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Wallpaper of the Week #145 by Magomed Dovjenko

The wallpaper of this week is an image created by Magomed Dovjenko, a very young thought talented illustrator and designer based in Cologne, German. He just updated his portfolio with new work like his "Help Japan" poster. For more information about Magomed visit his Web site at http://www.IAMMAGO.COM Desktop Version iPad Version iPhone Version Resolutions: 2560x1440px 1920x1200px 1680x1050px 1440x900px 1280x1024px 1280x800px 1024x768px iPhone iPad

Fresh New Work by Magomed Dovjenko

My favourite illustrator Magomed Dovjenko just updated his portfolio IAMMAGO with more than 20 new pieces. Abduzeedo shows you a fine collection of the work we fancy most. See his complete portfolio and blog on IAMMAGO.COM. See more of his work on IAMMAGO.COM.

How does your workspace look like?

A common mistake of newcomer any scene is to think you need a big setup of hardware to do good work. That is why I collected some workspaces of designer, photographer, filmmaker & blogger. Aloa This is the place whereI do all of my music, movies graphics & all the work that has to done for Abduzeedo. I have to admit that I cleaned up the desk. Usually its full of gadgets, cameras, usb sticks, and other periphericals like the USB-christmas tree you can see. I use the latest 13" MBP with 4GB RAM and a 23"inch lcd. For inspiration (and for better view) I got the "Wall & Pieces" book from Banksy always within reach. Over the monitor is a big wallpaper of Magomed Dovjenko, which you cant see right now. Pete Harrison Basically I do all my design work on that 27" imac, its fully spec'ed out..then I have the 42" Plasma for watching movies and playing video games, the other 2 monitors are running windows and thats for internet browsing and playing music. Everything is linked up into one giant media centre. I have an xbox running through my TV and a hard drive which I can watch movies off, and the PC too, the imac is linked to the PC. I try and keep everything creative, the walls are littered with doodles, inspiration, prints and design work, you can see designer vinyl toys in the cabinet and the shelves, these are made by friends and illustrators I have worked with an inspire me, some are very rare. The most interesting thing is the girls underwear collection you can see hanging up above the bed..well thats a story for another day, but reminds me through all the creative process that i'm not a machine like some people think, but im actually human, and loving life :) Magomed Dovjenko Lucky you that I tidied up my room for this one, ha! So - this is the place where the ‘Mago-Magic‘ happens ( understand the equivocal in this one??? haha ) for more than just a few hours a day. As you can see I got some mags and books/Portfolios by friends in here ( e.g big homie Matt W. Moore's 'Diagonal Thinking' ) for inspiration and to kill blocks, aswell as my playstation joystick to kill some of those designer guys at FIFA ( Holla at me Doug ( Alves ) ! ). The thing I love the most beside my Wacom & the Mac in my room are some of the tee's I designed ( rest is in my closet doh ), especially the Nike one... much more of them are coming soon! ''James White Here is where I can be found most of the time, in the Signalnoise home office. I like my place to be nice and tidy so I'm not knocking things over as I try to work. I also don't like gear and wires all over the place, so I take care of my desk. The wall right in front of me is covered with art, certificates, drawings and toys to keep me motivated as I create, this photo only shows half of what I have hung up. I own a lot of work from my favorite artists, such as Alex Varanese, Hydro74, Obey Giant and Darwyn Cooke so it's easy to stay inspired in this room. Hal Jordan also helps keep my desk nice. Perttu Murto This is my home office. I want it to be pretty simple, black and white mainly. I have few prints on the wall by Drew Flaherty. Got my bookshelf full of design magazines and books. Our cat is usually sleeping on the chair so this is pretty regular situation in the photo. I share this with my fiance who does landscape designs. Alex Beltechi I'm sure most people in this article have an optimized and time-tested workspace on display, but I don't. My current layout is more of a mini-desk occupied strictly on a need-to-have basis, plus a goofy analog clock that gets really annoying and loud if actually wound up. I own a computer and tablet and nothing more because so far it's all I've ever needed. I'd rather keep my worn-out drafting table than replace it with the newest and shiniest gadget out there because I believe technology is never a good substitute for knowledge and skill. Isaac Rentz Most of my job is done either on set or in an editing bay, so I really only use my work space for writing scripts or treatments. I concentrate better with the lights low and and the door closed. I enjoy solitude, although sometimes my producer, Steve, will come in and we'll pass a basketball back and forth while talking over ideas. I like