36 Days of Character Design

Many people know about the challenge that takes place every year called # 36daysoftype, for 8 years it has brought designers and artists from all over the world on instagram under a single hashtag. It has become very popular and I have been participating and trying to challenge myself for 7 years. This year Daniela Jiménez decided to do something different, convert each letter of the alphabet and 10 numbers into character design.

Dogma — A digital art series by Janusz Jurek

Janusz Jurek is a visual artist based in Ostrów Wielkopolski, Poland. I can't pinpoint if we have featured his work before but it's better now than never. I am sharing his digital art series titled: 'Dogma' and as you can see it's a monochrome approach or tribute to the 'man's best friend'. The dog. As I was scrolling for inspiration to feature, I stumbled across Janusz's work and I couldn't help to think about the memories of my dog as well. It's beautiful, make sure to check them out.

No villain is born villain — Illustration

Pedro Correa shared an awesome illustration project that was commissioned by the popular Brazilian magazine “Revista Superinteressante # 408”. The reportage is about the villain's journey, explaining that no villain is born villain, they all have a journey that took them there. All illustrations made in Photoshop using True Grit Textures Supply brushes and textures.

Illustration translating the feeling of global warming

Shangning Wang and Jiayan He shared an illustration project they created for Adobe that was used for Adobe InDesign 2020 splash screen as well as different materials. This is a series of posters that showcase the feeling of global warming. This project was created in May 2018, and published in early June 2018. In 2019, we collaborated with the Adobe Design Team, and one piece of this project is featured at Adobe InDesign 2020 splash screen.

Stylish Newspaper Cover Illustration

Anil Rinat shared an awesome illustration project for a newspaper cover. The work was commissioned for an exhibition curated by @zoharariso, Jerusalem design week. I personally love the geometric aspect of the illustration in a clean vector style. I always find it hard to nail this type of vector work because most of the time it looks not polished or professional. That’s totally the opposite of Anil accomplished, the outcome is stylish and full of personality.

30 Days of Shapes — Illustration

Maximilian Bolduan shared this illustration and graphic design project is paying homage to Isabella Conticello's #ageoaday challenge. Maximilian really admires her work and her skill to design a big variation of different layouts and compositions. If nothing else you REALLY should check out her work. While designing layouts he got a feeling for the balance and weight of objects and the right composition.

Watsons 屈臣氏 Illustrations By Mercedes Bazan

Mercedes Bazan is an incredible graphic designer and illustrator currently working at Strip. We are a fan of Mercedes work in general but we would love to focus on the illustrations, more specifically the Watsons 屈臣氏 Illustrations made for Watsons Moisturizing Facial masks.The style the colors everything is simply… inspiring! 

Collision —  Journey into a visual sci-fi universe

Collision is Eduardo da Floresta most recent project that consists in a book. It’s a non-narrative journey into a visual sci-fi universe, full of places to explore. Eduardo started this project in the beginning of this year (2021), inspired by the old sci-fi book covers and movie posters. He adds that it’s a book with around 100 pages full of obscure places, weird creatures and mystic universes.

A Magical and Tasty Lettering Series

What would it look like if you could put a foodie spin on popular fairy tales? “Hungrily Ever After” is a collection of colorful hand-lettered book cover art that reimagines fairy tale messages if their characters were big foodies. Filled with puns, parodies, and playful illustrations, this series will appeal to your appetite and childhood storytime nostalgia.

A bedtime story to bring hope and optimism to children’s bedsides

Forever Beta is publishing a bedtime storybook specifically written to remind and reassure children that there is hope and happiness to look forward to beyond the pandemic. It comes on the back of a University of Oxford study showing that children have shown increases in negative physical and emotional mental health symptoms during lockdown

Redesign of Rudo and Tecnico Tequila Labels

Anton Burmistrov shared a beautiful branding and illustration work for the redesign of the Rudo and Tecnico tequila labels. Tequilas Rudo and Tecnico are inspired by Lucha Libre, an extremely popular Mexican style of professional wrestling, and its rich cultural tradition.

Graphical Illustrations by Nicholas Chuan

Nicholas Chuan is a designer and illustrator based in Penang Island, Malaysia. We are featuring his illustrations that he shared on Behance profile. They are a combination of graphics, textures, illustrations, and even photography as well. It's pretty cool, as you go through Nicholas's past work. You could see a progression in his work and as of lately, he has found a comfortable pace to explore and embrace towards to.

Arcade Madness Illustration by César Canseco

César Canseco shared a beautiful illustration project titled Arcade Madness. The project was created for Nintendo 64 fan-art for the Cartoon Madness gallery show at La Mole Convention 2020 in CDMX curated by GAMA Crea. I personally love the grain added to the illustrations, it added a more refined look, perhaps, a paper feeling to them.

'Người Mẹ sông Hồng' Illustration Series

We are featuring the work of Fevik ., an illustrator based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. His illustrations we are sharing are part of a book titled: 'Người mẹ sông Hồng' which means 'The Mother of the Red river'. After a few searches, it's a principal river also known as the Hồng Hà and Sông Cái in Vietnamese. The illustrations are beautiful and the attention to the details is so true to its authenticity.

Lettering Series XXXIII by Rafael Serra

Rafael Serra shared a collection of lettering work created for clients as well as personal projects. I really loved the overall style and the interpretation of some common and popular brands like McDonalds, Pepsi, Apple, Windows 95. They captured the nostalgic feeling with a modern and cleaner vector style. 

Essence of that Retro Chic Summer — Illustration

We have featured VELKRO in the past and we will definitely continue that tradition because we love their work. For this post I’d love to share a beautiful Illustration and motion design project created by them in 2019. The idea was simply to celebrate summer and translate that to a greeting card to send to friends and clients. The result is simple, smart, elegant and plain beautiful. A blue striped curtain represents for us the essence of that retro chic summer.

NFT Spotlight — Monochrome Art with Ruben Ireland

Ruben Ireland is a digital artist based in the UK. Ruben has been crafting his art. For a decade now and you must have seen or recognized his stylish black and white illustrations featuring characters mixed with different types of techniques. From our archives, we have featured his work on abdz back in 2013 with Mysterious Characters by Ruben Ireland. I am humbled to see Ruben still crafting his art and it's an honor to feature him in our NFT Spotlight Series.

Illustrations by Tracie Ching: A Marriage of Old and New

In light of the recent release of Zack Snyder's Justice League, (I couldn’t sit through the four hour cut but Fabio did) we’re thrilled to share some of our favorite works of an amazing female artist behind the imagery, specifically Cyborg aka Victor Stone. Seven artists were tasked with creating unique interpretations of their favorite Justice League heroes in their very own style.

Faith - A series of Chinese Calligraphy Illustrations

We are featuring the work of Edisonwong7, a visual artist based in Shenzhen, China. There is somehow an explanation on what his project is about but I apologize that Google Translate was not bringing his 'forté' on this translation. But I wanted to feature this work related to the news that we currently hear around the world, especially from the US. The title of Edisonwong7's series is called 'Faith' and it's a beautiful series that highlight 'Chinese calligraphy' through digital paint-like technique.

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