What Period in History Most Inspires You?

Whether it’s the Baroque era, the Beat Generation, or two days ago, everyone’s favorite time in history is about as varied as history itself.

In honor of this week’s historical-esque designs, we asked our artists what period in history most inspires them. Check out their answers below!

Have a favorite time in history? Tell us about it in the comments! Even if your favorite time in history is just the Van Gogh episode of Doctor Who (Whovians, you know what I’m talking about).

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“Detroit Rock City” by Gamma-Ray

Most Eras are really inspiring to me. But if I had to choose I would say the Roaring ’20s. The “Great Gatsby” era seemed to be one awesome cultural explosion! In my opinion it was the balance in technology too…We had enough technology to be comfortable, without relying on it too much either. I would love to have lived through that era.


Grant Shepley (Gamma-Ray), Johannesburg, South Africa
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“Rose Garden” by wowrainbows

Space Age for sure! Because of the rapid explosion of technology, everyone had all these crazy expectations of what space would look like in the future—and they illustrated them! Their vision of the future was super neat; but so far off in many ways. It makes for a great combo of grandeur and hopefulness—one that’s rarely seen these days.


Brent Schoepf (wowrainbows), Minneapolis, MN
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“Vintage Dogs” by kellabell9

My favorite period in history to get inspired by is the Rococo era when the everything was so ornate. They hid playful (sometimes perverse) themes in their artwork and pretty much slapped gold & scrollwork on everything. Huzzah!


Kelly Larson (kellabell9), Oklahoma City
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“Van Gogh Triple Self Portrait” by Tony Centeno

For me, the baroque and all these incredible works of art, full of strength, the struggle of light and shadows, bright colors, like freshly painted transport me to get that time

Tony Centeno, Madrid, Spain


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Carlyn Hill

Dad joke aficionado, cartoonist, & contributor for sites like HelloGiggles and The Mary Sue by night. When I'm not writing or drawing, you can find me in my cave of a room hanging out with my boyfriend, Netflix.