Pawel Janczarek aka Subgrafik is an outstanding freelance illustrator from Poland, his style is a mix of illustrations and typography which makes each piece very interesting to enjoy. Check out some of these posters and fire up your inspiration. For more from Subgrafik visit - Flickr
A few days ago I went to the movies with Amanda (@amlight) to watch Inception, the new Christopher Nolan movie. I left the movie theater completely blown away. The story is simply amazing and the director leaves us confused all the time, especially in the end. Anyway I'm not here to talk about the movie, but instead about how it inspired me to get on Photoshop and try something. Then I saw the posters of the movie and boom, there it was, a really cool effect to create a tutorial about :) So in this tutorial I will show you how to create the effect of one of the Inception posters, the one with the word Inception made of buildings on an aerial photo of a city. To create this effect we will use the new 3D tool in Photoshop CS 5 called Repousse and an aerial photo from Pixelcase (http://www.pixelcase.com.au/). I hope you enjoy the tutorial and I highly recommend that you go to the movies to watch Inception, it's fantastic.... btw in the end it is all a.... :) Step 1 Open Photoshop and create a new document. I'm using a Letter format with 72DPI only for this tutorial, but I suggest that you do at least 300DPI. Make sure the background is black too. Step 2 In order to recreate the poster I needed to find the right image. After searching on stock photos sites I didn't find any image that had the same birds eye view. Then I tweeted about it and @janinetoro sent the link to Pixelacase. Pixelcase simply has the most amazing aerial photos ever. So I sent an email to them asking permission to use one of the images in this tutorial. They were kind enough and allowed me to do that :) With the image I wanted, I placed it in my design. Step 3 With the Horizontal Type Tool (T) I add the text DREAM using Futura Condensed for the font. I also stretched the word a little bit so the letters would have sort of match the size of the blocks in the photo. Then just rotate the text to match the photo as well. Step 4 With the text selected go to 3D>Repousse. Use the default preset but change the Depth to 2.4. Step 5 Go to Window>3D to show the 3D panel in Photoshop. Click on the DREAM object and then select the DREAM Extrusion Material to change the material of the extrusion. We will use some windows for it. To do that click on the little folder next to the Diffuse Color and select New Texture. After that click on the icon again and choose edit texture to open it in a new document. Step 6 This is an image of a building I found on Google Images and placed on the texture file. After that I just saved it and Photoshop automatically updated the original design with withe windows. Step 7 Do the same thing for the Bump, use the same image but convert it to black and white and increase the contrast. Save it and change the Bump to 8. Step 8 For both the Difuse and Bump, click on the texture icon and select Texture Properties. Use 8 for the U Scale and 2 for the V Scale. Step 9 Here is the design you got so far. Step 10 Duplicate the city photo layer and rearrange it so it will be on top of the other layers. Then create a marquee selection of the top of the 3D object, the word DREAM. Go to Layer>Layer Mask>Reveall Selection. Step 11 Go to Layer>Layer Style>Stroke. Use 1 for the Size and 25% for the Opacity. Step 12 Select Inner Glow and use Multiply for the Blend Mode, 100% for the Opacity, 30% for the Choke and 5 pixels for the Size. Step 13 As you can see now, we have the buildings with the windows on their sides and the top is the original one from the aerial photo. However it is still not looking very clear. Step 14 Select the aerial photo that is beneath the other layers and go to Layer>Layer Mask>Reveal All. Then with the Brush Tool (B) and a very soft brush (0 Hardness) with black for the color, start painting the areas beneath the word to delete the city so we sort of isolate the DREAM word as real buildings. You can also create a vignette effect by painting the corners of the layer. Step 15 In order to render the 3D object for the final design, go to the 3D panel and select the Scene, then, over Render Settings, change the Quality to Ray Traced Final. The render process might take some time, like minutes I think, but it depends on the machine you have, so wait until it's