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Eye-catching Abstract Sketches

Eye-catching Abstract Sketches

We designers have a tendency to doodle on anything from sketchbooks to cocktail napkins. The most gratifying part of this exercise is when free form doodles turn into the beginning of an amazing illustration. What sometimes starts as a simple way to pass the time may turn into something abstract, intriguing or dare we say surrealistic. To illustrate this, we've handpicked a few groovy examples we stumbled upon and hope that these will inspire you to come up with some off the cuff sketches of your own. We'll keep an eye out. Equilibrium by MeRuxi In your Eye by lauraborealisis tunnel vision HI RES by ecks-i Right Hand June July 2007 by MetalDad56 Surreal mind by shinigami-el Convergence by Drecksen sketchbookiness 1 by wantonlemonade --VISIONS-- by Astral-Haze Vision by MeRuxi The Trap. by toto-2403 sunlionmandala by Arzamas

Abstract Photo Manipulation in Photoshop CS 6

The new promotional images for Photoshop CS6 are really amazing, they were created by Alberto Seveso, an incredible digital artist from Italy. Seveso has been pushing the limits of creativity and the use of Photoshop for a long time and we are great admirer of his work. Intrigued with artworks we decided to create something inspired by his work. It's amazing to see that such amazing images are most of the times done by simple techniques. This tutorial will show you how to achieve similar effect using Photoshop with Masks and Layer Effects. It's an intermediate tutorial but I am sure you will have so much fun doing as we did. Step 1 Open Photoshop and create a new document. I am using 2880x1800 pixels for mine After that let's use a photo of a beautiful girl. The one I am using is from YuriyZhuravov and it's title Beautiful smiling woman portrait on white background. Courtesy of Shutterstock. Step 2 Now let's create some brushes to use for our masking exercise. The images I am using to create the brushes are also courtesy of Shutterstock and this first one is called "inks in water, colorful abstraction" by ADA_photo. Step 3 Copy some parts of the previous image and paste in a new document. After that go to Edit>Define Brush. Add a name to your new brush and create a few more. Step 4 Here's the second one, simply do the same thing as the previous step. Step 5 Now using a different image, this one from NatUlrich called Ink in water. Isolated on white background. Again copy a few parts to create different brushes. I created 4 brushes for my image. Step 6 Select the image layer and group it so the image will be in a folder. Duplicate this folder a few times because we will need it as we move forward. Hide all new folders and keep only one visible. Select the visible folder and go to Layer>Layer Mask>Hide All. The image will be completely hidden. After that select the Brush Tool (B) and one of the brushes you created from the stock photos. Using white for the color, paint on top of the layer mask to make part of the girl visible. Step 7 Let's add some layer styles. I am using Inner Shadow, Inner Glow and Drop Shadow to create some depth for the different layers. You can see the values below. Step 8 Select one of the hidden folders and make it visible. Apply the same process as we did in the previous steps to add another layer of our abstract collage. Step 9 Add a new layer inside the folder and group this new layer as well. Change the Blend Mode to Color Burn. Select the layer again and change the opacity to 30%. Using the Brush Tool (B) with black for the color and a very soft brush, start painting a sort of shadow on the overlaping areas. The idea here is to add more depth and separate the parts a little bit more. Step 10 Add more parts by repeating the same process. Every new part you should use a new folder with the image and the color burn folder. Step 11 Use different brushes and different sizes to make the image more dynamic. Step 12 Here is the final version of my layers. Notice that there's always a shadow between layers and the bottom one is different than the others. Try to vary as much as you can to make the effect more real. Step 13 Select all layers and duplicate them. After that merge all new layers into one. Go to Filter>Blur>Iris Blur. The Iris Blur is pretty cool because we have a real time preview. So move the blur around until you get something like the image below. The goal is to blur the edges a little bit. Conclusion Duplicate the layer and apply change the Blend Mode to Soft Light at 70% Opacity. Also duplicate it again and apply a Gaussian Blur with 10 pixels Radius. Change the Blend Mode to Screen at 40% Opacity. In the end you can apply a Photo Filter as well to make the colors match a little bit more. Now you can try with different images, brushes and colors. Remember, the tutorials are more to illustrate the process, try to come up with your own images. Download Photoshop File Click here to download the Photoshop file used for this tutorial

