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Learn the Art of Inspiration: Strategies to Create Unique Work

teacher avatar Kristina Hultkrantz, Illustrator & Surface Pattern Designer

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Welcome to Learn the Art of Inspiration


    • 2.

      Supplies & Class Project


    • 3.

      Pep Talk and Things to Note about Inspiration


    • 4.

      Where to Find Inspiration


    • 5.

      Referencing Photos Part 1


    • 6.

      Referencing Photos Part 2


    • 7.

      Inspired by Existing Art Part 1


    • 8.

      Inspired by Existing Art Part 2


    • 9.

      Thank you!


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About This Class

Hello Everyone!

The number 1 question any working artist receives must be “What are you inspired by?” People are forever curious about how an artist’s mind works and how they dream up their beautiful artworks, myself included. I see many artworks and wonder “how on Earth did they think of that?!” or "how on Earth did they create that?!" Everyday we are bombarded with amazing designs on all surfaces from our clothing to our cereal boxes. There is no right and wrong when it comes to where we acquire our inspiration but there are a few things to think about when using inspiration.

So in this class I’m going to be teaching you the art of inspiration, sharing strategies to create unique works of your own. I will be covering different places you can draw inspiration from, and how to save your inspiration for later. And then I will be taking you step by step as I draw inspiration from photos to create a unique illustration as well as step by step as I use an existing artwork to draw inspiration from and build an entire collection.


This class is geared towards students who are in love with creating artwork and have drawing/painting/creative skills of all levels but might feel a bit lost as to how to go about using photo references and inspiration images to make their own unique designs. Maybe you are on the hunt to discover your unique drawing style or you are just curious as to how I personally gather inspiration to create artwork that is uniquely me, then this class will be for you!


Supplies you will need to create the class project:

  • Traditional reference materials including vintage books, packaging, clippings from magazines, and/or a computer to view digital references on the web.
  • Plus supplies to create your own unique artwork from the reference you have researched. (This class doesn’t cover drawing techniques but you will get a glimpse into my process of creating artwork using the iPad Pro in Procreate.)


In this class I will be sharing my thought process and techniques for drawing inspiration from existing artwork as well as using photo references to create original works of art in your own unique style.

We will cover the following:

  • Where to rather inspiration.
  • How to properly/ethically use it as inspiration, legally speaking as well.
  • How to draw inspiration from an existing artwork, color palettes etc.
  • How to draw inspiration from reference photos to create unique artworks.

I am so excited to share my tips with you and to see what you all come up with in your class projects!

Here is a link to Pinterest if you'd like to take a look at what inspires me... https://www.pinterest.se/emmakisstina/ 

xoxo Kristina

Follow me and share your work on Instagram @emmakisstina with the hashtag #emmakisstinaxskillshare

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Kristina Hultkrantz

Illustrator & Surface Pattern Designer

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I'm Kristina Hultkrantz an illustrator and surface pattern designer based in the super quaint small town Mariefred just outside of Stockholm, Sweden. You might also know me as EmmaKisstina on the internet. I've been working with illustration and design since 2007 and have worked full time as a freelance illustrator since 2010 and now a teacher since 2018.

If you'd like to learn more about me or see more of my work or just would like to say hi the best place to find me is in my private Resources for Creatives FB group, EmmaKisstina Insiders or on Instagram! You can also check out my YouTube Channel for free video content or visit my Portfolio Website if you really really want to know all about me :)

