Music Inspires Art in Karolos’ Work

In his late twenties, Mike Karolos is an Athenian with a creative edge. This inspirational graphic designer was born in Manchester, United Kingdom but calls Athens, Greece his home. He is the art director at in8 studio in Greece and he also does a bundle of freelancing projects in his free time. Karolos describes his style of digital artwork as ‘evolving’ and believes that when it comes to graphic design, “It’s style that makes the difference.”

He finds inspiration in everything he sees but a lot of his work is specifically influenced by his love for music, particularly, hip-hop, and rap music made famous by Ice Cube, Beastie Boys, and Eminem. The tools of his trade are pencil, paper, scanner, Photoshop, and Illustrator amongst others and he has a way with his weapons of choice that brings his digital expressions to life. His area of expertise lies in logo design, graffiti abstract paintings, photomanipulation, and illustration artwork. Check out his portfolio here.

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Daily Inspiration – Yes/No

Today’s inspiration comes from the thought provoking graphic designer Nina Georgieva.

What do we love about Nina? Apart from the fact that she takes a unique and exciting approach to her design work, we can’t get enough of her recent project Yes/No Interface. On first glance this project might not seem like anything special, but it’s the theory behind the work which really draws us in.

Yes/No Interface is a series of interfaces that offer a choice between yes and no, which are of course the hardest choices that we face every day. What Nina has done so masterfully is designed each individual interface to represent a different unique interaction, atmosphere and story.

Like what you see? Check out more of Nina Georgieva’s work over at her online portfolio and website.

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yes-no-interface

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Daily Inspiration – Doodle a Day

Need a dose of daily inspiration? If so you’ve got to check out this awesome Doodle a Day project by Lithuanian based graphic designer Karolis Strautniekas.

Doodle a Day is pretty much exactly as it sounds – an ongoing project by Karolis of a effortless doodle created each and every day. Simple yet effective, these intriguing doodles transform an otherwise mundane concept leaving the viewer hungering for more. His choice of color palette enables us to fully immerse ourselves in the doodles exploring their hidden meanings and agendas, without being distracted by unnecessary extras.

Discover the rest of Karolis’s Doodle a Day project, along with more of his exceptional work over at his online portfolio or website.

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Photo-realistic Digital Art with Bert Monroy

Digital photo-realist artist Bert Monroy is our inspiration for the day! His photo-realistic digital pictures are brilliant in that they display his eye for detail and look like a photograph of the scene would have looked. Residing in California, Monroy has created a panorama view of the Chicago’s Damen Station on the Blue Line. The file is probably the largest Photoshop file ever and is made up of over 50 Photoshop files, 500 alpha channels, 250,000 paths, and 15,000 layers!

It took all of 2,000 hours to create the beauty and he completed it in a year or so. He started off using Adobe Illustrator to create the shapes and basic outlines of the buildings in Chicago and finished the mega artwork on Photoshop. He is the writer and co-writer of a variety of books such as The Official Adobe Photoshop Handbook, Adobe Photoshop: A Visual Guide to the Mac, Photoshop 4, and more. Have a look at the panorama on his portfolio here.

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Daily Inspiration – Step By Step Lion

Today’s inspiration comes from the incredibly talented Ukrainian designer York Swan, who has created a step by step guide on how to design your very own awesome lion head.

Nothing beats getting the chance to see how the experts go about constructing their images from scratch, as just viewing the process alone can provide us with inspiration for our own work. In this project we see how York layers lots of geometric shapes to create a base to work from. After block filling certain sections of the image, he is left with a distinctive and stylized lion icon, which is very cool indeed.

If you like York’s Lion project, why not head over to his online portfolio and check out more of his work.

