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Unique Illustrations by Oleg Gert

Unique Illustrations by Oleg Gert

It's great to see some super stylish illustrations here at Abduzeedo. Today we're featuring the fantastic, unique work of Russian artist Oleg Gert. Check it out! Here you can see some of his most awesome pieces. Some very nice images, full of detail and awesome selection of colors. For more of his work, please visit his portfolio at Behance. He'll definitely enjoy it. I hope you like these as much as I did. Cheers! ;)

Mano a Mano - World Cup 2014 Players Illustrations

Mano a Mano - World Cup 2014 Players Illustrations

The FIFA World Cup kicks off tomorrow in Brazil and my home town will host some amazing games. The whole country and world will be tuned in to the games, players and of course they will get a chance to know a little bit more about Brazil as well. One of the best things about the World Cup is the fact that it creates a lot of opportunities in all areas. For designers and illustrators is not different. Today we are stoked to feature the work titled Mano a Mano by Leo Natsume, from my hometown Porto Alegre. Mano a Mano is a newsgame created for the Zero Hora newspaper in order to promote interactive and informative content about the players who will participate in the World Cup 2014. The game is responsive. I drew all the illustrations of the major players of the selections. For more information about Leo visit http://leonatsume.deviantart.com/ For more information and to check out all illustrations check out https://www.behance.net/gallery/17213337/Newsgame-Mano-a-Mano

Fantastic Colorful Illustrations by Andrés Maquinita

Fantastic Colorful Illustrations by Andrés Maquinita

Andrés Maquinita is a Colombian artist that comes up with super colorful, fantastic, vector illustrations. I really find amazing when an artist spends his/her time with detail-rich vector illustrations. Here you can see some of Andrés' pieces. These are pretty dope, very graffiti-like. For more of these, please visit his portfolio at Behance. I hope you enjoy these! Cheers. ;)

2014 FIFA World Cup Poster

2014 FIFA World Cup Poster

The 2014 FIFA World Cup is about to begin in Brazil this week and I couldn't be more excited. Brazil hasn't hosted what is considered the biggest sporting event in the world since 1950. To celebrate the return of Brazil as host country, I decided to create a little artwork inspired by this momentous event on the horizon. Instead of using the organic forms seen in the official logo I went with an old school, modernist and geometric style. So in this little post I will walk you through the creative process behind this poster. I am using Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop for this tutorial. Step 1 In Illustrator I started with a simple representation of the Brazilian flag. Just using the Ellipse Tool (E), Polygon Tool and Rectangle Tool. Step 2 With the Rectangle Tool I created one 2 rectangles with different heights. With the Blend Tool I created the interpolation of lines between the 2 rectangles. Thats' the base for the whole design. Step 3 With the triangle I clipped the blend object. Step 4 I repeated the same thing for the top part, this time with green. Step 5 All elements together, with text and different colors. Step 6 Here's some color explorations with color palettes from Kuler. Conclusion Here's the final result, heavily inspired by the modernist style that was used in most of the Brazilian brands I grew up seeing, very geometric and solid colors.

San Francisco Skyline in Illustrator

San Francisco Skyline in Illustrator

A couple of weeks ago I decided to practice my Illustrator skills to create a simple skyline of San Francisco for a print material I am working on. I loved the style that Ryan Putnam explored on some of his illustrations of city skylines so I decided to give it a try. I have to say, I didn't have that much fun doing illustrations since I was in high school I think. So in this short post I will walk you through my basic creative process behind the San Francisco Skyline illustration. I used Adobe Illustration for this project but it can be done with any vector tool. Step 1 - References The first step was to get references of some iconic buildings in the San Francisco skyline. San Francisco is a beautiful city and it was very easy to get a few landmarks. The ones I picked was, Transamerica Pyramid, Ferry Building, Embarcadero Center, Alcatraz, Cable Car, the fog and of course the Golden Gate Bridge. Below you can see some references. Step 2 To create the buildings I used basic shapes and the Blend Tool to make the windows. Below you can see the process behind the Transamerica Pyramid. Step 3 The Embarcadero Center I used the rectangle tool to create half of the building. For the windows, I just used a dotted stroke line. After the first half was done, I just duplicated it and there it was, another building. Step 4 The Ferry Building took more time because of its architecture style. But again, just basic forms and a lot of repetition. The secret is to capture the most important features, it doesn't have to be perfect. Step 5 Putting everything together was a lot of fun. I started adding some placeholder buildings to fill the space. For the Golden Gate Bridge I used the Blend Tool and also created the fog with a bunch of circles that later on I united them with the pathfinder tool. The cool thing about this type of illustration is that you can create it quite easily, it just require time. Another important tip is to make the outer stroke of the buildings bigger than the inner. Conclusion The final print is done but not ready to be shown yet. Soon I will have more details, but below you can see two explorations, one in a print mockup and another one a simple animated gif.

