Jon Foster is an illustrator, painter and fine artist from Rhode Island, NY. I came across his work while I was looking for some inspiration at Behance. In his Behance profile there was only one project called Fantastic Worlds with some truly fantastic pieces. For more information about Jon Foster visit his Behance profile at http://www.behance.net/JonFoster
Evgeny Skidanov is a 3D Illustrator from Moscow, Russia. I came across some of his works while I was checking out the popular entries on Dribbble. Some of his works are done purely in Photoshop like the beautiful Bs-O-Meter, but some are done using 3DS Max with V-Ray and post production in Photoshop. For more information about Evgeny I highly recommend that you check out his Web site at http://cargocollective.com/skidanov. The full version is in Russian and you can check it out at http://portfolio.skidanov.com/#/commercial. I also recommend that you visit/follow him on Dribbble at http://dribbble.com/3DSMART The client wanted to present the block to investors on design stage, so I have to model and visualise the block rather quickly, and make it look like a studio photo at the same time. I wanted to make people believe that the detail had already been manufactured. I decided to use NURBS modeling to create a life-sized model as the customer had design drawings. When the model was approved I used maxwell render for photorealistic visualisation. The project has been fulfilled during 5 days.
Charmaine Olivia is for me one of the greatest design/art revelations from 2010. A 22 years old girl based at San Francisco, CA, she consider herself as a drawer, painter, tea-drinker and a self-taught artist. Her paintings and drawings show us a very particular fashion and beautiful reality with portraits of tattooed, sexy and interesting girls. I'm a dreamer, painter, tea-drinker, self-taught San Franciscan artist. I was born and raised in a small beach town in Southern California where I first started drawing with soy sauce on napkins but have since upgraded to paper and paint. I now reside in San Francisco's sunny Mission District where I love playing Scrabble in the park, cuddling with my kitten & drinking peppermint tea ( Charmaine's Website ). A huge source of inspiration are my dreams. I dream every night (which can be tiresome.) I rarely have a shortage of ideas or inspiration, it’s finding the time to create all the images in my head that can be tricky. Unfortunately many of these mental images get lost and buried under new ones ( We love Creativity Charmaine's Interview ) You can know more about Charmaine Olivia and her work by accessing her Website and her Devianart.
Adam Jackson currently resides in Seattle Washington, but spent most of my life growing up in Japan. His work is infused with a love for fashion, comic books, rock posters, cartoons and a heavy influence of pop culture in general. Adam graduated from the Art Institute of Seattle in 2005 and has since been working in the apparel/fashion industry primarily as a graphic artist (Adam's blog). “In my art, I look to capture those moments and expressions I find the most beautiful and iconic and elaborate on them. Whether it’s bold patterns and bright colors, or simple black and white drawings, I am always trying to bring out the attitude and personality of the subject matter. I seem to prefer the black and white, especially right now"(Adam's blog). With you wanna know more about Adam and his work, you can access his Website or his Facebook page.
