exhibiting in multiple countries and museums. Her portfolio of work is as varied as her client list, which suggests a high sensibility to the needs of every project instead of staying in the comfort zone of repeating her own solutions.
Inspiring words of Paula Sher
“You have to respond to things by moving the noise away.” – Paula Scher
“Ideas come in all kinds of ways. I get my best ideas when I am stuck in traffic” – Paula Scher
“One needs to be in a state of play to design. I generally push something as far as it can be pushed. For me, that’s the fun” – Paula Scher
“Words have meaning and typography has feeling. When you put them together it’s a spectacular combination” – Paula Scher
“The things that make work interesting, and create invention, are accidents. You want to be in a position where you’re capable of making accidents.” – Paula Scher
“Less is more and more is more. It’s the middle that’s not a good place” – Paula Scher
Inspiring works of Paula Sher
What we can learn from Paula Sher:
It’s not about finding a middle ground between different things. It’s about going the full way every time you go into a new direction.
Massimo Vignelli described himself as a child of the 20th century modernist movement engaged in a constant battle against vulgarity. While this may not sound particularly revolutionary at first it speaks of a strength of character and commitment to his craft that is shared by few.
His ability to work in the fields of architecture, furniture, and graphic design and his commitment to creating design that lasts makes him one of the most important artists of the past century. He has designed architecture books, subway maps and brands.
Inspiring words of Massimo Vignelli
“An architectural education is fundamental for graphic design.” – Massimo Vignelli
“If you can design one thing, you can design everything.” – Massimo Vignelli
“A graphic designer’s life is a life of fight against the ugliness” – Massimo Vignelli
“Design is permanent, styling is ephemeral.” – Massimo Vignelli
“A good design is a responsible design, expressing an intellectual elegance rather than its contrary: vulgarity.” – Massimo Vignelli
Inspiring works of Massimo Vignelli
What to learn from Massimo Vignelli
Let’s end in his own words:
Design is one
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Of course there are many other designers who have innovated the field of graphic design and beyond. Who is your favourite designer on this list and who do you think is missing? Who would you pick if you had to compile a list of the ten most revolutionary graphic designers? And which of the designers already featured would you like to know more about? Write us a comment below: We would love to hear your thoughts!
One of the most important components of brand identity marketing are business cards. Whether you’re an employee, entrepreneur or freelancer, having the appropriate business card for you as an individual is crucial.
Not only does it convey your personal information such as your name and contact details, but is often the first line of public exposure for your business. Your business card should express the essence of both you as an individual, as well as the brand or business you’re marketing.
Finding the exact fit can be a tedious task, so, we’ve put together a varied list of some of our favourite business card templates to help you find the perfect design for you!
1. Blackish Business Card Template
This matte black business card design is perfect for those looking for a sleek, powerful feel. Whether you’re looking for a template for business use or personal use, this 2 sided, minimalist and somewhat masculine business card is the one for you. The design is a fully editable, layered PSD file that is print ready.
The global business card v2 template takes on a blue, white and grey colour scheme. The contemporary design is sure to suit all your business card needs. The simple layout and rounded edges add an interesting touch. This template includes a 300DPI, CMYK, print ready PSD file and an informational file.
The creative business card is perfectly suited for all business card needs. With customizable colour schemes of red, blue, orange and green – you’ll surely find the perfect template for you! Unlimited colour options are also available using the colour fill option bar. All elements can be resized without sacrificing quality. This design is a fully editable, print ready, 300DPI, CMYK, PSD file.
This incredibly unique and artistic business card design is sure to set you apart from the rest. With a playing card style and vintage feel, this template is perfect for those in the creative industries. You’ll receive a fully layered, fully customizable PSD file with CMYK colours, 3 colour variants, 300 DPI High Resolution in a print ready format.
This retro style business card design comes with 2 template options: horizontal and vertical. The classic film theme makes it a great business card option for those in the film, entertainment or creative industry. The contrasting colours of red, black and beige adds to its charm, making a great option for those looking for a stylish, retro, eye grabbing design. The file includes a carefully layered, fully customisable PSD file with CMYK colours, 300 DPI in a print ready format.
