Mark Ryden is a great painter and one of the most celebrated artists of the Pop Surrealism movement. His pieces are stunting, expressive and they transmit a good feeling. His work takes us to a kind of parallel world, almost a deja vu. Ryden studied illustration and graduated at the Art Center College of Design, in Pasadena, in 1987. Upon first glance Ryden’s work seems to mirror the Surrealists’ fascination with the subconscious and collective memories. However, Ryden transcends the initial Surrealists’ strategies by consciously choosing subject matter loaded with cultural connotation. His dewy vixens, cuddly plush pets, alchemical symbols, religious emblems, primordial landscapes and slabs of meat challenge his audience not necessarily with their own oddity but with the introduction of their soothing cultural familiarity into unsettling circumstances. Viewers are initially drawn in by the comforting beauty of Ryden’s pop-culture references, then challenged by their circumstances, and finally transported to the artist’s final intent – a world where creatures speak from a place of childlike honesty about the state of mankind and our relationships with ourselves, each other and our past. Find more about Mark Ryden and his work online at markryden.com. I really loved his pieces, specially Rose (the first one at this list), which I saw at a tv show once and tried to find it for a long period with no success. This image was in my head for months... but then this week I was browsing around and found it... so I decided to show this and other great pieces from this very talented artist! Enjoy the paintings...
HelloVon is the studio established in 2006 by the 29 years old London based illustrator and artist Von. We will show here some great illustrations from his impressive portfolio. Von has already worked for clients like American Express, Nike, Penguin, Havana Club, Habitat, Playboy, Rolling Stone and many others. Utilizing a seamless blend of traditional and digital mark making techniques Von has accrued an international client list, been featured in numerous publications across the globe and has exhibited in such prestigious venues as The London Design Museum. Influenced by nature and popular culture and able to flawlessly walk the line between surrealism and documentary portraiture his artwork is both detailed and abstract, capturing a mood in what appears to be a fleeting moment in time. You can also check out other pieces from Von at his flickr page. His work is pretty unique and interesting, so I hope you enjoy the images we will show here!! Typography And a video
As our previous 85 Great Tattoos as Art and Inspiration post was a big hit and we received several comments about it from our readers, we decided to do a sequence of it! The difference is that for this one we pick some samples of the work from the artists and studios that the readers suggested at the last post. As we received a huge amount of suggestions we will have to brake them to be able to show all of it to you... so here goes the part 2 of the 85 Great Tattoos as Art and Inspiration. Hope you like it!! Click at the images or at the artists/studios name to visit their website! And thanks for all the comments and suggestions... Enjoy! :) Eddy Deutsche Tattoo getmooretattoos - Steve Moore Grimemonster HBomb.ca Tattoos Heidi Hay Tattoo Studio Heidi Hay Niki Hyperspace Studio Guy Aitchison Michele Wortman Ignition Tattoo Jamie Nikko Ronnie Jason Vaughn Tattoos and Artworks Kamil Tattoos King Carlos Tattoo Calle Maria Jolly Jonny Mordenti Tattoo Nick Baxter Paul Booth's Last Rites Tattoo Theatre VIMBY - Tattoo Artist Paul Booth Robert Hernandez Tattoos Sabine Gaffron Tattoo Saira Hunjan The Leu Family's Iron Filip Leu Uncle Allan Valerie Vargas Tattoo Yellow Blaze Tattoo Studio Shige
Wikipedia says that posters are any piece of printed paper designed to be attached to a wall or vertical surface. Very interesting concept! And what about vintage posters? I don't have the exact concept for it, but I would simply say that they are pure art. Vintage posters appeared around 1880 and developed it's style and fame during the following decade, until 1890, where vintage posters were already a hit. From 1906 on they were very appreciated and noted from every art lover. Since the 40's they are collections pieces and main subject of work for several galleries around the world. Vintage posters are just beautiful! Even considering that they were designed years ago, we still think they are full of style and beauty. As I really like this kind of art I decided to make this selection to share with you some really beautiful vintage posters. You will see here several types of vintage posters, some ads, film posters, traveling publicity and so on. Hope you like them!! Click at the images to visit the source where we found them!
