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 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 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, head over to his online portfolio and check out more of his work.

 

Geometric Lion

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.

 

Skate Decks

Beheaded Monster

Beheaded Monsters

Creativity

New Fren Skate Art

New Fren Skate Art

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Thought Provoking Conceptual Illustrations – Ken Orvidas

Ken Orvidas is an award winning digital illustrator and artist. Our inspiration for the day comes from his work that incorporates hand drawn and painted elements, scanned print textures as well as Photoshop based photo manipulations. The tone and style of his work is what differentiates him from other digital artists in the world. This San Francisco based graphics designer started out as an advertising art director and has come a long way since then to become a freelance conceptual digital illustrator.

He is also involved in the noble art of teaching and chairs the advisory board for the Lake Washington Institute of Technology’s multi-media curriculum. His work includes a body of extensive digital art and illustrations that are used in annual reports, books, magazines, collateral, CD’s, as well as new media. His illustrations are simple yet thought provoking. Visit his portfolio here.

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Transforming Digital Art – Melvin Zelissen

Our inspiration today comes from the digital artworks of Melvin Zelissen. In his early twenties, Zelissen enjoys the Transformer movie series (like so many millions of others and cannot wait for the next one with Mark Wahlberg and directed by Michael Bay) and has amassed plenty of artwork while recreating his favorite characters from the series. Located in The Netherlands, Zelissen started off in the field of graphic designing and digital art way back in 2007. After perfecting his technique with the Photoshop CS2 basic, he went on to learn Photoshop 2010 CS5 and C4D.

Melvin loves art in all its forms and draws his inspiration from everyday life and everything it has to offer. He has been reckoned as one of the best artists on Behance.net and is definitely worth checking out. He believes that there is a digital artist in every person and it is just a matter of honing your skills. Zelissen loves dabbling with lighting design and manipulations too. Find his portfolio here.

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Daily Inspiration – The Art of Flight

Today we have been inspired by twenty one year old freelance graphic designer Joseph J.Shields.

Joseph’s project ‘The Art of Flight’ centers around birds illustrated from simple geometric shapes. Joseph’s love for the great outdoors, photography, funny people and of course art and design, has combined to add unique personality and flair to his exciting and fresh work. Focusing on bold logos and typography, Joseph prefers to keep his designs real simple. For many designers the minimalist approach often falls flat, but Joseph manages to hit the nail on the head every time creating a perfect blend of simplicity and pizzazz!

Find out more about Joseph J. Shields over at his website or online portfolio.

Toucan

Red-Breasted Merganser

Falcon

Pelican

Flamingo

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Up and Coming Concept Artist – Aman Prakash

Digital artist Aman Prakash is our inspiration for the day. An up and coming concept artist, Prakash is passionate about entertainment design. Soon to complete his Bachelor’s in Fine Arts from the International Academy of Design and Technology in Seattle, Prakash is already a reasonably well known name in the industry. He has been a volunteer at The Digital Art Festival and his work has received plenty of accolades. The tools of his trade include Adobe Photoshop, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Flash, Autodesk Maya, zBrush, Adobe Soundbooth, amongst others.

Inspired by images of a chain bound floating city, Prakash’s Sky Lands digital art piece was commissioned by Alex Smithing, the Art Director for Heaven’s Blow Torch. This work has also been featured in the IMAGINE 2012 Portfolio Gallery for the International Academy of Design and Technology in Seattle. He is a digital artist worth following on his path to success. Have a look at his portfolio here.

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