There are few comics that really caught my attention this year (a little late, though). The first one was The Walking Dead, and the second one was sweet Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. It really rocks in every way. Also, last week I got to watch the movie, and it was simply fantastic. The visuals and music were waaay cool, very teenish and rock n' rolling. I loved it. And since I love illustration so much, I just went looking for some fan made illustrations, and found some cool stuff. Here's some of the pieces I found. Don't forget to visit each illustrator for more! Enjoy. Cheers! ;) Amanda Grazini Julian Bores Lee Shackleton dyemooch Nathan Maurer Emilio J. Lopez Eugene cool-slayer aTomsks Evan Shaner Joe Bowen emi yillenhoolahay Mel spaghetti016 Nic Parris Jocelyn Michael Bisparulz Chantelle Perry
I'm a huge fan of Sci Fi movies and I must admit that Predator is one of my favorites. He's one of the most memorable aliens you'll probably see in your life, with his dreadlocks, tribal high tech apparel and big muscles, he's a incredible and creepy extraterrestrial. Krats Vail-Akatosh wyv1 MeckanicalMind lorenzothekiller FarinellaPortfolio vandalocomics cantas78 paololluch XandervanDuijvenbode The Predator aliens are characterised by their trophy-hunting of other dangerous species for sport, including humans. Predators are large, sentient humanoid creatures who possess advanced technology such as active camouflage and energy weapons, and are capable of interstellar travel ( Predator, the hunted ) jpc-art stevegoad cantas78 daRoz ashasylum stevegoad adonihs ekud LovesTheMuffin blackmage9 Predator culture in general is based on the concept of The Hunt. Whereas humans on earth were agrarian, the Predators never stayed in just one place. Their culture revolves around the concept of hunting and stalking prey. Very similar to a pack mentality, the strongest and most efficient member of the Clan is the leader. This alpha male controls the actions of the group ( Predator, the hunted ). nebezial liteboxxx TheAphex
Enkeling is an illustrator and fine artist based in Amsterdam, Netherlands, he is specialized in illustration and typography. I came across some of his works on his Behance profile, it was some very stylish portrait illustrations from famous musicians and other famous figures. For more information about Enkeling and to check out his full portfolio visit his Web site at http://www.enkeling.nl/ Enkeling Margje Muusse Elvis Autechre American Football 2 Liam Gallagher Slobodan Milosovic Ben Kremer David Bowie Earlier version of a portrait made for the Rockalender 2010 by Zwaan printmedia Iggy Pop J Dilla Last Days of Lady Day
It's almost Christmas time and so we decided to make a cool Illustrator tutorial as a gift for you guys. Today we are going to learn how to make this Zombie Santa Claus Christmas Poster using some simple tips. I hope you like it. Step 1 First of all, open Adobe Illustrator and create a new document ( ctrl + N / command + N ) with 21 cm width and 29.7 cm height. Now, using the Rectangle Tool ( M ) create a rectangle that fills the entire canvas, then using the Gradient Tool ( G ) create this green/blue fading to black gradient. Download this grunge texture here open it in Illustrator and place it a layer above the gradient rectangle. Go to the Transparency panel and choose the Blending Mode called Multiply. Create a rectangle on the left side using the Rectangle Tool ( M ) and access the gradient panel and choose the Fade to Black option Then access the Transparency panel and choose the Blending Mode called Overlay. Duplicate this rectangle and do the same procedure on the right side of the canvas. Finally, create another rectangle with the Rectangle tool ( M )and place it on the top of the canvas. Using the Eyedropper tool ( I ) copy the same gradient of the other rectangles, then go to the Transparency panel and select the blending mode called Multiply. Step 2 Now we have to create some light lines, so create a rectangle with the Rectangle tool ( M ) and adjust it using the Direct selection tool ( A ) to look like this. Create a light gradient fading to white, like this, then choose Transform > Rotate to 40 degrees. Repeat this procedure until you have shapes like these, then make a Group (ctrl + G / command + G ) with them. Access the Transparency panel and choose the blending mode called Overlay. You should get this final result for the background Step 3 For the font I chose The Misfits font (the same from the Punk Rock band), you can download it here. Create a new layer and write "Merry Christmas" like the sample below. Create Outlines and using the Gradient tool ( G ) create a red gradient like this. Access Object > Path > Offset Path and choose a 0.1 cm offset, miter joins and 4 miter limit. Then add a silver gradient and you should get something like this. Finally, send the letters to back and it should look like the sample below. Step 4 Now let's make the little stars, it's pretty simple, first choose the Star tool and by clicking on the canvas once you'll access its panel, then choose Radius 1 with 0.1 cm, Radius 2 with 1.76 cm and 4 points. You should get a thin 4 point star, duplicate it, rotate it to look smaller, like the sample below. Duplicate this little star using the Selection tool ( V ) + alt how ever many times you want, resize it and distribute it along the "Christmas" text. Now group all these stars ( ctrl + G / command + G ) and duplicate them by using the Selection tool ( V ) + alt and access Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur set 10 pixels blur, you should get this result. Finally, place this group above the other stars group, you should get this. Step 5 So let's begin the main illustration, first create a circle using the Elipse tool ( L ), create a rectangle using the Rectangle tool ( M ) and place it above the circle. Then go to the Pathfinder panel and choose the shape mode called Minus front. You will get this mid circle, duplicate it by using the Selection tool ( V ) + alt. Using the Gradient tool ( G ) create a gold gradient like this with the darkest part on the top. Duplicate it using the Selection tool ( V ) + alt, resize it and send it to back, than change the gradient direction using the Gradient tool ( G ) so the dark part is on the bottom of the shape. Using the Ellipse tool ( L ) create these shapes and duplicate them like the sample below. Using the Pen tool ( P ) make sharp shapes around the eyes to make them look tired. We're going to make some hachures to give some depth, create a triangle using the Polygon tool and duplicate it using the Selection tool ( V ) + alt. Make a line of it, resize it and put it above the eye to look like an eyebrow. Step 6 Let's create the nose. Make two circles using the Elipse tool ( L ) and create a purple/pink gradient. Than duplicate it Selection tool ( V ) + alt and change the gradient direction using the Gradient tool ( G ). Step 7 Using the Ellipse tool ( L ) repeat the same procedure you did on step 5, make the shapes with the ellipses and triangles, make a clipping mask ( command + 7 / ctrl + 7 ) on it to fit on the shape. Step 8 The first thing you should do in order to draw the brain is drawing these circles and lines with the Pencil tool ( N ), they don't have to look very detailed. Well, then using the Pen tool ( P ) outline these shapes and make a part more sharper to look like a broken cranium. Also add a pink soft gradient and black stroke to it. Using the Pencil tool ( N ) again, draw these cracks with a white stroke. Step 9 Make the flies by using only the Ellipse tool ( L ), choose white fill for the wings and a black fill for the body, it's quite simple to do. Draw some line around each fly using the Pencil tool ( N ) to give some movement to them. Finally, again using the Pencil tool ( N ) draw circles and vertical sinuous lines to give impression of smell and movement to the flies. Step 10 The beard can be made by many ways, I prefer to draw a shape using the Pencil tool ( N ), then duplicate it usingSelection tool ( V ) + alt, reflecting it vertically. Access the Pathfinder panel and choose the shape mode called Unite to make these two pieces one, use a light gray gradient to add some depth to it. Draw some blood using the Pencil tool ( N ) with a red gradient fill, duplicate the beard shape, bring it to front and make a clipping mask with the blood shape (ctlr + 7 / command + 7 ). After, draw some shapes to look like drops on the beard, you should get this result. Step 11 There's not a short cut to do the Christmas hat. Being an illustrator I'd rather draw first the shapes using the Pencil tool ( N ) and then make the fill separated, but feel free to do any way you want it. Now draw a circle using the Ellipse tool ( L ) and select the Crystallize tool panel and set width to 3.53 cm, height to 3.53 cm, angle to 0º, intensity to 50%, complexity to 3 and detail to 2. You should get a sharp ball. Finally, using the Pen tool ( P ) make the contour along the lines you drew and fill it with a red gradient. The zombie Santa is done. Step 12 To make it look more cool, I added once more a grunge texture, but you can add the texture you want on it The final result Here we tried to make this illustration the easiest way, but talking about creative process there are plenty ways to do it. Try to find the one that better fits your style. I hope you liked this tutorial. Download the files CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD ALL FILES USED FOR THIS TUTORIAL