keeping my space very practical and sparse. I've noticed a correlation between fancy offices with Eames furniture and ideas that I don't like very much. Pawel Nolbert Usually, during the creative mess going on there, the creative part gets digitalized & the mess stays there, so I tidied it up a little for this photo. I like having a clean space around my tablet so it doesn't interact with my elbows & distract me. Just a regular IKEA desk so far - I wait till I get my own place & get a real badass designer desk! Sorin Bechira As you can see this is my little corner where the magic happens. Nothing fancy though and because of the lack of useless stuff on my desk, I'm panicking and I'm quickly getting on some image effects to compensate those. On my desk: - Dell U2711 27” - a big and high quality display is a big plus - Wacom Intuos4 Large Tablet - it's like my digital right hand. - Airbook 13" - for mobility and perfect for presentations - Motorola Razr V3 - old but nice and thin - Apple Numeric Keyboard - because it's thin and comfortable - Samsung Mouse - an basic old mouse but it's still my fav: precise and light Nikolas Konstantin Art for art itself is shallow. Only by pointing towards the moon can it take out to lead people on a journey with the engine of their own imagination. Hence, an artists working place should be foremost the soul, heart & mind. What is the heartbeat of my creations? What is at core of my works? If the framework is right every idea has the potential to set fire, to give birth to revolutions. But before we work on the outside we should listen to our deepest sentiment. What revolution is it we want? I personally give praise to the words of the magnificent soul lu xun: "The revolution must give people life, not take it from them". What can your art give? Michael O. I have been using computers since the Apple IIGS so I have seen my share of various setups and components. I settled with PC because of their ease of customization, affordable prices and user-friendliness. This system evolved over a number of years and has seen many upgrades. The monitor on the left is a separate computer that use for email and music. It is a simple system that I bought at a thrift store for $60. Since its only function is to run Outlook, Winamp and Rhapsody, it does not need to be high tech. The 2 monitors in the middle are a dual monitor setup for my main computer – a quadcore with 6GB RAM. The monitors are 24” Dell UltraSharp. The graphics card is top-of-the-line which I needed in order to rotate both monitors 90 degrees. I prefer the vertical orientation of the monitors on this computer because most of the artwork I create is vertical. Call me stubborn but I still use Windows XP and Photoshop CS2. I prefer very plain and simple components that do the work I need them to do without the extra bells and whistles that I will never use. The operating system is even running in ‘classic mode’ with a plain gray wallpaper. The monitor on the right is obviously a TV. Sometimes I get sick of listening to music while working so turn the TV on instead, although, I try not to do that too often because it is distracting. The desk was custom built. I designed it to fit perfectly in my office using 3D Studio Max. It was built by a local craftsman. Lastly, you will see that I do not use a tablet. I do have one but I have not found a use for it outside of making long strokes (like painting hair). I really do not know how people can stand using them all the time. Erik Jonsson Its a rather light office. Everything is white and beige except perhaps the desks. My immediate surroundings are littered with bicycles, parts and photography equipment. Not intentional but probably because its what i use daily apart from the computer. The guitar however is not mine, it belongs to my closest college James. While the studio seems pretty cluttered i keep my desk empty at all times except for the occasional note book and a cup. Alexander "Diftnorm" Otto Thats how my workstation looks on a sunday when I am at work. I am working on a Quad-Core Mac Pro with 12GB RAM, a NVIDIA Quadro 4000, running Mac OS X Snow Leopard, the Adobe CS4 Master, C4D and the other stuff. I've got two Dell 24' displays, Logitech X-230 2.1 speaker, a Wacom Intuos 3 and for sure always candy and coffee within reach. Don from Invisible Creature I've always preferred my workspace to live in an 'organized chaotic state', which includes my obvious love of various characters and color palettes. I love being surrounded by creativity. It makes my job that much more special. Rob Shields My work space is pretty clean, just the essentials really, my tablet and sketch books, over sized headphones and some writing tools. Right now I work on the first floor of my house so I have to share space with my kitchen, dinning room, home theater set up and about a dozen instruments. Fabio Sasso This is how my office looked like, now I'm moving out to California so things will change, however I really like to have a second monitor and all my gadgets around. Got a beautiful workspace? Post it in the comments!