Patrick Gunderson is a designer, programmer and artist living and working in Los Angeles. He creates complex projects involving a combination of aesthetic and technical elements, using both sides of the brain (as per Patrick's words). He specializes in digital interactive mediums, but his traditional analog work reflects the sentiment of his digital work, taking apparent chaos and adding a sense of order. Through his education in fine arts, to his experience scripting animation and logic, he is now a Senior Designer for NFL.com and has also some great pieces that we are very glad to show here for your. One of our readers, Demian Luis Villanueva, suggested a post about Patrick's work and when I started browsing around his pieces to compose the article, I felt in love right away. The colors, shades, creativity, softness and chaos surrounding his work gives us a very good impression. Patrick is specialized in pixels, but is also known for making pretty things in the analog world, so he can transit in both analog and digital world easily. Here we will show his great pieces done in adobe flash. They are all amazing... so for sure you will like it!! "There are two goals to the artwork that I am currently producing. First is the process. The challenge of composing images and code that create sprawling abstractions with multiple levels of detail excites and inspires me by itself. I am especially interested in the use of generative and emergent processes combined with traditional composition of color and line. Second is the emotional aspect of the work, which I liken to classical music. The thing that makes classical music great is its ability to invoke a subconscious feeling in the listener, even though they haven't been exposed any sort of back-story. There is a deep emotional reaction on a level beyond the surface of conscious thought, in a spiritual place where narrative is less important than raw feeling, where rhythm and harmony speak to the soul. This is the place I am most interested in touching with these works." Find more about Patrick Gunderson and his work online at: Personal Website Flickr Page "Sometimes I look at these and I can't believe they are made by mechanical means." Patrick Gunderson I really recommend you to check out more of his work! Enjoy! :) Self Portrait
As I promised at The Stunning Work of Chris McVeigh post, here I'm featuring an interview and also a photography showcase to show you a bit more about Chris and his art. As I mentioned before, I really liked his work and creativity, so I'm pretty sure you will also like to know more about this artist. As at the first post we focused on Chris's "toy photos", at this one we will focus on his beautiful and colorful photography. I really liked his perspective, his way of picturing scenes... He captures regular things with a whole different vision that you will be able to check out with the selection we've put together here, along with the interview!! Find more about Chris McVeigh and his work online at: Personal Website Flickr Page So, enjoy the images and the interview! :) When did you discover your artistic vein? I think I've always been creative. This is probably a result of my grandmother's careful nurturing; she encouraged me to draw and paint at a very early age. As I grew up I took on more complicated projects that included sprawling Lego cities and elaborate dioramas for my Star Wars figures. And in my senior year of high school I produced a weekly newsletter using a very, very early page layout application on my Apple IIgs. How did you start working with design e photography? As I mentioned above, I started using page layout applications relatively early (i.e., 1989) and my interest in design flowed from that experience. My first contracted job came in 1990, when I produced a calendar for the local School Board. This led to the creation of posters, signage and price lists for my campus computer store when I was at university (I was *NEVER* satisfied with Times Roman or Helvetica!) The story of how I went from creating signs for a computer store to contributing artwork for Microsoft ad campaigns is long and complicated, so I'll be succinct: In 1991 I created another paper newsletter, this time about Apple. I gave it away at the store I worked at, and a number of people suggested I put the newsletter into a digital format and distribute it online. This garnered the attention of a number of key people and segued into many different jobs: web designer, contributing editor, illustrator, and even animator. At some point, a close contact started working at the ad agency MRM Gould (now part of McCann Erickson). He brought me on board for several small projects, and I apparently did a good enough job that they would come back to me again and again. You can see some of the projects I worked on at http://www.powerpig.ca. I got a very, very late start with photography—just two years ago! I never thought I had any capacity to be a photographer and so never pursued it. However, at the encouraging of a friend (the same friend who got me started with the ad agency), I bought a digital SLR on March of 2007. It didn't take long before I realized that I could apply the same principles of design to photography, and moreover, photography was also a much faster and more forgiving process. How did you improve your work and technique? Trial and error, persistence and just a dash of obsessive-compulsiveness. I'm never satisfied with anything, so I keep pushing myself to do better. I'm entirely self-taught when it comes to both design, photography and even applications like Photoshop; I've found this the best way to wrap your head about technologies. I