Nature has been a source of inspiration for artists, writers, architects and designers for centuries. As Henry David Thoreau once stated, "we can never have enough of nature." And it's clear that our 3Doodler community feels the same!

The entries for the Living World category for our 2016 3Doodler Awards showed us not only the diversity of our community, but also how each person can take different inspiration from the same concept. From the ocean to the air, our Doodlers showed us the best of what the Living World has to offer, and the variety of ways the spirit of each creature can be shown through artistic expression with the 3Doodler.

Under the Sea

Inspired by the hundreds of different fish species that can be found at the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, our Living World Award winner Yuval Mor showcased the thriving ecosystem that can be found beneath the waves.

Yuval wasn't the only one who dove deep to find creative inspiration. Mindy Nam's wireframe octopus took a more minimalist and abstract approach to capturing the spirit of her subject. With clean lines and the stunning addition of glow-in-the-dark details, Mindy's octopus shows off the sometimes hidden side of nature's beauty.

... I have nature and art and poetry, and if that is not enough, what is enough?
Vincent Van Gogh

All Creatures Great and Small

Our community of Doodlers showed us that size isn't what matters when it comes to inspiring subjects. Even the smallest spider, like the one below from Yuval Mor, or this grasshopper and lady bug from Eduardo Pires can be a source for creativity!

But larger creatures can also leave a big impact! We saw many incredible creations inspired by the variety of life on land, like this elephant from Jonathan Breibart with artistic Doodled details.

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
Albert Einstein

Fowl is Fair

But our community couldn't be limited by gravity of course, and many chose to let their creativity take flight with winged subjects!

Diogo Nunes de Sousa chose two iconic birds of the rainforest to celebrate the colorful diversity found with our feathered friends.

And Levittown Public Library showed us the power of creativity in education with a carefully constructed peacock, which they named Rajiv.

Art is the child of nature in whom we trace the features of the mothers face.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Gone but not Forgotten

Our world has been around for billions of years, and has seen creatures that may not be living now but were an important part of the history of life on our planet.

Paul Mahoney chose to take inspiration from the living world of long ago, with this Allosaur which he named "Allie".

To an artist, there is never anything ugly in nature.
Auguste Rodin

Inspiration is all Around

When looking for your next creative project, simply look to the world around you. From the ocean to the skies, our living world is filled with inspiring animals and creatures both in the present and the past.

Get creative, and find new ways to show the spirit of your subjects!

It is the marriage of the soul with Nature that makes the intellect fruitful, and gives birth to imagination.
Henry David Thoreau

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