Have you ever felt the need to escape this world and its rules? Have you ever imagined how it would it be like if your dreams came true? Literally speaking. How would it be like if you’d live in a universe where you’d swim through the clouds, and fly above the ocean?
Well, I’d really like to know that too, but I can’t seem to find the secret magic formula.
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But there’s there’s also some good news: being a creative individual you can use your imagination to create a different world, your own wonderful world where you step in through your graphic design artworks. Whenever you want to escape from reality, let your work become the window to your universe where there isn’t any restriction or limit.
As so did artists like Andre Breton or Salvador Dali – based on the surrealist philosophy which encourages them to release the creative potential of their unconscious thoughts in the absence of all control exercised by reason – they imagined other worlds through their artworks breaking the rules of that time.
Surrealism is about vision – a distinct vision of the world we live in, a vision about another possible reality, even if it’s mostly considered irrational. Going back to Salvador Dali who said that ‘Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision.’ I’d say that the Spanish painter perfectly pointed out the essence of surrealism, better than any definition you’d find.
Although surrealism was mostly associated with literature and visual artworks, between the two World Wars, surrealism was not only present in literature or painting, but also in fashion (Elsa Schiaparelli’s design was influenced by the surreal movement – she was a close friend of Salvador Dali). These days, surrealism still has an impact on contemporary artists and its influence can be noticed in digital art as well.
Surrealism can also be observed in other digital artists’ works, moreover if we focus on graphic design products – vectors in particular – I think there may be great design inspiration source for you, too. That’s why I’ve made a selection of 25 awesome surreal vector illustrations – some of them are from Philip Bosmans’ portfolio – to inspire and help you boost your creativity.
And since surrealism is all about complete freedom of your conscious mind, don’t hesitate to let me know about anything that crossed your mind while checking out at this collection, whether you liked or not. But I’m sure you’ll find it as awesome as I do.
Now it’s time to let me know what you think about it, in the comments section below.