I've been taking several art classes simultaneously in the past two months. Taking classes helps my to create more, try new techniques and mediums. Here is the example how learning inspires me to make art.
This project was for both Trend Workshop and MATS Bootcamp's assignment (yes, kill two birds with one stone). The assignment for MATS Bootcamp was to paint (or compose an art) on wood slice. Although I would love to paint on the real wood slice someday, I just didn't have enough time to do it for this assignment. At the same time, I created this illustration for Design Garden's Trend Workshop 2015. In this project, I mixed Woodland Fables and Minute Impression trends with my own drawing style. I thought it would also fit well for a wood painting. So I composed the illustration on the wood in Photoshop.
Here is the MATS gallery where you can view all the beautiful wood art submitted by MATS "Bootcampers".
I would like to recommend Design Garden's courses. The tutor and founder, Sabina Radev, is also an illustrator and design. She is also a great teacher! She's so generously and patiently giving feedback to students' projects. I like her method of mixing trends to make my own style of art. I am so inspired by her classes and enjoy the assignments very much!
If you are an artist or designer and want to know more about trends and how to use trends in your creation, I highly recommend Sabina's Trend Workshop. I am still on the week 3 of the workshop. I might write a detailed review after I completing all four week's assignments.