To celebrate Envato's $1 Billion milestone, we talk to 10 of our talented Envato authors about the fellow creators that inspire them.
When Envato was launched back in 2006, our goal was simple: to build a space for creators to come together around a shared passion for creativity, learning, and design. Now, 14 years on, millions of people have used Envato to learn creative skills, complete projects and sell their creative assets.
As we near the end of 2020, one of the most unpredictable years in modern history, Envato's thriving creative community of more than 80,000 talented authors, artists and designers has just hit an incredible milestone.
To mark this milestone, what better way to celebrate than to chat to the amazing people that made it all possible: our creative community! Without further ado, here are 10 of our talented Envato authors highlighting the work of fellow Envato authors that inspire them to do what they do…
The man behind MotionCan – 21-year-old Leo – didn’t have the money to pay for art education growing up so used Envato to unlock self-actualization and pay for college. Leo has not only found financial and artistic freedom through Envato, but also a network of interesting and inspiring authors.
Envato author and talented musician Prigida started out in the field quite spontaneously, but soon realised that creating music was the creative path for him. Creating tracks for AudioJungle, including abstract lo-fi, hip hop and chilled out beats, Prigida has found financial support, as well as an understanding of marketing and customer needs by working with Envato.
He provides this advice for emerging authors: “Don't try to copy the successful works of other artists. Get inspired by music out of stock, and try to make both unique and usable tracks.”
He also draws inspiration from a range of other Envato authors. “I like Amaksi, he's very good at conveying a mood and tension,” he explains. “I also like AlexGrohl for the unique sound of the guitar and also I like Fugu_Vibes for their unusual approach to creativity.”
Kaleriia is a professional illustrator and trained painter specializing in botanical illustration, portraits, architecture and abstract painting. She’s quickly become one of the most enchanting authors on Envato Elements. Drawing inspiration from other artists and creators, she has nothing but respect and admiration for her fellow Envato authors.
She continues: “I also love NassyArt. She creates beautiful textures, illustrations, and even brushes. Her style is very close to mine, but she is such a wonderful artist with a different creative direction.”
Now Creating HTML templates, WordPress themes and landing pages for Envato Market on a regular basis, Semicolonweb derive a lot of creative inspiration and motivation from other authors within the Envato community.
“There are many authors that inspire us or push us to make better products,” they explain. “We love ThemePunch's works, their plugins are useful and add so much value to a user's website. Apart from this there are many themes and plugins that are so good and well-implemented that they inspire us to create something better and useful.”
Starting out as a young couple who attended the same fine arts course at university, Blaqmatrix are now a talented motion design duo, who create videos, graphics and video templates for VideoHive and Envato Elements. Blaqmatrix work as a family-owned professional design team, and have been creating assets for Envato for over six years. As veteran authors, their advice to emerging authors is to reach their greatest potential.
“Our advice to new authors is to maximize their creative ambitions,” they explain “Don’t be intimidated by the large, commercial projects you see in the market. Remember that new ideas are always a priority and develop the community, even if you think that everything has already been created.”
Although he started out by selling his work via Envato Elements on the side, he was quickly amazed by the consistent source of income, encouraging him to start selling his digital assets full-time. As someone with a very unique style, Amrit also admires fellow authors – such as design agency PixelBuddha – who play to their strengths and stick to their natural style.
“I love FlashFXbox. They have some amazing animated effects that I use all the time,” he says. “Also, brushes by pixelbuddha_graphic are pretty dope.”
Creating a range of interesting graphic templates and mockups on Envato Elements, Bangingjoints has nothing but positive things to say about Envato’s community of authors, with many inspiring his own work.
“There’s a lot of artists who greatly inspire me,” he says. “To name a few from Envato: the-sastra, DanJazzia, and 7h10 – a pretty "underground" artist who doesn't have a lot of items, but each product has that nice clean feeling and a lot of sales. Deni Dessastra – a graphic designer from Indonesia – has cool, extremely detailed illustrations. Also, I like DanJazzia’s illustrations, as they playfully utilize geometric shapes.”
Photography team Halfpoint are well known for their stunning, high-quality stock photography available on Envato Elements and PhotoDune. An idea dreamt up by photographer Nikola and marketer Jozef, who saw a gap in the market for great stock photography, Halfpoint decided to put their heads together to create the digital assets they were looking for.
Indonesian-based Envato author pair Telllu produce colorful and punchy graphics featuring watercolors and lettering. They’re a husband and wife team who do a lot of creative community workshops in Indonesia. Envato has provided the couple with the opportunity to make a living, as well as network with other designers in their local community.
“Because Envato is such a great community especially here in Indonesia, we meet a lot of great authors with success stories,” says Telllu founder Ingga Endita Nafasyah. “We always adore Pixelbuddha_graphic items. Their product are unique, and well-designed.”
Forming in February 2020, Graphicook has quickly become one of the most impressive authors on Envato. The Graphic Cook studio features the work of several talented designers – including DannyAldana from The Good Store, Gumilar from Guuver, Ricky from Aiyari, Taufik from Lilynthesweetpea, and Steve from Tokusatsu. Envato has enabled these creatives to pursue their passions and make a living from graphic design as part of a thriving design community.
“There’s so many authors to choose from on Envato, and there’s a lot of designers out there that inspire all of us,” they say. “ it’s a hard decision to make, but we agree that Indieground is our favorite Envato author.”