done. Step 16 Select the layer on top of the others and then go to Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Hue and Saturation. Mark Colorize and then for the Hue use 200, for the Saturation 40 and keep 0 for the Lightness. Conclusion You can add another Adjustment Layer, to increase the brightness and contrast, but the process is finished. I also tweaked the lights a little bit trying to match the photo. The technique is quite simple and you can use it with different images. If you have a photo with more resolution and more closer to the roof tops you can work a little bit more to make it even more real. I am waiting for a hi-res image from http://www.pixelcase.com.au/ so I can create my poster and play a little bit more with this concept, however one thing is pretty clear, this is the right type of effect in which Repousse is perfect for, you can create a 3D text effect pretty quickly and without having to use another app. Download the Photoshop File Click here to download the Photoshop file used for this tutorial
José Luiz Benicio or simply Benicio, as he is well-known, is an Brazilian illustrator from Rio Pardo, Rio Grande do Sul. Benicio started his carreer when he was 16 at Clarin Publicidade, that was in 1953. After that he moved to Rio de Janeiro where he joined Maccann Erickon Publicidade working for big names such as Coca-cola. Benicio became really popular in the movies industry in which he design over 300 posters, especially in the 70's. Besides posters Benicio has a series of Pin-ups, pocket-books and other sorts of illustration projects. In his site you can take a better look at his work, even though it's in portugues I'm sure it won't be a problem because the images speak for themselves :) In this post we have selected a few of the Benicio's illustratins, for more information about him and the complete portfolio visit http://www.benicioilustrador.com.br/ Pin-ups Posters About the Author Fernando Falcão is a designer from São Paulo, Brasil. Fernando has been collecting Brazilian movie posters for a quite long time. You can find more information about him at his Personal Website.
When it comes to graphic design, there are few pieces that I really love to do. One of them is posters! I actually don't know why I like it so much, but every time I find some posters pieces in the web I really appreciate it! Ruben Córdoba Schwaneberg makes some amazing posters. I really like the "3D" feel in these, because if you look at these carefully, you'll see some red and blues displaced above the images. I really like it... it makes these pieces pop out! What you think about it? For more of Ruben's work you may visit his portfolio at Behance! I hope you all enjoy these. Cheers! ;)
Back in 2007 I was in a design event with Fabiano Meneghetti, my business partner at Zee, and Thiago Bizarro, an old friend of mine, and we started talking about organizing a design event. During this conversation we came up with this crazy idea of creating a battle of designers in which they would compete against one another in a sort of fight style. It was heavily inspired by the Bloodsport movie starring Jean-Claude Van Damme. Now after 3 years this event will finally happen and I had to create an artwork for the poster of the event, and that is what I want to share with you. So in this tutorial I will show you how I created the poster of the Photoshop Battle event using Illustrator. The idea behind it was that it would have to have that sort of old boxing posters style using only text and basic shapes like rectangles and stars. During the process I ended up adding some extra elements, martial arts fighters, in order to give that cheesy look that I was looking for :) Before the tutorial however let's watch the trailer of the Bloodsport movie, just to get in the mood to create the poster. If you are in Porto Alegre, or even if you want to participate of the Photoshop Battle event, visit the site for more information: http://www.battleofphotoshop.com.br/ Step 1 Open Illustrator and create a new document, the size I used was A3. After that using the Rectangle Tool (M) create a rectangle with the size of the canvas. Fill the rectangle with a dark brown (#383434). Step 2 Apply a stroke for to the brown rectangle, for the color use white and for the size use 30 pt. Step 3 Start placing the logo, in my case the Abduzeedo logo using white for the color. All the objects we will add will be in white. Step 4 With the Rectangle Tool (M) add 2 rectangles one