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A Geometry a Day

A Geometry a Day

We see a lot of designers doing daily personal projects, like a letter a day, or a photo a day, however I love the idea of Isabella Conticello to work on a geometry a day. She simply explored basic shapes, simple colors to create a series of very cool designs. One thing that is really cool to see is her evolution in terms of trying to come up with something. I used to do a tutorial a week and did that for over 5 years, so I appreciate the commitment of these great designers. For more information about Isabella check out her Behance page

Abstract Shapes

Abstract Shapes

Sometimes we just need some simple things to inspire us, good imagery and basic shapes can create an intriguing contrast like the one that Oliver K accomplished with his project titled Weekly Project: Abstract Shapes. He mixed stock photos with some shapes in a very seamless way. Of course the images are also quite amazing. I have been posting a lot of editorial design and UI/UX, so for this post I tried to go a bit off the track and go back to some abstract composition. For more information about Oliver, check out https://www.behance.net/olly_k

Boxes

Boxes

Peter Tarka is a designer and illustrator from Warsaw, Poland. He has been featured in several digital publications, even listed at the Photoshop’s 25 Under 25. His talented is visible especially on projects like the Boxes, in which he mixes 3D, Photoshop and abstracted ideas to create quite inspiring artworks. For more information about Peter check out his Behance profile at https://www.behance.net/trk

Abstracts

Abstracts

I can't get enough of abstract artworks, especially those in isometric perspective with some nice 3D effects like the work that Jean-Michel Verbeeck created titled Abstracts. The color palette and the style is really inspiring and gave me some good ideas for a next tutorial. For more information about Jean-Michel check out http://www.konstruktiv.be/ Abstracts is a series of my random thoughts translated into abstract sculptures and compositions in an isometric environment.

Abstract 3D Artworks by Joey Camacho

Abstract 3D Artworks by Joey Camacho

From time to time we get to see an artwork that will really excite and amaze us by its quality and beauty. Joey Camacho, a Canadian designer, comes up with tons of top notch pieces of abstract 3D artworks. Every month he designs pieces like these below, full of color, amazing shapes and a lot of inspiration. These are way too good! It's amazing the variety of different pieces he gets to design... so diverse and cool! Here you can see just a handful of his artworks. For a ton more, please visit his portfolio at Behance! There you'll get to see more great amazing examples of fantastic abstract art. I hope you enjoy it! Cheers! ;)

Shape typeface by Jaroslav Hach

Shape typeface by Jaroslav Hach

Mixing typography with abstract art is quite an endeavor, but that was something that Jaroslav Hach decided to face and we think he nailed the challenge. The result is an intricate and exquisite set of letters that sometimes look like they are coming from an interstellar civilization. From his own words, Hach describes the font, Shape Typeface, as an abstract font composed of various shapes including spheres, cubes, rectangles and triangles. The best way to understand is to simply scroll through and see for yourself. Also make sure you check out Jaroslav's website at http://jaroslavhach.com/

Simple Form Artworks

Simple Form Artworks

One of my favorite painters and artists of all time is Piet Mondrian. He was an important contributor to the De Stijl art movement and some of his most iconic work is made of primary colors and simple forms like the infamous Composition with Yellow, Blue and Red. I love the simplicity of his work and typically any artwork that follows this style. Enter this post, inspired by the late, great Mondrian.

Abstract Typographic Experiments

Abstract Typographic Experiments

Anthony James put together a series of amazing abstract typographic experiments that are really inspiring. I am really motivated to play with some of the techniques explored, especially those combining several lines to create an object. Perhaps inspiration for a new tutorial on the way... A series of playful and sometimes abstract typographic experiments, simply created to practise various techniques (aren't entirely literal). For more information about Anthony check out his website at http://www.anthonyjamesart.com/

