The wallpaper of this week is an amazing image created by Ari Weinkle for a project titled Spirals which was some of his xperiments in color, rhythm, and repetition.
Last week, I had some free time while waiting for some layouts to be approved, so I thought that it was a great time to test some free stuff that I had gotten and never used before. As everybody knows there are tons of free icons, textures, clip arts and stuff like that on line, and every time that I find something I automatically download it, what makes my computer's desktop a mess.
Anyway, with a lot of brushes, textures and icons, I started to create my abduzeedo's wallpaper. The idea was pretty simple a collage of elements such as icons and brushes with a light beam coming from the sky as a UFO was abducting somebody.
I started using a wooden texture and a gradient color to give it a bit of depth.
Firstly I used a wooden texture with a gradient overlay
After that I basically put some elements like a building with a woman, a crazy dude with a mask, an little deer on the top of the building.
Started messing around
The next thing that I did was pretty simple, I mirrored the elements, and aligned them in the center of the page.
Same elemets, duplicated and reflected
The image needed more elements, I put a rainbow behind the towers, added some more elements like those balloons over the girl, those tribal elements behind the buildings, everything downloaded and free.
Spice it up a little bit
The abduction laser bean was created and, basically, it's a gradient mesh with the hard light blend effect.
The abduction part 1
To give more the idea of abduction, I put an illustration of myself behind the laser with a motion blur effect, so it looks like Im being abducted.
The abduction part 2
At last but not least I added another illustration in the middle of the page, with some green branches behind it.
The final result, really simple and fun.
The whole image is nothing else than just a bunch of free stuff that can easily be found on the web. Anyhow, below there are some of the sites that I visited to get the elements I used on that wallpaper.
J3Cons.07 Updated (icons)