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Video Inspiration #42 - Reader Submitted Works

Video Inspiration is a weekly(ish) post where we either feature a specific artist or show a sort of "best of" list of videos we've discovered during the week. Everything here may not be brand new, but we felt it worth sharing with the community. If you have good finds that you'd like to share, please feel free to send your links to nathan@abduzeedo.com with "video inspiration" in the subject line. Hey everyone, this week I'm featuring five videos submitted by you guys! This is all work by readers of Abduzeedo and as always I'm impressed :) Seth Akkerman Where the Wild Things Are SCAD Project from Seth Akkerman on Vimeo. Coup Critique from Alexandre Fumeron on Vimeo. Bon appetit! from Nejc Polovsak on Vimeo. Johnny Lyon Motion Design Reel 2011 from Johnny Volume on Vimeo. Space Debris from Philipp Seiffert on Vimeo.

Video Inspiration #40

Video Inspiration is a weekly(ish) post where we either feature a specific artist or show a sort of "best of" list of videos we've discovered during the week. Everything here may not be brand new, but we felt it worth sharing with the community. If you have good finds that you'd like to share, please feel free to send your links to nathan@abduzeedo.com with "video inspiration" in the subject line. This week I'm featuring some cool videos I've found since last week. Enjoy! Everything (Ep. 19) from dannyjelinek on Vimeo. MK12 | Follow the Sun | 2011 from MK12 on Vimeo. I Need Nothing - a nearly useless odyssey from Cãoceito on Vimeo.

Video Inspiration #39

Video Inspiration is a weekly(ish) post where we either feature a specific artist or show a sort of "best of" list of videos we've discovered during the week. Everything here may not be brand new, but we felt it worth sharing with the community. If you have good finds that you'd like to share, please feel free to send your links to nathan@abduzeedo.com with "video inspiration" in the subject line. This week I'm featuring some cool videos I've found since last week. Enjoy! Rolling in the beats (live mashup) from Ithaca Audio on Vimeo. PIERS FACCINI_TRIBE from NO-MAD FILMS on Vimeo. Little Monkey from Dalkhafine on Vimeo.

Video Inspiration #38

Video Inspiration is a weekly(ish) post where we either feature a specific artist or show a sort of "best of" list of videos we've discovered during the week. Everything here may not be brand new, but we felt it worth sharing with the community. If you have good finds that you'd like to share, please feel free to send your links to nathan@abduzeedo.com with "video inspiration" in the subject line. This week I'm featuring some cool videos I've found since last week. Enjoy! Toro y Moi - How I Know from Jordan Kim on Vimeo. Deerhoof - Secret Mobilization [OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO] from Polyvinyl Record Co. on Vimeo. Staple from Eighteen Eighty on Vimeo. LØV from Vanessa Bruno on Vimeo.

Video Inspiration #35

Video Inspiration is a weekly(ish) post where we either feature a specific artist or show a sort of "best of" list of videos we've discovered during the week. Everything here may not be brand new, but we felt it worth sharing with the community. If you have good finds that you'd like to share, please feel free to send your links to nathan@abduzeedo.com with "video inspiration" in the subject line. This week I'm featuring some cool videos I've found since last week. Enjoy! Cut Copy - Blink And You'll Miss A Revolution from Cut Copy on Vimeo.

The Final Image

Here's a fun little distraction for all you movie buffs today. I came across the Final Image blog last week and spent a good ten minutes going through all the last shots and testing my movie knowledge and memory, which, by the way, is actually pretty good ;) So, give yourself a little break during your day and see how well you can do! If there's one that you can't remember, don't let it bug you for the rest of the day. Tweet at me and I'll help you out :)