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1. Welcome to Learn the Art of Inspiration : Hello everyone and welcome back to another classroom. Meet Christina Haute Clans. I'm an illustrator and surface pattern designer from Maggie you creates Sweden. I've been working with illustration full-time, 100 percent since 2010. I know a thing or two and I'm so happy to share all that I know in these classes with you. In this class, it's going to be all about inspiration. You might think that that's incredibly boring and mundane subject, but I think it's really important to think about how to use variation in a ethical smart way. Also, I truly think that it will help you with your work if you're always just using your own imagination, unless you're some creative genius. I think you'll be going over the same ideas and using the same motif. I think it's nice to put lots of new ideas into your head constantly and look at other people's work and build from there and combined and just inspire, being inspired by all things. In this class, learn the art of inspiration strategies to create unique work. I'm going to be sharing two ways that I use inspiration. The first way is that I have an idea in my head and then I use photo references in order to build a work that is uniquely in my style, that is unique to me. Then the second way I'm going to be showing you how I'm inspired by other existing artworks and how I built from an idea that I find in someone else's artwork or design or something like that and how I make it uniquely mine. Because that is the most important thing. I hope this class will not only just gives you an insight into how my brain works with how I gather inspiration, how I use inspiration to create unique work. But I hope that this class will also help you find your own creative voice and that you'll feel comfortable cultivating your own styles so that when somebody sees your work on the Internet, before even seeing your name, they're going to be like that is so and so's work. Yeah. Let's get started getting inspired. 2. Supplies & Class Project: In order to take this class, you'll be needing a few supplies, and that is somewhere to get inspiration. That can be physical items like vintage books, or new books, magazines, design items that you have in your house, stuff like that. You can also, of course, use images from the internet. The most used and well known is Pinterest, and that's where I go to gather inspiration. Then, of course, you will need your own supplies for your own unique way of creating artwork; whether that is just on the computer, or if you hand draw, or paint anything like that, it doesn't matter. That's not where we are going to be focusing today. I will be giving you a little glimpse into my workflow using the iPad Pro to create artwork or illustrations when I use the app, Procreate. You can get a little glimpse of how I work in this class too, but I won't be going over drying techniques or how to use the iPad. Then the class project for this class will be, of course, creating an artwork using one of my techniques for using inspiration, or a combination of both of them, and I can't wait to see all of your projects in the project galleries. But before that, let's get into what inspiration is, how to use it, and all that good stuff. 3. Pep Talk and Things to Note about Inspiration: Time for the pep talk about inspiration and a couple of good things to know about using Inspiration and the first thing I want to talk about is that you are super unique, even if you don't try. I think that that's one thing that's really cool about artists or designers and creative people is that, even if 100 people, 100 creatives receive the same design brief with the same inspiration photos, everybody's work would be pretty quite different there. Of course, the themes are the same, stuff like that, but every single one would be completely different. That's something that's really exciting to know and that if you do constantly look at inspiration of photos and you gather things that you like and what colors that you're drawn to and forms that you're drawn to, one day you will find your style that is uniquely you. That can be a combination of all things and also something that's nice to know or think about is that, once you have found your signature style, this can develop and change as you become older and work more. It's not something that it has to be like setting stone concrete, which is freeing, I think. As I said in the intro, I think it's really important to use inspiration because I think you can get locked in your own head if you're always just trying to pull ideas just from your brain and anyways, we're always rolled and bombarded by the same images, we're all following the same people on Instagram, overall scroll in the same feeds on Pinterest and we're watching the same TV shows. People constantly will have the same source material, a lot of the time. It's not so strange that were inspired by the same things and when trends are happening and people are drawing the same things because we're talking about drawing inspiration from other people's work. I quickly think I need to mention the P word, plagiarism. Of course, I know that you're smart and you're not going to straight up copy somebody else's work. But it's important to remember not to do that or sometimes I can feel myself using an image a little bit too much and it's starting to feel like a copy and I have to remember no, step back and think of something another direction to bring it to so that I am not plagiarizing someone else. I think one thing to think about with the Internet, because we think about that now. Nowadays is that people are quite quick to judge and want to start drama on the Internet and it is possible that two people, two designers come up with very similar idea and create that. It doesn't