Abstract Illustration: City Skylines

The amazing people over at RETOKA . just shared another set of their coolest abstract series title Skylines. They also have animated some of them creating a even more nostalgic look. I say nostalgic because it reminds me of the classic Sega Genesis title Streets of Rage for some reason. They are city skylines translated to vertical and colorful lines, including famous places like San Francisco, Panama, Chicago amongst others. 

Visions of the Future Digital Art in Photoshop

It's always inspiring to see visions of the future translated to digital art especially when 3D and digital art tools are widely available. In addition to that, there are lots of websites and resources to learn these tools. The outcome of this powerful combination is strikingly beautiful digital art like the ones shared by Wadim Kashin on a Behance post, not coincidentally called Future Visions. It seems that the illustrations were created entirely in Photoshop, which makes them even more impressive.

Digital Art & Illustration: NEOMANCER by Kirill Maksimchuk

Let's share the vibrant 3D work of digital artist Kirill Maksimchuk. Based in Kaliningrad, Russian Federation, we are taking a look at his latest piece entitled: NEOMANCER. It's a cool concept and experimentation about an overdose of exposure from a character's emotions which is a female in this case. You can quite definitely the different approaches that Kirill took. It's impressive work! You should definitely check out his Behance for more of his 3D projects.

Awesome Illustration for Movie Posters by Rafal Rola

Rafał Rola, a super prolific designer from Lublin, Poland shared an incredible post on Behance sharing some beautiful posters created in 2017. The posters are for movies like Blade Runner 2049, Justice League, Star Wars Last Jedi, Ghost in the Shell, War for the Plane of the Apes, Wonder Woman and many other super popular movies and TV shows in 2017. The highlight though, is the style. They all feel like oil and watercolor painted but it was all done digitally with Adobe Sketch, Illustrator and Photoshop.

Forgotten Temple Illustration by Rui Gonçalves

Let's take a look at this rather cool illustration by art director/graphic designer Rui Gonçalves. Based in Barcelona, Spain, Rui is a true passion when it comes to graphic design and also art direction. Judging by his Behance Profile, ideas and concepts seems to be his forté. Today we are a case study at the Forgotten Temple Illustration, a commission project ended up being a personal experimentation.

Super Stylish Illustration and Animation: Wonderlust Ident / Racing

Wonderlust Ident / Racing is an illustration and animation project shared on Behance by a few super talented people. Their goal was to show that when you approach life with a childlike sense of wonder, life will always be fun and never boring. That is what the project is all about, and it's a series of beautiful illustration combined with smooth animation. It definitely makes you wonder why things got much boring as we grew older. 

Alternate Movie Poster Concepts by Karl Fitzgerald

Who doesn't love movie posters! It's generally rare to stumble across a movie poster that you would appreciate the overall design enough. They are usually too corny with flame radiant effects coming from everywhere and big bold fonts. You know what I mean, see this link. On the other hand, we are taking a look at the alternate movie poster concepts by Karl Fitzgerald. He is a freelance illustrator based in London, UK.

Archer Farms Coffee Packaging Illustration by Tom Haugomat

Staying in the layers of projects related to packaging, we are featuring this lovely series of illustrations for Target's renowned Archer Farms Coffee by Collins. Designed by Paris-based illustrator and art director Tom Haugomat from Messieurs Dame. Working mainly in illustration, animation and painting; you should definitely follow his Behance for the latest work.

Neo-noir-inspired Conceptual Illustrations by Tony Skeor

I would personally never get enough of everything related to neo-noir-inspired culture. Last year, we had the chance to explore that genre again with movies like Blade Runner 2049 and Ghost in the Shell. So it was obligatory to share the conceptual work of Tony Skier who is a concept artist based in Kyiv, Ukraine. His work is a mixture of different tools from Adobe Photoshop, Brush, After Effects and more, definitely check him out via his ArtStation Profile.

