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 An Animation to Definitely Understand the Hero's Journey

An Animation to Definitely Understand the Hero's Journey

Almost all of you guys already heard about the Hero's Journey, right? Most of us know the concept but sometimes don't know exactly what means every step. Thinking on it this gret artist called Iskander Krayenbosch crated an animation with all the 12 stages, witch is awesome! Since the beginning of time people are fascinated by stories of hero’s. But did you know there is a fundamental structure that's lies beneath all these tales of fantasy. Joseph Campbell, a famous mythologist, was the first to discover similarities within all ancient myths. He called it the Monomyth. According to him there are 17 stages in which every hero has to walk through one way or the other. Don't forget to take a look on his page at Vimeo. The Hero's Journey from Iskander Krayenbosch on Vimeo.   The Hero's Journey from Iskander Krayenbosch on Vimeo.

Superheroes‬ Part-time Jobs

Superheroes‬ Part-time Jobs

Another awesome project by Chow Hon Lam aka Flying Mouse. This time he illustrate some very well know super heroes using their power to conquer a part-time job. The result is super creative and very cool, check it out! For more from Chow Hon Lam visit behance.net/flyingmouse.

Unconventional Super-Heroe Fashion

Unconventional Super-Heroe Fashion

Super heroes are known for their costumes, usually colorful and a bit out of reality in terms of style and fashion. In this post we will share some really cool illustrations giving a new take on the look of some of our favorite super heroes, from hipster Batman and X-Man to the western Justice League, it's always amazing to see what simple ideas and creative minds are capable of. Hipster Batman by thecreatorhd Arkham Empire by thecreatorhd Batman in Star Wars by thecreatorhd Last Supper of Gotham by thecreatorhd Hipster X-Men by thecreatorhd Justice League Western Re-Design by DenisM79 Avengers: Too Mainstream by QuestionableWhimsy

Cars We Love by Cihan Ünalan

Cars We Love by Cihan Ünalan

I was reading my news in the end of the day today then I saw this beautiful photo of a batmobile and the titled saying "Cars we love". It turned out it was a series of digital photography of cars that we really love, from the Batmobile of the 1989 Batman movie to the iconic DeLorean from The Back to the Future movie. If yo like cars, and photography you will love this collection. This is the first two of an ongoing series I called 'Cars we love'. I intend to photograph the cars or 'mobiles' that made an impact on our lives through movies. I wanted to begin with my two favorites, more to come soon These photos were take by Cihan Ünalan, a photographer and digital artist from Istanbul, Turkey. For more information visit http://www.cihanunalan.com/

Super Cool Pixel Art Super Heroes

Pixel Art Super Heroes

Pixel art is still one of my all time favorite styles, probably because I grew up in the 80s playing Atari. Early generation consoles had an additional influence on me as this type of illustration was pretty common. The amazing thing about pixel art is that it reduces the form to the minimum amount of detail that makes it recognizable. The illustrations of Ercan Akkaya are good examples. I particularly love how you can identify the different superheroes despite the simplistic form. So in this post we will feature a set of illustratios from Ercan Akkaya titled Pixel Superheroes. For more information about Ercan visit http://www.41-29.com

Man Of Steel Title Sequence by Will & Tale

Man Of Steel Title Sequence by Will & Tale

We all have been anxiously awaiting the release of Man Of Steel since it was announced a few years ago. The words are not mine but I cannot agree more with the guys from Will & Tale that put together a simply fantastic title sequence for the movie. They created everything in 2D and 3D animations, voiceovers and other mind-blowing processes. I have watched it more times than I'd like to admit and of course we want you to watch it too. So, in this post we celebrate the Man of Steel title sequence created by Will & Tale. There's a little making-of but we highly recommend that you check their website out for more information at http://www.willandtale.com/?p=1253 Video Making of For more information about Will & Tale visit http://www.willandtale.com/

Re-Vision Pop culture icons

Re-Vision Pop culture icons

RE-VISION — POP CULTURE ICONS Now that flat design seems to be the biggest trend nothing better than some really cool cultural icons illustrated in a very minimal style. We are talking about the Re-Vision Postcards by Forma & Co. I don't remember posting about this, but they are simply awesome and definitely deserve a post. Making off More postcards Re-Vision is an exercise in style and synthesis of different cultural icons. This is a serie of portraits of the most representative characters of comic books, films, sports, television and music.