know that you are also a technical writer, tell us more about that. I've always had a capacity to write as well as illustrate, stemming as far back as grade school. My first independent effort was the newsletter I produced for my high school, called BHS This Week. My next major project was an Apple-focused e-zine (this is in the days before the Internet) called MacSense. Eventually I moved to macHOME (now defunct), which I contributed to in some capacity for almost eight years. I've not done much technical writing since that time, aside from writing iPhone app reviews for MacLife.com. What do you like most on your job? And what would you say you don't like about it? I love that I get to work from home, and that I can work as much or as little as I like. I also love that I can work without someone looking over my shoulder all the time. That said, I'm very goal driven and I feel an incredible sense of satisfaction when I've completed a major project or produced a well-received photo. What are the softwares and hardwares you use to produce your art? What would you like to have in the perfect equipment or software to produce your work? At the moment, I use a new 24" iMac with 4GB RAM/640HD. As far as photography goes, my workflow includes iPhoto for photo management and Adobe Photoshop CS4 for editing. (I have avoided Aperture/Lightroom simply because I almost always end up processing my pictures in Photoshop.) On the design side of things, I still use and love Freehand MX. (I will move to Illustrator CS4 at some point, kicking and screaming no doubt!) Other applications in my workflow include Fireworks, Flash, and of course, Photoshop. I think I pretty much have everything I need to produce my work, though I am waiting for a perfect display technology to come along. My eyes are sensitive enough that I can easily see minor variations in luminosity, contrast and color temperature across most modern displays. Hopefully, OLED (when it is finally mass-produced in reasonable sizes) will be able to overcome these flaws. What is your main inspiration source? I am not sure I can single out one central source of inspiration. I just find great satisfaction in being creative, especially if my creativity can also entertain a crowd. I think it helps that I don't take myself too seriously. Which are your goals and future plans for your career? I'm hoping I can capitalize on the momentum I have with my toy and chipmunk pics and become more involved with commercial photography. Overall, I just want to enjoy myself, and if I can do that and get paid for it, all the better! Once again, thanks for the interview Chris. And to finalize, do you have any advises to the upcoming artists? Thank you Gisele. My advise would be: do what you love and the money will follow. Old cliché, I know, but it's absolutely true. :D
Nathan Sawaya is a New York-based artist who creates very nice pieces using some unlikely things, mostly LEGO bricks. Sawaya has some portraits, logos, large and small sculptures ... all made of bricks. As you will see here, his work is very amazing since he puts together lots of bricks to form very nice and unique work. He is currently touring North American museums in a show titled The Art of the Brick, an exhibition focused exclusively on LEGO as a way of art. "Sawaya is a surrealist mash-up of forms and artists. Imagine Frank Lloyd Wright crossed with Ray Harryhausen, or Auguste Rodin crossed with Shigeru Miyamoto, and you start to get a sense of where Sawaya is coming from". Scott Jones I bumped into his work when I was reading a local newspaper and they mentioned his work and the touring. As I really liked the one piece I saw I decided to search more about the artist and his pieces. I really think that this kind of art is impressive not only because of it's looks but also because of the whole process of putting together a huge amount of bricks to form a great final piece. The artist must be not only creative but also very patience to do that. Who as a kid didn't try do create cool stuff out of LEGO? For sure our tries were not this good, maybe only for our moms. ;) Find more about Nathan Sawaya and his work online at: The Art of the Brick Behance Click at the images to visit Sawaya's page and check out more about each piece. Enjoy!! :)
Christian Petersen, aka mone, is a 33 years old web designer from Hamburg, Germany which has a degree in Communication, Media Design specifically. Christian has been practicing graffiti since he was 18 and he likes to create characters at walls, canvas or with clay. He got in touch with Abduzeedo to present us the M1-Design website, his portfolio. As we really like to feature our reader's work here and his pieces are really cool, we asked him for a selection of his work to present here. So Christian sent us some images, since his website is all flash based, and here we are showing them to you. Make sure you visit his portfolio to check out the complete work from this artist because it's really worth it, the website is pretty beautiful and it was also designed by Chris. I really liked all his color combinations, humor and style! Hope you enjoy! :)
Today I received an email with some pretty funny food arts and decided to search for some samples of it to share here with you so we can relax for a while after a long day!! It's always pretty nice to check out the creativity and ability that some artist have to turn some fruits and vegetables into comic art. I know that some images are not that great (quality of images) but even tough they are pretty interesting, creative and funny, so I hope you like them! :) To visit the source of the images just click on them! ;) Enjoy!