on the top of the other but the one at the top with half of the height. Also make the space between them very small. Step 5 In order to add some martial arts feeling to the design I imported a vector file with a karate fighter doing a kicking move. The file is courtesy of Shutterstock and you can find it here . Using only one of the two fighters place one on the left thand duplicate it and go to Object>Reflect. Choose Vertical for the Axis. Move the second fighter to the right. Step 6 With the Type Tool (T) add the text "Presents", I used Georgia Italic for the font. After that with the Rectangle Tool (M) create a brown rectangle and postion in between the text and the 2 rectangles. Select all elements and align them with the Horizontal Align Center option. Step 7 With the Type Tool (T) add another text, this time the word "Photoshop" using Helvetica Neue Light for the font. For the size, resize it until it is the same width as the double white lines. Step 8 Again with the Type Tool (T) add the word Battle, this time using Helvetica Neue Bold for the font. The size will be proportinal to the width of the rectangles. Step 9 Apply a stroke to the Battle text. I used 5 pts in white. Step 10 Go to Type>Create Outlines in order to convert the editable text to objects so you will be able to edit the points and move each characters independently. The first thing to do is connect them so, move the E until it connects with the L, the same with the Ts with the A and L, but in the case of the T and A you will have to use the Direct Selection Tool (A) to move the vertices of the top right part of the T to connect with the A. Step 11 Using another vector file of a fighter, you can find it here, place it in the middle of the A. Use the same brown as the background. You also can see that the B and A are connected, to do that use the Pen Tool (P) and create an object to connect them. Step 12 Select the objects of the battle word and the fighter and group them. Move this group down a little bit. Select the Star Tool and create one start. Place it on the left between the words Photoshop and Battle. After that duplicate it and move it to the other side. Step 13 With the Blend Tool (W) click in one star then on the other one to create a blend object. With the blend object selected just double click on the icon of the Blend Tool to open the Blend Options. Use Specified Steps for the Spacing and 14 for the number of Steps. Step 14 Again with the Rectangle Tool (M) create a line below the word Battle, then duplicate this line by dragging it down holding the Alt key. Step 15 Between the two lines create another blend objects made out of starts, this time use smaller stars. Also, go select the two lines and the blend object of stars and go to Window>Align to open the aling options. Select the Vertical Distribute Space over the Distribute Spacing Options. Step 16 Now let's add some cheesy text to describe the event, the text I'm using is the text that was in the poster of the Bloodsport movie with Jean-Claude Van Damme from the late 80's. The movie is a classic of the action movies and it was about this fighter that went to a secret martial arts contest called Kumite. For the font I used the same as the Presents word, Georgia Italic, but with a much smaller size. Step 17 Duplicate one of the lines that we created on the step 14 and move it to below the text. Again with the Vertical Distribute Space option organize your composition so the vertical space among ojects are uniform. Step 18 Importa a paper texture and place it on top of the other layers. After that go to Window>Transparency. Change the mode from Normal to Multiply. The texture I'm using is from Shutterstock and you can find it here. Step 19 Let's add another texture, this time I used a texture from Shutterstock called Grunge Texture Background, you can find it here. Place it on top of the other layers and once again, over the Transparency option, change it from Normal to Multiply. Conclusion Group the objects and align them in the center of the poster. You can make some adjustments like in the spacing among object or some object sizes, but the composition is done. As you could see it was done using just rectangles with text and the Blend Tool to create the set of starts. The most important thing here in my opinion was the idea of the composition because the process of creating it was pretty easy. Download the Illustrator File Click here to download the Illustrator file used for this tutorial.