Everydays by Beeple

Everydays by Beeple

We love personal projects, you probably know that because we always say that, but it's true. It's really amazing to see what people do in their spare time or just for the purpose of learning and improving their skills. Today we feature some beautiful images created by Mike Winkelmann in July 2014. Mike has been creating one image per day for 7 years. I'm on my seventh consecutive year of "everydays" (haven't missed a day!) and this year is focusing on Cinema 4D, Octane Renderer, X-particles, etc. Mike Winkelmann, also known as Beeple, is a graphic designer from Appleton, Wisconsin, USA. His short films have screened at onedotzero, Prix Ars Electronica, the Sydney Biennale, Ann Arbor Film Festival and many others. He has also released a series of Creative Commons live visuals that have been used by electronic acts such as deadmau5, Taio Cruz, Tiësto, Amon Tobin, Wolfgang Gartner, Flying Lotus and many others. He currently releases work on Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder imprint. For more information visit http://www.beeple-crap.com/

Impossible Geometries

Impossible Geometries

Following our series of abstract inspiration posts we are featuring some very cool geometric artworks inspired by the Penrose Triangle and impossible geometries. I have always been a fan of this style and it will forever fascinate me how simple forms can fool our brains. The Abduzeedo logo is heavily inspired by this style as well.

Abstract Patterns

Abstract Patterns

Yesterday we featured a post about abstract photography of urban scenes. Today we will continue the series with a collection of abstract patterns from a wide variety of products. From simple artworks to real products, I found this as inspiration to come up with some new wallpaper designs. For you, I hope this post will aide in inspiring your own creative explorations.

Abstract Artwork in PIxelmator

Abstract Artwork in Pixelmator

This weekend I was waiting for my flight sitting at the airport with no internet and decided to create a new wallpaper for Abduzeedo. I started in Photoshop, but then I decided to play a little bit with Pixelmator. After 1 hour and lots of experimenting the final result looked really nice and that's what I want to share with you in this tutorial. So in this tutorial I will show you how to create an abstract image using Pixelmator. The process is super simple and it won't take more than 30 minutes for you to achieve the same result. Step 1 Open Pixelmator and create a new document, I am using 2880x1800 pixels for the dimensions. Step 2 Fill the background layer with black, and then add a new layer. Fill it with black as well and the go to the Effects Panel and select Light Leaks. Step 3 Select Nebula for the Light Leak. Step 4 Increase the size of the effect by moving the controllers Step 5 Back to the Effects panel, select the Tiles option. Then select Bug Eye. Move the center point up a little bit. You can also play with the values to change the preset the way you think will look better. Conclusion This technique is super simple but you can put together a really nice wallpaper, it works really well with photos and others colorful background colors. Now it's up to you, just experiment and have fun.

Real Life Models

Real Life Models

Nowadays, almost every photographer use graphics software to completer the picture, like many painters used a "original version" in the past. Some artists use pure imagination to paint their artworks, other may prefer to create art by using a real life model as reference for the anatomy. What if these abstract models were real people? These abstract models were created by Hungarian photographer Flora Borsi, for more from Flora visit behance.net/yayuniversal

Facet - Daily Image project by Justin Maller

Facet - Daily Image project by Justin Maller

Our friend Justin Maller started a really cool project this year, it's called Facet and it's quite a challenge because it's a daily image project. Justin will create a piece a day for 365 days. He has put together 25 already and as you can see in this post, they are simply awesome. FACET was born out of a desire to just play and experiment as I did when I first started making art. Over the decade plus I've been creating work, I had evolved to a place where I was obsessed with refining my pieces, pouring more and more hours in to them, tweaking and picking and murdering any chance of having any fun. I missed simply making something, enjoying the process and then releasing the result in to the world without losing my mind trying to perfect it. I made the first few with no real end game in sight, just for pleasure. I began to think I could create an exhibitions worth of material when my girlfriend Ting challenged me to make it a daily project for a full year. Perhaps unwisely, I accepted, and thus the quest for 365 began... For more information visit: http://facet.la/

Eye-catching Abstract Sketches

Eye-catching Abstract Sketches

We designers have a tendency to doodle on anything from sketchbooks to cocktail napkins. The most gratifying part of this exercise is when free form doodles turn into the beginning of an amazing illustration. What sometimes starts as a simple way to pass the time may turn into something abstract, intriguing or dare we say surrealistic. To illustrate this, we've handpicked a few groovy examples we stumbled upon and hope that these will inspire you to come up with some off the cuff sketches of your own. We'll keep an eye out. Equilibrium by MeRuxi In your Eye by lauraborealisis tunnel vision HI RES by ecks-i Right Hand June July 2007 by MetalDad56 Surreal mind by shinigami-el Convergence by Drecksen sketchbookiness 1 by wantonlemonade --VISIONS-- by Astral-Haze Vision by MeRuxi The Trap. by toto-2403 sunlionmandala by Arzamas