I think we have already mentioned this but the best thing on blogging about design is that you are always discovering new things and of course, new incredible designers and digital artits. Jason Thielke is one of them, with amazing style mixing very different techniques such as painting, Laser etch, acrylic transfer and and others, Jason creates a very original and of course inspiring pieces. Jason Thielke's art focuses on urban landscapes and their inhabitants. A strong emotional connection to the built environment and its inevitable rise and fall provide the foundation for his work. Thielke's aesthetic encompasses both contemporary and traditional techniques much like modern architecture; his process of drawing, composing, and transferring images mirrors the planning, deconstruction and reconstruction phases of urban gentrification. The architectural style in his work is applied to his interpretation of the human form, which comfortably contrasts hard lines with soft features and mixed emotions. Thielke often parallels this theme with the resurgence of American figurative painting. Thielke earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the Northern Illinois University School of Art and has held solo exhibitions in Denver, Portland and Seattle. For more information visit Jason's website at: http://www.jasonthielke.com/
I was doing my regular research online when I bumped into some great pieces of 3D art at deviantART and decided to do this post! Let me tell you that as I'm kinda of new here I was pretty impressed with the type of work you can produce using nothing but a computer, creativity and talent. ;) Some pieces also evolve character modeling, which I also think pretty interesting. Here I will show some great samples I found from 3D art on deviantART and Flickr. Most of the pieces here were produced using 3D studio max, photoshop, rhino, v-ray, lightwave and other softwares of this type. So, check it out and enjoy! DjDrako - deviantART Sha-X-doW - deviantART Jesar - deviantART weilynn - deviantART Mironor - deviantART Kutsche - deviantART Bodnar - deviantART Almacan - deviantART Zjic - deviantART dizbat - deviantART johnstrieder - deviantART mmarti - deviantART ethan - deviantART habibityn - deviantART pushOK-12 - deviantART arrghman - deviantART sevenblah - deviantART CanisLoopus - deviantART alexalvarez - deviantART dunnodt - deviantART Kazeki - deviantART sandrum - deviantART Jorshma - deviantART bakka - deviantART DivineError - deviantART imjan - Flickr 3D Animation - Flickr CAMEL007 - Flickr cyberchaos - Flickr LuciFerAngel - Flickr Steven Stahlberg
This post is about one of our readers work! Ezequiel, aka Pelonoide, is 22 years old, lives in Buenos Aires - Argentina and have a great talent with illustration, character design, which by the way he loves to do, animation and graphic design, which he is starting. Due to his fascination for character modeling and animation, Ezequiel is studding Multimedia Design and learning a lot about 3D and motion graphic since that is what he wants to do in the future. Ezequiel has already worked in a few marketing agencies doing web design and for the past year he was working for Electronic Arts in the US and UK as an UI Designer for two of their games, which he mention as an very exciting experience. Check out further works and information about him at Behance and Flickr. He is also working in a personal website that is coming soon. Enjoy! 2D Characters Sketches Patterns Typography & Graphic Design Digital Work, Traditional Painting and General Stuff Submission for Abduzeedo's T-contest
In Part Two of my Comics and Graphic Novels inspiration articles, I will be looking at the caped crusader, Batman. Arguably the most famous superhero without super powers, "he makes use of intellect, detective skills, science and technology, wealth, physical prowess, and intimidation in his war on crime" (Wikipedia, 2008). Our second look at comics and graphic novels takes us to the most enigmatic hero of them all: Batman. With the amazing success of Superman (see Part One), DC Comics requested more characters for their titles, and artists Bob Kane and Bill Finger came up with the Bat-Man. Originally intended to wear a domino mask, Finger suggested using a cowl instead of a simple domino mask, a cape instead of wings, and gloves, and removing the red sections from the original costume. With the disguise complete, now the task was to think of alter ego's alter ego. The name Bruce Wayne was devised from the Scottish patriot, Robert the Bruce and former American army general Anthony Wayne. Much of the inspiration for Batman's look and personality came from the films of that time, including The Mark of Zorro, The Bat Whispers and older characters such as Doc Savage, The Shadow and Sherlock Holmes, for his master detective skills. From then on, Batman's adventures