Sketch 3 - Giveaway

Sketch 3: 5 Licenses Giveaway - Winners

I have been an Adobe user since I can remember, adopting the new tools always coming and going. Macromedia back in the day tried to challenge Adobe's supremacy and ended up being acquired by them. Now there's a new tool in the market that I have fallen in love with and that app is called Sketch. I have been using Sketch for over a year, at work at Google and for personal projects and I simply love it. Sketch is a vector tool that does an impeccable job of combining the best of all worlds when it comes to designing mobile apps and web sites. You must check it out. The new version os Sketch brings some very important new features. The most important I believe is the possibility of creating symbols. Below we list some of the features: Precision: Vectors mean scalability. Sketch's Vector shapes easily adapt to changing styles, sizes and layouts, allowing you to avoid a lot of painful hand-tweaking. Objects: In Sketch, every shape you create is an item in the Layers List. No more hidden paths. Snap to Pixel: Sketch rounds a shape or layer to its nearest pixel edge. No more half pixels, dirty shapes and alpha-blended messes Pixel Zoom: See everything in the fullest detail, or turn on Pixel View to inspect the resulting pixels. It’s the best of both worlds. Beautiful Text: Sketch’s perfect native text rendering shows your text exactly as it will appear in your app or on your website. Symbols: Symbols are groups of elements you can copy and paste throughout your documents. Change one, and all of them will change automatically. iOS Mirror With Sketch Mirror, you can preview your designs on your iOS devices while you work on them, making it the perfect companion for Sketch. Giveway We have 5 Sketch licenses to giveaway. To participate just leave a comment and tweet this post. We will announce the winners next week. Winners Thank you so much for participating in this giveaway, we were blown away by the amount of comments. So here are the winners: @uncleserb @Walkyriewolf @ksbckr @MacrossX7 @brainra For more information, learn more about Sketch and download the trial version visit http://bohemiancoding.com/sketch/

Vector Scouts by Ryan Putnam

Vector Scouts by Ryan Putnam

Vector Scouts is a really cool project by Ryan Putnam ranging from illustration and logo design, to icons, packaging and collateral design. The style of the illustrations and the vector work is top-notch making him one of my favorite illustrators out there right now. Ryan is a super talented designer behind Rypearts. With a rich background in fine art, graphic design, and illustration Ryan is Rype Arts’ rampant right brain – the branding medicine man with the right recipes for distinguishing imagery. He is fluent in multiple design disciplines and technologies. For more information visit: http://rypearts.com/

Minimal Heroes by Bunka

Minimal Heroes by Bunka

Bunka is a designer specialized in character design, illustration, graphic design based in Paris, France. Bunka put together a really cool set of illustrations of superheroes trying to minimize the form to basic shapes. The result is really modern and at the same time beautiful. For more information about Bunka check out his website at http://www.bunkadesign.com/ Via Behance

The Lovely Work of Ryan Putnam

The Lovely Work of Ryan Putnam

Surfing the web I ran into something really great today: a really lovely set of vector works by American artist Ryan Putnam. My head exploded on the quality of his pieces... a great set of quality, stylish vector illustrations. And the pop culture references don't stop: from Ghostbusters to Back to the Future, with a little taste of Stephen King and more! This guy really knows his thing. These are only a handful of his pieces... for more of it, please visit his portfolio at Dribbble. He'll definitely enjoy it. Cheers! ;)

Captain America: The Winter Soldier Vector

Captain America: The Winter Soldier Vector

Orlando Arocena put together an amazing vector tribute for the 2014 release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier in his Behance profile. The level of details is simply incredible and definitely inspiring. Feel free to check out more of his work as well. It's definitely worth it. For more information about Orlando visit https://www.behance.net/orlandoarocena

