Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Business Casual

I have been having a lot of fun in Illustrator recently getting more use out of some scanned business men images I got from the library.  I put together a couple things...
This is yet another Threadless submission. I call it "The Break Room." Watch and vote for it here.
And this is just a friendly reminder for all you assholes out there.

Photo of the Day - L.

L. by warm__gun
L., a photo by warm__gun on Flickr.

This 'n That Vector

Was recently perusing Vectortuts and came across a treasure trove of vector goodies.  Free fonts, tutorials, and vector downloads oh my!  I also came across two artists that I wanted to share.

Jonas Bergstrand talks about how he created these stunning posters for Soho Beach House here.

Some hilarious and extremely unique designs from Joao Lauro found here.

16bit - Dinosaurs

The creator, ljudbilden, of 16bit's new song "Dinosaurs" describes his work as "an epileptic trip." I would agree.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Neon Pimp

Neon Pimp by ChrisKoelsch
Neon Pimp, a photo by ChrisKoelsch on Flickr.

AI vs. AI

It's stuff like this that really brings me back to my college days. Just truly unique and interesting concepts. I think this is brilliant and I hope you like it too.

Lucha Libre!

Lucha Libre! by ChrisKoelsch
Lucha Libre!, a photo by ChrisKoelsch on Flickr.

Created the above piece for a Threadless submission because I was recently inspired by the theme of masks and also this...

Photo of the Day - There he is!

There he is! by Fotobes
There he is!, a photo by Fotobes on Flickr.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

GSG 5s project - Behind the Scenes - Horse

Was recently looking at the most recent winners of the Grey Scale Gorilla 5 Second Project for "Behind the Scenes" when I came across this work by Niklaus Hofer. Check out more of his work here.

Friday, August 26, 2011


I might have passed this over as just another well done shape animation. But the little fun surprises of this piece by Iain Acton really make this worthwhile. Check out his site by clicking on his name.

The 6 Essential Karate Hand Positions

Created this little piece for a Threadless submission.  You can watch it and eventually vote on it here.

Underwater Logo Reveal

Recently I came across this tutorial on the Tuts+ Network and thought it was pretty cool looking. Well it just so happened a pool themed project came up at work and it gave me the opportunity to try it. Well I told my coworkers about it and under further inspection we found you needed Trapcode 2.0 to follow along with the tutorial. Keep in mind that's a $200 dollar program. It always bums me out when tutorials require expensive software to complete. So I set out to recreate what I saw as their final product.

After watching this a few times you can start to see some of the elements they used. There is a caustics layer of some sort creating the highlights on top of the water. Some textures, some coloring, and some underwater distortion and I think you can make pretty close to what they did.

This piece is basically made up of 3 parts:

I began with what I knew for sure. The top layer was a Caustics generator. I found this in my Apple Motion Library under "Generators".

The next piece of the puzzle is the pool floor. Well the pool floor photo used in the other tutorial had a water mark on it so I didn't want to use that. I simply fabricated mine by combining a Grid and Checkerboard Generator. I gave it some texture using a Noise Filter. But by all means using a photo you took or found online would also work.

The final part was adding my logo.  I created the shadow by adding a Drop Shadow on the logo and also duplicating the logo, coloring it black, adding a blur, and plaing underneath for a more realistic look.

Put them all together and you get something like this.  It actually looks pretty decent so far.  I created some faux lighting with a couple gradients that I Blended using Multiply.  A lens flare was also added just to create a little more interest.

I added a light blue Color Solid over everything and lowered the Opacity to give the whole piece that crystal clear blue color. Refreshing.

The final animation came from me just playing around with effects.  The Caustics layer has an Underwater filter on it as does my entire Underwater layer.  That alone gave me a pretty convincing effect.  Just for a final touch I gave my logo a little bit of randomized movement and I was done.  Here is the product.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Terry Gilliam on Monty Python animations

An oldie but a goodie. An inside look at Terry Gilliam's process when creating Monty Python animations. Always entertaining when you are watching these guys work.

Photo of the Day - ♡

♡ by Bracket ツ
, a photo by Bracket ツ on Flickr.
Via Flickr:
Mary Jane, she take care of me.


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Photographer of the Day - Zach Schrock

When you look at his photography you can tell that Zach Schrock takes pictures simply because he loves to take pictures, and I can appreciate that.  He gets some funny results and overall his photos are well executed.  I love his color pallet.

Weather Tests

Some fun and simple animations from Savas Ozay on the subject of weather. I guess this is better than having to talk about it with your co-worker.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Quoddy Workshop - Lewiston, Maine

Oliver Wilkins brings us a very simple and elegant documentary on the craftsmen at the Quoddy Workshop in Lewiston, Maine. The particular subject of shoe makers really brings back some good memories of my grandpa, who was also a shoe maker.  He had his own little workshop in the garage and all the grand kids would explore and play in it when we were younger. What is truly amazing is that Oliver was able to create this piece with only a Cannon 5D with 24-70mm and gorilla pod. Just goes to show you don't need all the fancy equipment in the world to make something effective.

Dan Hipp

Check out the amazing work of Dan Hipp.  I really love his doodle style, use of color, and the content he chooses for his work.  His sense of humor really comes through in these works.

Photo of the Day - shirtless

shirtless by Lisa Stang
shirtless, a photo by Lisa Stang on Flickr.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Photo of the Day - Untitled

Untitled by geneviève bjargardóttir
Untitled, a photo by geneviève bjargardóttir on Flickr.
Via Flickr:
cassidy // berlin

Chaz Russo

This work is just....different, and I truly appreciate that.  It has a geometric and antique style that I adore. I haven't seen anything like this and it's truly inspiring. Check out more of Chaz's work here.

Photo of the Yesterday - Too Dry

Too Dry by erica elan
Too Dry, a photo by erica elan on Flickr.
Via Flickr:
1974 Nikkormat film.

Richard Arthur Stewart

Clean, imaginative, fun, simple, and just plain well designed logos from Richard Arthur Stewart. I especially love the Peterson logo, pure brilliance. Check out more of his designs here.

Superhero Style Guide

Because even Superheros need them...


A beautifully inventive video from Bill Newsinger. Shot with a Canon 7D and HD GoPro

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Survival in the City, Anthony Greenbank

Found this amazing piece of literature recently on If I ever move to Chicago I will definitely find these tips useful.