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Incredibly Detailed Character Design by Yu Cheng

Incredibly Detailed Character Design by Yu Cheng

It's been quite a long time since we posted about character design. It's not exactly our forte but we really love the field and especially the work that we see out there on the internet. Most of the work is for the game industry and it's amazing the amount of details some of this characters have. To give you an idea of how awesome character design is, we picked some examples from Yu Cheng, a illustrator, graphic and fashion designer from Taipei, Taiwan.

Impeccable Romanticist Art Reconstruction in 3D by Platige Image

Impeccable Romanticist Art Reconstruction in 3D by Platige Image

Digital art allows us to experiment with all sorts of compositions. We have seen quite a lot of styles from surreal to sci-fi/light effects. There are some ideas, however, that are truly amazing. One in particular that has inspired us most is the Jan Matejko Battle of Grunwald - an impeccable example of how to reconstruct a painting from the Romantic era in 3D. Today's post shines a spotlight on this incredible project done by Platige Image. Jan Matejko Battle of Grunwald in 3D is a reconstruction of a painting done entirely in 3D. In order to do that the Platige image team created 67 unique characters, each rendered as three-dimensional models and put together to form a clear spatial composition. Original painting The Battle of Grunwald is a painting by Jan Matejko depicting the Battle of Grunwald and the victory of the allied Crown of the Kingdom of Poland and Grand Duchy of Lithuania over the Teutonic Order in 1410. The canvas dates to 1878 and is one of the most heroic representations of the history of Poland.[1] It is displayed in the National Museum in Warsaw. Video Jan Matejko's "Battle of Grunwald" 3D (fragment) from Platige Image on Vimeo. Depth and perspective appear "within arm’s reach", inviting the viewer into the canvas to experience it from a new perspective. Process

Elegant 3D Hiragana by Hideo Kanbara

Elegant 3D Hiragana by Hideo Kanbara

Typography is one of the most exciting and intriguing areas of design. It's responsible to communicate the message not only with words but setting the mood and context for the message. There are all sorts of symbols and characters and some languages like Japanese have incredible symbols. Now imagine all of that in elegant 3D. That's what the Hideo Kanbara decided to create. His 3D prototypes of the Hiragana are nothing less than beautiful, even though I don't have any idea of the meaning of them.. Hiragana is a Japanese syllabary, one basic component of the Japanese writing system, along with katakana, kanji, and in some cases the Latin-script alphabet (referred to in Japanese as romaji). Hiragana and katakana are both kana systems; they have corresponding character sets in which each kana, or character, represents one mora (one sound in the Japanese language). Each kana is either a vowel such as "a" (hiragana あ); a consonant followed by a vowel such as "ka" (hiragana か); or "n" (hiragana ん), a nasal sonorant which, depending on the context, sounds either like English m, n, or ng ([ŋ]), or like the nasal vowels of French. - Wikipedia Our japanese knowledge is very limited but there's no denial that these images are simply amazing. For more information visit http://www.barakan.jp/

Amazing 3D Works by Martikanis Adam

Amazing 3D Works by Martikanis Adam

We've seen some great 3D pieces around here during these years, but the fountain did not run dry yet and we still get to see plenty talented artists out there. One of them is Martikanis Adam, a Greek artist that developed this kind of fractal art, full of concepts and very awesome. For more of this work, you should definitely visit this portfolio at DeviantART. He'll definitely appreciate it. Cheers! ;)

Great 3D Works by Chris Labrooy

Great 3D Works by Chris Labrooy

It's always great to find a good set of works. Getting a fresh feel from an artist makes you see that creativity is never-ending and all you have to do to make your own pieces is to actually start your own projects. Chris Labrooy is an artist from the UK and he's got an awesome set of 3D pieces. It's nice to see his use of textures... really well done! And gotta love his modeling on that plane. For more of his works, please visit his portfolio at Behance! He'll appreciate your visit. I hope you enjoy these! Cheers. ;)

Rad 3D Works by Toni Bratincevic

Computer graphics are on my list of things to learn sometime during my life simply because I find it amazing! Technology has come so far that it evolved from simple pixel art to astonishing 3d pieces. The people that come up with these are true artists! And these are the work of Toni Bratincevic, a super talented cg artist/designer. Of course these are only a handful of his fantastic work... for more of it, please visit his portfolio at CGSociety! He'll definitely enjoy your visits. Also, if you got your own 3d works, don't forget to share it with us! Have a great weekend, people. Cheers! ;)

