My Process - Yet Another Example

Maybe you are getting bored of these videos by now? Well suck it up as I am about to post another :D

This is a really quick little example of my process including adding texture. I mainly achieve most of my texture through brushes and how I use them in particular. The only advice I can really give is to experiment as much as you can. The more you play with brushes the more you will realise the extent of their ability. You will gradually become very comfortable with a brush set and with a bit of patience you can create some really beautiful marks and textures.

 

 

My Process - Another Example

The last time I showed a process video, I promised some more examples to follow. Well here it is! I haven't cropped the window this time, so you can see more of the layer system that I use etc.

This video is slightly more time consuming than the last. Sometimes I forget how long it takes me to create a piece like this. It's quite a strange feeling when you are recording yourself working, you have to concentrate very hard and not make loads of mistakes :D Sometimes, I completely forget and I walk away from the Cintiq for a while and there is a long gap in the recording. Oops!

If you would like to record your own process but don't know how, it's super simple. Navigate to Quicktime and then File - New Screen Recording. Once as you hit record, you're away. You can pause the recording too if you need a break. Once as you press stop, Quicktime processes your video. If you don't have access to After Effects, you can then edit the speed and crop the video in iMovie. Once as you're happy, Handbrake is a fantastic free resource which will help you compress the file size massively.

If you do record your own process, please share them. We all need to see more process videos rather than loads of polished or finished illustrations.

My Process - A Long time coming

Firstly, let me apologise for how long it has taken me to post another blog. I know there shouldn't be excuses, but I found myself particularly busy in the past months working on several projects. I have finally go the chance to update my site with some new exciting content and there will be loads more to update with in the new year.

I try to keep my social media channels updated on a regular basis with either personal work or snippets of what I am currently working on. Lately so many people have been very interested in my process and in particular how it is I create my style. Now I cant give it all away but I have created some videos to show my process. I use photoshop, mainly Kyle T Webster brushes and my own imagination.

Personally I love seeing the process behind an artist's work and in particular the way in which they create their own individual aesthetic. I hope you enjoy the first of these videos and I will post some more soon.

 

 

My Friday Five | 3

Yet again, another week has flown in and its that time again where I round some of the interesting things I have come across this week.

Monge Quentin

Monge Quentin is an Illustrator living and working in Paris. When he is not having fun cutting papers he also work as an art director for . His mixed media work combines minimalist cut-out shapes, bright colours, and figurative characters. Monge has the amazing ability of creating a journey in each of his pieces that you can easily relate to if its though his quirky characters or the beautiful colour combinations.

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Future With Bright Lights

A beautiful soft and subtle video by Japanese infrastructure company Kandenko. “Future with Bright Lights” follows the line of a silver ink circuit pen (developed by AgIC Inc.) as it brings tiny handmade structures and cityscapes to life.

Be a Great Storyteller

In this insightful and very helpful article,  Jacqueline Lara talks about how important it is for visual artists to also be a great storyteller. "So you’re a visual artist and you rely on the visual element of your work to sell it and captivate viewers in a single glance. But while art does indeed speak for itself, it only tells part of your story."

Read the full article here

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Jacopo Rosati

To say Jacob Rosati is a personal inspiration is an understatement. The Italian Illustrator is a master of the craft. Rosati who is widely known for his cutout felt illustrations. His use of primary colours perfectly combined with characters that we can all relate to, really make Rosati one of the best. 

Rosati has recently published a new project where he worked with an Italian magazine called Vita. He creates some beautiful illustrated stories and even threw in some animation for some extra measure.

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Appetizing Lego Food Art by Tary

Who doesn't love Lego and who doesn't love food? Nobody is the answer. Japan has a tradition in artificial food, because restaurants regularly recreate their dishes in an artificial manner to get their customers mouth watering and the displays last longer than the real displays. 

Artist Tary creates these mouth watering pieces of art from lego.

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Plagiarism

I have been meaning to write this piece for quite some time. The subject is a very touchy subject amongst the creativity industry as a whole. Nobody wants to pour their heart, should and creative talent into a piece of work in order for another person to completely plagiarise it. 

Only recently, I was notified one morning on Instagram that a particular user had recently published a piece of my work to their account. That user thought it was cool to add a beard to my character and then add their name/signature to the piece and then take full credit for it. Personally, this really irks me. I think what bothers me most is just how lazy some people are. Yeah in the creative industries Ideas/colour palettes/compositions/styles etc etc are stolen on a daily basis, maybe a nicer world would be borrowed. Thats how we all learn, we look at others work, we get inspired and we take certain aspects of that inspiration and translate it in to our own individual language. In this case, my work wasn’t interpreted, my work was blatantly stolen. I’m very lucky that I have fantastic followers that notified me of this. 

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On discovering my stolen work, I noticed she not only plagiarised my work but also she stole other Illustrators work. Once as the other illustrator got in touch with me to see what was going on, he said this so well. “ Fair enough stealing my work, but I really hope they didn’t get some work from that particular piece of work”. This is so true and worries me that there could be so many more of my pieces of artwork out there.