Mariano García Cruz is an art director, graphic designer and illustrator from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria but current based in Barcelona, Spain. His work is full of colors and with a style mixing vector illustrations with drawings, like we see on the PingPongShop Poster. You can find out more about Mariano at his website at (http://www.marianogarciacruz.com/) or over at his Behance profile (http://www.behance.net/marianogarciacruz). Both sites are full of great and inspiring work, it's definitely worth checking it out Poster PingPongShop LPseexpresa Pumuky Kahja This illustration was made for a collective expo where photographer Maria Laura Benavente invited a series of illustrators to work with a series of her photos. I made a tribute to 90s hip hop music. The girl wears Notorious BIG bandana, the jacket from Nas, The Chains of Beastie Boys, a smith & wessum gun, the timberlands and a little doggy, the lolipop is the sweet touch ! Ml&co La bici te lleva por el buen camino d[x]i :: Fast Food Thank You Rodriguez
Brasilia Prima is a design studio from Buenos Aires, Argentina. They are celebrating their 5th anniversary which coincides with the 50th anniversary of Brasilia, the capital of Brazil. Because of that they created this really cool project called "Brasilia Dice 50. Poster Design !", where they selected 50 posters with Brasilia as the subject. We have also posted about the Brasilia 50th anniversary a few weeks ago but just to give you a little background: In 1956, Juscelino Kubitschek - the president back then - started a plan to build a new city for Brazil's government. With the goal to plan and execute the construction were Oscar Niemeyer, the mind who would give forms and curves to official buildings, and Lucio Costa, the man with the 'airplane shape' urbanist plan. And incredibly, in only 4 years, the city was inaugurated. Many buildings were only skeletons, but the candangos (name of the first inhabitants of the new city), were celebrating the new political city in Brazil. Now let's take a look at some posters from the "Brasilia Dice 50. Poster Design !". For more information and to see all the posters visit http://www.brasiliaprima.com.ar/brasiliadice50.html DHNN / Argentina / www.dhnn.com.ar Espacio Cabina / Argentina / www.espaciocabina.com.ar Estudio Almacen /Argentina / www.estudioalmacen.com Juan Carlos Pagan / USA / www.jcpagan.com Leonardo Prause / Brazil / cargocollective.com/leonardoprause Marit / UK / www.marit.co.ukprojects/509258/1369171273690651.jpg Milkxhake / China / www.milkxhake.org Nat Fillipini / Argentina / http://www.natfilippini.com.ar Official Classic / Hungary / www.officialclassic.com Owen Gildersleeve / UK / www.eveningtweed.com Pixel Junglist / Ukraine / www.behance.net/pixel_junglist Pixelgarten / Germany / www.pixelgarten.de Samantha Kocking / USA / www.behance.net/SamanthaKocking Sawdust / UK / www.madebysawdust.co.uk David Maruchniak / Argentina / soyunobsesivo.tumblr.com Studio Makgill / UK / http://www.studiomakgill.com This is you / Italy / www.thisisyou.info Tiago Bernardes / Brazil / www.behance.net/bodimn SViDesign / UK / http://www.svidesign.com Via Brasilia Prima.
After two weeks running the Abduzeedo Poster Giveaway we are proud to announce the lucky winners of the 6 posters, courtesy of our friends over at UPrinting. We also would like to thank you all for the comments and great poster suggestions, we will post about them very soon. The poster is 24x36 inches in semi-gloss paper with the new Abduzeedo symbol. Winners Brian O'Meara Curtis Gaudet Amy timmittim Alexandre D'Agostin Oliver Edwards About UPrinting UPrinting offers a wide variety of products that range from business cards to envelope printing. This means that whether you are a small business owner looking to expand your market with flyer printing or a proud parent looking to create holiday greeting cards or postcards from a photo of your kids, we can help you by offering quality discount printing and online design help. For photographers and photo enthusiasts, we offer a full line of large format printing products including canvas printing, poster printing and window clings. For marketers, we offer mailing services, letterhead printing. brochures and door hangers. For more information on our products, please link to the following pages: UPrinting - http://www.uprinting.com/ Poster Printing - http://www.uprinting.com/Poster-printing.html * Free shipping valid in the US only.