began, starting with The Case of the Chemical Syndicate in the Dark Knight's debut in Detective Comics #27 (May 1939). As the issues rolled on, Batman's character grew and grew with every new villain, but with the war in full flow, DC Comics decided to alter the dark and bleak atmosphere of Gotham City and change it to that of a "bright and colorful" environment, where Batman became the commendable "father" of Gotham. By the 1960s, Batman's popularity had begun to wane dramatically, thanks in part to the lack of interest in the genre. In order to regain fans, massive changes were made, including the yellow background added to the Batman logo, the removal of characters such as Batwoman, Bat-Mite, Ace and butler Alfred and a redesign of the Batmobile. In 1966, the well-known Batman TV series was released, starring Adam West as Bruce Wayne/Batman. The show was in initial success, with Batman comic sales of nearly 900,000. However, the camp undertone of the show began to wear thin on fans and it was eventually cancelled in 1968. The 70s saw a return to the Gothic feel of Batman, but this wasn't enough, and by 1985, sales had reached an all-time low. It wasn't until a year later that Batman became reinvigorated, thanks to the famous comic book mini-series Batman: The Dark Knight Returns. With Batman now 50, and witnessing the death of second Robin, Jason Todd, the hero decided to retire his cape and turn to drinking. Without Batman, Gotham became a Dystopia, with crime rife and overwhelming. According to Wikipedia, Bruce retook the mantle of Batman after he encountered a group of gangs known as the Mutants in the alley where his parents were murdered. A new Robin was introduced, name Carrie Kelly. The change of characters and darker feel of Batman had fans buying the comics once more. This was then perpetuated with the Crisis on Infinite Earths series, redefining the origins of the Caped Crusader and one-shot comic Batman: The Killing Joke, starring infamous villain The Joker. Coupled with Tim Burton's Batman film in 1989, Batman had become popular once again, and the fame hasn't waned since. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, 1986 Batman: Knightfall, when Bane breaks Batman's back, leaving Azrael to take the role of Batman. Azrael as Batman Without Frank Miller's mini-series, there would be no Batman Begins, and certainly no Dark Knight movies. Batman is one of the few superheroes people can feel especially close to, having lost his parents at a young age, and seeking vengenance, with nothing but his own body and mind, as he possessed no superhuman powers. People may also draw parallels with the change in character between the solemn Batman and the flamboyant billionaire playboy Bruce Wayne, seemingly a two-faced character, but made so as to detract any kind of suspicion of a familiarity between the two identities. With the dark undertone of Batman comes some of the best designs, which tie in very well with the popular grunge designs of today. And who could forget the Joker, Batman's long term counterpart. Some may say one could no longer exist without the other, something I tend to agree with, especially if you've watched the movies. Related sites http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batman http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0468569/ http://www.batmantas.com/ http://www.dccomics.com/sites/batman/ http://www2.warnerbros.com/batmanbegins/
Im asking myself why so few women do graphic design? Most of the great artists are male. But this MistyWisp proofs: Women also kick asses in digital arts. Here's compilation of my favourite fractal-art-artworks from her. She does not have a website but a nice and full packed Deviant-Accout
Thanks to Paulo's post, it jogged my memory about what exactly inspires me to design. Being an enormous Michael Jackson fan myself, I've used his influence in pop culture in a lot of my work, particularly in my Art GCSE (which I got a well deserved A in), and also my smooth dance moves (see ). But over the past year or so, it's been another artist and his band that have encompassed my work's inspiration and one of their songs even gave me my tag. Jamiroquai. Like the creation of Epoch, Jamiroquai got together after the lead singer, Jay Kay, wasn't picked for lead singer of another band, some may know as the Brand New Heavies. With the rejection came a "if you can't join them, beat them" philosophy and so he started his own band and the rest is history. Jamiroquai, and Jay Kay himself, can be recognised by a number of different things. Firstly, when the name of the band is mentioned, the first thing that may spring to some peoples' minds is Buffalo Man, the band's mascot. Drawn by Jay Kay himself, he has appeared on all but two album cover (A Funk Odyssey and Dynamite), and was the sole image on their first album, Emergency On Planet