Create an Angry Birds Parody in Illustrator

Most video games that I've played lately have not been as charming as Angry Birds. Why? Because nowadays most games focus too much on realistic graphics and improved AI. They just forget the basics of fun games like Super Mario World. If you have not played this game yet you shoudn't miss the opportunity; it's really addicting. Ok, enough talking about it, so inspired by a session of Angry Birds I decided to make this cool parody and teach it to you guys. Hope you dig it as much as I did. Besides the fact my last tutorial was pretty advanced, this one is actually for beginners and intermediates, you won't need good drawing skills and a tablet to do it, so go ahead guys and have fun. Also, there's a Ai file at the bottom of the post if you need to open it to have a better understanding. Background Step 1 So here's a sketch of this illustration...I know, pretty ugly, but the sketch is just a guide for my steps in to the final result, so I never refine it. The concept was to make a scene of reunion before a confrontation with each character dressed like classic war movies heroes. Ok let's open Adobe Illustrator and create a A4 canvas (29,7 x 21 cm), RGB, 300 DPI. Using the rectangle tool (the shortcut is the letter "M") create these two rectangles on the canvas. The bigger one will be the wall and the little will be the floor, so add a lighter green fill for the wall and a darker for the floor. Let's start with the board, first draw a grey rectangle using the rectangle tool (M). And make a darker one inside. Choose the rectangular grid tool, click once on the canvas to set the parameters like the ones below: Also change its opacity to 20%, use only a green stroke, no fill. As some of you already know, the Pig King is the main villain of the game, so I just wrote "Subject: Pig King" on the board as an identifier, I used this font . I made an illustration of the pig king on the board, outline only, like those classic war panels. So, first draw an ellipse using the ellipse tool (L). Make two little ones behing the bigger one on the superior left diagonal. These will be the ears and the big one will be the head. Use a green stroke and a black fill. Use the same tool to create the eyes, make one, duplicate, reflect and place it on the other side. The nose follow pretty much the same procedure, you just need to adjust its shape using the direct selection tool (A), don't forget to make the two cavities. Add these details on the ears. And let's not forget the jaw, draw it using the pen tool (P). Let's not forget the eyebrows, make them using the pen tool (P). A king is not a king without a crown, so draw it using the pen tool (P), then add some ellipses on the bottom to look like jewels. Step 3 I decided to put a calendar on the wall, so let's start by making the paper sheets using the rectangle tool (M). Add a red rectangle on the top. Using the ellipse tool (L) make the holes, then using the rounded rectangle tool make the metal rings. Decided to use the original Angry Birds Font to write Jun 6, why June 6? Because it's D day (Normandy landings), just an analogy. Step 3 Also decided to create a classic dart board. First make two ellipses one inside the other like the sample below using the ellipse tool (L), make one with a black fill and a white stroke and the other using the inverse combination. Double click on the blend tool (W) to open the panel, set spacing as specified steps and set 3 steps, now choose the two circles to get this result. Ok, let's make another circle with the same size of the white one above this blend, let's add some monter stroke to it. Go to the stroke panel and set the align to internal, weight to 90 pt and dasehd line to 25 pt dash. Let's make some darts, draw this shape using the pen tool (P), duplicate, reflect and use the option called Unite on the pathfinder panel. Now place it on the dart board. You can duplicate it using the selection tool (V) + alt and then resize and place it around the dart board. Change the color fill so that it doesn't look boring. Well, the background it pretty much ready, time to draw the angry birds. Red Bird First thing: create an ellipse using the ellipse tool (L), then using the direct selection tool (A), change the vector points till you get this messy shape. Again with the ellipse tool (L), make this two shapes and put them on the top of the body shape. Select everything, then access the pathfinder panel and choose the option called Unite. Also give a cool stroke to it, I usually use the 3 pt oval brush, it's really good when drawing cartoon characters. Using the pen tool (P), draw these wrinkles on the cockscomb. "Is he flying, floating or something?" is a famous quote a teacher asked me once when I showed him some drawings, after that I never forgot to add shadows and a floor on my illustrations. So, make this ellipse white a really dark green fill on the bottom of the body. Create this board stick using the pen tool (P), send it to back like his grabbing it. Using the pen tool (P) make his belly using only this color fill. Use the ellipse tool (L) to create these two ellipses. Make the eyebrows using the pen tool (P). Make the beak using the pen tool (P). Use the ellipse tool (L) to make the iris. So I wanted to make him more angry, so I add this two shapes using the pen tool (P) on the bottom of the eyes, to look like he's staring at you. Of course, I added this dark red shapes to cover the eye parts that were left. And added these circles using the ellipse tool (L), they are stains this birds has. Make these black fill shapes using the pen tool (P) to create his tail. I confess that Charlie Sheen's Top Gun inspired me to add this stripe on the head. Ok, so you can either draw it using the pencil tool (N) or the pen tool (P). Add these wrinkles using the pen tool (P). Add this