Last week I received my posters from UPrinting.com and they look amazing. The quality of the print is really impressive. So I talked with them and we decided to give away 6 posters, yes, I said 6 posters to you guys. The poster is 24x36 inches in semi-gloss paper with the new Abduzeedo symbol. To participate is super simple, just leave a comment saying sharing with us a link to a poster design you like. We will announce the winner in 2 weeks. About UPrinting UPrinting offers a wide variety of products that range from business cards to envelope printing. This means that whether you are a small business owner looking to expand your market with flyer printing or a proud parent looking to create holiday greeting cards or postcards from a photo of your kids, we can help you by offering quality discount printing and online design help. For photographers and photo enthusiasts, we offer a full line of large format printing products including canvas printing, poster printing and window clings. For marketers, we offer mailing services, letterhead printing. brochures and door hangers. For more information on our products, please link to the following pages: UPrinting - http://www.uprinting.com/ Poster Printing - http://www.uprinting.com/Poster-printing.html * Free shipping valid in the US only.
Richard Perez is a graphic designer and illustrator located in San Francisco originally hailing from the suburbs of LA. His love for graphic design started through old album covers and film posters and developing a passion to make stuff as a youngster. Now he makes designs of his own like this great selection of posters you about to see. If you want more information about his work, are interested in working together, collaborating or just want to strike up some random conversation, he can be reached at info(at)skinnyships.com or visit skinnyships.com Death Cab For Cutie 18 x 24 in, three color screen-print Gig poster for Death Cab For Cutie's concert at UC Berkeley during their summer 2009 tour with Andrew Bird and Ra Ra Riot. 2001: A Space Odyssey 13 x 19 in, two color screen-print Typographic poster for Stanley Kubrick's science fiction masterpiece. The famous quote is not included in the final version of the film but appears in Arthur C. Clakre's original book. The em dash that breaks the phrase represents the ever present monolith. The poster is set in Futura Extra Bold, (Kubrick's typeface of choice) and printed with glow in the dark ink, so the star field only becomes visual in the darkness of space. Bust this Freestyle Set of 12 x 18 in, two color screen-prints 13 Set of 13, 11 x 17 in Objective: Create a poster a week that visually communicates a word for that week. At the end of thirteen weeks collect the series into a self-promotional package. Description: An exploration into the context, interpretations and narratives that we associate with words; the series of posters cover a wide range both stylistically and how they communicate each word. While some are simple visual interpretations (i.e. a swan for "elegance") others are more indirect in their interpretation and have a more lengthy back story (i.e. the poster for "strive," a photograph my broken arm in a cast and the date it broke, as metaphor for striving during trying situations.) 45rpm Series 11 x 17 Series of typographic posters inspired by seminal post punk, New Wave and electronic 45rpm releases of the 70s and 80s. Hope Over Fear 11 x 18 in, two color screenprint Poster submission for designersforobama.org "We are choosing hope over fear. We are choosing unity over division and sending a powerful message that change is coming to America" Barack Obama - Jan 3, 2008 The Shins 12 x 18 in, two color screen-print Unused gig poster for The Shins; two colors with concert information on removable sticker. The End 18 x 24 in, one color screen-print Designed to raise awareness about sustainable product design, the mailable The End poster features a typographic mishmash of discarded products on one side and a narrative on how our use and misuse of products is contributing to excessive landfill. Drink Up 13 x 19 in Poster created for fictitious alcoholic beverage Mon Compagnon, roughly translated "my companion." Styled after the work of European poster artists of the 20s and 30s. Things I Like No.2456 11 x 14 in, five color screen-print Self-promotional poster of some of my favorite things, five colors with hand stamped number.