Chris Gall has been drawing pictures and writing stories for as long as he can remember. When he was caught drawing pictures on his desk in second grade, his teacher made him clean all the desks in the classroom. She suggested that he might be an artist someday. He won a Read Magazine Young Writer's Award in 7th grade, and that inspired him to write stories to go with his art. In college he decided to become an illustrator for a living and he has been creating artwork ever since. His artwork has been seen in almost every publication in America, including Time, Newsweek, People, Fortune, The New York Times, and the Washington Post. He has won over 50 major awards from such organizations as Communication Arts Magazine and the Society of Illustrators. He has been an adjunct professor of art at the University of Arizona, he loves to restore classic cars, he pilots all kinds of airplanes, and he even spent 4 years as a professional stand-up comedian. For more information about Chris Gall visit his Web site at http://www.chrisgall.com/ Some Works PROCESS I researched the life of the author, including interviews and essays which addressed the author’s inspiration for the poem. After I felt I had a good sense of the author’s intent, I set about to narrow down my possible subject matter to a classic symbol of American industry in the early 20th century-the Chrysler Building in New York. I wanted to capture the sense of drama, wonder and achievement that was prevalent during that period of American history. But more than an architectural solution was required-I needed to address the human element as well. After many sketches I centered around a quiet moment perched high on one of the steel gargoyles. The solution lay in the juxtaposition of architectural drama and everyday life. Cocktail Book For the past 6 months I have been collaborating with an internationally-known NYC mixologist to create an illustrated book of modern mixology. For those of you unfamiliar with the term, it means cocktails. Very sophisticated cocktails. The high-end cocktail scene is exploding in NYC right now, and is spreading quickly around the world. These illustrations are but a fraction of the art I have created for the book, each illustration typically paired with a particular cocktail recipe. I was working with with a limited palette for the unity of the design of the book.
Tron Legacy has really amazed me. I've waited for this movies the whole year and I can say that I wasn't disappointed but thrilled by it, and I totally wanna watch again and again. One of the main reasons is Daft Punk. I've always loved Daft Punk's music, and since I got to know that they were to score the movie, I got goose bumps. They have succeed to add so much to the Tron universe that it can't even be put to words. Anyways, I'm still astonished by it and can't really stop listening to the songs. Because of that, I went looking for all things Tron, and found some awesome images do Daft Punk inside Tron. These are amazing, and I just know that you all gonna love it. Enjoy! Cheers. ;) Derez (also spelled as Derezz) is a term to describe someone or something disappearing or dissolving, essentially resulting in deletion. The opposite of derez is Rez. Priscilla Tramontano Adrien Noterdaem Amber JazzarateGirl Priscilla Tramontano martialartist11 Tundrea Dennis Tundrea Dennis Robert Mangaoang ACM00 Ravin seph-hunter ToyBeast ToyBeast Medicom Toy Disney Download full size (2000x1349)
Another year is about to end, and it's time to remember the coolest things we've seen this year. After looking at most of my favorite illustrations of 2010, and I've made just the perfect selection. Most of these were featured here at Abduzeedo before in featured artists' posts, and some are totally new here. This is the crème de la crème of 2010, and I know that you guys will love them. Also, this is something to inspire you to evolve your work and get your game on so that in 2011 you get featured here. Don't forget to visit each artist's page for more of these great illustrations. These guys totally rock and deserve to be here. And, if you think I've missed a specific illustration, just point it out to us! We'd love to see your picks. Cheers! ;) Daniel Conway Michael Kutsche Alvin Lee Dave Johnson Dave Johnson Serge Birault Serge Birault Artgerm Artgerm Rafael Albuquerque Kareem Iliya Dustin Nguyen Mattias Adolfsson Mike Mitchell Admira Wijaya Francis Manapul Jason Seiler Karl Kwasny Karl Kwasny Jordi Joruji Warren Louw Dmitriy Adonihs Adonihs Adonihs Tokyogenso Matei Apostolescu Matei Apostolescu Sam Nielson Dave MacDowell Enkel Dika Rocktuete