Insane New Works of Rik Oostenbroek

After 3 years since his last update, Rik Oostenbroek finally is coming back with a new website with loads of incredible pieces. Currently based in Montreal, Qc, this digital artist and Illustrator originally from Netherlands surely knows how to work around the edges. In the following, you will see Rik's works at his best since 2009 and get ready to be amaze by a such a talented young artist. To find out more about Rik Oostenbroek, you can check out his website at and just follow him on Twitter @rikoostenbroek

Introducing the Digital Artist Michael Kammerer

Michael Kammerer is a digital artist originally coming from Germany. He's a talented designer and always have been fascinated my abstract art. During the last few years, he developed his own style of digital art and trying to put his vision to life. For me the interaction of shapes and colour is one the most beautiful aspects of artistic expression. To have more information about Michael Kammerer, you can check out his website at or simply follow him on Twitter @eightvisions.

Justin Maller Updated Work

Justin Maller was the first designer/digital artist we had the chance to interview on Abduzeedo, it was back in 2007. After these 4 years are even more fans of his work and everything he has done also running Depthcore. That's why everytime he updates his portfolio we feature some of his new artworks. For more information about Justin Maller visit his Web site at

Abstract Colored Shapes Photography

One great way to get inspired is to not get inspired by the same type of work you doing, for example if you designing a website, don't look for web design inspiration but try to get inspired by something totally different. Here is a great selection that you can boost your imagination by looking at abstract shapes with beautiful colors. Arindam@Sen Stacy Wachter Gremxul barbera Chris28mm Jase Wells Flaming Physicist silverhalide04 _olasso chrisbastian44 Darren Lehane Ratnakar2 snapper30 scilit sneuweger monteregina patrice_elmi 1bluecanoe ?ataliee?ynn

Case Study: Isolation Abstract Illustration

In this case study Ali Al-Zahrani show the entire process of how he creates his abstract works from beginning to the end. It's really amazing to see how people create their work and this process it's totally different from what I have seen before. Check it out! For more from Ali Al-Zahrani visit

Stylish New Artworks by oit8doi2

A couple of weeks ago we featured a design by Bruno Borges, AKA Oit8doi2, as wallpaper of the week. That image was called La Pipe and it was part of his new portfolio, which includes some other great pieces and that's what we are doing now, sharing with you some of his other works. For more information visit Bruno Borges visit MTV Notebook Agora Vingt et deux Cosmia Altar Mensageiro do Vento SE La Pipe Mentos Aqua Kiss About Bruno Bruno Borges AKA Oit8doi2. Bruno was born in Rio de Janeiro but it's currently based in São Paulo. His work is very colorful with a little bit of te 80s influence like this wallpaper.

Interesting Compositions by Markus Baier

Markus Baier is a 21 year old student of communication design at the Institute of Design in Hamburg. His work is quite unique mixing abstract elements with photos. Sometimes it reminds me of David Carson like the bUTTER bEI dE kITCHEN cookbook, however darker. I don't know how to explain but that is why we are featuring his work here on Abduzeedo. For more information about Markus visit his Web site at bUTTER bEI dE kITCHEN cookbook An extraodinary cookbook for ordinary people. Duration: 6 months. Size of one chapter: 1.40m x 0.20m .Size of all Chapters: 1.40m x 1.00m Needs I made five new illustrations which are dealing with the needs of human beings. The issues are OBSESSION, DESIGN, LOVE, PASSION and SIN. Original Size DIN A1, 300ppi, CMYK. Ambition Is Wicked Nike Football Never hide Blackout Handmade