Artwork Feature #4: Magomed Dovjenko - Brooklyn Machine Works

This is part of our new series of posts. Here we feature a selected piece of art and have a little chat with the designer who made it. They give us a bit of background information and details about how the work was conceptualized and created. This week's pick is Magomed Dovjenkos "Brooklyn Machine Works". It's a black and white illustration for a Brooklyn based bike company. Mr. Dovjenko sat down exclusively for Abduzeedo and wrote about the background of the image exclusively. Enjoy. Magomed Dovjenko about "Brookly Machine Works": When I first heard about the project, I was really excited about it, knowing this would be seen by a lot important people and that pharrell also owns a part of the brand, that really made me work hard on it. I directly had the vision of some raw, steam gear looking shit, just something that 'showcases' the power of machines - like really hard stuff - so I think I oriented my work on that and tried to bang out something real massive. Talking with the art Directors of the KDU, they wanted to push me as far as possible skill and look wise, but at the same time mantain a commercial look - with an artsy and raw twist. I straight off started as usual in Illustrator without sketching or anything, just freestyling, thats how I mostly do it. Slowly, it was shaping up and getting stronger and stronger by every detail I added - I believe that the devil is in the details - and by saying that, I love details. So I was trying to keep the balance between art and commercial art and succeeded with it in my opinion. After showing the Art Director every now and then what I had, he tried to push me more and more so the final artwork would be really strong and suitable for the project, which in the end, it was. Both, the KDU and Brooklyn Machine Works were as I got told, absolutely loving it, and I was more than happy to hear that. :). Visit his website at

The World Collabs #6 - Submissions

For this contest Abduzeedo provides you with a Photoshop design from an acknowledged artist you can collab with. For more information about the full contest please visit The World Collabs #6 - with Magomed Dovjenko article. The starting piece by Magomed Docjenko http://IAMMAGO.COM What do you think are the best submissions? Write a comment and talk about it with the community The Submissions 01 - Michael Ostermann 02 - Stefan Nießmann 03 - Tato 04 - Houke de Kwant 05 - Mikkel Schrøder Dysted 06 - Dominik Wisniewski 07 - Jhonatan Bracho 08 - Ivan Vashchenko 09 - Savannah Scharroo 10 - Samora Bennett-Gager 11 - Markus Baier 12 - Simon Cogen