little ball using the ellipse tool (L) to look like a knot, then make the stripe part using the pen tool (P). Repeat it again and just send the other part to back. The Big Brother You're going to follow basically the same steps to draw these and the other birds, so this one will be a lot easier. First make this fat round shape doing the same procedure used on the red bird. Using the ellipse tool (L) maek his shadow with a dark green fill. Copy the stick from the previous bird and place it like this. Make his belly using the pen tool (P), I added some wrinckles on some parts. I just copied the previous bird beak and adapted a few things on this one. Create the eyeballs using the ellipse tool (L). Don't forget the iris. This eyebrow is way more thick then the other birds, because he should look like a really grumpy guy, ha! Create it using the pen tool (P). In order to look like a 80's commander, let's make a classic green beret using the pen tool (P). Don't forget to add a little star using the star tool. I know, this is quite boring, but you will have to create this dark cirlces around the eyes usgin the pen tool (P) to give him a tired look. And also add these "time stains" on his body using the ellipse tool (L). Copy and paste the same tail used on the other bird. Make this wrinckles using the pen tool (P). Now place this two buddies on the scene just like this. Yellow bird Make a triangle using the polygon tool with the settings bellow: Use the smooth tool to make the edges softer. Add a dark green shadow cirlcle bellow the body using the ellipse tool (L). Make the eyeballs and iris using the ellipse tool (L). Use the pen tool (P) to create the beak. Use again the same tool to create the white belly fill. And to create his eyebrows. The tail of this specific bird is not like the others, is more wil I would say. Draw it using the pen tool (P). Let's draw a cap for this bird, first make the base using the pen tool (P). Then make the flap using the same tool. Add some hair here, you can copy his tail and just ajust it, adding and taking vector points of it. Add this little black piece in order to look like it's an adjustable plastic snap closure in the back. Copy the star from the big brother's beret, place and adjust it here. Let's put some depth on this scene: Select the whole yellow bird, go to effect > blur > gaussian blur. Set the gaussian blur to 9 pixels. Now place him in front of the big brother. Blue Bird This bird is pretty simple to create. First make a circle using the ellipse tool (L). Make another two ellipses and place them on the top of the body shape. Access the pathfinder panel and choose the option called Unite. Add a dark green shadow, create it using the ellipse tool (L). Use the pen tool (P) to create the beak. The eyes are pretty squeezed, you can draw them using the pencil tool (N). Add some iris on them. Don't forget the wrinckles on the top, add them using the pen tool (P). Make the tail using the pen tool (P). He's got this orange circle around the eye, add this using the pen tool (P). Let's give him a badass staring looking, just add these two eyelids using the pen tool (P). Just to make things more classic I added some these war painting on his face using the brush tool (B), use a black/white charcoal brush. Add these two dog tags using the rounded rectangle tool . These trick is really cool: make a line of dots with the approximate width of a chain to pu on the birds neck. Group and drag it to the brush panel. Choose to create a new art brush. It will be placed among the other brushes, then you will need only to select and use the brush tool (B). We're going to add the same ammount of blur on this one, so go to effects > blur > gaussian blur. Set the gaussian blur radius to 9 pixels . Now place him in front of the red one. White Bird Ok guys, I promess you this is the last one, ok? So, make this egg shape by creating first a ellipse using the ellipse tool (L) then adjusting it using the direct selection tool (A). Add the dark green shadow on it's bottom. Ok, looking on that way it may look weird, but this is the tail of this bird. Draw it using the pen tool (P). Make the beak using the pen tool (P). The following things will be all created using the pen tool (P): cheeks, eyeborw, belly. Watch for this helmet or he may look like a pan. Add some stripes using the pen tool (P) You can copy the stripe from the red bird or just make it all over again, is up to you. Add some hair on the back of the helmet. And some little points on the top of the helmet, use the brush tool (B) for this one. Blur again guys, go to effects > blur > gaussian blur. This one will be a bit more intense, so set the radius to 20 pixels. And place him on the center of the scene like this. Final Step No kidding, this is the final step hehe so after making all the illustration we need to add some interesting lightning on it. Let's make a lamp, first draw a circle using the ellipse tool (L). Make this hsape using the rectangle tool (M). And tis one using the pen tool (P). You're going to make this big trapezium using the pen tool (P), make sure it fit outside the canvas. Set it's opacity to 40%. Then go to the transparency panel and choose the blending mode called Overlay. Using the rectangle tool (M) make a big rectangle that fit over the canvas. Add some radial black and white gradient to it. Go to the transparency panel and choose the blending mode called Multiply. That's it guys, hope you achieve it. Conclusion Well, I hope you had fun doing this tutorial. Don't worry If you didn't complete all of it, just learning how to draw at least one of these birds is already a lesson. I hope I helped you guys on having a better understanding about characters, depth and lighting. That's it, have fun and take care. Download the Illustrator File Download the Illustrator file used for this tutorial