have to mean that they plagiarized one another. One of my friends, she drew a sleeping Bambi and another designer drew sleeping Bambi and my friend got a lot of hate because they thought that she had plagiarized from the other artist. What do you mean? She hadn't. Maybe they both had watched Bambi recently and these saw there's not such a unique design. If it was sleeping Bambi with a little Raccoon on its head nestled up on top and then a little birdie on the head and they both had drawn that that's a little bit more. Someone must have looked at their work a little bit too much. But I think that's something that's important to think about and obviously, don't copy someone's work. Legally, your work has to be 20 percent different from another piece of work to be unique. You can also think of it as you've changed your work seven times, seven different things are different. That's another good or good way to think about it, if you are using a photo for reference that you changed seven things about it. You can change the color, you can change the pose a little bit, you add in a couple more details, stuff like that. I think that's maybe pretty basic ground rules, but for the most part, it's just upon you just don't straight up copy someone else's work. Use several images, several photos for reference and then ideas from your head, let your hand do also changes and stuff like that so that you become. Your work is uniquely you and you make it your own. It's very important. With that being said, that's boring, sad part, but we had to do it. Don't copy anybody's work, please. If you are copying someones work for practice, it is important to credit the artist and saying that this is just a practice art work. Also make sure that art work will never be sold or printed or anything like that just for your own personal use. Let's get into collecting and looking for inspiration. 4. Where to Find Inspiration: Where can we gather inspiration? This is really up to you. You can gather inspiration from wherever you want. I have talked about my vintage books maybe 50 billion times, but these constantly give me inspiration for my works, especially my floral work. I try to incorporate step from this in my work all the time. There is plenty of books like this that you can find in vintage bookshops or online, and maybe even at your library, it depends. What I like about this is that I have something tactile that I can look through when I'm looking for certain things. I think, especially with flowers, I get caught up drawing the exact same rose over and over again but going through these books, it's a, what is it called? Vintage bio flower illustrations. There's hundreds of different flowers that I wouldn't even think of, so it's great way to get new ideas for different leaf shapes, or flower shapes in different colors and how different shapes are created. You don't get stuck creating the same thing over and over and over again to make your work unique from each other within your body of work, that's really important as well. Then, even though these are vintage, there isn't any copyright on these images, I made sure to just use them as a reference. I don't straight up copy the exact same flower, I use the same shape, but I try to draw it a little bit different, I tweak it and change it to make it my own. Yeah, that's one way that you can look for inspiration, that's physical media, like books, magazines, stuff like that. Then there is, of course, the Internet. You can Google ideas for images, can use Pinterest, which is my favorite because of the way that you can save images for later, and use even Instagram. Instagram has the option of saving images that you like now. So you can have a folder of images with color palettes that you really like, that you can draw from later and then add different colors to them, or you can save a folder on Instagram with images of poses that you really like. Because I do lots of girls, so I like different poses, I need to find unique things like that. Or other people's art works, if there is a certain detail that you like, like you like how someone drew a certain thing, a certain detail or something like that, that you just to save, that's great way to save things for later that you can go back to when you're feeling a little bit uninspired and not sure what you want to do. You can always go back to your Pinterest boards and your Instagram feed. I thought we could take a little look through my Pinterest and I can show you what I save as inspiration and how I think about this stuff. Let's jump into the compute. Welcome to my Pinterest feed. This is where I gather the majority of my inspiration because Pinterest is the best. Just scrolling through this, I can get a thousand ideas. On certain days when you feel a little bit overwhelmed, this can be a little bit too overwhelming, you can get too many ideas, don't know where to start, so when that happens, I would say just close this out, go out for a walk and do something else, and not force yourself to try to create something. But if you are in mood for creating, then this is perfect. You can just scroll through and save images for later when you're feeling bored, all that jazz. This is tons of inspiration for me constantly. As I said before, we're all looking at the same images all the time and there's trends popping up, so it's not weird that we create work that's maybe slightly similar. There's a lot of cacti going around, and lots pinks, and all images like that. But then maybe I could show you some of the board where I save things. Let's see. Go to my Account, Boards. Right now I'm trying to get into hand lettering. I have been saving tons and tons of things because that's something that I haven't really worked with before, so I feel like I need a lot of inspiration to know even where to start as far as shapes of