If you like the old school design apart from the latest technologies that we have now days, this post will truly inspire you. It's amazing to see how good these poster designs are knowing that most of them are 100 years old. Check them out! Bayerischer Ski (1923) | Artist : Engelhard Winter in Bayern (1905) | Artist : Erich Erler (German, 1870-1946) Berwang-Tyrol (1940) | Artist : Werbung Spaten Bräu München (c.1920) | Artist : Ludwig Hohlwein (Germany 1874-1949) Winter sports equipment (1907) | Artist : Martin Lehmann-Steglitz The war in word & image (1915) | Julius Klinger (1876 – 1942) Torpedo Typwriter (1926) | Artist : Ludwig Hohlwein (Germany 1874-1949) Wintergarten Variety Theater (1902) | Artist: Maurice Biais (1875 - 1926) Munich Carnival (1938) | Artist : Koli Dutch Art Exhibition in Krefeld (1903) | Artist : Johann Thorn-Prikker (1868-1932) Ludwig Hohlwein Anniversary Exhibition (1934) | Artist : Franz Hinklein Great Exhibition Munich (1954) | Artist : Ernst Klinger (1900 - 1962) TV shows Munich (1954) | Artist : Ernst Klinger (1900 - 1962) Geneva International Motor Exhibition (1930) | Artist : Noel Fontanet (1898 - 1982) VIS Motorcycle (1924) | Artist : Julius Ussy Engelhard (1883 - 1964) Huy Motorcycle (1926) | Artist : Josef Franz Huber MOTOR COUNTER (1932) | Artist : OTTO BAUMBERGER (1889-1961) Pneusan, tube defects impossible! (1920´s) | Artist : Rudolf Bayerl & Willy Herzig (Viena) International Automobile & motorcycle exhibition, Vienna (1930) | Artist : Hermann Kosel Telephonic transmission of the Munich Opera (1930) | Artist : LUDWIG HOHLWEIN (1874 - 1949) Restaurant City of Vienna, Munich (1915) | Artist : Max Schwarzer (Germany 1882-1955) Cottage-Bar (1913) | Artist : Franz Griessler (Austria 1897 - 1970) Carnival at the Odeon Casino, Munich (1938) | Artist : Julius Ussy Engelhard (1883 - 1964) Carnival in Wintergarten (1926) | Artist : Hermann Keimel (1889 - 1948 ) To Gallop, Carnival Festival in Munich (1935) | Artist : Lehmann, Martin und Walter Sarrasani Maria Cafelmayer Clothing for Women, Munich (1927) | Artist : J.KIRSCHNER
Paul Tebbott, also known as Horizon Fire, is a self-taught graphic designer and electronic musician. His graphic work is so amazing with a unique style and great flow throughout each piece. Check it out. To check out more of his works visit his website www.paultebbott.com and his Flickr Gallery. To check out his music which is awesome, take a look at his Myspace
It's the end of the year and for the last tutorial of 2009 I will show you how to create a poster inspired by the amazing work of Simon Page, especially those beautiful posters for the International Year of Astronomy. I created this design first for the Abduzeedo 3rd Anniversary poster but I changed it a little bit for this Photoshop tutorial. So I will show you how to create a minimalistic design in Photoshop playing with stock photos, blend modes and filters. We will also use a paper texture to give a nice retro feel to our design. Step 1 Open Photoshop and create a new document. I'm using for this tutorial 900x1440 pixels for the size. Fill the background layer with black and then go to Edit>Transform>Scale. Resize the background layer like the image below. Step 2 Go to Layer>Layer Style>Color Overlay. Select brown for the color, the one I used is #37281e Step 3 After the Color Overlay, select Stroke. Use 4 pixels for the Size, Inside for the Position, Color Dodge for the Blend Mode and White for the Color. Step 4 Add another layer beneath the brown layer and fill it with beige, the one I used is #edd3aa. Step 5 Let's import a photo of a ladder. The one I used is courtesy of Shutterstock and you can get it at http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-39923698/stock-photo-ladder-leading-up-… Step 6 Select the image layer and go to Image>Adjustments>Hue and Saturation. Reduce the Hue to -170 and leave the other values the same. Step 7 Still with the image layer selected go to Image>Adjustments>Levels. Increase the black input to 87, the middle input to 0.93. Also for the Output Leves use 0 and 130. Step 8 Go to Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Hue and Saturation. This adjustment layer has to be on top of the other layers, the ladder and the background. Increase the Lightness to 12. Step 9 Let's use another stock image, this time of a starfield with a nebula. The one I used is courtesy of Shutterstock and you can get it at http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-1611518/stock-photo-space-heart.html Step 10 With the Polygonal Lasso Tool (L) create a marquee selection of the yellow sky. After that with the stars image selected go to Layer>Layer Mask>Reveal Selection. Step 11 Go to Image>Adjustments>Hue and Saturation. Reduce the