Video Inspiration #29 - Reader Submitted Works

Video Inspiration is a weekly(ish) post where we either feature a specific artist or show a sort of "best of" list of videos we've discovered during the week. Everything here may not be brand new, but we felt it worth sharing with the community. If you have good finds that you'd like to share, please feel free to send your links to nathan@abduzeedo.com with "video inspiration" in the subject line. I know I've said this before...but sometimes you guys just blow me away. Usually I try to keep this post to about 5 videos (unless I'm covering a series like last week) but man, I simply could not keep some of these videos out of the reader submitted post. You guys have got some skill! Keep up the great work! "Motherless Brooklyn" Title Sequence Proposal from Remy Le Rumeur on Vimeo. Missing from Guanaco on Vimeo. 10-07-11 from Matt Wiebe on Vimeo. 2010/2011 Motion Design Reel from Barton Damer on Vimeo. Come Fly With Us from David Hendrix on Vimeo. REEL 2011 from Jacob Plumridge on Vimeo. Festival de Antigua 2011 (tv Spot) from magnetico on Vimeo. Illuminating Moments from Martim Monica on Vimeo. ART OF ANTONI TUDISCO from Antoni Tudisco on Vimeo. Sottas // Logo animation from Moon Fella on Vimeo. Sensacional from Felipe Nicoletti on Vimeo.

Video Inspiration #28 - Love Kills Demons

Video Inspiration is a weekly(ish) post where we either feature a specific artist or show a sort of "best of" list of videos we've discovered during the week. Everything here may not be brand new, but we felt it worth sharing with the community. If you have good finds that you'd like to share, please feel free to send your links to nathan@abduzeedo.com with "video inspiration" in the subject line. It seems like lately the vidoes that I've been drawn to the most are the ones that take me behind the scenes in an artist's life. I enjoy getting to know the people behind the work and observe them going through their own process - or in the case of Chris Rubino in Love Kills Demons - discovering their process for themselves. I found this series to be immensely inspirational and I highly recommend carving out enough time to watch all the videos. You can also head on over to their main website and view the film in it's entirety as one video. Love Kills Demons is 12 short films by Jim Helton. Much like Bertrand Russell's definition of electricity these films are "not so much a thing as a way things happen." They are a window into the spirit of an artist looking for change. Over the span of one year filmmaker Jim Helton documented New York-based artist Chris Rubino while he searched for a new direction in his work. In the process we see screenprinting, drawing, painting, wandering as well as a peak inside the workings of a studio and an artist's process. The final 12 part film that is Love Kills Demons takes a look behind the proverbial curtain exposing some of the mystery of creation supported by the otherworldly sounds of Big Blood. 01 | Love Kills Demons | Studio from Jim Helton on Vimeo. 02 | Love Kills Demons | Lightbox from Jim Helton on Vimeo. 03 | Love Kills Demons | Nation of 2 from Jim Helton on Vimeo. 04 | Love Kills Demons | Repurpose from Jim Helton on Vimeo. 05 | Love Kills Demons | Embrace Chaos from Jim Helton on Vimeo. 06 | Love Kills Demons | Answers from Jim Helton on Vimeo. 07 | Love Kills Demons | Breaking Point from Jim Helton on Vimeo. 08 | Love Kills Demons | Breaks from Jim Helton on Vimeo. 09 | Love Kills Demons | Sleeping Time from Jim Helton on Vimeo. 10 | Love Kills Demons | Screens from Jim Helton on Vimeo. 11 | Love Kills Demons | Mountain Tops from Jim Helton on Vimeo. 12 | Love Kills Demons | Title from Jim Helton on Vimeo.

