The art of ornament

Decorative illustrations, paintings and typefaces have inspired artists for centuries, and re-working historical design elements or even bringing life to your own sketches and doodles is a great way to create exciting illustrative elements with a contemporary edge.

For me, the process of searching out and discovering old inspiring illustrations is really rewarding, and these ideas can be used when experimenting with my own contemporary artwork. Illustrator CS2 is ideal for taking roughly drawn or scanned pieces and transforming them into modern digital designs.

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