If you’re looking for a modern, colourful, pop-art like design, this template is for you! This brightly coloured, typography themed design is perfect for creative, eccentric, bold people who are looking to advertise just that! This file contains 6 PSD files with 3 colour options (2 files each). Also included is a help file for your convenience.
This high quality business card template is ultra-sleek, professional and bold. The black and gold colour scheme add to its charm, bringing a sense of elegance. This design is perfect for both agency and personal use, with fully customizable text and logo. You can expect a print ready, fully editable, CMYK, 300DPI, high resolution, layered design pack – with a 2 coloured version included.
This business card templates immediately sets itself apart from the others with its unique and bright watercolour theme. The lively colours and delicate font make for a great design option for beauticians, designers or artistic creatives. Included is a fully customizable business card template in .eps format, a pdf file to download the fonts featured and a guide! Note that you’ll need Adobe Illustrator to edit this layered template.
This incredibly minimalistic, modern and simple business card template in both horizontal and portrait options is the perfect choice for adapting your brand identity. There are 4 design variations that you can play around with to create the perfect business card for you! This template is compatible with InDesign and Adobe Photoshop. Included are layered PSD files, links and fonts, reference PDFs and a help file.
This incredibly beautiful, feminine template of the English Rose business card features a unique hand painted illustration. This design is perfect for both businesses and individuals involved in the design, flower or café or creative industries! Although detailed, this design is clean and modern – with a touch of beauty! This template includes high resolution, 300DPI, CMYK, print ready PSD files.
Are you looking to buy or sell special items or collectibles? Then Catawiki is the place for you! Catawiki is an online action site for both selling and buying unique special items and collectibles, through online weekly auctions.
As Europe’s fastest growing online auction platform, Catawiki’s 300 weekly auctions, hosted every Friday, are compiled by a skilled team of experts. With millions of visitors from all around the world, Catawiki is sure to offer you an unforgettable auctioning experience!
In 2008, the company was founded by a Dutch comic collector and developer – René Schoenmakers and Marco Jansen. Although they first focused on buying and selling comics, the platform has now taken on a number of other categories like classic cars, art, jewelry, coins and model trains to name a few! The name itself is made up of the two words, ‘catalogue’ and ‘wiki’. Over the years, Catawiki has been hosting auctions that feature thousands of different special objects. Now, the site is also available in a number of languages, namely: English, Dutch, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Chinese.
Buying and selling art items on Catawiki
One of the biggest categories on Catawiki is art! If you’re looking to buy art collectibles, own art collectibles or have created any special art of your own – the Catawiki auction is the place to be.
The kind of objects that are included in the auctions are those that are striking, hold strong emotion, historical value and cultural significance. Submitting special pieces for auction is completely free and there is no limit to the number of items you can submit.
What items can I submit for auction?
Catawiki is strictly ‘special objects only’ – meaning objects that are rare or hard to find are welcomed. There is also a pricing requirement, objects should be valued at a minimum of €75. Objects that are valued below this amount will not be accepted, as Catawiki is based on exclusive, high quality auctioning.
As an alternative, you can group a bunch of special objects, making the total value estimate higher. The special objects you’re required to submit can be described as items that trigger memories, passion, excitement, rather than common store bought items. Catawiki gave the example of:
“A mass produced print of a famous work of art is not considered a special object. However, an original, high quality artwork by a renowned artist is considered special.
A new pedal car for sale at any store is not considered a special object. But an antique 1950s pedal car is considered special.”
Objects that should be avoided when submitting for auction include contemporary items that can be found in stores or online, heavily damaged items and services.
When submitting your item make sure to include a detailed description of your item, a minimum of 5 high quality photos of your item.
What Makes Catawiki a Unique Online Sales Platform?
With countless existing online auctions and marketplaces available, it’s important to know which one is best for you! Catawiki is the most trusted platform for buying and selling high quality and rare objects. Their team of in house professionals guarantee a specially curated, broad selection of items. Catawiki also prides itself on their incredibly safe and secure payment system.
Below you can see a comparison table between Catawiki and its competitor platforms.
