Archive for the ‘ illustration ’ Category

looking for inspiration (or work) in graphic design …

This list of edgey design portals comes courtesy of Kris and Robyn! Thanks, guys! 🙂

qbn: a huge portal of graphic design:

thunderchunky: a design portal from the UK

Canadian design blog

Scott Hansen’s blog

lost at e minor: this is a great site that links to lots of other cool sites about art and design

rexbox: visual design for fun things

And last, but not least …
Ffffound: image bookmarking

(by clicking on images you like, it links you to more images that are somehow
related. this site is an inspirational rabbit hole with no end,  connected by a large group of artists and designers.)



Tutorials for digital imaging & all things Adobe …

Staying current and keeping up with fresh new trends in the digital design world is no easy task in this highly competitive industry!

But it doesn’t have to cost a fortune! To learn a few new tricks on Adobe’s latest and greatest suite, try your hand at LAYERS Magazine’s FREE tutorials . (LAYERS is the How-to Magazine for Everything Adobe!)

You’ll find all kinds of goodies on ‘how-to’ make cool stuff in Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Flash, InDesign, AfterEffects, Premiere and more!


On creating online portfolios + finding inspiration

Smashing Magazine offers some helpful tips on how to create an effective online portfolio –Show ’em your stuff!

Looking for inspiration? … Here are some ideas on where to look.

And here are some tips for creating creative résumés …. (Thanks, Laura! :))

And finally, Smashing Magazine gave this showcase of websites from around the world (wide web)!


Digital rain

This illustration was inspired by an old French photograph of a young nurse in Hôtel Dieu.

What is an illustration and why would you illustrate?

Well, I decided to look up both ‘illustrate’ in the online Cambridge dictionary and ‘illustration’ in the visual thesaurus …. Here is what I found:

To illustrate:

  1. v. (EXPLAIN) to show the meaning or truth of something more clearly, especially by giving examples
  2. v. (PICTURES) to draw pictures for a book, magazine, etc.

Visual thesaurus, words associated with 'illustration'

So, the simplest definition for illustration is to explain through pictures. And since a picture is worth a thousand words, it’s a very efficient way to explain an idea or to tell a story. Here are some great portfolios of illustrations, to illustrate illustration. 😉

These illustrations were created first by drawing, and then painted digitally, in most cases. Talent goes a long way here …

The scientific and medical illustration field is highly specialized, but Bryan Christie is quite simply the best! – Incredible!

To learn how to create vector illustrations using Adobe Illustrator, try your hand at these online tutorials.

For those who aren’t skilled at drawing, try playing with Illustrator’s ‘live trace’ or ‘live paint’ functions!

Or if you need a professional illustration, and haven’t got the time to learn yourself … you can always hire an illustrator from this Directory of Illustrators.

But, for a more playful take on illustration … Here’s a personal favourite of mine: Sam Brown’s –I love this guy! 🙂

And of course, the iSpot is a great resource for all things illustration! –Enjoy!