ABDZ Weave Pattern in Illustrator

ABDZ Weave Pattern in Illustrator

I have been taking a lot of pictures since I decided to do a photo a day project this year. I got a good camera and started taking pictures of pretty much everything that inspired me. I was in Bloomington, Indiana and I was really amazed by the pattern of the bathroom floor. I took a photo and decided to recreate it as pattern in Illustrator. So in this little tutorial I will show you how to create vector patterns in Illustrator. The process is quite simple but you will be able to create really amazing patterns for future projects. Step 1 Using the photo I took for inspiration and reference I imported it to Illustrator. Step 2 Using the Rectangle Tool, start recreating the basics of that pattern. Step 3 Once you have the basic shapes right, start playing with colors and shadows. For the colors I used Adobe Kuler (https://kuler.adobe.com/create/color-wheel/) for reference. Note that at this step you are still creating the basic title. Step 4 Now in order to make the pattern you have to make sure that your artwork is tile-able. Below you can see the final form I ended up getting to make sure that the pattern will be scaleable. Step 5 Select your design and go to Object>Pattern>Make. Use the default settings and click Done. Your patter will be added to the Swatch pane. You can always double click to edit it. You can change colors and pretty much everything. Conclusion Here's the final design. The hard shadows and the vector style give it a really nice feel. The form is the same as the photo I took, but just with a more modern feel and it does look really cool as a wallpaper for your computer, tablet and phone. Now it's up to you. Take pictures of patterns you see on the streets, you never know when you might need some references. Illustrator source file Download Illustrator file

"Morality & Dicipline" Digital Illustrations

"Morality & Dicipline" Digital Illustrations

These are two amazing digital illustrations by Mexican-Cuban-American illustrator Orlando Arocena. The amount of details that you will see and the quality of the final pieces is incredible. Enjoy! For more from Orlando Arocena visit behance.net/orlandoarocena.

Beautiful Character Design and Animations by Mother Volcano and AIM

Beautiful Character Design and Animations by Mother Volcano and AIM

Character design and simple animations together are a powerful way to create engaging and delightful experiences for the viewer. A great example is the work that Mother Volcano and AIM | Animation for Mixedmedia put together for a commissioned work to Sony. The vector style and quirky animations are not only beautiful but carry so much personality. They definitely deserve to be shared here on Abduzeedo. For more information visit the Behance page of this project at: http://www.behance.net/gallery/Sony-Xperia-Z-Ultra-The-Big-Show/12932977 Commissioned by the Paris based agency Uzful, Mother Volcano created these 9 allegoric characters that have been brought to life by AIM in this fun and informative campaign for Sony Mobile introducing the new Xperia™ Z Ultra We would love to hear your opinion, share with us via comments, Twitter, Facebook, Google+ or even email.

Vector Breaking Bad RV in Illustrator

Vector Breaking Bad RV in Illustrator

Last week we posted about some new trends in icon design and illustration. Today after spending hours watching Breaking Bad, I started to watch it a couple of weeks ago and now I am on season 5 already - I decided to create an illustration for a desktop wallpaper for my laptop and of course share with you the process in Illustrator. So in this case study/tutorial I will show you how to create an illustration inspired by Breaking Bad. Step 1 Start with the basic shapes and outlines. Use the Stylize>Round Corners to create the rounded shapes for doors, windows and the RV itself. Step 2 Once you have the basic shapes, make the outlines of the RV much thicker than the rest. Also play with different strok weights. Step 3 Keep adding more details. Step 4 Time to add some colors. Let's add the basic stripes first. Also the wheels and the bullet holes in the door. Step 5 Use a beige color for the RV. Step 6 Use the Blend Tool to create the metal texture of the RV. Step 7 Here's the basic vector. Conclusion Just add a nice blue for the background and the logo to finish this simple piece. There's nothing new but it's nice to play with Illustrator after having fun watching Breaking Bad. Download the Illustrator files Download the vector file used for this tutorial

Illustrations by Justin Pervorse

Illustrations by Justin Pervorse

Justin Pervorse is an illustrator and designer from Atlanta, Georgia currently working for MailChimp. I saw some of his illustrations while checking Dribbble and really loved his work, especially his latest work for Youtube. If you look for some beautiful illustrations make sure to check out Justin's work, it's definitely inspiring. I am also involved in several other design projects as well as a proud co-owner of a Our Mutual Friend in Denver, CO. In my free time I enjoy motorcycles, camping, traveling and a nice glass of whiskey. - Justin For more information visit http://justinpervorse.com/

Vector Illustrations by Radio

Vector Illustrations by Radio

Radio is a multi-disciplinary creative studio based in Cape Town, South Africa. Their portfolio has a wide range of styles, but we would like to list some examples of their work that has a more vector and simplistic approach like the Field and Stream. I really like these guys work and I got really inspired to come up something inspired by some of the pieces I saw. For more information visit http://www.madebyradio.com/ Field and Stream General Electric Cycling Critters Mad Men Season 6 Iron Man 3 Others

Great Vector Illustrations by Lee Yong Kyu

Great Vector Illustrations by Lee Yong Kyu

Friday it's here and to celebrate it, nothing better than an awesome set of cool design works! This time, how about checking some great vector illustrations by designer Lee Yong Kyu? Lee, a South-Korean designer and artist, has developed a quite nice style, featuring vectors, using both black & white and colored styles. You may check more of his awesome work at his Behance portfolio. I hope you enjoy these! Cheers. ;)