Hue to 30, the Saturation to 30 and increase the Lightness to 13. Also select Colorize. Use the image below for reference. Step 12 Now let's add some text. I added 2010 using Helvetica Neue Bold, 107pt using brown (9e7539) for the color. Below the 2010 I added "Happy New Year" using Helvetica Neue Light, 33pt with the same brown. At the bottom of the page I added a quote by Paulo Coelho using Helvetica Neue Regular, 16pt. Use the image below for reference. Step 13 Add a new layer on top of the others and fill it with white. Then go to Filter>Render>Lighting Effects. For the Style select RGB lights and leave the other values the same. Step 14 Go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Use 120 pixels for the Radius. Step 15 Reduce the Opacity of the layer to 30% and also go to Edit>Transform>Rotate. Rotate the image so the red will be at the bottom. After that go to Image>Adjustments>Levels. Increase the Black input to 70. Step 16 Let's use another stock photo, now a paper texture. Once again the one I used was courtesy of Shutterstock and can be found at http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-20845342/stock-photo-old-yellow-paper-b… Step 17 Change the Blend Mode of the paper texture to Multiply. This layer will be on top of the others. Step 18 Go again to Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Hue and Saturation. This adjustment layer will be on top of the other layers. Reduce the Saturation to -32 and increase the Lightness to +28. Conclusion In this tutorial we played only with Blend Modes, masks, and basic filters. The idea was to create something minimalistic but beautiful and with a retro feel. It'll also make for a really cool New Year's card! We, here at Abduzeedo, wish you all a Happy New Year! 2009 was super awesome and we've learned a lot from you guys. Thanks a lot for the great year and let's make this next one even better! Download the Photoshop File Click here to download the Photoshop file used for this tutorial
Have you ever stopped to think about where we are in the universe? I mean, among all the planets and stars we are like a tiny little grain of sand, don't you think? That is what The International Year of Astronomy 2009 is all about, and to celebrate this event a great artist called Simon Page created five beautiful posters inspired by the 60's and 70's. Now the best part, we're giving away two of these beautiful posters, yeah I said 2. Simon is a designer from UK who loves typography and illustration. From his posters we can see how he mixes them together with a very good selection of colors to create very striking designs. All of them with, of course, that retro look and feel. I'm waiting for my poster as well and looking forward to seeing hanging on my wall. "I initially designed these as self-promotional works but word gets around and last week I received an email from the IYA 09 that they thought the posters were great and would like to use them for their promotional work - this was awesome and I of course said yes." Simon Page About the IYA2009 The International Year of Astronomy 2009 is a global effort initiated by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) and UNESCO to help the citizens of the world rediscover their place in the Universe through the day- and night-time sky, and thereby engage a personal sense of wonder and discovery. Oficial Site Paper Quality The prints are on museum-quality paper that meet strict industry standards. The paper is internally buffered to resist fading and acid-free to eliminate any degradation. The inks have a very high pigment density, which allows for the sharpest possible image, perfect reflection of light and the widest range of printable colour. The pigment also resists water, light, and gas for superior archiving properties. THE GIVEAWAY We're givingaway 2 poster for our readers! Just drop us a comment telling what poster do you like the most. Next week will be publishing the winners! Good luck guys! But if you don't want to wait to know if you will be one of the winners, please check his site out and buy yours right now! All of them are available to buy! All Posters
