If you don’t follow EL ILUSTRADOR on Behance you should stop everything, click on the link and start following him. The illustration work that he shares is simply top notch especially if we are talking about the details and textures (I don’t even know if that’s the right way to describe it), however the project titled The Monkey King - Sun Wu-Kong is the best way to illustrate my point, no pun intended.
Flavio Melchiorre shared a colorful illustration project titled ”Tropicália” - 2020. He describes the project as an Experimental Digital Design involving modular kaleidoscopic patterns. The result is a super colorful set of compositions with a style that reminds me a bit of the art of the famous Brazilian artist Romero Brito. Another thing that caught my attention was the term “tropicalia”. Tropicália, also known as Tropicalismo, was a Brazilian artistic movement that arose in the late 1960s and formally ended in 1968.
Pavel Fuksa and Barbora Idesová shared a really cool illustration and motion design post on their Behance page. The idea/inspiration was: “What happens when you shuffle the letters in the song’s lyrics and create a bunch of eerie and bizarre anagrams? Most probably the only music video in the world featuring Gagarin on a rhino, woollen pot on fire, deviant peck, satanic loam, ruminal mob, immoral bun, yogi with legumes, an olive on the run, chased by the police helicopter and many more.”
Tomasz Woźniakowski shared a beautiful project on his Behance profile. It’s a set of illustrations he recently created for the newest Wizje magazine publication which is a polish collective of young people promoting poems of various writers. The illustration style is top notch, I especially like the usage of texture and depth. I feel that is a much better alternative to the ultra flat and vector look.
Corey Brickley is an illustrator that has been recently caught my attention for a feature on ABDZ. His work is quite intriguing and it's the kind of art that makes you second guess about what was the initial concept or the idea behind its creation. It definitely brings a notion of imagination that we were so used to when we were kids. Ever since we are kicking off the new year, this might be the right way to march into this new decade with an optimistic flair.
We have featured the work of Aaron before on ABDZ, I truly love his work especially this latest series titled: 'V A P O R D R E A M S • '97'. If you are a kid from the 80s (like me), you will probably be familiar with some of these items shown and/or scenes in this series are pure nostalgia. I mean just take a look at the artwork with the 'Goldeneye' game, how many hours have I spent playing this game. This is too pure. Hopefully, you will find some sentimentality as well.
Luis de la Barrera-Montenegro is a visual artist, 3D, motion artist based in Madrid, Spain. He has been making an interesting 3D digital art series about our everyday tools as we all commonly know them about. But in his series, he actually replaced the elements or shall we call them components used instead of actually making 3D renders of the tool itself. The results are so clever and remarkable. Hope you will enjoy this collection!
I really do enjoy when brands work on a collaborative partnership that triggers creativity and also finding ways to make us work with our hands more. Since almost everything can be achieved digitally, it's great to be reminded of basic principles. That's why I thought it would be great to share the work of Elen Winata and her collaboration with Lomography. Together, they worked to visualize the Lomo 'Instant', let's take a look!
I just came back from my week visiting Hiroshima including the island of Naoshima (Art Island). Departing from Okayama, it has been an incredible journey and one of the things you encounter when you are traveling in another country is the art & design (as a designer for the least). From the architecture, interior, tv advertisements...just everything. Among them, I stumbled across the work of IC4DESIGN inc., a two-team of illustrators based in Hiroshima, Japan. We are showcasing a series of illustrations they worked for the city's guidebook.
I recently came back from a trip to Japan, it was my first time there and I was blown away by the culture, especially the visuals. I was familiar with the aesthetics from video-games and mangas, however seeing some of the contrasts of peaceful and minimal to chaotic and colorful is incredible in person. The reason I’m bringing this up is because I was reading this interview with James White and he mentioned Mercedes Bazan as an illustrator he admires.
Let's take a look at the work from Ladislas Chachignot who is an illustrator, digital painter, and creator of the Citizens of the Jungle Illustration Series. What is it? Well, it's a series of portraits illustrating our lost connection towards nowadays strong resistance of technology and our initial primitive "wilderness". First of all, I truly love the variety of colors used throughout this series and utterly more knowing its signification.
It's not my first time seeing this but the use of 'illustration' in product design is very important nowadays. Most of us designers are eager to craft the simplest and most intuitive user experience. Meanwhile, we do sometimes neglect the use of illustrations to communicate the features with much more tenacity. This is why we are sharing the work of Aldiyar Aidash who is a product designer taking a stab at illustrations, really great stuff! It's definitely will be inspiring some of us to take the right 'virage'.
There are so many different illustration styles and despite that, it's interesting to see how much trends affect the usage of different styles. I was not aware of the work of Enisaurus until I ran to her/hir Behance profile. It was refreshing seeing how can you add character and personality to illustration, not following trends and yet creating awesome artworks. I personally love the color and depth added to the forms. Some projects even use textures to create a more dirty look, really beautiful.
We are featuring the illustrations from Denise aka surudenise, they are filled with pastel colours, Japan, cats and alleyways. What else do you want? These are packed with beautiful and vibrant colors! I especially like her two illustrations referring to Kyoto Cats Day/Night, almost have that Anime feels. You should definitely give her a follow on Instagram where she incorporates the same feels in terms of color palette.
We have featured Anxo Vizcaíno a couple of times here on Abduzeedo, he actually has some of the most inspiring Photoshop illustration projects on Behance IMO, full of light effects and eeries space theme. AnxoI had the chance to make a set of illustrations for the 6th issue of Tantrum, the "magazine of extraordinary stories". As the name suggests, the theme is quite extraordinary and Anxo takes full advantage of that.
Illustration are a endless source of inspiration. And I love the different styles of illustrations we find out there. You don't need to browse too much to find something to match your mood. A few weeks ago I was telling a good friend of mine that I needed some wine. She sent me this cute illustration from Lingvistov and I loved it. Right away I knew I had to showcase their work here. Lingvistov was founded by Russian artists Landysh and Asia. And oh my their doodles are awesome.
Gabriel Silveira was invited by the very cool people at Ordinary Folk to help them design their video for SAP along with Stephen Kelleher, Nuria Boj and Haewon Shin. In this kind of project it's always interesting to see what animators come up with using your designs, and in this case he was BLOWN AWAY by what those incredible designers and motion designers did. Below you can see some of the style frames and the final video.
Elvis Benício was asked by beLight Software to review their latest app, vector drawing illustration software Amadine. The app was released in May, 2019 and is positioned as an affordable and easy-to-use alternative to more expensive vector drawing apps on the market. After playing with the app Elvis shared with us what he’s been creating with this software. The result is quite awesome, check it out
I'm slightly obsessed with hand lettering. I simply love when I stumble upon any branding, print, signage, mural, etc. showcasing a beautiful lettering work. The talent involved in creating beautiful things using only your free hand, creativity and skills never ceases to impress me. From packages on a supermarket shelf to restaurant chalkboard menus or street signs, I'm always delighted to see a good old hand-drawn piece. And this is why I'm always looking for artworks with that particular style.
Mr Misang is an illustrator from Seoul, Korea. It's a fascinating country with an interesting history. We are featuring the work from Mr Misang because of the insane illustration entitled: Rough World. Filmed by DawittGold who is director from PEACHES, and music by NAFLA and LOOPY who are famous rapper from label MKIT, Korea. I would definitely advise you to check out the video!