If you go to http://www.mondotees.com/# You can have a chance to buy some exclusive and limited edition posters done by Tyler Stout. I’m no Star Wars buff and I think it’s just another movie series with one of the most badass characters (Darth Vader), but I don’t think it should have the worship it does. To each his own. I do agree that these posters are top notch. There are a couple color variations, so you have options. Act now, because these are sure to go fast.
What is amazing about this illustration is that everything was created in Photoshop. I asked him if he drew this and then brought it into the computer, soon I found out I was wrong. This piece is so simple, but eye catching. The color makes it pop the most, but I find it inspiring when he told me, “It was made completely with photoshop, the lines and the color.”I thought that was great. I find that inspiring, because it takes illustration to another level. I’m still messing around with the linework in Photoshop and find creating vector art in Illustrator easier, but works like this makes me want to continue practicing. The sketch feel makes this such an authentic feel, plus I like that their are certain spots on the skin like the face, where it looks as though it is stained by accident. What do you think about this piece?
I made a post about Metal Ink Shop last February about saving the site, but now this once tattoo style t-shirt contest site is up for sale. It had the potential to be a really good site, but when you’re doing a contest site and you’re constantly dishing out cash prizes, you need to be making some revenue to compensate for the prizes. It’s a shame that companies like these go under or any company for that matter, but you need traffic and people buying to continue. Yes, you may have plenty of artists compete, but I know some that although they do submit they do not buy. I always thought that was odd to create a certain look many times, but not interested in purchasing anything similar that, just designing it. I feel with contest sites you should like what they’re selling or if you’re submitting you would definitely wear what you created. It bugs me, since this is not a job, but more a fun part of the graphic design field. I don’t know. Either way contact firstname.lastname@example.org and maybe you can revamp this site to your own liking. Maybe a clothing line with nothing, but metallic ink on all apparel. Just a thought.
I was browsing on Behance and came across some of the illustrations by Florian Nicolle. I must say there is pretty cool stuff. The blending of traditional media and digital media is always fun, but the majority of the legwork is traditional. Nicolle adds some texture in Photoshop of course to help make an amazing illustration shine even more. This is the artist statement on these illustrations:
i use much texture of text, because it adds a presence of hand. I draw a picture as if I wrote a text, with the same tool, the same freedom, with erasures, lines, scribbles etc
For those of us on the east coast, we have been recently hit by a snow storm, which caused plenty of places to shut down. Yes, New York City jobs are closed….most. Now after shoveling, what is a person to do besides relax? There’s plenty to do for all those graphic designers that want to keep themselves occupied on a snow day after you finish your hot chocolate. Here’s a short list and I’m sure there are more you can add to. Feel free to comment on more to do.
Freelance– Some designers are freelancers so there’s no such thing as a snow day, but to those who work a full time day job, you can look for extra jobs to do or work on those jobs that you finally have time to do, but couldn’t for whatever reason.
Personal Designs– This is the most fun, because there are no limitations. You can experiment and create whatever you feel like working on. This is the best time to catch up or learn new techniques. Design is always evolving, so who knows maybe you’ll set the next trend or perfect what’s out there.
Read design blogs– Yes, you can do this during a lunch break, but now you have time to read all the blogs that you want. You can participate in any discussion that you think is worth commenting on. Maybe there are articles that you find very intriguing, either way it is an option and it always good to rest the creative mind, especially if you happen to be in a creative block.
Search for inspiration– This is similar to the option above, but not every blog has inspiration posts. You can search through various portfolio sites and see what is out there. Who is the next designer to inspire you to try something different or help push you?
Practice tutorials– Whether you read a tutorial from a magazine or online, it is good to learn something new and try incorporating it for your own educational purpose.
Work on your portfolio– Update your portfolio. Redesign your portfolio site or simply showcase your new work. It’s always a good idea to keep up to date with it.
Build a snowman– This one is just for fun. It’s not everyday that you have the option to do so. This can be your creative outlet.
There you have it, a short list of activities to do on a snow day. If there are more that you would like to contribute then please comment.
Since it is the holidays, it’s only right to post some more holiday designs. Thank you to the reader who suggested I should check this video out. Here is a kinetic type video of the Christmas song “Little Drummer Boy”. Enjoy.