letters and how to build a nice text and stuff like that. I've been saving like crazy, and there's so many things that I'd want to recreate or build from. That's always inspiring. I love savings stuff like this so that I could get different shapes for letters. Here's the an ampersand. Let's see. Then I also find my color palette board is really inspiring. I like to say there's lots of these pins on Pinterest where someone has put together a mood board with different images and then the color palette. I think that's very helpful and inspiring. Stuff like that, I love looking at. Constantly get inspired by these things. I also pull images myself with color palettes that I find interesting, or images too, doesn't have to necessarily be artwork. That's something that I do. Let's see. Surface pattern design is a huge folder that I have. For now I'm thinking about patterns, and here's where I save tons and tons of inspiration. That could be just for themes of pattern designs or the way that other people build patterns or vintage designs, and stuff like that. I love the look of this with the birds. I think I saved this one mainly for the technique, that there was lots of black lines and the little dots and stuff. I would definitely not draw birds like this. I will try something else like flowers or something, but to have it just one background color with the white, and then tons of black lines I think would be really neat. That's how I would translate that idea. What else? How else have I been thinking when I save stuff? I save a lot of these images because I love drawing those too. This is very inspiring to see how other people create those works. How did they draw trees and birds? I like how this one also has the tree. It's just black and white, or it's a gray, and now the birds are in color and there's some flowers that are in color. That would be really fun to test out. Here is a print that's shown really largely. It'll be fun to try out something in a bigger scale. Could be fun. All that color palette's inspiring. So things that I think about. Yeah, when I feel I don't have any ideas at all, I can go in here and just feel like something that would catch my eye whether it's like, "Oh, I feel like I really, really want to create a floral today, or I want to test out drawing birds again." That can be very fun. There's always going to be something that's going to jump out at me and I'll get an idea from it. Like this, to have the birds that pop out in one color and then background is a flat illustration, I think that's really exciting ideas, and you see a theme that I'm trying to think of new ways of drawing things at the moment maybe instead of just always doing the same thing that I always do. I think that's inspiring me at the moment. What popped up here? What is really cool about Pinterest is when you do like an image that there's more like this that you can scroll through that they have found that you might like too. I think that's a great way to find even more steps, especially if you're going to try out a new style, then more in that style will pop out, so you'll have even more images to be inspired by. I love this. That it's a mass that are formed to look like flowers. I think I'll save that one in my surface pattern. That's cool, stuff like that. Let's maybe look at one more board. See what I'm inspired by. Oh, I also save stuff like flowers. For this is more for reference photos or I have one with fashion and one with just shoes, but let's go into flowers because that's pretty. I'll save tons of different images with flowers so that if I'm looking for something to draw later, then I can reference it. Few petals here and there, couple of leaves, different things like that. I thought these were really inspiring with, they're collages with real flowers that are put together again with different leaves and flowers from different plants. I think those are very pretty. Inspiring or dahlias are always fun to draw, and stuff like that. Again, even if I were to use this reference, I would maybe draw, I don't know why it become dark when you scroll, but anyways, I would draw, use this as a reference and draw it for the most part as is, but I would try to change a few details, adding a few petals make the petals a little bit different just so it's not a straight up copy of this book. Like usual, just need to make sure that that point is very clear in this class, make it your own and don't copy. That's my Pinterest, and where I am, for the most part, inspired. There's so much inspiration to behold. There's so many incredibly talented other artists. It's so incredible to be an artist as well, and to think that my work is inspiring someone else also. I don't know about you, but when I see other people's work, it inspires me to want to create more and better work. That's what I like to look at inspiration. For the most part, I don't do the whole comparison game. I feel pretty confident with what I'm doing. Of course sometimes I see someone else's work and I'm like, "Jeez, why can't I create stuff like that?" But why can't I? Just had to keep working on my craft and think positively. It is fun being able to create work and practice, and all of that stuff. Can't believe I call this my job. Let's get into the fun drawing a bit now. 5. Referencing Photos Part 1 : Now we're going to get into the fun creative part. For one of my techniques, I want to show you how, using an idea from my head, I pull photos for reference to create that artwork. I make sure to pull different kind of images and for different details that I'm not just using one photo reference. It's important to use multiple references to create something really unique. Let's get into that. This is what I do for when I get client work and they specifically say that they're looking for something in particular, like they're looking for