Online auction platforms
Traditional auction houses
Other online marketplaces
Selection of special objects
In-house experts curate auctions
Safe and Secure payment system which protects both buyers and sellers
No listing fees
Dedicated Customer Support team that speaks your language
Are you wondering what notable special objects Catawiki has sold over the past few years? Here’s a list of a few of them:
Oil on canvas by Aristarkh Lentulov, sold for €24,000 in August 2015
Porsche 356 from 1960, sold for €165,000 in October 2015
Star Wars Darth Vader helmet with Swarovski crystals, sold for €3,000 in December 2020
Jaw of a T-rex, sold for €10,000 in November 2014
DeLorean DMC-12, sold for €20,500 in September 2014
Signed first Tin-Tin comic book (Tin- Tin au pays des Soviets), sold for €30,000 in May 2015
Tin-Tin book, one of c.10 exemplars, used by Hergé, sold for £61,050 in September 2017
A bottle of Romanée-Conti Grand Cru, sold for €4,500 in May 2015
Lego Star Wars Millennium Falcon set, sold for €4,700 in June 2015
Extra Notes from the Catawiki Auctioneers
Be Aware of Shipping Costs: as Catawiki auctions items from all around the world, shipping costs can differ. Catawiki offers great shipping costs to its sellers around the world, even offering free shipping in some cases!
After Submission: once you’ve submitted your object for auction, you’ll receive a conformation message to let you know your item has been approved and is scheduled for auction.
If you’re unsure of something or require more information you can visit the official Catawiki Help Pageswhere all your questions should be answered! The help pages will answer all you questions regarding how to get started, submissions, approval and so much more.
All brushes mentioned below are intended for use with iOS Procreate. With these Procreate brushes in your collection you have everything you need for your creative projects.
15 Best Procreate Brushes for starters
1. The Digital Watercolour Kit
If you’re looking for realistic watercolour brushes with premade procreate templates, then The Digital Watercolour Kit is the kit for you!
This kit includes both paper layer effects, allowing you to create seamless watercolour paintings in Procreate on your iPad. Also included in the pack are 10 .png sketches and 4 different colour palettes, offering you endless possibilities to create beautiful watercolour sketches that look and feel like the real thing!
This amazing set offers a fully customizable, realistic alcohol ink artwork for installation on your iPad.
Using Procreate, this set allows you to create near identical strokes to real alcohol ink, without the hassle of worrying about limited space, money, time and the necessary equipment. With this set, you can undeniably feel the flow.
46 Dynamic Alcohol Ink Brushes: 14 custom blender brushes and 11 colour changing brushes controlled by the tilt of your pen.
1 Metallic colour palette
8 additional colour palettes based on popular alcohol ink brands
A written “cheat sheet” describing each brush, as well as how to use them
Full video tutorial and walkthrough here: https://youtu.be/Cu_wuOZjxls
This Renaissance based brush set was created to create realistic pencil strokes. Whether you’re looking for a digital pencil brush to create an authentic feel or want a simple set of brushes to get started on sketching – the Da Vinci Procreate Brush set is the set for you! The set includes 25 Procreate brushes that are sure to satisfy all your sketching needs; stippling, linework, hatching etc.
If you’re looking for a set of brushes that resemble real oil paints and is rich in texture, then this is the set for you! The Oil Paint Brushes by Guerillacraft creates the authentic feel of real oil paint to use in your digital artworks. These brushes can also be used to create great texture on your illustrations – the limitations are truly endless!
52 Oil Paint Brushes for Procreate
‘Cheat sheet’ JPEG with every brush, so you’ll be able to identify your favourite will find your favourite one quickly!
Are you looking for a brush set that will allow you to practise your handwriting skills and techniques? This set is for you! Each stroke has been carefully crafted to resemble real handwriting strokes. This set is perfect for adding that authentic look at feel to your greeting cards, invitations, canvases or postcards.