Reader Case Study: AeroStuff by Trisme

The tutorial of this week is from one of our readers, his name is Trisme and he is an illustrator, digital artist and web designer from Poland. Trisme will show us how he created the design called AeroStuff, it's a really cool artwork mixing photos and some 3D objects. The best thing about blogging is that we have the chance to see how digital artist from all around the globe overcome the challenge of making an idea come true. In this little tutorial/case study it's not different. The idea I had in mind was to show some sort of air/gravity applying a force on some objects in a very visual and sort of abstract form - inspired by some airy d'n'b beats I just started this piece. Resources Step 1 Firstly I imported and placed the sheep, because they remind me of light and soft stuff, I don't know why. The gradient and the rest of the composition was related to this idea I had in mind and want to turn into an real artwork. Step 2 With the sheep and gradient, the next step I started adding some abstract 3d shapes that I had rendered before. Step 3 Some other 3D render objects this time with a bronze color for contrast. After that, as you can see in the image below, the composition has some more coffee/creamy look which is exactly what I wanted to achieve. Step 4 Here I needed to do some changes like small details and shadows were added, also, those big 3D objects that you can see in the first plane. I still was just checking to see if that would work. Step 5 Time for a major resizing and I also replaced some elements and colorize some as well. Step 6 Here I added other 3D objects and had to make some little changes as well. Step 7 In this phase it was time to add clouds and try some different light effects. Step 8 Still playing with the clouds. Step 9 To create a better focal point I added some elements in the middle as you can see in the image below. After that some little adjustments and finished. Conclusion Looks easy but I have to say, I spent quite some time to create this. I hope it might help you. Thank you very much for following along. Details For more information about Trisme visit his Web site at You can also check out his Behance Profile and his DeviantArt profile.

Hexagon Bokeh Effect in Photoshop

In 2008 I came up with a technique using the Brush Tool in Photoshop to create a digital bokeh effect. Then I mixed it with some gradient colors blended all together. The effect has become quite popular so I decided to upgrade a little bit the effect. So in this tutorial I will show you how to create a digital bokeh effect with hexagons. We will use the brush engine, patterns, blend modes and basic filters to achieve this effect. Step 1 Open Photoshop and create a new document, I'm using 2560x1440 pixels so I can use it as wallpaper. Fill the background layer with a very dark grey (#181818). Step 2 Add another layer and fill it with a gradient using dark yellow, red and blue for the colors. Use 30º for the angle. After that change the Blend Mode to Overlay. Step 3 Add a new layer and go to Filter>Render>Clouds. Make sure you have black and white for the background and foreground colors. After that go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Use 70 to 100 for the Amount, then change the Blend Mode to Color Dodge. Step 4 Now let's create a hexagon shape to use as brush. Select the Polygon Tool (U) and create an hexagon with black. After that go to Layer>Layer Styles>Strokes. Use 7 pixels for the Size and Inside for the Position. After that go to Blending Options: Custom and change the Fill Opacity to 50%. To create the brush just select the hexagon by holding Command(mac)/Control(pc) and clicking on the thumb of the layer, then go to Edit>Define Brush. Name your brush and get back to the document with the design. Step 5 Go to Windown>Brushes. Select Shape Dynamics and use 40% for the Jitter. Keep the other values the same. Then select Scattering, select Both Axes for the Scatter and use 700% for the value. The last thing here is Transfer. Use 40% for the Opacity Jitter and keep the other values with 0%. Step 6 Add a new layer and group this new layer, it will be inside a folder. Change the Blend Mode of the folder to Color Dodge. With the Brush Tool (B), select the hexagons brush we created in the previous step, then using white paint the layer with some hexagons. Step 7 Go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Use 2.0 pixels for the Radius. Step 8 Duplicate the layer and then go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur again, this time however use 5 pixels for the Radius. Change the Fill Opacity to 60%. Also with the Eraser Tool(E) delete some areas that might get too bright. Step 9 Select the folder in the Layer Palette and go to Layer>Add Layer Mask>Reveal All. Select the layer mask thumb and go to Filter>Render>Clouds. After that go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Use 20 pixels for the Radius. Applying the clouds fliter with the mask will hide some areas based on the clouds colors. Step 10 Add a new layer on top of the others and the select the Paint Bucket Tool (G), change the type to Pattern and select a stripped pattern, the one I used you can download it here. After that rotate it 30º. You will have to duplicate the layer and move it the new copy to fill the whole screen. Select both layers and go to Layer>Merge Layers. Change the Blend Mode to Overlay and once again add a layer mask and apply the clouds filter with blur in the layer mask as we did in the previous step. Step 11 Add a new layer and then group this new layer into a folder. Change the Blend Mode of the folder to Color Dodge then select the Brush Tool (B). With a rounded and very soft brush; use white for the color and paint some light flares. Step 12 Add a new layer still inside this folder. Get the Gradient Tool (G) and then click on the gradient to open the Gradient Editor. Change the Type to Noise, the Roughness to 100% and select both Options: Restric Colors and Add Transparency. Fill the layer using this gradient but using an Angle Gradient type. Step 13 With the layer with the Angle gradient selected go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Use 10 pixels for the Radius. After that with the brush tool, add another light spot exactly in the middle of the angle gradient. Step 14 Add a layer on top of the others, then fill this layer with black. with the Eraser Tool(E) and a big soft and rounded brush, delete the center a few times until you have created a vignette effect. The idea here is to darken the edges of the design. Step 15 Select all layers and duplicate them, after that, with all duplicated layers selected go to Layer>Merge Layers. The next thing to do is to go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Use 15 pixels for the Radius . Step 16 Duplicate this blurry layer so you will have 2 layers. For the first one change the Blend Mode to Overlay and the Opacity to 40%. For the second one, the one that will be on top of the others, use Screen for the Blend Mode and 30% for the Opacity. Conclusion This is a very simple effect to create in Photoshop, and as you can see we didn't use any special plugin or stock photos, we just used basic filters, the brush engine and some blend modes. There are lots of things we can create in Photoshop and these types of abstract effects are my favorite. Now it's up to you to come up with your own! Click on the image for full preview. Download the Photoshop File Click here to download the Photoshop file used for this tutorial