a street scene in Paris or something like that. This is what I would do for that. We already have the idea and now I'm just going to create it. I need photo images and inspiration from other people. All right, welcome to my Pinterest feed. I felt that for this section when I'm going to use photo references from an idea I already have that I would use the idea of a girl drinking coffee. I think that would be a cute little scene to draw. I think it's as simple as just searching. I just did a quick search before, but there's plenty of poses that I'm going to be looking at first. Like this is a cute pose with a girl and her face, and the hands, and the hair, it could be fun to draw. We could do a different hairstyle, of course, since we're going to be using different photo references to make it our own. But this is acute pose, I like that one and I like this one as well. But why don't we go with this girl? It would be a cute little pose. All right, so what I do then I go into Procreate and have a square because I think this could be good for my Instagram. Then I bring up Pinterest then I put in the little split screen. Here's the girl for my photo reference and we can start sketching her. First I do the rough layout. Here's her head and here's her one hand, her fingers link like this. Then the arm goes down, an elbow on the table. Then your other elbow's over on this side somewhere. Then we have the other hand down here under her chin. The other elbow like so. Then we have the coffee cup with the little sun. I'll make mine a slightly larger cup, just to make it a little bit different. Like this is. It's a little bit too open there. I don't want to cut off her mouth as I draw. Like so. Here we go. Once that general composition is mapped out, then I can go in and actually make the fingers and all those things that look good because this photo I am using for the pose, and then later I will use other photos to create the details so that I don't just straight up copy this photo. So let's start out by trying to get her face a little bit better and also try to change this face so that it's not as recognizable. Okay, pretty good. We're going to just map in a face, using this girl as a guide, we trying to make it a little bit different. That's the start of my pose. Then we can look for inspiration for the other sections. That's all I need for this photo, is the hands pretty much. We move on,so maybe we'll look for, we're talking about sunglasses. Let's just see what happens when we look at sunglasses. Cat eye, that seems to be very popular right now, very fashionable. We'll do that just because they know that I've seen that everywhere. See, It's all over the place. We'll just pick up one, these ones since they're on a face. We'll get a pair of these super exaggerated cat eyes on here. Go up like this. Not very subtle at all. Matches lips, I guess. Then let's see what should we go for hair. Let's go just right here. Not sure what we should have here. Nice long hair. The girl in the photo had long hair, so I'm thinking we should do something different, either have the hair up in a bun like that, like a top knot on the head. That would be cute. Let's look for top knot instead. Top knot. Top knot bun. All right, so then we're going to find a photo that's good, top knot. Maybe it'll look cute with the bangs too. I think that could look nice. Use this as a reference for that. I'll do the bang like this, that brush up against the eyebrows with a few flier wings. Didn't really think about where her shoulders were in the other photos. I think we'll go back to that one just to remember where to put it in her shoulders. Here it goes from there and then the shoulders hidden on this side, so it's mainly just this side. Something like that. Also depends on what we'll go for clothes. 6. Referencing Photos Part 2 : Then to figure out, see in it all ready, I'm not sure if you saw this image in then my illustration that right away, you be like, wow, she copy that. I think we're on the right track that it's becoming my own, even though I use the exact same pose. Another trick is also, I could flip this. But usually it becomes weird. Maybe I would have flipped, the reference photo, if I wanted to do that. It's also a good little tip, if you want to make something a little bit different but still use the same pose. We'll continue on. Now let's go for a shirt and see the sunglasses. I was thinking maybe we should do a cat print to the leopard print or some animal print. Maybe Zebra just not be the cat, zebra print. Print top let me see what happens there. Lets do a shirt. Just want something to show similar. Maybe its like this, I don't know if we could get the shoulder right. Then you can have the shirt sticking out from this side a little bit. Then down the middle. Then just add more fine details we can always add bracelets and rings and things like that. We can just use our own imagination. We don't have to look at that. So put up a huge ring on that finger, and then this side she can have a couple of rings just it curves. Here could have a bracelet. This other side too bracelet is hanging like so. This side maybe have two this one can be pearly one. That's just the sketch. At this time, I like to adjust so that it looks better on the page. Maybe I increase on size. Just like that it'll be better. For Instagram, etc. I can add in a little saucer here, plate, adjust the cup down, like that. Maybe add a little napkin. There's a spoon that she used to mix the coffee with a little sugar or whatever. That's how I use photo reference. I think I'll just continue on creating this illustration, and you can see a time-lapse of how the final turned up. But before I do that, we shall also look for inspiration for the color scheme. That's fun too. We have an idea of what kind of colors to go for. Let's see, maybe I'm just