The year 2023 is just around the corner, so what better way to see the new year than with our second installment of our community calendar! As well as outstanding design, we want to give the gift of inspiration, positivity and gratitude with the art calendar theme: hope is on the horizon.
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The 2023 art calendar is packed to the brim with beautifully optimistic designs to accompany your positive mantras and day-to-day manifestations. Enjoy your free downloadable art calendar either digitally or printed. And let our incredible artists guide you through the year ahead with their personal take on the theme.
January: a new chapter
Step inside fitriandhita’s whimsical world of possibilities with this beautifully dreamy illustration. While the cozy quality of the holiday season lingers on through the early days of January, it’s also a time for looking to the future and setting intentions for the year to come.
For fitriandhita, the inspiration came from a quote by Edith Lovejoy Pierce: ”We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.” That sentiment comes through in the illustration as the designer explains: “the books below describe the years [the woman in the illustration] has gone through, and the books standing are for the years to come.”
The designer fitriandhita expertly uses hazy pinks and purples to wrap us up in the warm glow of the winter season.
February: a perfect match
Valentine’s day falls on the 14th making February the month of love. Designer xinpinglee creates a romantic visual pun using vintage-inspired matchboxes and miniature characters.
“I’m always inspired by things in my life” xinpinglee explains, “so I was thinking about how to create an illustration that combines the topic and thing. Valentine’s day reminds me of two keywords: love and perfect match. I’m an old-fashioned person in some aspects, I love to use matchsticks in my life. I like the ritual of using matchsticks, and the decorative design of a matchbox.”
The San Francisco-based artist added in an optimistic and bright color palette for the flowers, rather than sticking to the traditional reds and pinks.
March: marking international women’s day
Globally, March 8th is International women’s day, where we bring a focal point to women’s rights, gender equality and reproductive rights. Maspoko beautifully depicts the beauty and diversity of women from all over the world to illustrate the unity and strength of women. The artist shows us that hope is literally on the horizon, by using a sun-soaked landscape to give us the feeling of positive things to come.
April: the simple beauty of flowers
You can always count on the simple beauty of flowers, especially when an incredible artist pushes the limit with vivid colors and glossy textures. The designer resineux effortlessly brings a contemporary CGI quality to their floral render. Using bold colors like metallic blue and magenta, the designer pushes the norms of the delicate nature of flowers.
The simple but outstanding floral design for the month of April is sure to add striking artwork to any home.
May: when life gives you lemons
The designer m.arta brings bright optimism to life with her delicious depiction of “making lemons into lemonade.” According to the designer, sometimes you need “a visual reminder that as people we have the magical power to turn even bad situations into something positive and that indeed hope is on the horizon. Sometimes you just need to change your perspective.”
This joyful illustration will quench your thirst for positivity with wonderfully bright lemons.
June: the month of pride
For many countries, June marks the month of Pride celebrations. The designer Lovt A creates a cheerful pride-inspired illustration to encourage us to be good allies and stand up for the rights of the LGBTQIA+ community with a positive outlook.
“My main goal and inspiration for this illustration is to support the LGBTQIA+ community” Lovt A says. “There is still a lot to change for people who can’t feel safe because of their sexual orientation.” But this illustration with beaming rainbow colors and Disney-esque characters adds a charming energy that gives hope for a brighter future of equality when we march arm in arm.
July: child-like exploration
This illustration taps into an inner child’s imagination with its wonderfully naive exploration of space travel.
The designer Artxolotl describes where the inspiration came from: “I am always curious and interested in knowing what’s in outer space. Usually, I take inspiration from RPG games where I can find some unique and cute monsters, and also some mysterious places like outer space.”
As well as our community calendar, this brilliant illustration wouldn’t look out of place in a picture book for children. The muted tones give a calming softness, while smiley faces and friendly aliens keep our protagonist safe on his journey on this faraway planet.
August: cycling through the sea
Peaceful escapism is on the horizon in -Z-’s hyper-realistic drawing for the month of August.
Wading through the serene seas of Bali, -Z- creates a calming impression that leaves us feeling tranquil. The designer hopes that when people see the illustration they “feel lighter, stop for a while and take a quick rest because that’s all that really matters” and that “people can get impacted in a positive way by [the] work.”
As the designer tells us, many people from all over the world come to Bali in need of vitamin sea. If you can’t afford the roundtrip to Bali, this illustration is a close runner-up.
September: puppy love
What could possibly be cuter than a puppy attached to balloons gently floating into the horizon?
“I wanted to create a cute and calm scene and immediately had this idea in mind,” explains the designer Brush Fox. “I hope the audience feels the jauntiness and remembers to enjoy the little moments!”
So let this adorable illustration lift up your mood, with its light-hearted portrayal of the 2023 art calendar theme of hope is on the horizon. The chalky pinks and the expression on the poor pup’s face are sure to leave you with a serious case of the warm and fuzzies.
October: gratitude in simple pleasures
Sometimes it’s the simple pleasures in life that fill you with the most gratitude. Small acts of kindness from a stranger, the way the sunlight comes through the trees, or sitting quietly and feeding the birds.
LaolanArt‘s sunset-hued October artwork reminds us to slow down and not take the small stuff for granted, as the designer puts it, the color of sunsets “create these brief, magical moments that make you pause and appreciate little moments in life.”
November: new moon
If you look closely enough, you can see reflections of ourselves in nature. The waxing and waning of the moon offer us gentle guidance through the ebbs and flows of life. The designer emirazgel creates an atmospheric lunar illustration for the month of November, offering us a peaceful space for quiet reflection.
December: loving season
Inspired by old wood carvings, O.Hafner’s beautifully intimate illustration shows us the tender side of pride and explains it’s “something less obvious but more of a loving and enveloping hugging feeling or intimacy that you see in the movies, surrounded by a fanciful cosmic feeling centered on a couple cuddling each other.”
December’s artist O.Hafner celebrates 10 years with his partner, which is tenderly reflected in his delicate illustration showing us that love is a human experience, not a political statement.
2023: hope is on the horizon
From International Women’s Day to the month of Pride, thank you to our 12 wonderful artists who helped us to create our 2023 hope is on the horizon calendar and for encouraging us to appreciate the beauty in life. We hope the second installment of our community calendar inspires you throughout the year!
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