Great Abstract Illustrations by Mu!

Abstract illustration is something that always intrigued me, I always wonder how they come up with the ideas and also, how they make the ideas come true. Now it seems even more complicated if you go straight to the computer. Sebastián Murra Ramirez is a graphic and motion designer from Colombia, but based in Barcelona, has a very inspiring set of abstract illustrations. I’m a graphic & motion designer from Cartagena de Indias, Colombia based in Barcelona (Catalonia), Spain. I believe the power of color and shape can build a better tomorrow for all of us through the ideas these two elements can communicate. I use abstraction and mainly shapeless objects that combined together form an integrity that speaks of passion, love, aggressiveness, joy, power, justice, injustice, etc., depending on the case. For me each illustration has its meaning but everyone can have his own interpretation. Eventually through abstraction the illustration becomes yours because of the input you make out of it. Some Works For more information visit Mu!'s website at

20 Amazing 3d Illustrated Portraits

The work of PoisonVectors is just a new level of portraits, mixing it up with a lot of abstract 3d and great final touch and colors it's amazing. This is definitely a new style that came up from the trendy of making full body portraits with abstract effects around it, the difference is that PoisonVectors took it to another level. For more from PoisonVectors visit

10 Amazing Abstract Full Body Portraits

This is a new style that I am seeing a lot lately and it's so amazing to see what different artists come up with, the mix of a person with 3d and lights it's just unbelievable work, I made a small selection but it's the most amazing graphic samples I could find to fulfill your inspirations, enjoy! To find out more about the artist who created the image, just click on the image and it will take you to his page.

Inspiration: moodSwing08

I've added the "Tigerheart"-artwork in the today's Daily Inspiration. Thats no reason not to mention all the other great designs moodSwing08 has done. Watch more of him on his DeviantArt-Account

Inspiration: rcco

There are so many great artists around the world. The just have to be found. And I'm trying my best that they don't get lost in this mess of bad design. Like rcco from the netherlands. See more of him right here

Inspiration: Ariel-G

When i started photoshop I got interested in a lot of abstract stuff. I downloaded every brush I think it was worth it (which was nearly every second) and painted black pictures with a blue fractal brush and thought I was a hero. I miss this feeling and I also miss good abstract pictures. Here is one artist I really like and follow his stuff for years now. And I have to say. He keeps getting better and better. Find more artworks of Ariel-G on his DeviantArt-Account and say hello from me.