The World Collabs #6 - with Magomed Dovjenko

Abduzeedo takes pride in being one of the worlds leading design blogs. Having interviewed a bulk of the most infamous creative geniuses, we want to use our potential to introduce a new star on the Abduzeedo stage …YOU. This is our sixth contest for The World Collabs. Our new cutting edge Abduzeedo collaboration project, which will give you the possibility to collaborate and compete with the worlds leading designers and artists. What is "The World Collabs"? "The World Collabs" will give you the possibility to work with PSD files of established artists. TWC gives you a secret in-view in the workflow of the stars and catapults you miles forward in your journey to design heaven. This way you learn to practice with different shapes, backgrounds, patterns brushes and new styles. Every month we will offer you an unfinished piece of an experienced and accredited graphic designer to the world. The piece will be unfinished, so you can complete the PSD-file with your very own style. This way every month you can collaborate with the best designers of the world. The final pieces will be judged by the Abduzeedo Team and the artist himself. The three best works will be rewarded with prizes. Prize 1. $ 200 (send via PayPal), an approval for an original collaboration with the artist and a feature on Abduzeedo 2. $ 100 (send via PayPal) 3. A Single Version of image editing program Pixelmator (worth 59 $) 4. A account with $40 Credit 5. A account with $40 Credit 6. A account with $40 Credit 7. A account with $40 Credit 8. A account with $40 Credit Sponsor is your #1 resource for buying and selling Royalty-free photographs and vector images. Our vast library of imagestock coupled with our wide variety of flexible purchase options makes us the most convenient and profitable tool for designers, artists and photographers. Artist of October: Magomed Dovjenko Magomed is an originally from Russia, German based freelance Illustrator, Graphic Designer and Art Director. In the past years he has established and proved himself as someone who is steady trying to grow and improve by big steps. He is a proud member of 'The Keystone Design Union'. The highlights of his Career were him being invited to Germany's top late-night talkshows TV Total on Pro7 and Stern TV on RTL. Beside that, he has worked with the Legendary dutch footballer Edgar Davids, who made Mago come over to Amsterdam to work on some graphics for Edgar's brand 'Monta Soccer'. At this point, Mago had the pleasure to work with some of the worlds biggest and most creative companies, such as Nike, Toyota, Diesel, Johnson & Johnson, in addition to magazines as IdN, Computer Arts, Beautiful Decay, Digital Arts, Big Up, PAGE, Advanced Photoshop and more. Mago has been part of Gallery Exhibitions such as the 'Diesel Only the Brave' Launch Parties in New York and Miami, the 'Lyrics & Type' Exhibition at the Gorker Gallery/Semi Permanentin Melbourne and the 'Time & Space' Exhibition at the Maxalot Gallery in Amsterdam. Take part at the contest This is an independent design contest with endless possibilities to finish this piece. There are just three simple steps to take part. 1. Download the PSD-File; 2. Push your creativity beyond boundaries and finish the design; 3. Send the link or the final image to aloa[at] By taking part at this contest you give us permission to use your image for Abduzeedo's showcases. Remember: - Last day of submitting is October 25th; - Don't change size, but feel free to rotate the image; - Leave the logo, so we recognize it as an entry; - Every artist can submit 1 design only; - Let us see that it's a collaboration. We will award you for your ability to work with someone else's design. Featured Design - October Download the .PSD file Want to be the next featured artists? You think you are skilled enough to be the featured artist for the next months TWC. We follow some simple rules, when choosing a new piece. - You are an energized designer with lot of motivation; - Your designs have your very unique style; - You only use files which are completely copyright free; If you are interested, please write an email to aloa[at]

