It's that time of year when we all scratch our heads and wonder how on earth Christmas has come around again so quickly, and now the enormous task of finding the right gifts for all those special people in our lives.
Well, we’ve come up with 7 ideas for creative peeps that will have stockings filled quicker than a Bansky picture getting shredded...
01 Women Design Book
This book really does it for us. As two female bosses, we are moved by these inspirational designers from the world of architecture, product design and digital. It's a brilliant book and one to have out on the coffee table so when you need some magic in your life you can turn the pages and be utterly inspired.
Priced at £20 from Counter-Print.
02 Sakura Pigma Micron Blister Card Ink Pen Set
Who doesn't like a little doodle or a sketch every now and again? With these pens, your creative friend will be in safe hands. The online reviews are great and as the description says you'll "experience smooth, skip-free writing and crisp ink colours that leave consistent lettering and lines every time." It's on Truffle's Social Media Dad's list.
Priced at £1.65 a pen from Graff City.
03 Newby Teas
Every creative needs a nice strong cup of tea to keep them going, and the wonderful guys at Newby have "painstakingly sourced, blended and preserved" some of the world's finest teas. Our pick for Christmas is the Alpine Greeting Silken Pyramid Assortment which is the jewel of their gifting range.
Priced at £35.00 from Newby Teas.
04 Wall Art
The turning of a new year is the perfect excuse to subtly refresh someone's wall and East End Prints is our tip for show-stopping contemporary art. You'll also have the feel-good factor as everytime you buy a print they donate to the Cool Earth Charity. Our pick of the bunch is artist Oshe POP! aka Stu Watkin.
Prices £19.95 upwards from East End Prints.
05 Subscription to Posterzine
Posterzine is the only poster in the world that is registered with the British Library as a magazine. The idea is simple. They comission some of the world's leading visual artists and designers to create beautifully printed monograph magazines that fold out into a large format poster. Your creative friend is going to love getting one of these in the post every month.
Priced at £37 for 6 issues from Posterzine
06 BUBM Cable Bag
As recruiters, we know a thing or two about our creatives and one thing we're sure of is somewhere they'll have a drawer full of tangled cables for all their tech. That's where the Cable Tidy Bag comes in, it stores loads of stuff and can be carried easily in another bag. No more untangling needed, just more time being creative.
Priced at £7.99 from Amazon.
07 Minipresso Portable Espresso Machine
The Minipresso Portable Espresso Machine is genius and the perfect gift for the creative freelancer on the move. It doesn't even need batteries, so working remotely on the hoof, no problem. Simply keep it filled with hot water and coffee grounds and an espresso can be ready within minutes, wherever they chose to work.
Priced at £49.95 from CuckooLand.
By Truffle Talent's Adrian Larkin...
Some people might say the self-portrait I did for my GCSE art project was the scariest thing they've ever seen, it was certainly a horror show from start to finish. But taking a deeper delve into art and the dark-side of Instagram we've uncovered pieces that are equally if not more terrifying...brace yourselves art lovers.
Jamie Betts is a photographer from Virginia, USA who posts some quite spine-chilling photos on his Instagram. Many of the shots from abandoned buildings look like they belong in the upside-down world of Stranger Things. But all hail his brilliance for creating shots that ooze horror, leave the lights on when you leave.
Salvador Dali doesn't need much of an introduction. This painting; "The Face of War", was painted in California in 194o, between the end of the Spanish Civil War and beginning of WW2. Interestingly, Dali has stressed that it was the only work where one could see the true imprint of his hand on the canvas (at the lower right). Now we really are spooked.
Make sure the kids aren't looking over your shoulder when you explore the work of @Mothmeister on Instagram. This pair of artists craft what they describe as scenes from a “Wounderland” where grotesque, emotionally distraught and anonymous characters are accompanied by taxidermy animals. It might surprise you that they've actually amassed a huge following on the platform. They've even launched a book called Weird and Wonderful Post-Mortem Fairy Tales. It's not exactly bedtime reading for us parents.
You thought we'd pick "The Scream of Nature", didn't you? Well, Norwegian painter Edvard Munch had a few foreboding paintings. Renowned for his expressionism and symbolism, in this painting, "Death of Marat I" he shows the stoic murder of famous French Revolution thinker Jean-Paul Marat – confined nearly all day to a bath due to a skin disease. Not pretty.
Dariusz Zawadzki is a modern artist from Poland. His paintings and drawings are right out of the top drawer of a horror flick. From the surreal to the completely grotesque, the great thing about Dariusz is he is a self-taught talent and claims his work springs from dreams and visions. We recommend he takes a natural sleep remedy for that.
We don't know much about this next Instagram artist, Dusty Ray aka SloppJockey but that's probably a good thing. What we do know is, he is from Colorado, makes a living selling his art on Etsy and describes his work as "gouache and oil paint debris". We call it macabre but clever!
Lastly, when we say "Andy Warhol", you probably think pop art paintings and a gold Marilyn Monroe, but he had a dark side. The piece below is called, "The Big Electric Chair" and is based on a press photograph from 13 January 1953 of the death chamber at Sing Sing Prison in New York. It's where American citizens Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed for giving information about the atomic bomb to Russia during the WW2. Warhol also played around with police photos of suicides and car fatalities. Right, we're getting the jitters and need to sit in a comfy chair that looks nothing like this one.
You've got to admire the dedication of those that commit to Inktober and manage to post one illustration a day for the whole month. It takes some doing.
Yep, that's 31 drawings in 31 days.
Us Trufflettes have managed all of zero, but we're pretty busy at Truffle Remote HQ filling jobs with all the wonderful creative peeps we work with.
So, we've been voyeurs in all of this and have picked out some of our favourite submissions from budding and established artists across the globe in the 1st few weeks of #Inktober.
v-0-3! is a self-taught comic artist and illustrator from Poland who wants to make drawing her fulltime job, we love manga when it's done well and she's doing something right...
Laurie Conley - with Halloween just around the corner, we're loving the work of Laurie who has worked as an illustrator for the likes of Penguin and the American Red Cross. She's partial to cute ghosts, and err, lots of death. Why not?
Derek Laufman is a freelance artist and the creator of the comic series RuinWorld published by Boom Studios. This drawing of Boba Fett from Star Wars has the force.
Bryan Schiavone is a 23-year-old ink artist who is wildly talented. Her Inktober contributions include tutorials, tiny animals and all sorts of wonderful things that Truffle loves, but we're still waiting for a pig.
Josefine Svärd, or Wildwither as she's known on Instagram, is an illustrator and photographer from Gothenburg in Sweden. She's hooked us in with her love of pigs and her warm appeal for people to respect animals. Her drawings and the meaning behind them is honest and uniquely special, one to follow on IG, for sure.
SeedohSketches, who we discovered on Instagram, doesn't give much away in his bio. If the profile picture is anything to go by it's actually a cat. As parents, who have suffered immensely with Disney fatigue, we have to admit we were energised by his takes on these characters from the books and movies.
Lastly, John Bond is an author and an illustrator who recently published the children's book, Mini Rabbit Not Lost through Harper Collins. It's the cuteness and the simplicity in how and what he draws that's got us hooked. Lovely work and we'll be sure to buy his book over anything Disney.
Inspired? We are. We've even vowed to take part in 2019, gulp.
There are still a few more weeks left to follow all the incredible submissions, use the hashtag #Inktober.
To find out more about how it all started, visit the official website.
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