Video Inspiration #26 - Bizarre "WTF Videos" by Design-Generation

Video Inspiration is a weekly(ish) post where we either feature a specific artist or show a sort of "best of" list of videos we've discovered during the week. Everything here may not be brand new, but we felt it worth sharing with the community. If you have good finds that you'd like to share, please feel free to send your links to nathan@abduzeedo.com with "video inspiration" in the subject line. This week I'm featuring some especially bizarre videos by a group of Polish filmmakers who call themselves Design-Generation. There's really no explaining these videos, you just have to watch them. Design-Generation XXI from Design-Generation on Vimeo. Design-Generation XIX from Design-Generation on Vimeo. Design-Generation XVIII from Design-Generation on Vimeo. Design-Generation XI from Design-Generation on Vimeo. Design-Generation XX from Design-Generation on Vimeo. Design-Generation XIV from Design-Generation on Vimeo.

Video Inspiration #25 - Reader Submitted Work

Video Inspiration is a weekly(ish) post where we either feature a specific artist or show a sort of "best of" list of videos we've discovered during the week. Everything here may not be brand new, but we felt it worth sharing with the community. If you have good finds that you'd like to share, please feel free to send your links to nathan@abduzeedo.com with "video inspiration" in the subject line. Once again, here is a collection of my favorite reader submitted works over the last few weeks. Keep them coming! L.A. Noire - Title Sequence from chrisp on Vimeo. death of phonebook from cinema iloobia on Vimeo. OFFF 2011 from BUNGALOW on Vimeo. Let's Go Sailing from Jesse Morrow on Vimeo. Aujourd'hui l'energie from Benoit MILLOT on Vimeo. perrier track matte demo from chrisp on Vimeo. David Hart & Co. - "Tartans" from Jeremy Nelson on Vimeo. Zeleno Drom from Artfx on Vimeo.

Video Inspiration #24

Video Inspiration is a weekly(ish) post where we either feature a specific artist or show a sort of "best of" list of videos we've discovered during the week. Everything here may not be brand new, but we felt it worth sharing with the community. If you have good finds that you'd like to share, please feel free to send your links to nathan@abduzeedo.com with "video inspiration" in the subject line. Hey everyone, this week we're featuring cool videos we discovered around the web. I'll be back next week with what I believe is going to be a longer than normal reader submitted works post. Thanks for submitting your work everyone, I'm always blown away by the incredible talent we have in this community! The Amplifetes - Somebody New from Anders Hellman Design on Vimeo. Teams vs. Star Slinger - Close To Me from Jordan Kim on Vimeo. Lasse Passage - Say Say Say (Music video) dir. Lars Aandheim & Christoffer Lossius (2011) from Lars Aandheim on Vimeo. Hooray For Earth - True Loves from Young Replicant on Vimeo. Rotting Hill from Media Design School on Vimeo. origins from Robert Showalter on Vimeo. THE SHOES - WASTIN TIME from Yoann Lemoine on Vimeo.