Happy New Year From Happy Hipsters By Lorenza Cotellessa

Happy New Year everyone! We're excited to start 2018 off with a smile and giggle thanks to awesome illustrator Lorenza Cotellessa's "Happy Hipsters." Lorenza is a Milan-based illustrator and graphic designer with a knack for beautifully blending character, color and composition in her own unique way. With a background in interior design, Lorenza is now purely focused on making her living as an illustrator and we fully support her passion. If you're keen on independent music labels, vintage clothes, and artisanal coffee we hope you enjoy these charming illustrations by a rising star.

Albino Animals Series of Illustration Using Just Circles

Bruno Silva and Oli Illustration shared an awesome illustration project on their Behance profiles titled Albino Animals Series. It's a Series of beautiful animals illustrations designed only with circles and the use of overlays and transparencies. I love these types of projects where the designer set a clear constraint and try to overcome it to achieve the desired result. Using just circles and overlays is quite challenging but it looks like it worked.

Voguish Portrait Illustrations by Janice Sung

First of all, Happy New Year everyone! We hope that everyone enjoyed a beautiful time off with their families, siblings, and friends. We are back and moving forward in 2018! Let's kick it off with the stunning work of Toronto-based illustrator named Janice Sung, she is an independent illustrator and her craft is all around portraits. You might have recognized some famous celebrities or movie characters like Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Mathilda and more.

Clever Animal Illustrations made of circles, triangles and squares

We are featuring this fun illustration project by Nikola Radojčić and Nenad Radojčić from Braća Burazeri. As you may have noticed, it's a series of illustrations of animals made of circles, triangles, and squares. The results are just fantastic and quite clever. It's such a good creative challenge to limit ourselves to create under some circumstances like shapes. Braća Burazeri did an incredible to embrace the challenge and also shared a bit of the process along the way.

Fantastic Digital Art by Dmitry Zaviyalov

Digital art can take you anywhere, it is just about let your imagination run free. Dmitry Zaviyalov shared this incredible illustration on his Behance profile that really accomplishes that. It features a village and it has this eerie mood. It reminds me of Zelda Breath of the Wild game to be hones, and that had become my favorite game of the year and probably ever. I was so amazed by the details and the style that I had to feature Dmitry's illustration here. 

3D Type Collection 1 (2017) by ILOVEDUST

It's almost the end of 2017, many of us including myself will be working at putting together our favourite and best work of the year to showcase. It's a cool practice since you are closing and re-arranging your files before the holidays. Also doing some cleaning for the upcoming new year and start fresh. We are taking a look at this year's collection by ILOVEDUST on their favourite 3D type projects from commercial, promotions and pitch-based.

Mind-boggling Vector Illustration Work by James Gilleard

James Gilleard shared a set of beautiful illustrations that he created in 2017. They are all vector illustration  and it definitely sets the bar at another level. The amount of details is nothing but staggering, I was trying to understand some of them like the one of Paris, or the ones with buildings and I couldn't.  There's just too much going on which makes me wonder how long it took it for James to create those illustrations. Below you can see some of my favorites.

Beautiful and Harmonious Fine Arts by Elicia Edijanto

Elicia Edijanto is an artist from Jakarta, Indonesia with some incredible work shared on her Behance profile. I love simple, black and white illustration and what Elicia's done here with drawings is exactly what I love. The subject and style of composition makes you think or imagining yourself in that situation. It is like the Limbo game, very similar style with most of the compositions having a central character, a child in eerie locations. Again, at least for me, the work takes me away in my imagination.

Illustration Inspiration: A series of illustrative work to inspirit your week

Since our weekly curated UI/UX interactions series are going well, we decided to give it a try with illustrations. Instead of focusing on one specific medium for illustrations like a print design for example. We will surf and look for great pieces across more platforms from books, print, web, applications and more. We will mix it all from static, dynamic and even live animations, this might be a great series to bookmark! For this week, let's go in different directions and see how this will boost your creativity!

Art Direction & Illustration: Black Friday, BEWARE!

It's finally the end of the Black Friday and Cyber Monday craze, aren't you glad that is over?! WE got hammered in our inboxes from the pre-sale, actual sale, extended and never-ending sales. After all of this, did you buy anything? Was it worth it? This is exactly the intention behind this illustration series by Tough Slate Design, what you think? I think it's a true representation of our rage for discounted prices for a limited time.

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