Though having said all of this, there are certain measure we can go about in order to protect our work. Watermarks, signatures etc! In my opinion, I hate watermarks, they cheapen that work you’ve created. Signatures can be easily removed with Photoshops. I generally try keep my work at a low quality and 72dpi so if anyone does steal it then it can’t be scaled up anymore. Its only a small measure that gives me piece of mind. There more I have thought about this since it happened the more I realise that any creative sharing their work online is a gamble. A gamble that hopefully the positives outweigh the negative. Social media and an on line presence is a crucial aspect of any creatives career. We can build fantastic networks online and its a platform for us to push our work and to get it out there. The negatives are what I have witnessed. On conclusion, I personally think the gamble is worth it. I can say I get more positive feedback and new connections from publishing my work online than I do negativity and plagiarism. Well, that I know of anyway!

Whats your opinion on this? Have you too witnessed something similar. I always love connecting with any like minded people!

My Friday Five | 2

Another week has passed ever so quickly, but it means its time for my Friday Five. I found each of these articles very interesting as I hope you do. Have a great weekend and keep inspired.

Transforming Walls

That title might make you think otherwise. No sadly they are not Bumble Bee and Optimus Primes long lost cousins. French street artist Patrick Commecy together with his team, creates huge murals of hyper-realistic facades that bring blank and boring city walls to life. Commecy even includes several notable people from the history of the town.

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Donald Trump - NY Times Cover

Creative Director Jessica Walsh along with creative directors at NY Times: Gail Bichler, Frank Augugliaro along with the design, illustration and photography talent of Angela Iannarelli, Aron Filkey, Giulia Zoavo, Vittorio Perotti have created a very apt and humerous depiction of Donald Trump and I guess a summary of his campaign for the NY Times.

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Optical Illusions 

More buildings I'm afraid. But once as you see these you wont be disappointed. Parisian street artist Astro converts flat architectural faces into illusory vortexes with a vibrant graphic twist. His patterns combine smooth, swirling curves and calligraphy with sharper shapes in dynamically detailed designs that are eye-catching on their own.

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Theo Payne

The Welsh Illustrators combines simple shapes, subtle texture and beautiful selective colours to form her quirky style. Theo's illustrations are full of imagination, her compositions are well informed and she even dables in some short animations.

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Shazam for Fonts

For her graduation project at the Royal College of Art Fiona O’Leary developed a handy, handheld tool she calls Spector that captures typefaces and colours in the real world, and then transfers them directly to InDesign. Though note that this is only a prototype. She says hopefully one day it will be developed and commercialised but she is in no rush.

O’Leary describes Spector as a “physical eyedropper.” We like to think of it as Shazam for colours and fonts. Here’s how it works: Place Spector over a piece of media and depress the button on top. A camera inside photographs the sample, and an algorithm translates the image into information about the shape of the typeface, or the colour’s CMYK/RGB values. Spector beams that information to a font or colour database, which IDs the sample. If your computer is nearby, a custom plugin ports the font or colour information to InDesign, where highlighted text or projects will automatically change to the typeface or colour of your real-world sample. Spector can store up to 20 font samples, so you can transfer them to your computer later.

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My Friday Five | 1

Sadly, It has been quite a while since my last post. I guess I can put it down to a combination of neglect and been occupied with work. I have decided that from now on, I will try push this Friday Five every week. The Friday Five is basically five different inspirational articles, images, artists etc that I have found throughout the week and thought I would share. I hope its interesting, please let me know in the comments if you found it useful.

 

Art from Mother Nature herself

Vicki Rawlins, a Chicago based artist spends a lot of time outdoors walking and foraging for her materials that she uses to create her wonderful and fresh illustrations.

Vicki uses everything from twigs to flowers and everything in between that can be found around her. She explains: "A fallen leaf goes into the bag, later it may become an eyebrow or dog ear. I pick up thin twigs, hoping they’ll work as a cheekbone or chin. The possibilities seem endless!

None of the materials are stuck down as once as each illustration is documented Vicki recycles all of her materials back to the earth. "Everything you see in these portraits came directly from the earth. It's my way of paying respect to Mother Nature in a sustainable way. Anyone can try this at home! Forage your neighbourhood for fallen bits or do some snipping from your own garden, find a flat surface, and see where it takes you!"

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Raul Soria

 Raul Soria is a Spanish Illustrator based in Berlin, Germany. Raul's work features some beautiful well thought out GIF's to some very clever illustrations which seem to cover very on trend subjects. Raul's style is encouraged by his wonderful use of selective bright colours. I have spent hours on his website, simply in awe of his craft. Thanks Raul.

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Buck.TV

A company that needs little or no introduction, Buck is a company that delivers humorous, relevant and very stylised animations. From offices in Los Angeles, New York and Sydney, Buck works with a broad range of clients in the advertising, broadcast, film and entertainment industries.