Earth. If you don't think of Buffalo Man when you hear the word Jamiroquai or the name Jay Kay, then you might have thought about Jay Kay's array of hats. I myself have taken upon his custom to wear hats wherever he goes, although I don't have anywhere near the same number he possess, nor to I have any of the styles. At first, Jay Kay's mother had been known to make his hats, but more recently Jay has been designing them himself and has used a number of different people to make them for him. Or perhaps it's their videos, and there's one Jamiroquai video everyone remembers, and that of course is Virtual Insanity. Or maybe Space Cowboy. But if none of those remind you of Jamiroquai, there's only one thing left: the album covers. The source of many designers inspiration, album covers truly capture the feel of the music inside the circular pieces of plastic, or vinyl, depending on the conissieur. Here are a few. Anyone who has seen or follows my deviantART will have noticed quite a few of my pieces are named after Jamiroquai songs, and my tag, Starchild, is named after a track from their Dynamite album. For me, they are my all time favourite band, and a great inspiration in graphic design. Jamiroquai related sites: http://www.jamiroquai.co.uk/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jamiroquai http://funkin.com/ http://www.jamiroquaimusic.com/ http://www.recordstore.co.uk/jamiroquai/ http://www.myspace.com/jamiroquai
Since the beginning of the blog we’ve featured designers and artists from all around the globe; including Brazil, the country where I was born and live. Even though we had some Brazilian artists, no one featured was from my state or even my city, until today. In this post I will feature a really talented artist from Porto Alegre. He goes by Bruno 9Li. You probably have seen or read something about him. His work is really unique and stylish, as he said, inspired by life experiences in different parts of the world. Bruno 9Li's inspirations come from daily life experiences of the diverse population of its residents (European, Japanese and Latin American descent) as well as his search for life's meaning through spirituality, alchemy and cultural symbolisms. He often speaks of "all being one," and is deeply aware of the unity of people, animals and nature itself. 9Li creates works of art that share this vision with his audience through epic encounters of natural and supernatural beings. These encounters, depending on the viewer, can be seen as mythic morality tales of the past, or a keen foretelling of the future. These days Bruno lives in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and he’s had exhibited his work in tons of cities, including the Transfer, that was where I saw one of his pieces. For more information I really recommend you visit his website at http://www.bruno9li.com/. There are some fantastic pieces of art; and videos as well. Bruno 9li - The Premium Side of Brasil Works Editor: David Parrott
Lowpop, or Ringot Baptiste, is a 25 year-old graphic designer from France, and I had the pleasure of interviewing him for Abduzeedo. Thanks for the opportunity of having you here. I really like your work. So, tell me a bit of how did you start and discover that you wanted be a designer? Well, it's been a long road to get there... I screwed up school, was kind of a lost and violent teenager, and also passionate by street art, and photography. i was taking my lessons in sort of graffiti fonts, and always stealing the teachers markers and else ( i apologize for that, really :p ). And then i stopped school, and stopped the whole thing too. I started to play guitar, several hours a day, and when i had my first serious rock band, from the first hours i wanted to participate to the visual stuffs. And it's how it came back. I had my computer ( an old crappy shit ), a photoshop 7.0 version, and later bought a digital camera. And i spent nights, trying to learn on my own the rules of design, what to do, what NOT to do, why this font works better or not.. And it took me a long long time, i wasn't aware of the tutorials or else. And anyway, never really liked to learn with " lessons " , i always think it's better to learn everything on your own, even if it's quite longer... It's like in music, you study everything you hear, you swallow it, slowly digest it, but when it comes out , it's your own shit. And from the day i realized i was spending much more time on photoshop or any other design softs than on my guitar, i thought " that's what you wanna do ". How do you come up with those amazing ideas and effects? Tips on how to create those effects? Wow. That's quite of a good question i never asked myself. The fact is : I'm kind of a tortured mind, every second of every minute there's something in my head, something i'm thinking about, worrying about, forgetting about... So it's a complete mess in my head. Hard to handle sometimes. And my ideas come the same way. I've never been in the street thinking " hey ! i'm gonna take a pandabear and a beautiful lady, put a yellow background and some of this some of that " In my way of thinking it's a bit restricting. And i know i have a bad way of work : i just open a new empty photoshop document, seek the internet for elements, and go. But it's the way it works for me. Even if, thanks to my friend Kawo, i tend to change this way of working, for a more professional way. So my ideas come from everywhere and nowhere at the same time, from my mind or from the street, anything.. And tips to create effects ? Damn, i don't know, try everything in your softwares, even things that would make you think " no way, it can't work " and you'll see, sometimes, it works great. And never stop to watch nature, everything is in nature, it's one of the design rule i prefer. Tell us a bit of your career? Favorite project you worked on? Toughest project? My career is so so new ! i've started to work in july for wonderful people i met when i moved on Lille ( North of France ), still thanks to my friend kawo. I kinda have to get my ideas straighter, more accurate, more focused. 'Cause it's a fresh new world for me, and i have to make my place in it. So i can't say i have a big career for the moment, but it's cool this way, i need things to go quietly at the beginning. And two weeks ago, i became creative director for Epoch, a brand new collective that will, i hope, make some noise !!! My favorite project is the one at the moment, i work with a band called Skip The Use, they're one of the greatest bands i've seen, and i have to design every visual piece for them, it's a real pleasure. And it's also the toughest one, i want something perfect for them, and it takes time ! And, advertising time, i'm available for any commissions ! Who are the designers you like and inspire you? And what sites do you visit, or what do you do to get inspiration? Damn, there are so many... Since i've discovered how internet can bring talents to your door, i can't stop watching folios and sites... I'm a huge huge Fan of Takeshi (TKSH), this guy is just so brilliant, and his style begins to be simpler and simpler, i love it... I wanted to drop his name particularly 'cause that's one of the first that made me say " wow ". There's also Neil Duerden, who is just a f**kin master in what he does. All his pieces are just perfect. Craig Shields is a killer, Nelson Balaban due to his age makes you feel washed up.. And there are so many... I have books, magazines, plenty of those, full of talents and inspiring things, there's no limit.. Even your friend who just caught photoshop on the internet and destroyed a picture can be inspiring.. For the sites i visit : plenty of blogs, i have discovered abduzeedo a year ago, and still visit it, DeviantArt is a huge huge community.. it's a no end list, i also visit fashion sites, photographers folio, EVERYTHING related ( or not ) to what i like.. Tell us about the apps you use? How long have you been using them? Well well well... I use photoshop a lot, it's really the main tool. Even if i use illustrator on the side, or even Cinema 4D sometimes, it's always to import elements in a photoshop documents. I feel more comfy this way. And i bought myself a huge huge amount of paintings, pencils, papers, cissors, from all sorts, that i wanna use soon. I love the idea of shutting down everything, go at a desk, and draw, paint, cut, anything. But i don't take time for that.. Soon, i hope. It's been two years i use photoshop, one for illustrator ( learned it at school, very useful tool ). And i also know Indesign well, and Quark Xpress too. And i'm working on After Effects when i have time, cause it's really fun to make your things move ! ( but.. Being good at AE is a full time work... ) What about your hardware? I mainly work on a 17" laptop cause i often have to move, but it's powerful enough for everything i need. Well... almost... But i also have a PC with the good old windows XP on it, i think i'm gonna leave it only if it dies cause it works well. And if i have to buy something soon, it's gonna be a 24" imac. This thing is incredible, and the screen is outstanding. I'm not a huge geek in computers, but i guess what i use is enough. Again, thanks for the opportunity of talking to you. One last question: Any advice for designers out there, who, like me are willing to improve their skills and become a master? You're welcome. I'm nobody in the world of design for the moment, so it's a great chance for me to be interviewed here... And so thanks to you ! And i'm still a padawan in design, so i guess the best advice i could give is " listen to the advices of the masters ! " haha ;o) Lowpop can be found at: http://www.myspace.com/iamlowpop http://epochdesigns.co.uk/forums