Man of Steel Symbol in Illustrator and Photoshop

Man of Steel Symbol in Illustrator and Photoshop

Last week the new Man of Steel trailer was released and it is simply amazing. I remember watching the Superman movies when I was child and seeing the reboot of the movie brings me back to a lot of good memories. The visuals of this new movie are also really something, much darker and realistic than the previous ones. The Superman logo follows this same aesthetic and since the first time viewing the trailer I knew it must be the subject of a tutorial. So in this tutorial we will show you how to create the Superman, Man of Steel logo using Illustrator and Photoshop. We will also utilize some stock photos for textures and the original poster for reference. The whole process will take from 3-5 hours depending on your pace. In the end it will be really fun to create and well worth the time spent. Step 1 Let's start the symbol in Illustrator. With the Pen Tool (P) start creating the shield. Maker sure you have red for the stroke with a nice weight and using round corners. Step 2 Now still using the Pen Tool, start creating the S. You can use the real logo for reference. Step 3 If you notice, the Man of Steel logo has some details in the center, so let's try to replicate that using the Pen Tool. The stroke here is not really necessary because we will edit that in Photoshop later on. Step 4 Go to Effect>3D>Extrue & Bevel Options. For the Angle use: -4º, 0º, 0º with 120º for the Perspective. Change the Depth to 35pt. Step 5 Remove the caps of the 3D and then change the color to grey. Go to Object>Expand. Then go to Window>Pathfinder. Select Unite for the Shape Mode so you have one object. Step 6 Now let's go to Photoshop. Create a new document. I am using 2880x1800 pixels. For the background use a gradient with white in the center and black on edges. Step 7 Copy the objects from Illustrator and paste them in Photoshop. It's important to make sure that each object has its own layer, so you will have one for the 3D extrusion, one for the red symbol and 2 layers for the yellow details. Step 8 Select one of the yellow details and go to Layer>Layer Styles. Select Bevel and Emboss and use the values below. Step 9 Select Inner Glow and use the values in the image below. Step 10 Last but no least, select Drop Shadow. Again use the image below for reference. Step 11 You will have an effect like the image below. The idea of the layer styles was to add a subtle white stroke with a shadow. Step 12 Group each layer into a folder, then for each folder do this: Go to Layer>Layer Mask>Reveal All. With the Brush Tool (B) and a very soft brush using black, paint in the areas marked below to hide some parts of the details. Step 13 With the Brush Tool (B), and using a hard brush, paint a little dark detail in the center. If you look at the orginal, they have some sort of the same detail. Let's create now and adjust later on in the tutorial. Step 14 Add a layer on top of the red symbol, the one that has the S and the shield. Group this new layer into a folder. With the Brush Tool (B) and a very soft brush, paint some dark areas with black at 20%. Step 15 Select the layer of the red symbols and go to Layer>Layer Style. Start by selecting Bevel & Emboss and use the values below. Step 16 Select Contour and use the default values. Step 17 Select Inner Shadow. The idea of the inner shadow is to increase the strenght of the highlights. Step 18 Now let's add a radial gradient on top with Multiply to create a more dramatic light effect. Step 19 You can add more layers to make the dark areas a bit more strong, but in the end of these steps you will probably have something similar to the image below. Step 20 Let's start adding some textures. Select the 3D layer and go to Layer>Layer Style>Color Overlay. Use yellow for the color. Place your metal texture on top of this layer, the one we are using is courtesy of Shutterstock and it's titled Metal plate steel background. Hi res texture by R-studio. After that, holding the Command(MAC)/Control(PC) keys, click on the thumb of the layer of the 3D object, that will create a marquee selection of the 3D area. Select the texture layer and group it into a folder, then with the folder selected go to Layer>Layer Mask>Reveal Selection. You will mask the layer and make just the 3D area visible. Change the Blend Mode of the folder to Multiply. Step 21 Add another layer and group it into a folder, repeat the masking process to make sure that everything you do will be only visible over the 3D area. Change the Blend Mode of the folder to Color Dodge, then with the layer select, paint some highlights with the Brush Tool (B) with a very soft brush and white for the color. Note: Start painting with 30% opacity to not make it too bright. Step 22 Repeat the same process, but this time it's going to be to create the shadows. Use Linear Burn for the Blend Mode for the folder however. Also use the Lasso Tool (L) to create the nice transition in the 3D sides (1-4) Step 23 Select the 3D layer and the red symbol layer and duplicate them. After that merge those 2 layers into one and fill this new layer with black. Move the layer down to create a little shadow and go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Use 10 pixels for the Radius, also change the Blend Mode to Multiply at 80%. Step 24 Let's import a new texture. This time we are using another image from Shutterstock, it's titled Metal background by Phiseksit. Use Soft Light for the Blend Mode. Step 25 Duplicate the texture layer and move the layer position so it is on top of all other layers. Maker a Marquee Selection of the symbol only and go to Layer>Layer Mask>Reveal Selection. The only area visible of the texture will be the one over the symbol. Change the Blend Mode to Overlay. Step 26 Let's add another texture. This one this time is from Google Images and you can find it here http://www.texturex.com/albums/Metal-Textures/TextureX%20steel%20textur…. Place it at the top of all other textures and use Soft Light for the Blend Mode at 70%. Step 27 Now let's add the final texture, this one will be underneath the last 2, but still on top of all other layers. You can download it at http://fc00.deviantart.net/fs50/f/2009/262/3/f/Scratched_Steel_Texture_… . Use Soft Light for the Blend Mode as well. Conclusion Add another layer on top of all layers and group it into a folder. Change the Blend Mode of the folder to Linear Dodge at 80% Opacity. Select the layer in this folder and then with the Brush Tool (B) and a very soft brush, paint a spot light with white at the top of the symbol. After that your design is pretty much done. You can of course improve the details and textures, but the process won't change, so now it's up to you to make it the way you want it. Download Photoshop file Download the Photoshop file used for this tutorial