Motion Design Inspiration by Fake Studio

Abduzeedo is a blog about things that inspire us, most of the time we post about graphic design, illustration, branding and web, however motion graphics is an area that always caught our attention. With that in mind we will start featuring more motion graphic work like the Fake Studio. Fake Studio motion design and 3D studio located in Barcelona and they have an incredible portfolio not only of beautiful work but also great clients. Names like Nissan, McDonalds and Puma are among the clients. Reel Opening | June In order to promote the release of our new website and the unveiling of our new reel we decided to build a few opening bumpers to present it. We've decided to make a few of them, so they'll be uploaded in a regular basis. For this one, we've been investigating lately about this shapes and the relations they can establish with real spaces. Reel Opening | June from Fake Studio on Vimeo. Fake FLOW Fake | F L O W from Fake Studio on Vimeo. Making New Worlds "In a quite subjective way, I wanted to capture the creative process, which we usually face when we have to envision a project and reach and execute a final idea. After all, and given my fondness/ loving for cooking, this piece emerges as the result of mixing choosed or imposed ingredients where you have to make them dance together, in order to get the tastiest dish ever made" Fake | Making new worlds from Fake Studio on Vimeo. Primavera Sound Primavera Sound 2011 from Fake Studio on Vimeo. Inditex Last spring we did this 4 sweet animations for the top european fashion brand Inditex as they wanted a clear and fresh way to show what their 4 main different work ambits are. After sharing a few ideas we come with the concept of everything starting from the initial words and transforming them in the developed and explained concepts that Inditex needed. Inditex from Fake Studio on Vimeo. McDonalds McDonalds | Singer from Fake Studio on Vimeo. Tachan ...work for Tachan.com, the pitch focus all the attention in the character development and the funny and ironic side of them. We add a few Ins & Outs to the whole process and at the end we get very proud of our creatures... Tachan | HD Version from Fake Studio on Vimeo. Puma & Gemma Mengual With a mixture of live action and 3d, Fake Studio directed the spanish commercial of the international PUMA Body Train campaign "Walk light, Walk Sexy". On this occasion, we’ve been working with Gemma Mengual. A pleasure shooting with the synchronized swimming champion. Walk Sexy! and Enjoy! Puma & Gemma Mengual from Fake Studio on Vimeo.

Case Study: 3D typography for TJH87 by Perttu Murto

Today for our tutorial/case study post of the week we bring an artwork created by our friend Perttu Murto, a graphic designer, art director and illustrator from Finland with more than 8 years of experience. Perttu also was featured on the Abduzeedo book. Illustration is made for finnish DJ group called TJH87 (http://www.tjh87.com). They wanted a stone 3D text with a mystic feeling to it. Illustration is made by Perttu Murto (http://www.perttumurto.com ) and Sami Kuronen (http://www.samikuronen.com ). First experiment Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Step 6 Step 7 Step 8 Step 9 Final Detail 1 Detail 2 For more information visit http://perttumurto.com/

Great Animation Work by Paulo Passaro

Paulo Passaro is an Brazilian animator who studied at UWE (Bristol, UK) but who also graduated in Advertising and Graphic Design. He's currently working at Lobo/Vetor, an amazing and very creative animation studio located in Sao Paulo, Brazil. I'm trying to find my way in this "nonsense" world in which we live. Here is some of my work that I hope you all enjoy. If you want to know more about me, you can follow me on twitter (@Paulo_Passaro) Latest Reel Latest Reel from Paulo Passaro on Vimeo. Some Works For more information visit http://cargocollective.com/paulopassaro/

Amazing 3D Drawings by Nagai Hideyuki

Nagai Hideyuki aka Hide is a 21 year old Japanese artists with tremendous drawing skills. The ability to turn simple pencil drawings into 3D is just amazing. It feels like the drawing is coming out of the notebook. Take a look at some of his work and enjoy the inspiration! For more from Nagai visit nagaihideyukiart.jimdo.com

Playing with 3D in Photoshop CS6

Photoshop CS6 has updated its 3D tool adding more features and making it easier to use and faster. We decided to play with some 3D using Photoshop to create a basic extrusion and then adding some old halftone style to it. So in this tutorial we will create a basic 3D effect using Photoshop and Illustrator. The whole process is very simple but it might take you up to 2 hours to go through the whole technique. Step 1 Open Illustrator and create a new document. Using the font Teutonic No1 DemiBold, you can download it here (http://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/Teutonic-No1), create your text. I added the text 3D in CS6. Notice that I connect the letters so there pretty much one big block. Step 2 Copy the text in Illustrator and then go to Photoshop. Paste the text there. Step 3 Time to add some 3D. With the new layer selected go to 3D>New 3D Extrusion from the Selected Layer. After go to Window>3D so you can see the 3D panel. Follow the images below for the 3D properties for the Scene, Object, Texture and Lighting. Step 4 Here is the 3D text you will have after applying the effects. Now it's time to render. Go to 3D>Render. Step 5 The 3D image will be render and you will get a much sharper result. The rendering might take a little long, so it's time to get some coffee :) Once is done duplicate this layer. We will use it in the future to create a mask. Step 6 Once the render is over you can rasterize the layer. After that go to Image>Mode>Greyscale. Then go again to Image>Mode>Bitmap. Select 300 Pixels/Inch for the output and Halftone Screen for the Method. Step 7 For the Halftone Screen properties use 30 for the Frequency, 45 for the Angle and LIne for the Shape. Step 8 This is the result of the Halftone. Go again to Image>Mode>RGB Color. Using the layer duplicated in the Step 5, create a marquee selection by holding Command and clicking on the thumb of the layer. The idea here is to hide the background with the halftone. We just need the 3D text and shadow. Step 9 Add a new layer and fill it with #303030 for the color. Step 10 Move the new layer so it's behind the 3D. Select the 3D layer and change the Blend Mode to Multiply. Step 11 Duplicate the layer and change the Blend Mode to Normal. Step 12 Go to Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Photo Filter. Use Deep Blue for the Filter at 50%. Step 13 Select all layers and duplicate them. After that merge the new layers into one and go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Use 10 pixels for the Radius. Conclusion Change the Blend Mode of the blurry layer to Overlay at 50% and the design will be done. The idea of this tutorial was to create a nice 3D effect using the new 3D interface in Photoshop CS6 and we found out that it has improved quite a lot since the previous version in terms of speed and ease to use. Download Files Click here to download the files used for this tutorial