The MAGNESIA Brush – chalky and smooth
The TUBE Brush – multi-stroke brush with a nice texture
The BALLET Brush – soft and marker-esque
The SHERRIF Brush – chalky and multi-stroke
The AUSTERE Brush – clean and elegant
The WAVE Brush – flowing and multi-stroke
The DEUXIE Brush – shadowed brush
The MIXTAPE Brush – retro feel because of different stroke layers
This set offers a perfect set of diverse lettering brushes for any and all kinds of art types. The range of brush styles makes this set an essential for beginners as well as professionals who feel they’re missing some spaces in their brush collection. These brushes are reminiscent of a number of common fonts too!
MM Retro Flair: From a ’50s diner to an ’80s buddy cop show, this brush is great for uppercase projects
MM Nearly Mono: A little more character than a true monoline brush, with a thick and smooth feel
MM Tall and Narrow: Shaped for long and lean uppercase, but great for tons of styles
MM Awkward Heavy: A script brush with a rounded triangle shape for unique angles and curves
MM Extremes: Strokes that go from super thin to super thick, for both casual and elegant lettering
MM Variable: A smooth brush for script lettering with tons of bounce
MM Painter Soft 1: A semi-transparent brush with a rough edge, for an acrylic-painted look
MM Painter Soft 2: An even more transparent stroke, with a little less paint on the brush
MM Inky Sharp: Heavy ink with texture for really bold lettering
Specifically crafted to create watercolour-esque lettering, this set definitely won’t disappoint! It helps users to create elegant watercolour lettering in iOS Procreate in the easiest way possible, with special attention to an authentic look and feel. As an added bonus, all procreate files come with built in layers for your convenience.
• 4 Lettering Brushes • 4 Watercolor Wash Brushes • 2 Special Brushes (smudging & dark edges) • 9 Bleed & Texture Stamp Brushes • 6 Splatter Brushes • 2 Watercolor Paper Textures • 1 Metallic Texture • 2 Pre-Made .procreate files • 8 Mock-up Images • 1 PDF ‘How To Guide’ • Plus 1 BONUS Tutorial (Includes a step-by-step PDF, sketch, colour palette, Procreate File and a short video demo)
This incredibly diverse brush set contains a number of florals, plants and leaves that are perfect for any kind of nature themed digital design. It can also be used to add quirky nature elements to pre-existing artworks!
The brushes are all colour dynamic, which means your strokes will vary in light and dark tones – adding even more dimension and authenticity.
80 Foliage brushes are categorized into 3 brush packs for easy access:
This diverse set includes a number of different hair textures, so you’ll be sure to create a perfect digital rendition of all hair and fur types! These brushes can also be used to smudge or paint, giving your work a real sense of depth and authenticity.
32 high quality dynamic fur and hair brushes for Procreate
Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate or professional, this neon brush set will be sure to meet all your digital painting, editing and lettering needs. The brushes have a varied thickness and texture, offering you the chance to create elaborate and unique neon signs.
These easy to use glow brushes are an essential to any creatives digital brush collection! Perfect for glowing lettering, sketches, digital painting or photo editing, this pack offers over 30 glow brushes, swatches and colour palettes.
This playful brush set includes 48 Procreate brushes and stamps. It’s the perfect to transform any artwork into a Kawaii theme! There really are no limits with this set – add Kawaii stamps, sparkles or doodles, or embroider your artwork.
This set includes 48 brushes:
21 stamps (sparkles, diamonds, stars, hearts and more)
6 kawaii face stamps
3 lettering brushes
6 decorative brushes (for borders, lines and decorations)
This Buddha themed brush set is packed with a variety of different textures. It is perfect for adding depth, detail and a rustic, worn down look and feel to your digital designs. Wood, marble, cement and fog are all examples of the texture you can create using this brush set.
With more than 20 years of experience in film, video games and visual media, Jaime Jasso is a force to be reckoned with. His incredible skill and determination has landed him a spot as one of the most prestigious matte painters in the world. Now working as both a Director and an Art Director, Jasso aims to transition into his own style of Filmmaking.
Having been a part of a long list of timeless films such as Avatar, Star Wars, Avengers and Transformers to name a few, we have no doubt he will continue to excel within the industry, further shaping cinema history.
We are honoured to have been able to chat with Jaime about his career and life as a creative, and hope this interview provides you with some insight into the magical world of matte painting!