going to cancel. I'll go into some may say, boards I have with color inspiration, color palettes. We can look up a color palette like we could go super pinky, maybe red, that could be cool, but let's see if there's anything else. I'm also loving this palette that's cool with the background dark green and all the things in the pink. I think I'll go for that. Then we have nice color palette to work from as well. I can quickly move on. Just to start you up just see you get a glimpse of my workflow, I love to use the drying brush, ink everything in and then I'll start coloring. Here we go. Make sure that I'm on a different layer because that happens to me all the time. Lets start inking. Here's the end result. As you can see with the photo that we started off with, it's quite different from where we ended up. You can see that I really made this pose and this photo my own by adding elements from other photos, by adding elements that I thought up myself to make it my own, to make my style the color scheme that also I was inspired by a photos where I post on Pinterest, but then I made it my own and continued on like that. That's the whole point. If you saw the side-by-side, I don't think that you would connect them with being the exact same thing, if you understand what I mean. Definitely won't be hit with a plagiarism, drama or whatever you want to say, or something like that. So that's good, and that's the whole point. I made it my own. Yeah, now we can move on to another way that I use inspiration. 7. Inspired by Existing Art Part 1: The second way that I like to use inspiration to create unique work is by looking at usually Pinterest at existing art works and designs to fuel my creative brain and create new works and you can almost see us like a collaboration with everybody, all artists. We're always inspired by everybody else in group. Inspired by each other and we're working together and building from each other's ideas and then you can have an idea from two places or three places or five places and you can combine these being uniquely you. Then somebody else maybe inspired by your work, and it just builds momentum in the design world and we get really cool artwork to look at to. I don't know that's something to think about. I'm going to be showing you how I use other work. Let's look at some inspiring images and I'll try to share my thought process of how my brain works when I look at other's artworks and how I could see it uniquely in my style. Now I thought it'll be interesting if I showed you my process of starting from zero, and my ideation time when I'm trying to create a new collection of illustrations or patterns in illustrations and how that all goes down, especially if I have no ideas whatsoever in my head. The first place I go to is of course Pinterest to get some ideas flowing in my head and we could just go through my feed a little bit like this. But I also have tons and tons of different boards that I've saved. But what's cool about Pinterest is that it's so up to date and it's so modern and contemporary and you see the trends that are going on with colors and themes and like that right away. Like the millennial pink and cacta and jungle theme that something that could definitely be a cool collection that we could go with, because that's something that pops up all the time, could be some cactus collection we could go with. That's just an idea that I have right now. I love this color palette in. That's really cool. That's a cool color palette is something I want to really use because when I use green I usually do them on the blue side. That's also something. It could be a color palette that catches my eye. I love the way this is drawn but that's not really my style. That's what's cool about this, is that even if I take this exact same colored palette and apply it to my illustration, that's not plagiarism where we're going to say I'm inspired, but mostly. I think I'm going to save this photo as my color palette just to run with this. I'm going to take a screenshot of it so they can bring it into another program and pull colors from it later. I'll do that and then we'll keep looking for inspiration. I also, somebody brought this up that there's tons of other images that were similar and I love this whole jungle thing, that's awesome with the leaves like that and it will jungle scene like this and then. But something that's really abstract like that. That would be cool to try out and because I never do anything like that, I think I'm going to save this bunches so I have it. Maybe I'll put it in art and measuring. Continue on with my millennial urban jungle theme that I just thought up right now. Thought I wanted to look at what this photo would bring up more stuff, like cactus flowers and cacti and I love this blush dirty pink in the background. That awesome. Once I start having an idea for a collection going on and starting to come into my head. I'd like to go into a Adobe sketch and this is where I like to sketch out ideas for collections. I have a few other collections that are very roughly sketched out the ideas for, just do iPad Pro size and here is where I like to sketch out my ideas real quickly. I usually for a collection just when it's a random collections not for fabric or anything, it's just whatever. I like to do maybe four patterns. I'll do four patterns and then I'll do three, two or maybe three spot illustrations that go with it and then maybe I'll just give it a random. We'll call it urban jungle and then this is where I think I'm going to bring in immediately that photo that I had taken. Here we go, I'm going to bring that in and I'm going to select some colors for me and I'm going to use this brush and definitely need this dark green, and the lighter green, and I love this. I'll took this one like gold and then there's a lighter gold. I like when