It's been quite some time since the last we have posted a full Adobe Illustrator tutorial, we most of the times Photoshop and Illustrator, so in this tutorial Marcos Torres will show us how to create a really cool Flying Eye illustration using basic shapes using only Illustrator. The whole process is very straightforward with a nice outcome. Step 1 First of all, open Illustrator and create a new document. This new document should have 29,7 x 21 cm. Now, using the Ellipse Tool ( L ) create a perfect circle ( you can hold shift + alt while using the tool, this makes easier to make a perfect circle). Than add some light gradient and use 5 pt. Oval brush to make it look more cool. Step 2 Again, using the Ellipse Tool ( L ) create this pink circle and move in to the border of the white circle. Use the Gradient Tool ( G ) and add a light pink gradient in it, also add a 2 pt stroke in it. Now, create a black circle with a grey stroke using the Ellipse Tool ( L ). Than, using the Pen Tool ( P ) you should do a shadow on the black circle with the same color of it’s stroke. Use again the Pen Tool ( P ) to in order to create this shape, choose a white fill and change the opacity to 10%. It should look like this: Finally, create these two little circles with the Ellipse Tool ( L ) and place them like this. Step 3 Using the Line Segment Tool ( \ ) create these lines with 1 pt of stroke in pink color. This might take some time till you make all of them around the black circle. Now with the Pen Tool ( P ) draw a shape for shadow with a pink fill, then choose the blending mode called Multiply. Using the Pencil Tool ( N ) draw a shape with a pink fill, then select Filters > Gaussian Blur and use a 7 px blur. Change the opacity of the shape to 60 % to get more light and transparent, it should look like this. Finally, let’s make the Iris reflections, choose the Pen Tool ( P ) and make the shapes. After, change it opacity to 70 %. The iris is done, let’s skip to the sclera. Step 4 Using the Brush Tool ( B ) choose a 0,25 pt brush to make these veins, now this is cool trick: choose all veins and go to Object > Expand Appearance to turn the strokes into shapes. In order to make it looks more realistic, make a gradient fill in all these veins, like the example below: Using the Pen Tool ( P ) and make the grey shapes around the sclera, then choose the blending mode called Multiply. The eyeball is complete, let’s proceed to the wings. Step 5 Make a new layer, then using the Pen Tool ( P ) draw the basic shape of a wing. Using the Gradient tool ( G ) make a gold gradient on the wing. Again, use the Pen Tool ( P ) and draw a second line of curvy shapes on the wing, like this. Now we have to make the reflections and shadows, this will take sometime, since you will need to do one shape at the time. Using the Pen Tool ( B ) create white shapes close to the borders like the example below: Now let’s make the shadows, use again the Pen Tool ( P ) but this time make sure to make the grey shapes next to the strokes of the wings. After that, choose the blending mode called Multiply, it should look like this: To make the other wing, duplicate first wing layer using the Selection Tool ( V ) + alt.Then reflect the wing, resize it and position it like the picture below. Step 6 Now let’s give a sense of movement to it, create a new layer and use the Brush Tool ( B ) and make some black lines with a 0,75 stroke. This will give a movement impression to the image. Now let’s skip to the halo, using the Ellipse Tool ( L ) make two circles like a ellipse, then go to the pathfinder panel and use the Minus Front shape mode, this will make the shape of the center subtract the other shape. Using the Gradient Tool ( G ) create a gold gradient with 0,75 pt yellow stroke. Now, duplicate this elliptical shape using the Selection Tool ( V ) + alt, and put it above like the example below, you might have to change the direction of the gradient to look better. Finally, let’s create its shadow, use the Pen Tool again to draw a black shape next to the opposite border of the glow, then change it opacity to 10 %. To finalize, let’s make the shadow and the glow on the halo. Using the Pen Tool ( P ) , make this shape close to the corner of the halo, than change it’s opacity to 75 %. Step 7 This is the trickiest part of the tutorial: making the blood. First of all, create a new layer and then using the Pen Tool ( P ) or the Pencil Tool ( N ), make the shapes that resemble drops on the eye. Using the gradient tool, make a red gradient like this. Now duplicate this shape using the Selection Tool ( V ) + alt, then delete it’s fill and put a 2 pt of a red stroke on it. Making the shadow is obviously the trickiest part, there’s not a