Abstract Photo Manipulation in Photoshop CS 6

The new promotional images for Photoshop CS6 are really amazing, they were created by Alberto Seveso, an incredible digital artist from Italy. Seveso has been pushing the limits of creativity and the use of Photoshop for a long time and we are great admirer of his work. Intrigued with artworks we decided to create something inspired by his work. It's amazing to see that such amazing images are most of the times done by simple techniques. This tutorial will show you how to achieve similar effect using Photoshop with Masks and Layer Effects. It's an intermediate tutorial but I am sure you will have so much fun doing as we did. Step 1 Open Photoshop and create a new document. I am using 2880x1800 pixels for mine After that let's use a photo of a beautiful girl. The one I am using is from YuriyZhuravov and it's title Beautiful smiling woman portrait on white background. Courtesy of Shutterstock. Step 2 Now let's create some brushes to use for our masking exercise. The images I am using to create the brushes are also courtesy of Shutterstock and this first one is called "inks in water, colorful abstraction" by ADA_photo. Step 3 Copy some parts of the previous image and paste in a new document. After that go to Edit>Define Brush. Add a name to your new brush and create a few more. Step 4 Here's the second one, simply do the same thing as the previous step. Step 5 Now using a different image, this one from NatUlrich called Ink in water. Isolated on white background. Again copy a few parts to create different brushes. I created 4 brushes for my image. Step 6 Select the image layer and group it so the image will be in a folder. Duplicate this folder a few times because we will need it as we move forward. Hide all new folders and keep only one visible. Select the visible folder and go to Layer>Layer Mask>Hide All. The image will be completely hidden. After that select the Brush Tool (B) and one of the brushes you created from the stock photos. Using white for the color, paint on top of the layer mask to make part of the girl visible. Step 7 Let's add some layer styles. I am using Inner Shadow, Inner Glow and Drop Shadow to create some depth for the different layers. You can see the values below. Step 8 Select one of the hidden folders and make it visible. Apply the same process as we did in the previous steps to add another layer of our abstract collage. Step 9 Add a new layer inside the folder and group this new layer as well. Change the Blend Mode to Color Burn. Select the layer again and change the opacity to 30%. Using the Brush Tool (B) with black for the color and a very soft brush, start painting a sort of shadow on the overlaping areas. The idea here is to add more depth and separate the parts a little bit more. Step 10 Add more parts by repeating the same process. Every new part you should use a new folder with the image and the color burn folder. Step 11 Use different brushes and different sizes to make the image more dynamic. Step 12 Here is the final version of my layers. Notice that there's always a shadow between layers and the bottom one is different than the others. Try to vary as much as you can to make the effect more real. Step 13 Select all layers and duplicate them. After that merge all new layers into one. Go to Filter>Blur>Iris Blur. The Iris Blur is pretty cool because we have a real time preview. So move the blur around until you get something like the image below. The goal is to blur the edges a little bit. Conclusion Duplicate the layer and apply change the Blend Mode to Soft Light at 70% Opacity. Also duplicate it again and apply a Gaussian Blur with 10 pixels Radius. Change the Blend Mode to Screen at 40% Opacity. In the end you can apply a Photo Filter as well to make the colors match a little bit more. Now you can try with different images, brushes and colors. Remember, the tutorials are more to illustrate the process, try to come up with your own images. Download Photoshop File Click here to download the Photoshop file used for this tutorial

Insane New Works of Rik Oostenbroek

After 3 years since his last update, Rik Oostenbroek finally is coming back with a new website with loads of incredible pieces. Currently based in Montreal, Qc, this digital artist and Illustrator originally from Netherlands surely knows how to work around the edges. In the following, you will see Rik's works at his best since 2009 and get ready to be amaze by a such a talented young artist. To find out more about Rik Oostenbroek, you can check out his website at RikOostenbroek.com and just follow him on Twitter @rikoostenbroek