If this interview inspires you to get started with Matte Painting or if you’re looking for more background information about it, then make sure to check out our recent article: The Fundamentals of Matte Painting!
Introduce yourself, tell us a little about who you are as a person and as a creative!
I’m Jaime Jasso, visual Effects artist and Art Director from Guadalajara Mexico. I’ve been working on matte painting for film and video games for more than 20 years now. I have an innate passion for photography, art, film and science.
When, how and why did you get started with matte painting?
When getting started on my creative journey, I experimented with many fields of animation and visual effects. When I came across Matte Painting, it caught my attention immediately – it encompassed all I love and wanted to do.
It included 3D modelling, 2D painting, Lighting and Rendering as well as CG cinematography and compositing. I also was interested in creating photorealistic imagery, and matte painting was the perfect opportunity to try it.
If you completed any studies, where did you study?
When starting out, I decided to study a degree in Industrial Design. Although it did help me a lot, I decided to drop out after a few years into it. I began sourcing out my own books and resources so I could learn from home and at my own pace.
What is your biggest inspiration?
I’m a visual artist, so any and everything that I come across serves as inspiration for my creativity. Watching movies, reading comics, playing video games, discovering fine arts, visiting museums, and of course traveling, have all inspired my work.
I’d say that one of the best things you can do as an artist, is to experience other cultures and see with your own eyes how others live the world – in regards to their design perspective to architecture. By combining all this with photography, I am able to refine my eye and teach my brain how light works through a lens.
Walk us through your creative process, step by step
Whenever I’m given the script from a movie, or undertake an initial meeting with directors or supervisors, I begin gathering real world photo and video references – whether it be from the internet or books, anything helps.
I find that it doesn’t really matter if I’m going to be working on sci-fi or fantasy, my designs will need to have something that we all relate to, something that connects our reality with the imaginary worlds. This way, my work has a better effect and captivates the viewers.
My next step is to form a strategy – will I proceed in full 2D or will I use 3D as well? I need to think of all the technical considerations in order to come up with a production plan. This is super important, as working for a production requires you to be both efficient and resourceful.
After that, it’s simply a matter of going through the production process, trial and error until its complete.
Is being an artist your main job or more of a hobby?
Although I’d consider matte painting a hobby of mine, it does generate money as a secondary effect. Although I enjoy it, it’s still a kind of job. Just like with other jobs, I sometimes tend to get burned out.
What mediums/software do you use as an Matte Artist?
In terms of mediums and software, 3ds Max has been my go-to 3D tool since I started in the mid 90’s. I then moved on to Nuke, Photoshop and many others like Z brush and Blender.
I have experimented and tried out a number of renderers, but Vray continues to be my number one. I sometimes also use Intous Pro too. All of the mediums I use are digital of course.
When searching for resources for a particular project, I usually use Textures.com or Photobash.org. I also make use of my own photo library as well!
What has the journey been like since you started, leading up to now?
Lately I’ve been taking on many roles in VFX and animation, and am currently a Visual Development Director for Tencent USA. In working towards my goal of becoming a filmmaker, I’m currently working on my second short film as a producer and director.
Has the pandemic affected your creative process in any way?
Luckily, the pandemic hasn’t really affected my creative process or required me to make any changes. Although I definitely miss travelling!
Do you have any advice, tips or tricks for aspiring matte painters?
I think everyone expects to come across a magic formula when they read answers to this question, but in reality, I’m nothing special, I’m no Einstein or Van Gogh – however, I’m very persistent.
I’ve always worked harder than my colleagues, slept less and dedicated my focus and discipline to this for years… decades! Although you see my success now, I’ve experienced years of failures.
The trick is to learn from these failures and use them as motivation to keep going. As long as you have both determination and fun, and are prepared for the time it will take, you will succeed!
Do you have a favourite piece? If so, why is it your favourite?
My favourite personal piece will always be my latest one. To me, my most recent work demonstrates my maximum skill and represents a level up with every new piece. Not only artistically ,but also technically speaking, every new image you work on is a thesis of all the education and practice you have throughout your career up until that point.
Do you have a vision for the future?