Super ABC by Matt Cowan

The first thing we need to learn if we want to read and write is the alphabet. Everybody knows that but Matt Cowan was able to come up with an alternative way to teach kids the alphabet that is not the usual A is for Apple. Super ABC is the alphabet created using characters from Marvel and DC Comics. Using 26 characters from Marvel and DC comics, Super ABC will help your child learn how to use the alphabet and fight crime at the same time. You can get the full book at http://www.lulu.com/shop/matt-cowan/super-abc/paperback/product-2016099… Super ABC examples

Logo Inspiration: Comic Characters

Everyone likes superheroes and other comic book characters. There is a plethora of stories and with subjects ranging from humor to the morbid. Comic books are deeply rooted in global culture, so that today we have several film adaptations of great box office. Something that is very interesting is when we see superheroes as brands, some of them are easily identifiable by color and shapes. I usually say that the most famous are precisely those that are most remembered. So I decided to make a selection with the logos of super heroes that I thought were the most important and also my favorites. Hope you enjoy it. Superman (by Valiance) Green Lantern (by graf-fx) Spider-man (by picard102) Batman (by crazySmiley) Fantastic 4 (by stanlydan) Wonder woman (by user-01) Captain America (by Mickka) V (by jammer909) Venom (by RoADkiLL86) The Watchmen (by ash369) Flash (by kelymin) Spawn (by donner9) The Incredible Hulk (by RichCG) The Punisher (by NoMoS) The Darkness (by ravenhawk002) X-men (by vickinator) Hellboy (by quadrophonic) About the Author Hey buddies! I'm Marcos Torres, a 19 year old art director/freelancer from Brazil, I'm here to bring some new interesting stuff to you. You can see my portfolio at http://flickr.com/marcostorres. Any request or jobs opportunities contact me via email to marcostorres90@gmail.com, also follow me on twitter http://twitter.com/marcos333 to get in touch with cool design news.