36 Days of Type // 3rd Edition by Génesis Linares

Génesis Linares has created a beautiful illustrative series of type in various scenarios. Not only are some of the executions incredibly clever, the texture and colours just make the whole project even more memorable.

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Oliver Curtis photographs the world’s most famous monuments, the wrong way round

Normally when we see an iconic monument, its perfectly depicted. The lighting is spot on, the perspective is beautiful and in some cases it makes us want to go there and witness it for itself. Oliver Curtis has taken a different spin on the iconic monument. He photographs the worlds famous monuments form a different perspective. Very inspirational! Always try look from a different perspective.

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The Statue of Liberty

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Inspirations

As a creative, its so important to stay inspired all the time. Inspiration can come in so many different ways and there are plenty of different sources both on and offline that allow us to continue to be inspired on a daily basis. I have several sources that I use on a daily basis and I guess you could say they are the obvious choices.

I particularly love Pinterest for viewing and managing all of the beautiful inspiration I came across. You can see my Pinterest boards here.I love how its a spiral of inspiration once as you click on image, as Pinterest then continues to recommend more and more visual masterpieces.

Instagram is better for following a particular artist and being allowed to see their working process and their daily updates. There is probably a little more community here as you can message other users and like and comment on their posts. You can also see my Instagram page here.

Every couple of weeks I go in and out of awe with several style of illustration. I have so many other illustrators that I just cant comprehend their levels of creativity and their sheer talent. I mostly add more and more favourites by the day, raising both my inspiration and jealousy levels through the roof. 

Though there are some illustrators that have remained top of my list for some time. I guess you could say most of these Illustrators cross over somewhat in terms of style, but you will see for yourself why they remain top of my list.

First up is Lisk Feng. Lisk Feng is an award winning illustrator who is originally from China, and now become a New York based freelance illustrator. Lisk’s use of colour, composition are incredible and once as you combine this with her characters it just adds so much to the visual delight. You can see more of Lisk’s beautiful work here.

Second up is Anne Laval. Anne Laval is a Strasbourg-based illustrator who's simply impressive compositions lead you on an adventure right from where you sit. Anne’s colour choices are stopped back yet so informative. Each element of her illustrations are well thought out and will put a smile on anyones face. You can see more of Anne’s work here.

Next is Yukai Du. Yuki Du is an illustrator and animator from Guangzhou, China. Yuki combines a beautiful illustrative style combined with some really well worked out animation. Yukai’s colour palettes provoke emotion beautifully and allow us to empathise with her characters. You can see more of Yukai’s work here.

Last up is Owen Davey. Owen is an award-winning Illustrator, living & working in Leicester, UK. Owen’s work stands out to me so much because of the strong use of narrative through his entire portfolio. His colour palettes are simply striking as well as the clean lines of his characters. You can see more of Owen’s work here.

Although I didn't go into much detail about each of the artists, I just thought it would be nice to share where some of my inspirations lie. If you too have loads of inspirations you would love to share, please comment or drop me an email. I would love to hear from you.

Aquent / Vitamin T Calendar

 Aquent, a global leader in marketing and design staffing, launched a new division several years back called, Vitamin T. Vitamin T match the best creative talent with the best creative companies across the Australian, UK and American markets.

Every year Aquent and Vitamin T release a talent Calendar which gets delivered to the desks of their clients worldwide. In 2015 my artwork was chosen to be showcased in the 2016 Talent calendar.

The brief for the artwork was open, so I chose something bright, colourful and which had some imagination in it too. Its great to be showcased right beside the other 12 featured artists. They even featured me on my birthday month, June.

I have taken some photos of my artwork and included them below.

 

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PICAME Magazine

PICAME means pinch me.

A web magazine born in 2008 that blend and inoculates high doses of creativity to its readers, every day. All the contents are meticulously selected by the editorial staff - formed by creatives of every kind - and they can seriously compromise your concentration at work. Take care.

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Recently I have had my artwork shared several times on the Picame Instagram and Twitter pages. Its great to think the folks over at Picame consider my work to be up there with others in order for it to be shared. In fact its great when anybody shares your work, its a fantastic method of getting your work infant of new eyes too.

“ Don’t worry about people sharing your work, worry about when they stop sharing it”

I recently read an article and there was a standout quote which said, “ Don’t worry about people sharing your work, worry about when they stop sharing it”. This makes so much sense when you think about it in some more detail. The more people that are sharing your work and attributing you the better. You get more traffic to your page or site and people are talking about you more.

 

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I guess this has had a lot to do with me growing my follower base over the past few months. Picame kind of started of my increasing numbers by sharing several of my pieces over a short period of time. Not only do is help with your numbers growing, but you get to see so many other illustrators that you wouldn't have got to lay your eyes on otherwise.


Picame have featured some of my illustration over on their website too. Have a look if you ever get a chance.


See the article here