I envision advancements in internet speed and the cheaper costs of high-end computer systems that grant us access to technology like never before. I envision instantaneous results, the ability to learn and adapt in new ways, and a worldwide community of amazing artists that continuously inspire one another.
Today, there’s plenty of hunger for content, film, video games and more recently, streaming services. What will set you apart from the rest is your ability to bring something different to the table, embrace the challenge and make a difference.
What will set you apart from the rest is your ability to bring something different to the table, embrace the challenge and make a difference.
Whether you’re talking about Cyberpunk the game or the futurist Cyberpunk design concept as a whole – Cyberpunk is hot.
Many people are inspired by the predominantly purple and blue neon style, so we are taking a closer look at some Photoshop Actions, Styles, Fonts, Design elements and Brushes to get you started. Here you’ll find everything to help you get a head start in recreating that unique Cyberpunk look and feel.
Cyberpunk 2077 the Game – a Source for Inspiration
According to the developers of Cyberpunk 2077, CD PROJEKT RED, the game is an open-world, action-adventure story set in Night City. A huge megalopolis obsessed with power, glamour and body modification. You’ll play the game as a mercenary outlaw, called V, going after a one-of-a-kind implant that is the key to immortality. You can customize your character’s cyberware, skillset and play style, and explore a vast city where the choices you make shape the story and the world around you. The graphics are top notch and the game has received great reviews. Make sure to purchase the game if you haven’t already!
Cyberpunk style Fonts
The fonts in Cyberpunk have a futuristic, graffiti-esque kind of look and feel.
The Cyberpunk Font bundle includes 9 futuristic fonts that are perfect for Cyberpunk styled projects: Bios, Megaton, Coven, Wraith, Gore, Kusanagi, Heatwave and Neon Geometry:
Here’s some other Cyberpunk Fonts that we can recommend buying:
Take your photo’s look and feel to a whole new level with these 50 Cyberpunk Lightroom presets and LUTs. With the neon hues of cyan, purple and yellow, your photos will look like they’re from a futuristic sci-fi universe.
If you are familiar with 3D applications, like Maya, 3D studio Max or Daz 3d then you should definitely can get your hands on some 3D design kits.
100 Unique Cyberpunk Buildings
This bundle from Kitbash contains 100 Unique CyberPunk Buildings. You can use it to create your own futuristic city for your own projects. This kit contains 100 Unique Sci-fi CyberPunk Buildings and is only $6.90 at the time we checked it out.
Cyberpunk City / Recife Environment
The Cyberpunk City pack includes a project with an amazing Cyberpunk styled city. You can use this pack for populating your own virtual productions, game levels or as a virtual modelling studio. This is how it looks animated, but of course you can use it for 3D stills too.
Did you miss out on the Art Challenges of January and are looking to participate in a February art challenge? You’re in luck! We’ve put together some of our favourite art challenges running through the month February that you can participate in!
We have taken a closer look and laid out all the info you’ll need when deciding on which art challenge to join this February!
1. February Faces
What is the February Faces challenge?
Put together by Kick In The Creatives, February Faces is a creative challenge that takes place throughout the shortest month of the year – February! Put simply, you’ll be challenged to draw a different face every day, allowing you to practise capturing emotion and expression. By the end of the month, you’ll surely be a pro at portraits!
Are there any rules?
There are no rules or limitations regarding colour or medium, so have fun with it! You can take on the challenge of drawing any face, it doesn’t necessarily need to be human.
Join the community!
If you take part in the challenge make sure to use the hashtag #FebruaryFaces to connect to other fellow creatives and get involved in the February Faces community.
Below you’ll see the official February Faces 2020 Prompt List – keep a look out for the official February Faces 2021 Prompt List that should be released soon!
2. The Doodlewash February Art Challenge
What is the Doodlewash February Art Challenge?
The Doodlewash February Art Challenge is an inclusive creative challenge running through the month of February. Each year, Doodlewash selects a specific theme for the challenge. Last year, the theme of the 2020 Doodlewash February Art Challenge was “A Beautiful World”, which aimed to celebrate the beautiful things in life and the natural world around us.
Are there any rules?