 

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Step by Step Lion

Step by Step Lion

Step by Step Lion

Step by Step Lion

Step by Step Lion

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Photoshop Tutorial to Add Light Streaks to Digital Photos

Light streaks are used with sterling and fantastic effect in a variety of advertisements and print forms. They add a new dimension to pictures and create an ethereal feel that is difficult to achieve without the 3D feel of light streaks. In this Photoshop tutorial, Steve Patterson shows you how to add this unique effect to your photos by using the Pen Tool in Photoshop along with some simple brush techniques and layer styles.

The colorful streaks of light that you will learn to add to your photos can transform a regular image into one glistening with surreal glow. Within 20 simple steps lies the path to create such a picture through Photoshop. Patterson takes you through the very basic steps of adding path segments, using the brush strokes and more so you can insure the light streaks are absolutely right! Check out the tutorial here.

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Colorful Art Works by Premiere Japanese Digital Artist

Japan based illustrator and graphic designing specialist Gaku Imai has a creative identity that is as unique as his eccentric artworks. Peanuts Taste is the creative identity Imai uses when publishing his work. One look at his digital images and you will be entranced by the happy, colorful, and bold patterns. Each image has his love for cute objects, mechanical parts, funny gadgets, and rare and unique characters on display.

Bright, vivid, and bold colors are paired with characters and items created with heavy outlines to deliver the trademark Peanuts Taste effect. His artwork is well recognized and has been on display in a multitude of places all over the world. This Japanese artist has been featured in magazines such as What’s Next and MdN and his works have been exhibited at StarFactory 100 Meets Art exhibition among others. Have a look at his brilliant portfolio here.

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Daily Inspiration – 2012 Twenty Things That Happened On The Internet

Today we have been inspired to look back at the most important internet events of 2012, seen through the eyes of the surrealist mastermind Seb Niark.

This entertaining, interesting, and captivating image was created by the French digital designer and artist who has become renowned for creating abstract images that inspire and invigorate the mind with their sharp colors, crazy patterns, and unusual concepts.

‘2012 Twenty Things That Happened On The Internet’, was created as a project to appear on a clients website, and the amazing image encapsulates 20 momentous internet events from last year. Can you spot what they all are?

If you loved this project as much as we did, and would love to see more of Seb Niark’s amazing work, head over to his online portfolio and website.

20 things that happened on the internet in 2012

20 things that happened on the internet in 2012

20 things that happened on the internet in 2012

20 things that happened on the internet in 2012

20 things that happened on the internet in 2012

20 things that happened on the internet in 2012

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Sci-Fi and Fantasy Artworks by Mariana Vieira

Brazilian illustrator and concept artist Mariana Vieira is our inspiration owing to the brilliance of her science fiction and fantasy based artworks. Her work has an ethereal feel to it that is so needed for fantasy artwork. She is the co-founder of Black Fox Studio which is a concept art institution that holds a variety of workshops and courses for those willing to learn the art of digital painting and creation. Vieira holds a Bachelor of Traditional Painting degree from Rio de Janeiro institute UFRJ with a specialization in Art Therapy.

Her art works and digital paintings have been featured in a number of magazines like Ballistic Publishing EXOTIQUE 7, EXPOSE 10, Illustrar Magazine, and Photoshop Creative amongst others. Not only does she enjoy working with illustration magazines, she also enjoys dabbling with sci-fi games. Have a look at her portfolio here.

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Daily Inspiration – New Fren’s Urban Funk

Today we have been blown away by the vibrant colors and energetic designs of Chilean graphic designer New Fren.

New Fren is an exciting designer that defines the words ‘urban funk’ in his fantastic designs. From his ‘Polemic Skate Deck’ designs, to his ‘beheaded monsters’ and ‘creativity’ projects, there is a strong and unique design aesthetic running through each piece. His bold use of color gives his designs energy and life, and the funky abstract characters and shapes give off that modern urban vibe that is so on trend right now.

If you are intrigued by New Fren’s work and want to see more of his fantastic designs then check out his online portfolio.

 

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Beheaded Monsters

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New Fren Skate Art

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