Incredible Illustrations by Mitch & Elizabeth

I am a huge admirer of comic book art work with being brought up around them from a young age. I am always on the look out from creative and inspirational work and the work being showcased is just that! Mitch (mbreitweiser) and his wife Elizabeth (dismang) both work side by side producing fantastic work. A little bit about Mitch & Elizabeth I've been drawing exclusively for Marvel since 2006. I've been really fortunate to be on some really great projects including, Ultimate Fantastic Four, Captain America: The Chosen, Sub Mariner 70th Anniversary Special (Which also featured the last work of the late Al Williamson (a personal hero of mine)), and a handful of other great cover and interior projects.My most recent book on the shelf was Captain America # 607 with Ed Brubaker and Butch Guice. I also have a four issue mini series coming out in September called "Captain America: Patriot." it's beautifully written by Karl Kessel, and will be the first full mini series colored by my wife, Bettie. Bettie has also been the colorist for the AWESOME Agents of Atlas series over artist, Gabriel Hardman. She'll also be following him onto his run on The Hulk this fall! Video Illustrations

Beautiful Watercolor Illustrations of Super Heroes and Villains

I've probably said it before, but watercolor is definetely one of the greatest techniques of painting there is! It's truly incredible what a good illustration will do with it... so I thought it would be cool to find some watercolor illustrations of Super heroes and villains. And as usual, I started looking for some cool illustrations at DeviantART, and found a whole bunch of sweet, beautiful illustrations, and they're listed below! The colors give each illustration a particular feeling, a single mood for every and each one, and that's exactly what I found fantastic about it. Anyways, I hope you guys enjoy these as much as I did... and please, don't forget to give some love to each artist by visiting their galleries!! There are much more great art at their galleries. Cheers. ;) Doudourock Kameron Gates Brian Shearer Marcelo Di Chiara Chris Stevens taguiar Garry Brown Julia Bax Matthew Fletcher Leinil Francis Yu duss005 Ryan Ottley Lora8 KidNotorious KidNotorious duss005 duss005 duss005 duss005 duss005 Paul Renaud Stephen Arthur Schaffer duss005 duss005 duss005 duss005 mbreitweiser Mike Mayhew Mike Mayhew Mike Mayhew Mike Mayhew Mike Mayhew Mike Mayhew

Super Heroes and Villains Alphabet

I think I said it before, but I'll say it once more: I totally love illustration series. There are some really cool series themes out there, and I guess is a little bit of my duty to find them and share its awesomeness with you guys! Today, is the Super Heroes and Villains Alphabet! This guy, Ankles, had the really simple, yet awesome idea to illustrate the alphabet of cool characters, and it turn out to be an awesome series. Here is the complete alphabet, but for more of his amazing work, you should all check his portfolio at DeviantART! You guys will enjoy it! I hope you all like it! Cheers. ;) A - is for Ares B - is for Black Widow C - is for Captain America D - is for Daredevil E - is for Emma Frost F - is for Fury G - is for Green Goblin H - is for Hawkeye I - is for Iron Fist J - is for Jean Grey K - is for Kraven L - is for Lady Mastermind M - is for Mystique N - is for Namor O - is for Odin P - is for Punisher Q - is for Quake R - is for Rogue S - is for Shadowcat T - is for Thor U - is for Union Jack V - is for Vision W - is for Wolverine X - is for X-23 Y - is for Yellowjacket Z - is for Zzzax

Inspiration by Super Heroes Color Schemes

When we start thinking about a new design, one of the first things we start researching is cool colors that we might use. But how about researching Super Heroes color schemes? Yes! We love comics. From DC to Marvel, and other indie studios as well. This time, I bring to you guys only the highest shots from the biggest studios. Time to get inspired!! Hope you like it. Superman Flash Green Lantern Wonder Woman Green Arrow Batman Ironman Captain America Wolverine Spiderman Author: Paulo Antunes | If you want to write an article and have it published here send it via email to abduzeedo[at]abduzeedo.com