Amazing 2d/3d Illustrations

Romeu & Julieta Studio is located in Porto Alegre, Brazil and has some of the most amazing 2d/3d illustrations I have ever seen. Super detailed work that looks so impressive it's jaw dropping, take a look and enjoy this great inspiration along with a nice case study. For more from Studio Romeo & Julieta visit portfolio.romeuejulieta.net Case CE Work done to the Domínio Público's agency from Minas Gerais/Brazil. The briefing was reproduce a full scene with the service of CaseCe, like the transforming of infrastructure that Brazil is passing to receive the World Cup of 2014. Level Design - Map RS Map of RS (Rio Grande do Sul) State Brasil Case Study

Logo Design: 3D Typography

We keep going through our weekly journey checking out great logos! We're thinking ahead and we want to find new topics, good ones, to share with you guys. Last week we had a great post about logos with swords, and today it's all about logos with 3D Typography! Every week we search through our favorite galleries: Logopond and Dribbble. Both are a great communities for designers everywhere. Also, if you you'd like to suggest ideas for the next subjects, please, tell me by sending me sending me a tweet: @paulogabriel. Cheers! ;)

Astonishing 3D Computer Graphics

As computers get faster and more powerful we get to see better 3D renderings. Artists who opt to make photo-realistic pieces get to achieve some unbelievable results, so unbelievable that it may look more realistic than a photograph, which is insane. During a visit to the amazing CGSociety I got to see some of the best 3d renderings out there. Truly a place where the best gather, and I felt the urge to show you some of the amazing pieces I saw there. These were done by fantastic artists, and for more of their astonishing work you may visit each portfolio by clicking the images. Don't forget to also check more great artists at CGSociety. It's totally worth the visit. Mariano Steiner Luc Bégin Guillermo Soria Tolgahan Güngör Toni Bratincevic Marek Denko Andrew Hickinbottom Meny Hilsenrad Guang Yang Christopher Brändström Arda Koyuncu Martin Nabelek Victor Hugo Queiroz Anderson Brüning Zbynek Kysela David Moratilla Amago Juan Siquier Dan Roarty Hanno Hagedorn Jin Hee Lee ZhiHeng Tang

Beautiful Neon Typography by Rizon Parein

We love light effects and neons, I believe everybody already knows that. We have posted a few tutorials on how to create light these effects and of course some neons. However when we saw the work of Rizon Parein with were completely blown away and had to post about it. Rizon Parein started in the early nineties as a graffiti writer with a strong passion for 3d letter styles. When quitted school at age of 17 he started with graphic design to make a living, the school of Hard Knocks. For more information about Rizon Parein, visit http://www.rizon.be/ While making mainly flyers for Belgiums nightlife scene he was able to experiment a lot with classic graphic design as well as 3d design. Eristoff Neon Campaign

Insurance Map Cover Remake by Fake Studio

Fake Studio worked with a few old maps covers made by The Sanborn Maps Co. edited at the beginning of the twelve century. They found those maps and fell in love with those type compositions so they decided to remake one of this old covers using 3D modern technics. Fake Studio is a design, illustration and motion graphics production company, located in Barcelona, Spain. Check out more of their work on http://www.fakestudio.tv Original Composition Process Final Composition Detail For more information visit http://www.fakestudio.tv/fake/

Amazing 3D Works by Mikael Eidenberg

Mikael Eidenberg a self taught Graphic designer and 3d artist from Sweden. Through the years he had the pleasure to work with agencies such as: Forsman & Bodenfors, DDB, King, Lowe Brindfors, Ogilvy, Akestam Holst, Scholtz & Friends & many others with both swedish and international brands. I truly enjoyed his 3D work, it's very detailed the lighting is just simply superb. For more information on Mikael Eidenberg, check out more of this work on MikaelEidenberg.se or follow him on Twitter @meidenberg. Video Video