Interview With Illustrator Magomed Dovjenko

Magomed Dovjenko, one hell of a guy, is a freelance illustrator based in Germany. He made some well known designs such as the the squirly typographic artworks for adidas, reebok & NFL. We already featured his portfolio here. In this interview we talk a little bit about his design background and some new projects he is working on My name is Magomed Dovjenko and I’m a freelance Illustrator residing in Germany. I work mainly in design disciplines such as Illustration, Graphic Design and Art Direction. 1. First of all we would like to thank you for taking the time to provide with this interview. Please tell us more about your art and design background and what made you become an artist and designer? I was always, since my childhood drawing and doodling around, together with my father. He teached me to draw until I could draw my first dragonball characters, and that's where it all started! Some years later ( 3 years ago ) I wanted to take it to the next level for fun, so I tried out doing work in a digital way, per photoshop.So after experimenting for 1 year, I finally got to Illustrations, which I practice professionally now. In the past years I’ve had the pleasure to work with big names in the industry such as Nike ,Diesel, Adidas, Reebok, Jay-Z / Live Nation,Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy, K2, Ecko Unltd, Johnson & Johnson and many more. 2. Your work is pretty unique and full of creativity. Where does your inspiration come from? It mainly comes from Music and the artists that I've got around me, aswell as everything I see. You have to always keep your eyes open on everything as you would never know when something would inspire you, so the important thing is to watch out for inspiration. 3. Could you describe for us your typical 'start to finish' workflow when working on a design? I think it would be me brainstorming ideas first, then directly starting from scratch in Illustrator and visualizing my ideas. Later on I move it all into Photoshop and finalize it, sometimes I additionally draw elements later in Illustrator to keep adding them to the main Illustration that is being finished in Photoshop at that moment. Also I draw a lot stuff with Graphite/Ink, which I scan in, "retouch" and work into the composition. 4. What are your tools of the trade, both hardware and software? My tools of the trade are usually mainly Illustrator/Photoshop, but sometimes I need to get those pencils out and draw elements, I just love that playful look they give when combining them with digital work, it just gives such a fresh effect that makes it look way more interesting than just a pure digital illustration. 5. What, for you personally are the pros and cons of being a designer? Pro's : If you're lucky you have the opportunities to work with the people you look up to, like musicians or similiar, you might get to see your tee-shirts being sold at big stores near you, which gives you a decent level of pride on your own work.Also, you might get hired by an agency outside of your country, so that you can gain expirience , e.g learning the country's language, socialize with people etc etc...It's much fun to see yourself succeed, it gives you the power to aim for more. I have been featured in publications such as Computer Arts,IDN Magazine, Advanced Photoshop UK & FR, Beautiful Decay, Pilot Magazine, Digital Arts and showcased in Exhibitions such as the Maxalot Galery Time & Space Exhibition, Diesel Only the Brave New York and Miami Launch Parties. and at the Gorker Gallery/Semi Permanent in the Exhibition Lyrics & Type. 6. How does your job as an artist and designer influence your life? Do you feel that you see things around you differently for example? There are definitely things going a different way now! You see most of the things with different eyes now, for example, before I started doing Illustrations/Graphic Design/etc. I was loving all those ad's people did for the industry and it's clients, but nowadays they look way more different than before to me, in a negative way most of the time. And when you try to explain your friends e.g what is looking wrong on something they think you're crazy, haha. You got a whole new feeling to the things you see around you, you ain't getting impressed as easy as before anymore as your taste for the look of things gets more and more expirienced and better, so that you judge things not in the same way as before. 7. What are your coming projects? I currently work on a series of Illustrations for Nike football, which will be available in 2011, a few tee-shirts aswell for nike but to be sold at the Footlocker 's in Europe, aswell as 3 tee-shirts for Lamar Odom's Clothing label " Rich Soil " and more secret stuff is in progress... Really became productive in the last quarter of the year, the busy part started this time at the end of the year for me. Expect some interesting projects in 2010 from me, until then, stay tuned. 8. What are your favourite 5 websites, and why? www.kanyeuniversecity Easy, & Kanye universecity because of the news about Rap / Hiphop / Gossip etc, and why those 2 Blog's? Kanye is my favorite Rapper and 50's blog is the funniest one I know! Behance & Twitter : Simple, communicating. Spreading the word about you and your work, keep people updated, also get in touch faster with friends etc, things like that. Computerlove - Favorite blog about art & design, it's the one I peep most of the time, still waiting for it to relaunch, hope it's soon. 9. Once again , thank you very much for the interview. As a final word, do you have any tips for upcoming artists and designers? Never stop to AIM, aim higher everytime you reached a goal. Aim for the highest, so that the other things won't be that hard to reach compared to that big goal. And if you got to the point that you reached your biggest goal, just keep going like that. Simple. Thanks a lot for the opportunity! Where to find him - Behance account - Website & portfolio - Please add him on Twitter More work of this artist