Dina Thanki: A – Z Challenge

Dina Thanki is a Graphic Designer and Illustrator whose work I absolutely adore. You’ll notice that her blog is included in my Blogs That I Follow sidebar. Her style to me is lively and bright and has that simple and effortless appeal that you know wasn’t so simple and effortless to create. Dina is a freelancer living in Leicestershire (UK) who often posts her illustrations and cool resources in her “I Like This Stuff” series. She’s also recently launched her Etsy Shop. For the month of April Dina has entered The A-Z Challenge. Basically you post every day except Sunday and each post follows a theme from A – Z. Take for example you chose animals as your theme, so in order your posts could be on Aardvarks, Bears, Cougar, Dolphins, etc… Dina has chosen “Quotes” for her theme and here are some of my favorites so far:

I admire Dina’s dedication and consistency. She invited me to participate in the challenge, but I knew it would be too much for me at this time. Maybe next year though.

Ten Collection Artist Joolz

There’s still some time left! Fotolia, the stock imaging site, hosts the Ten Collection for which they’ve asked 10 French artists to create a unique high quality piece using images found on their site. Their Photoshop File is available to download free for the first 24 hours (regular price $9) and as of right now there’s about 9 hours left. The artist for the month of April is Julien Morel aka Joolz. He’s a musician who has evolved into a gifted Graphic Designer. Joolz actually started by designing CD covers and music related material and now has clientele all over Europe and America. He says he tries to bring an “old time” feel to his work and has a deep appreciation for the physical/tactile/handcrafted. While he keeps busy in the fields of advertising, music, web design, illustration etc. Joolz makes time to be a permanent contributor to the blog/magazine Artskills.

 

“TEN Collection – a unique educational and community outreach initiative, showcasing digital art unlike any other.”

Silly me, I just missed it: Ten Collection Artist Elroy

What’s life if you can’t laugh and learn from your mistakes? Fotolia, the stock imaging site, hosts the Ten Collection for which they’ve asked 10 French artists to create a unique high quality piece using images found on their site. Their Photoshop File is available to download free for the first 24 hours (regular price $9) and I just missed it. I was actually on the site in time, but I mistakenly thought the clock was counting down the time until the file was available, however it was really telling me the time I had left. Oh well, I sense a purchase in my future. Enough about me now, check out the artist Damien Vignaux a.k.a Elroy. He’s my favorite so far.

Elroy is a freelancer that got his start creating artwork for friends (posters, cd covers, etc.) which eventually grew into a full-time enterprise. Now living in Berlin, his clients are from all over the globe. His creativity extends to not only print, but to photography, film, music, and motion graphics. Add VJing into the mix, I’m not really sure when he has time to sleep. Elroy is also the co-founder of the Play Collective and Studio Incog. In his interview he states that he loves constantly pushing himself to be better, fresh, different and diverse. Watch the interview and see examples of his work below. He gives some good advice to other designers.

 

Elroy Motion Graphics click to watch

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“TEN Collection – a unique educational and community outreach initiative, showcasing digital art unlike any other.”

Design Inspiration: Todd Alan Breland

I’m not entirely sure how I was introduced to the work of this artist. Todd Alan Breland is a skilled graphic designer who has already made quite a mark, working with brands like Absolut Vodka, Boost Mobile, and Coco-Cola (I prefer Pepsi, but he’s got that covered too). Breland has a distinct fluid style, primarily incorporating the female form. His inspiration comes from everything around him, while his major artistic influences are Alphonse Mucha and pop-art icon Roy Lichtenstein.

Breland, who never would have guessed that graphic design would become his profession, is now the Creative Director at RYZ, an outerwear company that wants to “challenge convention.” One of the things I loved about RYZ was their approach towards their label The Slash. “Located on the side of each heel, The Slash is a minimal branding effort to allow more room for our artists to shine. Think of our shoes as fine art.” Actually Breland is the winner of one of the RYZ competitions. The image of his shoe Trust is shown below. