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Case Study - Nice Shirt by Gustavo Sobral

We have already feature Gustavo Sobral here on Abduzeedo. Gustavo is an graphic designer and illustrator from Brazil with such a great talent in creating characters. But his work is much more than that, we can see posters, ads and some amazing illlustrations, but in this post we will show you a very cool Case Study sent to us by Gustavo showing his design process of the Nice Shirt character. I'm from Mogi-Mirin, São Paulo but now I'm based in Campinas-SP. I've been drawing since I was kid and now I'm taking Visual Arts at UNICAMP. Also I've been working as creative director for an agency called Ponto de Criação. Besides that I work as illustrator and have created some illustrations for companies such as Duracell, Ariel, Ace, UOL, Hipercard and Jeep..... I try to vary my style either in illustration or design, I think it's important because you will be able to fit with the market's necessities and not got stuck in a certain trend. As usual, we always recommend that you check out Gustavo Sobral portfolio at

Super Stylish Illustrations by Bruno83

There's one thing I'm pretty certain of: we'll never get to see all the cool illustrators that are out there... but we can try to! There are tons of guys like Bruno83, hidden to most of us, making super cool, stylish art! And I just to know that Abduzeedo has the duty to find them! Bruno83 makes some sweet art, illustration with an awesome old school, retro feel... giving his art a 70's, 80's kinda feel. I find it pretty awesome, but I just wonder why his account name in his DeviantART is Bruno83, and there are other signatures in his work. Maybe it's a studio, I don't know. Does anybody got this information for us? Aynways, I hope you all enjoy it, and seriously, you should visit his portfolio! You won't regret it. Cheers! ;)

Introducing Morning Breath Creative Studio

Morning Breath is a creative studio founded by Doug Cunningham and Jason Noto back in 2002. Their illustrations are inspired by their collective history and experiences in graffiti art, music packaging and skateboard design. They even were nominated for a Grammy Award for "best special music packing". I believe some cover design will be familiar to you. Where to find them on the web - website and portfolio Where to find them on the web - website and portfolio

Fantastic Set of Blue Illustrations

Fantastic Set of Blue Illustrations

Visiting showcase sites such as DeviantART, Behance, and others, it's great to see the great number of fantastic illustrations, from great artists. One thing I love to do, is to compare illustrations that are painted mainly with the same color. It makes an awesome set! So I went looking for blue illustrations, and found some pretty good! Last year we had a really awesome set of posts after colors. We had the blue week, the red week, the black week and so on. I wonder if you guys would like to see that once more. It's a great way to focus in a certain method or style. How would you like it? Anyways, I hope you all enjoy my selection! Here are some of the best I've found! Cheers. ;) Kyoung Hwan Kim Cuson Cuson Matabi Matabi Akutou-san Shel-yang Daniel Conway Daniel Conway Fabian Schlaga Charlie Bowater Bao Pham Wen-Xi Chen Cristiano Siqueira Artgerm Liester Min Hao Feng Klyph Ariokh

Interview with Legendary Drew Struzan

Interview with Legendary Drew Struzan

Back in the day, when we were kids, there was nothing we'd loved more than watching films that would fulfill our imagination with stories of distant worlds, brave heroes and the hope of a happy future. Movies like Star Wars, Indiana Jones and Back to the Future played big roles in our childhood and the identity of each one of these is carved in our minds: the spaceships from Star Wars, the adventures of Indy, the DeLorean from Back to the Future, the run after androids in Blade Runner, the heartwarming E.T.. It might all seem disconnected, but there's one thing that holds every one of these connected really tight: the art of Drew Struzan. Born in 1947, Drew really fought as an illustration to deliver a good life for his family. He fought a fight that would later be recognized and awarded through the success he obtained with his art. Success gained through the posters of the films earlier mentioned, along with Hook, Rambo, Goonies, Harry Potter, Hellboy, The Thing, between more than 150 others more. But as we could see, so much success didn't have any effect in the quality that most people lack: humility. Mr. Struzan gently answered this fun and really insightful interview, and it's a true honor for us sharing a little bit of his experience with all of you. Indiana Jones 1) First of all, I'd like to thank you very much for your kindness in answering these questions. We are big fans of your work, and it has has been pretty much a big part of our lives. It's incredible how the whole world has been in touch with your work, directly or indirectly. How does it feel to know that it has reached so many lives along the years? Paulo, thank YOU. Who am I that you should care about me? I am dumfounded by any attention to me or my work. I have always lived so quietly, minding my own business, being pretty much ignored. From childhood through adulthood the gift of talent that I have has not made me friends but quite the contrary, jealousy has left me to fend for myself in a rather lonely, vulnerable and confused state of mind. My best never seemed to be good enough. Now I know this is not unusual or even rare. You see, I am just a working man trying to make my way in life. Because of the lack of reward, recognition and struggle I know I am just one of you, we are all together. Actually, that’s true, good and right. I am with you, just doing my thing. Through no fault of my own, I wound up painting in the movie business. The posters I painted went around the globe, seen in most every place by millions, if not billions of people. It is said that the Star Wars Episode I poster, because it went round the world in every venue unchanged, that it became the most viewed piece of art of all time. This is no fault of mine. So here am I, the struggling, unappreciated artist, like most of us artists. Then one day this World Wide Web thing starts to connect me to people beyond my usual small circle. For the first time I begin to learn that not only are people seeing the work, they like it, are inspired by it, encouraged and their lives are made more beautiful because of it and they collect the stuff. I never knew before. How does it feel to know this? Might one think that this knowledge empowers me, gives me a glow, and makes me smarter than the average bear? I find I am happy to know that there is something I have done that has improved in whatever small degree others lives. I cannot think of anything more or better one simple man can do for another. That’s what my art, my work is for. Therein is its value. As for me, beyond being grateful to have had this opportunity, I go unchanged. Still, quite, withdrawn, simple… you know, the classic disassociated artist. "You see, I am just a working man trying to make my way in life. Because of the lack of reward, recognition and struggle I know I am just one of you, we are all together." Star Wars - Episode I 2) What brought you to start doing poster illustrations? How long did it take to start landing the big jobs? After achieving an education I tried to go to work. Not a gift, as struggle. Me and my family went years under the poverty level. I was working but it made little to no income. Eventually I landed a studio position as an illustrator. It proved to be just the thing. I worked every day making pictures but the difference was that my work was being seen, printed and distributed. That was the key. My work began to be recognized and clients began to inquire regarding me. Even the movie studios somehow caught wind of my work. When they began to call for me, not my pursuit, is when I began to get into the movie poster field. It was not the BIG break we are looking for. Just one small step for this man, one step at a time. Big job you say? Define a big job. A movie that turned heads? Well, it took seven years until one day I got a call to work on this new film called Star Wars. That proved to be the landing of a big job. Not in pay, not in recognition, but a step up to quality work and opportunity to keep going, doing more. For me, another days work, another day with food on the table, another day grateful to get to do what I love… make art. "For me, another days work, another day with food on the table, another day grateful to get to do what I love… make art." Star Wars - Revenge of the Sith 3) How do the ideas for the posters come about? Do they ask for specific things or do you have complete and total freedom? Yah, sure. The movie poster job is a job where those rich and powerful entities call me up and say, “We love you so much and respect you totally, please paint a poster for our movie. Anything you do will be just the greatest thing ever”. No way! You know the movie business is a co-operative affair. Of course they have their ideas for a poster. They meaning, the Studios, the director, the writer, the actors, the producers, the marketing firms, design studios… every one wants in, everyone has concepts and little ol’drew has to bring it all together to please all the bosses and their wives. It’s a simple job with only millions of dollars on the line. Sometimes they have direction for me. Sometimes we discuss options. Other times they know not what to do so I take the reigns. It is never the same from job to job; that’s what kept it interesting. In the end, it was me making everything come together in a living and exciting piece of art. That was my part of the input. "...everyone has concepts and little ol’drew has to bring it all together to please all the bosses and their wives." Back to the Future Trilogy 4) As an artist, what are your greatest influences? Who are your favorite artists? Do you know that the tax man doesn’t consider artists to be professionals; we are blue collar workers. The good part is that even they understand that for an artist, everything they do, because of their mind sets, relates to their art and is therefore Tax Deductible. Everything is an influence, an education and an inspiration. Everything is done for our art. Sometimes my great inspiration comes not from other art but from other thinking, ideas, and possibilities. Einstein’s theories inspire me, Hemingway’s writing, Lincoln’s self sacrifice, my wife’s love, my friend’s kindness, from hope, faith and promise. God’s righteous principles for living are my greatest motivation and give me my clearest direction. Truth is the goal. Artists? Every one of ‘em! I learn from every one. I learned to draw from Pontormo and Rubens. I compose with the understanding of Inges, Degas, Cezanne, El Greco… I pick out no one artist to be my favorite. Favorites kill creativity. Inspiration, understanding and motivation are what I get from them all. You know, on the shoulders of Giants! "I pick out no one artist to be my favorite. Favorites kill creativity. Inspiration, understanding and motivation are what I get from them all. You know, on the shoulders of Giants!" Big Trouble in Little China 5) Out of all the ones you did, which poster was the most fun to make? To a man with little memory for the past who’s mind dwells on the future, he asks me to remember from all the thousands of pieces and jobs I have done, the most fun one. That’s tuff. Sometimes it’s the art, what I believe is a successful piece, like Blade Runner. Sometimes it was the situation, working with my dear fiends like Frank Darabont or Guillermo del Toro. Sometimes it I was the freedom afforded me with Star Wars by George Lucas. Other times it was because it was a cool project like Hook because of Steven Spielberg. Amongst all the difficulty and turmoil of the business it was the place that dreams were made and it was a beautiful life for me, yes, fun. "Amongst all the difficulty and turmoil of the business it was the place that dreams were made and it was a beautiful life for me, yes, fun." Blade Runner 6) Have you ever tried using computers during the creative process, either to gather inspiration or to actually illustrate? Yes. There’s a lot of stuff out there to spur on the creative process and to inspire and the World Wide Web brings them all to hand. I often use the computer in the design process for a picture. It does alleviate a difficulty artist’s have always had. Historically when an artist makes a picture he has millions of choices to make. He has to choose one and hope it was the best choice. He can’t go backwards, only forward. If when he is finished he decides he would rather have had a blue picture rather than a red one, he has to begin a fresh painting. The computer allows the designing of a picture and with the touch of a button we can change colors, sizes and objects to see and compare our choices. It gives us the opportunity to choose. That’s something new. "God’s righteous principles for living are my greatest motivation and give me my clearest direction. Truth is the goal." Harry Potter 7) What's the greatest advantage to working solely on paper? Is there an advantage I haven’t been told about? If you think that is what I do then you’d be misinformed. I work on all kinds of surfaces with all kinds of mediums in inventive ways. If you are referring to most of my illustrations, there are a couple reasons for working on “paper” but they are not to the abandonment of other surfaces. Illustration board because it is readily available, ready at hand, easy to store and ship and relatively inexpensive. Also, paper is very stable and lasts a long, long, long time. And when paper is inappropriate to the art I will use canvas, linen, wood or the front of a door. "...when paper is inappropriate to the art I will use canvas, linen, wood or the front of a door." Hellboy 8) If you could give a single piece of advice to young, up-and-coming illustrators, what would it be? As Rodney Dangerfield said in the movie Back to School when giving the commencement address, “It’s tough out there. Stay at home and live with your parents”. If you have chosen to become an illustrator know that it is tough out here. Fame, fortune and power are no the rewards of an Artist / Illustrator. Do it for passion, for love, because it satisfies your soul and gives you meaning. If you do not eat, sleep and live the art, the wanting for something else will kill you. Want a little taste of what it takes? By way of helping one to see what it is really like, I have put together a DVD. I had shot the whole process of my conceiving, drawing and painting from beginning to finish the whole process of my making a painting for a movie poster. I explain every step, show what I did step by step and speak of what I am thinking as I am actually painting the artwork. The poster I was painting is the poster for Hellboy, commissioned by Guillermo del Toro himself. The DVD is nearly finished and will have a notice on my web site once the DVD is available. Maybe it will encourage or discourage the up-and-coming wan-a-bes. "If you do not eat, sleep and live the art, the wanting for something else will kill you." 9) Once more, thank you very much for sharing with us a little bit of your time. It's a really honor for us! We wish you all the best, and we really hope to see your work up and running for a very, very long time, so that the future generations get to experience a little bit of the magic that your work brings us. Thank you, Mr. Struzan! My goodness, thank you. I hope something of my gratitude to you, to the audience and to all those who are appreciative of the work comes through. I wish in these cases that I could explain myself with the ease that I am able to communicate with you when I paint. Bless you all… drew "As for me, beyond being grateful to have had this opportunity, I go unchanged. Still, quite, withdrawn, simple… you know, the classic disassociated artist." I couldn't finish this interview without posting along the video that inspired the name of this post. This is a interview with Drew Struzan some from some time ago, really worth watching. I couldn't have it embed, so please, watch it by clicking here: Legendary Poster Artist Drew Struzan. I hope you guys enjoy it.

Incredible Illustrations by Rubens LP

During my regular ventures through the thousands of good stuff on my Google Reader, one immediately caught my eye: Rubens LP. I instantly fell in love with Rubens' style. His use of lines, dots, and bright colors is different than anything I've ever seen. Rubens is a native from our home country of Brazil and the influence of the culture is pretty apparent in some of his pieces which makes me like him even more! ;) My name is Rubens and I'm a brazilian guy passionate for lines, dots, colours, drawings, candies, friendship, sunny days… Don't forget to check out Rubens' site and blog for more of his work! And let me know what you think via twitter or facebook :)

Case Study - Anna Anjos Illustration

Our last wallpaper of the week was a beautiful illustration created by Anna Anjos, now we have a case study, sent by Anna, showing us a little bit of her design process. We can see how she plays with elements and textures until the final outcome, which by the way, is fantastic. For more information and artworks, visit Anna's website at It's definitely worth it. Since her early days she preferred pencils and papers than conventional toys. Her first work was at age 10 where she had the opportunity to create the internal drawings of her mother's book. In 2006 she graduated as a graphic designer at Belas Artes/SP. Her interest for cinema developed yet at her academic period. She became researcher of the Scientific Initiation Program in Cinematographic Language and Video Design in 2005 which made possible the development of a more critical look towards the audio-visual media, researching the movie "Spider" (David Cronenberg, 2002). She worked as a colorist and designer at Fabrica de Quadrinhos and Hiperquimica, acting for many advertising agencies in Brazil.

Super Cool Illustrations by Julia Sonmi

Last night I stumbled upon the work of Madison-based designer and illustrator, Julia Sonmi Heglund. I really dug her use of color and detail so today I wanted to share with you guys some of her really cool illustrations. Julia is a designer and illustrator based in Madison, WI. She enjoys imagery that brings intrigue; whether it be through the mystical, the bizarre, or the grotesque. Graduating with a bachelor's degree in art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2006, Julia utilizes her roots in fine art with her interest in child-like styles, creating whimsical worlds with sublime elements to allure the viewer's mind. Don't forget to check out Julia's portfolio and let me know what you think via twitter or facebook!

Stylish Illustrations by Mopa Design Studio

Estudio Mopa is a creative design studio with 5 young artists based in Brazil. They say that they "believe in the good side of things". Since August 2006 they've been designing a good deal of wonderful colored illustrations Where to find them on the web: - Website with portfolio Where to find them on the web: - Website with portfolio

Amazing Retro-Futuristic Space Collection

Ever since I was a kid I've had this fascination for space. I remember growing up watching Star Trek episodes with my dad on those lazy Sunday afternoons. And of course not to mention all those really old so-bad-that-they're-good space movies. Oh, and Star Wars but that's a given ;) Following my sometimes nerdy fixation for space, I went on the lookout for all things retro-futuristic and found some really nice stuff. In this collection I've included some awesome pieces by Mark Weaver (one of my favorite designers), Drew Struzan (the great), Robert McCall (really nice NASA space art gallery) and many others so be sure to check out their portfolios after! And if you're as much of a space nerd as I am, I want to hear from you! Yes, you there.... watching your Star Trek re-runs, playing with your Chewbacca action figure, let me know I'm not alone via twitter or facebook :)

Fantastic Illustrations by Pacman23

Francisco Perez is a graphic artist and illustrator from Miami, Florida. Also known as Pacman23, Francisco has an incredible portfolio with beautiful illustrations, some very photorealistic while others more cartoonish. I especially like his work for Virgin Atlantic. We have already posted about Pacman23 and featured some of his artworks on the Daily Inspiration, however he's got some amazing new pieces and we decided to feature him again. For more information visit his website or Behance Profile. It's really worth it.

30+ Great Pieces of Vintage Illustration

It's great to see how much art goes around. Cool stuff back then keeps inspiring people today to make cool pieces of modern design. We've seen lots of great modern vintage pieces, but here are some real vintage illustrations for your delight! Checking these, I totally understand why it still inspires people around the world. The style, the colors, the lines, everything in perfect harmony to build such great pieces. Anyways, I really hope you enjoy these! Cheers. ;)

Super Stylish Constructivist Art

Among all the art schools, one of the most bad-asses is definitely the Constructivism. Spread worldwide by Soviet propaganda, it features lots of straight lines, few colors, and it feels really powerful. Lately, indie bands started using constructivist inspiration for its identities. One of the most famous one, is Franz Ferdinand, followed by some others. Constructivism is an awesome source of inspiration, since anything will look good in it. Take any band, make a constructivist poster, and you got yourself a sweet piece of design. So I went looking for not only band stuff, but everything constructivism, and found a bunch of super stylish stuff, which I share here with you guys. You should really visit each author's page for more of these bad boys. I hope you enjoy these. Cheers! ;) Robert Carter Marcelo Moreno EvilFrogo WhenJokersAttack Julian Dicken Petine Gabriel Escobar Gabriel Escobar Joel Nilsen Joel Nilsen Joel Nilsen Marcela Torres Mauro Toledo Mauro Toledo Bubblink Studio Téo Brito Téo Brito Téo Brito Téo Brito Téo Brito Ricky-Lee Richards Sajith Jayaweera VagrantKnight-G Chris Mark Paul Sizer Andreas Hille Rohleder Paulo Gabriel (that's me)

Amazing Old West Illustrations

I was watching the Back to the Future Trilogy the other day, and was amazed (again), by the story telling, and by its production. It's amazing how they managed to make such a great trilogy in such a short time, and I wonder the "quantity" of inspiration they had to get in order to make things happen. In one of the movies (I gotta say this, in case you haven't seen it... what is an absurd), Doc and Marty go back to America's Old West, in 1885 more precisely, and we get to see a beautiful photography, great costume design and all that. A really good work, so good that I wondered if it was easy to get western inspiration in the web, so I went looking for it, and did found some good stuff, and I share it with you guys. I really hope you enjoy these, and don't forget to visit each artists portfolio! Cheers. ;) Pencil by Leinil Francis Yu, Colors by Dave McCaig Kelsey (Roboworks) Kelsey (Roboworks) Justin Stearns Nicole Cardiff Jeremy Mohler Hyptosis Tyler Edlin Robert Carter Robert Carter Cam Ocanom Marcel (MarschelArts) Ric Chamberlin MrMonday Mariella Villalobos Pencils by Keu Cha, Colors by BlondTheColorist elpinoy Eduardo Ferigato Derek Dow

30 Stunning Graffiti Style Illustrations by Filipe Aguiar

During my daily visit to DeviantART, I was completely blown away when I ran into the work of Filipe Aguiar. I truly love illustrations, and I'm becoming very fond of graffiti, an awesome style... and Filipe's work is all about graffiti and graffiti style illustrations. Filipe's style is totally stunning, illustrating like someone would make a graffiti. Absolutely awesome... and I just had to share his work with you guys. I bet everyone will dig it! And there's a bunch more work at his portfolio and crew's website, so you should really check it out! It's really worth it. Cheers!! ;)

Retro Illustrations by Patrick Leger

Last night I came across the work of North Carolina native, Patrick Leger. Patrick's portfolio is filled with retro styled illustrations that I absolutely loved so I decided to share some with you today. Hope you guys enjoy these as much as I did, and don't forget to check out Patrick's portfolio for a more extensive collection of his work. You can also send me your feedback/suggestions on facebook or twitter!

Awesome Illustrations of Kakashi Sensei

Some time ago we had a cool post on illustrations of Naruto, and I was thinking what other character from the series deserved a whole post, and the one I thought right away was Kakashi Sensei. I know that some might find it ubber geek, but I still can't get enough of it. The story is pretty tight, the characters have much to tell, and the action is intense. If you haven't seen it yet, you should do watch it. It's addictive. Anyways, I hope you guys enjoy my selection, and leave comments telling us what other characters from Naruto or from the comics/games world you'd like to see a dedicated post! Don't forget to visit the artists' folios! Cheers. ;) Hiruka00 GPilot musechan spirapride nJoo Faiz Lippi S. Swiat Nekoni Son Andrea Corley shiretoko borammy mujia liao pinkuz Brian CoKorea Qinni celor Alvin Wong CY silvertea Davey vashperado