10 short videos to Inspire your day

Did it never occurred to you to be bored at work, at school, at home or getting a creative block? Well, it happens! This is some videos I've found on the Web and I'd love to share with you all. Hopefully after watching them all, It will inspire you for the day. Conan O'Brien Kinetic Typography from Jacob Gilbreath on Vimeo. Anatomy of Apple Design from Transparent House on Vimeo. 35mm from Pascal Monaco on Vimeo. I Have PSD from Hyperakt on Vimeo. Cover creation from Peter Belanger on Vimeo. VITAL - Saying from VITAL on Vimeo. A SHORT LOVE STORY IN STOP MOTION from Carlos Lascano on Vimeo. Lamborghini Aventador from Sehsucht™ on Vimeo. The Mountain from TSO Photography on Vimeo. The Light of Life from daihei shibata on Vimeo.

Video Inspiration #23 - Reader Submitted Works

Video Inspiration is a weekly(ish) post where we either feature a specific artist or show a sort of "best of" list of videos we've discovered during the week. Everything here may not be brand new, but we felt it worth sharing with the community. If you have good finds that you'd like to share, please feel free to send your links to nathan@abduzeedo.com with "video inspiration" in the subject line. So every week I post video inspiration and every week my inbox explodes with the amazing work being done by Abduzeedo readers. Here is a collection of my favorite reader submitted works over the last few weeks. Keep them coming! Rubbish Animation from Chris Seabrooks on Vimeo. CMYK08 Showreel 2011 from Gilles Munten on Vimeo. Samsung in motion from cordier royer kevin on Vimeo. Bianca Chang - Recent Works, June 2011 from Bianca Chang on Vimeo.

Video Inspiration #22 - May I present, 'Everything'

Video Inspiration is a weekly(ish) post where we either feature a specific artist or show a sort of "best of" list of videos we've discovered during the week. Everything here may not be brand new, but we felt it worth sharing with the community. If you have good finds that you'd like to share, please feel free to send your links to nathan@abduzeedo.com with "video inspiration" in the subject line. Welcome to my latest obsession: Everything. Created by Jason Whetzell and Danny Jelinek; hosted by Sophie Kipner. Everything is five minutes long and tends to feature five videos from five different artists. Beyond that it's a bit difficult for me to explain. Put simply, I love it. I hope you guys will too. Everything (Ep. 17) from dannyjelinek on Vimeo. Everything (Ep. 16) from dannyjelinek on Vimeo. Everything (Ep. 15) from dannyjelinek on Vimeo. Everything (Ep. 14) from dannyjelinek on Vimeo. Everything (Ep. 12) from dannyjelinek on Vimeo.

Video Inspiration #21

Video Inspiration is a weekly(ish) post where we either feature a specific artist or show a sort of "best of" list of videos we've discovered during the week. Everything here may not be brand new, but we felt it worth sharing with the community. If you have good finds that you'd like to share, please feel free to send your links to nathan@abduzeedo.com with "video inspiration" in the subject line. This week I'm posting some really rad videos I've come across recently through my google reader. Do any of you have some cool video sites I should check out for future posts? Loom from Polynoid on Vimeo. Immersive Cocoon "2011" from adNAU on Vimeo. IS TROPICAL - THE GREEKS (official music video) from EL NINO on Vimeo. Power Animal - Dear My Body from Jordan Smith on Vimeo. Carving the Mountains from Juan Rayos on Vimeo.

Video Inspiration #20

Video Inspiration is a weekly(ish) post where we either feature a specific artist or show a sort of "best of" list of videos we've discovered during the week. Everything here may not be brand new, but we felt it worth sharing with the community. If you have good finds that you'd like to share, please feel free to send your links to abduzeedo@abduzeedo.com with "video inspiration" in the subject line. This week I'm posting some really rad videos I've come across recently through my google reader. Do any of you have some cool video sites I should check out for future posts? BSS | Breakfast Interrupted from Bruton Stroube Studios on Vimeo. Metronomy - On The Motorway - by JUL & MAT from JUL & MAT on Vimeo. Hello, I like espresso. from Vincent Lammers on Vimeo. VIVA BITS 'N PIECES from zeitguised on Vimeo. VIVA GET THE CLIP from zeitguised on Vimeo. VIVA SPEZIAL from zeitguised on Vimeo.