Musketon is an 'illustration machine' based in Gent, Belgium, he is basically a master of his craft. You can tell that he is a big fan of pop culture from the 80s and 90s. We are featuring his 'In the nineties' illustrative series from Behance. It's a collection where he humorously illustrated 'what if our today tech has been brought back to the 90s'. For example, what if Airbnb existed back or what if it would like if we had Uber back in those years.
Adhemas Batista directed a series of animations for Asics Worldwide partnering with Zombie Studio and commissioned by 180LA, advertising agency based in Los Angeles. The series of animations is a fun representation of the feeling of running with the Flytefoam technology by Asics. Live action direction by David Black.
First of all, these are not 'gibberish' but that's how ori toor humorously calls his playful, creative and beautiful illustration & doodle series. At first, I was even questioning why he calls it 'Gibberish' but just by reading his bio, you quickly understand why. Basically, Ori is a master of his craft at doodling sketches without any planning just improvising. This is something I dearly appreciate, it's fun to just let go of things and let your mind go free to be creative.
João Marques shared this retro inspired illustration and motion design project for the Lightspeed EP. In September of 2019, DJ/producer KURA released a new EP on Spinnin' Records entitled 'Lightspeed'. A really energetic and fierce EP, especially the title track ‘Lightspeed’, a big room production with a hard drop and cool sample snippets.
A good pal Amrit Pal Singh have shared with us his new project titled: '3D Rooms Project' which is basically a series of how iconic rooms would be represented during the pandemic. It's always rewarding and inspiring seeing what artists, designers, and entrepreneurs are putting together during these times. These playful and colorful 3D illustrations are inspired by arts, literature, and cinema.
Dave Ordnajela is an Art Director & Illustrator based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He shared an aesthetic series filled with imaginative scenes, concluded with a beautiful typography treatment titled: 'Moments & Places'. I am not sure if it's because of the pandemic but it's a personal experiment for Dave to create after a need of taking pictures. So Dave would imagine these 'Moments & Places' where there would be a soundtrack to complete the piece.
Ryogo Toyoda is a 3D illustrator based in Tokyo, Japan, he shared a colorful series of 3D illustrations he worked for the 'Tokyo Design Academy School'. These illustrations that would be used for the school guide purposes and Ryogo wanted to showcase 'how designers contribute to the society after graduation'. As you take a closer look at these playful illustrations, you can see the contribution of designers on public transportation, entertainment, retail businesses, restaurants, and more. It's really great!
Team duo Anna Kajda and Arek Kajda have shared on Behance, their 3D brand illustrations project they worked for Pitch, a collaborative tool to create beautiful & effective presentations. I am not surprised seeing illustrations making a comeback, especially for a case of product design or even 'brand' for this case. They are unique, quite recognizable in terms of what medium and to me 'brand design' is the next evolution. I mean that's how I see it.
Our good pal Denise Rashidi released her new book entitled: Daydreaming in Japan. It's not any kind of book, it's a coloring book! This book utilizes her stylish, 'pastel-ish' and detailed illustrations of the hidden backstreets of Japan. You know my love for the country of Japan, Denise does a remarkable job to illustrate its authenticity and by also adding her own signature.
Aga Lut is a freelance graphic designer. To ease her mind and to relax after her commercial work, she started to illustrate. “I used to illustrate people a lot, but I’ve grown bored of it.” - she says. One of the main reasons was that she felt she was lacking her own unique style; many illustrators do something similar, and maybe it’s a good opportunity to experiment. So she said goodbye to digital painting and started her adventure with vectors. Quite a rewarding one, she adds.
Germán Reina Carmona shared a super stylish set of illustrations titled Ipad Comics. There is not much information about it but I really like them. From the colors to the themes. It mixes cartoon style illustrations but with a more textured look (for lack of better word).
Ada Zielińska is an artist based in Warszawa, Poland. She has shared a series of commissioned & personal illustrations from the past year until now. These illustrations caught my attention of its retro aesthetics that would trigger memories from the 'Omni Magazine' days. Where science and fiction came together to combine and share knowledge for its readers. This is pure futurism and I really dig them. What do you think?
Mateusz Urbanowicz is back with more of his Tokyo Storefonts, a series of illustrations that would imagine a creative and unique shops on the streets of Tokyo. We have featured his first series on abdz. a few years back, it's really great to see a comeback that would carry the same appealing, charming and detailed results. Each storefront shares its own story, from an optician's salon, typewriter, photo studio, and more.
If there’s something good about 2020 is the time back I got from the commute and change of context. Staying home is daunting indeed, especially with a global pandemic. I also want to acknowledge everyone that had to keep going to work and our heroes, doctors and nurses. For the rest of us, that could stay home, nothing better than using the extra time to learn something new. Al Power, an illustrator from Dublin, Ireland shared some super awesome videos teaching us to exercise our illustration skills in Procreate.
Daniel Escudeiro shared a really beautiful project on Behance that brought me back some good memories of the 90s and early 2000s. The project is a set of two collage illustrations for a short story by Raphael Montes, published in the Brazilian magazine Superinteressante (May 2017). The work has that deconstructivist look, mixing different photogs and textures.
Amrit Pal Singh has been creating a really creative and unique initiative. Titled: 'Toy Faces Library', it's a series of 3D avatars that you can use for your mockups, UIs and/or personal use. The part where it gets very unique is that Amrit puts in a great effort to provide the most diverse library possible with over 70+ unique 3D avatars and that library keeps growing and growing.
Markos Kay is an visual artist based on London, United Kingdom, he shared a project that we wanted to feature on abdz. via his Behance profile. It's a series of intriguing illustrations for the Hemaware magazine to raise awareness of bleeding disorders, new treatments, and research. I would definitely push you guys to read the entire case study, there are some great explanations and videos. I personally love the style that Markos explores in this series and particularly like the color palette.
A homage to the work of William Morris’ floral designs and illustrations of the 19th Century. Here, the real-time growth of flowers is used to form a modern illuminated letter, highlighting the slower quality of manual creation. Morris used illuminated letters in his own publications as a rebellion against the uniformity of the new industrial world. Morris used illuminated letters in his own publications as a rebellion against the uniformity of the new industrial world.
Shruti Singh, amongst many designers and illustrators, created project is themed around Covid19. Her series of self-portraits reflects an expression of feelings and thoughts that crossed her mind during this critical time. It is a very challenging time, mentally and physically. These portraits are an expression of the changing times and the emotional toll it is taking on our minds. Like Shruti, I have been going through ups and downs. Anxiety is always a by-product and it’s important for us to find ways to express the feeling.
Times are definitely changing, we all live in a pandemic and hopefully soon a post-pandemic reality. Economically things will be difficult initially but eventually things will get better. I know this sounds super grim, but in order to help everyone to promote their work, we will start featuring designers from all over the world in a series we call Designer Spotlight. For this one brings to you the amazing work of Kasia Bojanowska.