there's two of the same color. It can act as a shadow and highlight and then we have the two pink. You have this just peachy pink and then we have the lighter color and then there's in even lighter pink, that's nice, we could bring in. What else? There's also L2 neutrals. This is a grayish green. I'll put it on top of that pink and then I'm not sure if this is a white-white or if it's slightly gray. That looks pretty white. That could be nice to just keep it this way. That's the entire color palette that's directly from this. As I'm working, I'm sure I'll add more colors too I think. I think I would want another green as well. If I were to check out. I think maybe, another green would be cool to add in here to make it a little bit fresher. Yeah, that's how I'm going to get, I'm just going to get rid of that and then once I have the initial color palette picked out, then I like to sometimes just decide on background colors for my pieces because sometimes I feel, if I build up the background color, I can decide what's going to be what and how the collection going to look together. If we think about the pattern once first, I definitely want to have, I love this nice medium light green could be cool. I want to do, I want to make it up bigger. One of the patterns would be this background I think and how about to green them top and I think you do one of the dark green too. They'll be they contrasting and powerful. Definitely, I would have to do a pink because we saw lots of images with that dusty pink and that would also be really nice. Then maybe one of these, the rest do golden color would be cool as the background and this is just to come up with ideas and see how it would look in my head and so far the galaxy is really cool and then I think for the illustrations, I would also want one with a dark background. Because I think that's quite striking. I am going to of course, probably adjust this later to change things. But I love this gray also, it would be very cool, just grayish green, neutral color. Could be nice background. We also have white as options, so let keep one white just to see where we're going. But as the initial ideation of my collection, we're seeing it come to life even though I haven't even started drawing anything yet. But let's go back to looking at Pinterest and getting more ideas from there and when I am doing my ideation or getting, gathering my inspiration for collection, I try to just look at lots of inspiration and it work on my own. So not directly copying anything, I'm letting the ideas soak in my brain and then coming out in, let me translating them, if that makes sense, into how I would use them and see what other things come up. It would be cool. This reminds me of the silhouette of a plant. Beneath it, I did lots of plants in silhouette against that golden background so that we can do that idea right away and now we're just in the sketching phase, but all right, so another sketch layer. I'm going to reduce this side a little bit and we're going to choose the darker color. Because this is just the ideas phase, there doesn't have to be just at to be, so I can use the information later to create some better work with messages for the ideas. Not very detailed, or go and do things detailed now. My this doesn't look like much. But I think that if I were to continue with the idea, then it could develop and when I make the final artwork it would look really cool and you can practice with adding more color and stuff like that could beneath yellow, pop a pink here, just tell so below different from that. That's one idea they got from looking at other work. This is a beautiful color palette too. Abstract stuff like this could be nice. Yeah, that's not my forte to do abstract prints that match with my other prints. Something, I guess they need to work on. 8. Inspired by Existing Art Part 2: I like this, the cacti, that is like this. I wonder if I could make a print like that. Let's see, maybe on the pink background, it would be a different cacti. See this one, it will look really cool on fashion and dresses and things like this. This would maybe look better because it's so vertical it will be put on homeware goods like curtains and bedding, stuff like that. All right. What should we do with the last two? I think I've already decided that we need more pink for the last background on the list for now, just to make it happier over here. More pink. I'll go back to this layer and we need more ideas, so we go back and forth between ideas and using our imagination learning it so keen. We're going to those abstract kind of looking things. Something that's not really comes natural to me like these kind of things, like that would be cool. That was the one that I liked before. Stuff like that with just random shapes can be fun to try out, since it's not something that I do so often. Because it's not something I do very often and it's not as comfortable for me to work like that, but I think I would reference those kinds of artworks a little bit more than I would if I was just doing my usual drawing items. To push myself out of my comfort zone and that's something I wouldn't do maybe necessarily if I hadn't looked for inspiration. To translate something into your own style, I think can be neat. This is just a starting off point to remember what some ideas that I had before moving on to the rest of the collection. Something like that would be cool. We need another idea. That's beautiful, has the transparency, and here with the shadows it's really nice, it's that something that can test out in my own work. This is nice too, that there's some areas that are filled in and then some are left just outlined, that's really beautiful as well. It's a nice look. Something that could test out in my work as well. If I thought about that I can test that out right away. If I had on this green