Doodlewash challenges you to use either watercolours, drawing mediums, or a mix of both! Other than that, there are no other limitations! Feel free to use your imagination, and most importantly, have fun!
Join the community!
Make sure to use the hashtag #doodlewashFebruary2021 if you decide to participate in the upcoming The Doodlewash February Art Challenge this year! By doing this, others that participated in the challenge can see your amazing artwork, and you can see theirs.
Below you can find the official prompt list for 2020. The prompts are provided to guide, inspire creativity and ignite your imagination – so feel free to use whatever inspires you in the moment. Keep a lookout for the upcoming 2021 official prompt list!
What is Fairyary?
This February based challenge is all about fairies! The creator of the challenge invites other creatives you practise drawing fairies throughout the shortest month of the year. If a fairy themed challenge peaks your interest, make sure to take part in this unique challenge this upcoming February. The challenge itself was created by laurarcenciel.
Are there any rules?
Not at all! This challenge and it’s prompts are completely open to interpretation, with no restrictions on medium. The goal is to get creative every day during the month of February, using the prompts as a simple guide.
Join the community!
If you take part in the Fairyary challenge this upcoming February, make sure to use the hashtags #Fairyary and #Fairyary2021 to share your work with other creatives and Fairyary participants. To check out the work that creatives created last year, you can search the hashtag #Fairyary2020.
Below you can see the official Fairyary prompt list by pinceauarcenciel from 2020. Keep a lookout for the upcoming 2021 official prompt list that should be released soon!
4. TinkerSketch Sketchbook Challenge
What is the TinkerSketch Sketchbook challenge?
This Instagram based challenge encourages creatives to experiment and have fun with new ideas, mediums and themes throughout the month of February! With an emphasis on creativity within a stress free environment, the TinkerSketch Sketchbook challenge is based on dedicating time to your craft each day to create artworks that celebrate who you are as a creative!
Are there any rules?
The TinkerSketch Sketchbook challenge is for any and everyone who has a passion for creating. Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate or professional, you can take part in the challenge. The only rule is to challenge yourself to create a sketch every day during the month of February and to put aside some creativity-dedicated time regularly – no excuses! Make sure to dedicate a time of your day to improve your skills, explore new creative paths, celebrate yourself as an artist and most importantly, have fun! The challenge notes to set aside at least 5-10 minutes each day. Try wake up a little earlier or carry around your sketchbook during the day! There are no expectations what your sketches should be, just that you let out your creative energy in the process.
What Materials Do I Need?
Going out and purchasing a bunch of new sketching products is not necessary, you’ll only need a handful of things that are most likely already lying around your house!
A sketchbook (or paper)
A medium of your choice: pencils, pens, chalk etc.
Paint of any kind and a brush
Some glue and tape
Scrap paper, newspapers or magazines etc.
Join the community!
If you decide to take part in the TinkerSketch Sketchbook challenge, make sure to follow them on Instagram to see their own daily entries! Feel free to share your work with others using the hashtag #tinkersketch or tagging tinkerlab, but don’t feel pressured to if you aren’t comfortable. Make sure to share the love with other creatives taking part in the competition by giving them a like or encouraging comment! To see the work of others in the upcoming month, search the hashtag #tinkersketch or check @tinkerlab’s tagged photos.
Let us know in the comments what your favourite art-challenge of this month is! Which one are you participating in or did we miss one?
Do you want to improve your drawing skills? Make sure to read our article where we take a look at the Best Art Classes you can follow online. Combining an art class with an art challenge is a great way to get started! You could also take a look at our curated top 10 of drawing books to help you improve your drawing or for extra inspiration or new techniques.
If you’re a digital artist, make sure to check out these great Photoshop and Procreate ink brushes from Grutbrushes. These realistic, responsive and natural brushes will inspire you without a doubt. Grutbrushes offers a lot of free samples, so you can try anything without risk. Check out our Grutbrushes review if you’d like to know more and see more (free) samples.
A drawing tablet could definitely help you in your creative flow too. Most drawing tablets are touch sensitive and are highly accurate. The main advantage of a drawing tablet is the natural feeling when drawing. They are perfect for creating detailed illustrations, drawings or digital paintings.