shortcut here: using the Pen Tool ( P ) you will have to make the shapes with red gradients and the Multiply blending mode, this will take a while. Don’t forget to make all of these shapes below the drops stroke layer, so you won’t have to bother if they are sizing perfectly. Make a group with all the shadows and hide this layer. Now we are going to make the glows, this may take you a long time, since it’s just about using the Pen Tool ( P ) to make the light pink shapes close to the borders. Finally, you can add some details like the gradients in order to look more glossy. Step 8 Final step, we are going to draw the drops of the blood, using the Ellipse Tool ( L ) make a circle and add the same gradient and stroke of the blood, you can copy it by using the Eyedropper Tool ( I ). Using the Pen Tool ( P ), draw the shape on the border of the circle and use a red gradient, then choose the Multiply blending mode. Finally, you can draw the white shapes with the Pen Tool ( P ) and the Ellipse Tool ( L ), then change their opacity to 75 %. Duplicate the layer of the drop as you want using the Selection Tool ( V ) + alt. The Final Result Well, I might say this tutorial is all about knowing how to use simple shapes to create something cool, you can add wherever background you want to this image, a pretty blue sky seems to be a good choice. Hope you like the tutorial guys, see you next time. Download the Illustrator File Click here to download the Illustrator file used for this tutorial. About the Author Hey buddies! I'm Marcos Torres, a 20 years old art director/freelancer from Brazil, I'm here to bring some new interesting stuff to you. You can see my portfolio at http://flickr.com/marcostorres. Any request or jobs opportunities send to firstname.lastname@example.org, also follow me on Twitter http://twitter.com/marcos333 to get in touch with cool design news.
Alexander Koshelev also known as Mr. Waldshnepp is a design, digital artist and illustrator from Russia. Alex sent an email to us with the URL to his Behance portfolio and that's the best thing about having a design blog, we get the chance to discover new and talent guys all the time. For more information about Mr. Waldshnepp visit his Behance portfolio at http://www.behance.net/mr_waldshnepp Illustrations Strange City of Perm Sketches
I just can't get enough of sketches. I got my own sketchbooks but I don't get to fill them as much as I wanted, but I sure love to see people who take their sketchbooks seriously and make delicious art in it. An example of these awesome people is Irina Vinnik. I really like her style because is the exact kind of thing that I would do (not as good as her, obviously). These are very detailed and it's really worth taking a look at her work. There's more of these at her portfolio, so don't forget to visit her at Behance. I hope you enjoy these as much as I do. Cheers! ;)
Justin VanGenderen is an amazing designer from Chicago with a collection of posters that blow our eyes! And today we will not only showcase him, but also giving away 3 of his posters! Yeah, check this out and good luck guys! I am currently a freelance designer living in Chicago IL. About a year ago I started my own design company, 2046 Design. While a lot of my work involves photo-manipulation for various design firms and clients I am always trying out new styles. Over the past year or so I have started to experiment a lot more with minimalism and poster design. Most of this work is influenced by older printing processes like letterpress and silk screen printing. - Justin VanGenderen About the Giveaway We're giving away 3 posters that Justin wants to give to our users. To participate, just drop us a comment or share this post on twitter, that is simple! Next week we will announce the winners. The 3 posters to give away! The Winners [UPDATED] Derry Fabricio Franco Celwin Frenzen Congratulations guys, we will contact you soon! While you wait, take a look on other posters from Justin VanGenderen! Also check his website and Flickr.
I'm a huge fan of Spanish designer/illustrator Fantastic Hysteria's style. His typography work in particular was what first caught my attention, but I think his choice of color palettes was what left me wanting more. I only wish I knew more about him! Head on over to his Behance for more and let me know what you think via twitter!
For me, nothing beats the smell of fresh illustrations in the morning. It's really nice to run into an awesome illustrator and see some super fresh illustrations of girls and sketches monsters like these by Mike Henry. I've seen his style before, and these are super cool. For more of Mike's work you may visit his portfolio at DeviantART. I hope you enjoy these. Cheers! ;)