backgrounds, so it can be like the green leaves, and then we had this slightly darker, we can have few leaves that are already colored in. Something like that. That's super rough photo. Then we go to another but do some more details, and I could use dark there. I love to have further branches and stuff. Okay, maybe I go back. This one I love that super light pink. It could be just be on flowers, something like that. It has to be very settled print, but I hope that you're getting the idea of what I'm going for here is that I am translating the things that I find on Pinterest from other people's work. I'm building off of those ideas. I am taking them and translating them into my own style and then sketching them out here, and then when I go to draw the final image, instead of going back to Pinterest and looking at those exact same images that I looked at, I will look at my own inspiration and then work from this it's like another step away from that person's work. I'll be using my work as inspiration for the next stage in my work, and then go and look for maybe reference photos of the different items I'm going to draw like I did in the first section. If I'm going to do cacti, then I would go back to Pinterest and instead of looking in the exact same thing that I was inspired by before, I would just look for cacti and I would look at generic different cacti like this, and I would draw different sections. When I draw that, and I would pick maybe this stem and then the next one I would try, I would draw something from this area just so that it can get a different details from different photographs. I always make sure to mix up and I'm not always just working from one person's work, or one person's color palette or one person's photograph or something like that. Use a mix of all of your different inspiration, sources mixed together with your own imagination and your sorrow and all that stuff. It's a lot and I know, but it's fun. This is the whole fun part. Yeah. So just thinking about these, looking at these, I think this would be great for one of my illustrations, my spot illustrations for my collection here, and I guess the pink background, we can have them in different pots and we draw the different pots, different shapes and tones of this nice golden color. Inspiration for where my brain is at and then I can continue on. This one I think I'd want to do something matching a pattern, so do the spot illustration that would also be in this kind of abstract style. Then maybe I would do just a single part like this, but later make it get a little bit more flat. Some things happening here. That would be cool, something like that to test out, and then the last one, it could also be to match this one with this outline, something like that. Could be interesting. So let's see if I did another. I'm not sure with this one should be for spot illustration. Since we've already did two potted plants, could be more like a bouquet of flowers kind of. This one could have some kind of text underneath that says like "Happy birthday" or "thank you", could be your generic Thank You Card, and here we have the leaves, so it match the overall look and styles of the different elements of the collection. Here's my final ideas for a Jump Urban Jungle Collection, and this is just the starting off point that I would use to create a final collection later and as I said before, this is a great way to make sure that you are taking ideas that you are inspired by, drawing from other people, but making it your own by separating yourself from Pinterest for awhile when you are drawing out your ideas so that you don't straight up copy, which is a complete no. Then you take these simple sketched out ideas and you bring that into, when you use that, when you're going to create the final artwork later, to source the different leaves that you're going to be drawing and stuff like that. Make sure to then when you're doing the final artwork, like I did in the first section, choosing photos from different details from different photos and picking and choosing given details and using your own imagination, making a nice mix so it becomes your own uniquely you and the final collection will develop and become better than this probably, but it's a great place to start. I hope you enjoyed getting a little glimpse into how my brain works and how I interpret other people's work and how I might turn it into my own ideas and make something that is contemporary and trendy and fun, stuff like that, but still feels me, you know, this is different from what I usually do, but I feel like you have to, as an artist, you have to push yourself or as a designer, especially if you're working commercially, have to constantly work and do things that are going to sell and be popular. It's always good to have in mind that you can try new things and interpret into your own style, and even because you'll be the one who's doing it. So it will always be your style. Yeah. Pretty happy with this, I wonder if I will actually continue on and make this a proper collection. We'll see you can stay tuned. 9. Thank you!: Okay, that's it. Thanks so much for taking my class about inspiration. I hope that it inspired you and that you are going to be creating tons and tons of new exciting, creative, unique work that is uniquely you. As I said before, the class project is to create a unique artwork using one or the other or both of my techniques for using photo reference or inspiration from an existing artwork and create a unique artwork of your own. I can't wait to see what you come up with in the project gallery. Please do share your work. The best place to find me between my classes is, of course, on Instagram @emmakisstina. Feel free to at me or DM me with any questions that you ever have. I'll be happy to help you. Thanks so much again for taking my class. Bye.