Invisible Creature are the two brother Don and Ryan who design lots of awesome stuff like posters, cd covers & shirts are this weeks interview on Abduzeedo. They made their dream become true and founded a design studio, which is extremely successful. It's an honour to have the 3-time Grammy-nominated Duo here. 1. First of all we would like to thank you for taking the time to provide abduzeedo.com with this interview. Please tell us more about your art and design background and what made you become an artist and designer? I co-own Invisible Creature with my brother, Ryan. We have a little studio on the top of Queen Anne hill in Seattle and have been doing this "professionally" for around 10 years. Our grandfather was an illustrator at NASA for almost 28 years and our father is a gifted woodworker. We've been making things ever since we could hold a pencil, Lego or guitar -- and have never really wanted to do anything else with our lives. We're extremely thankful to call this our "job". 2. Your work is pretty unique and full of creativity. Where does your inspiration come from? We really draw inspiration from all forms of art. Whether that's film, music, animation, architecture, furniture of fashion. Personally, I'm a big mid-century modernism fanatic and tend to love all forms of art and design from the late 40's - 70's - but as a studio we really like to dive into many styles. It keeps the work fresh and most importantly - keeps us interested in new projects. There is beauty in SO many things (from a Pushead skate deck to a Verner Panton chair) - we can't help but to have a little of everything rub off on us ... 3. Could you describe for us your typical 'start to finish' workflow when working on a design? We usually begin with a few concept pitches and sketches. From there it can go in different directions, with the extremes being: Directly to final design (where everyone is happy) OR - refine, refine, refine, refine and ... ruin. It took us awhile to figure this out, but no one said that a commercial artist always gets their way. It really just depends on the project and in general, we've been quite lucky to work with some amazing art directors who tend to give us a good amount of freedom. We don't have much to complain about. OK, we don't have anything to complain about. 4. What are your tools of the trade, both hardware and software? Powermac G5, iMac, Cintiq, Wacom tablet & Adobe Creative Suite, paper, pencil and Starbucks. 5. What, for you personally are the pros and cons of being a designer? Pros: It's a dream job. Cons: It's a dream job that you can't clock out of. Something is always swirling around in my head - and at all hours. 6. How does your job as an artist and designer influence your life? Do you feel that you see things around you differently for example? Well, I don't really see a separation. I've been dreaming up things to draw and design since I was a kid, so that naturally influences your life and view of the world. I do believe that everything has been created- some bad, some good. As an artist, you can focus on the bad and how YOU can make it better, or you can focus on the good and get completely inspired to create something or your own. I'm fueled by both notions. It's funny to see how my personal evolution of influences, perspectives and priorities have changed over the last 10 years. Something as simple as reading a Richard Scarry book to my kids is a perfect example of a normal real-life situation colliding with infinite inspirational moments. Bliss. 7. What are your coming projects? We're getting ready to launch our new website and store - which we're excited about. As for client work - we always have a handful of records we're working on at any given time. In addition to that, we're currently working on a few projects for Target, apparel designs for Nike and various posters and spot illustrations as well. We're having a lot of fun - and are extremely thankful to be staying busy. 8. What are your favourite 5 websites, and why? 360 Modern [ www.360modern.com ] - I'm a contemporary and mid-century modern architecture junkie and this site showcases homes for sale in and around the Seattle area. A fun place to surf and drool. Grain Edit [ www.grainedit.com ] - A great website focusing on modern graphic design, illustration, typography, architecture and more. Drawn! [ www.drawn.ca ] - Awesome Canadian website focusing on various forms and styles of illustration. Mr. Fun [ http://web.mac.com/floydnorman ] - The personal blog of Floyd Norman. Floyd was a story artist at Walt Disney in the golden age of animation and shares his experiences and fun insights from his past and present. Sleevage [ www.sleevage.com ] - Cool website devoted to the art of music packaging. 9. Once again , thank you very much for the interview. As a final word, do you have any tips for upcoming artists and designers? There is nothing new under the sun - we have so much to learn from artists that have gone before us. Technology has provided us an abundance of tools, but don't let that be a shortcut. Have fun, but practice and understand your craft. A kick-ass website doesn't hurt either. Where to find them on the web Invisible Creature - website Feed The Creature - online shop Invisble Creature Blog - weblog More work of this artist
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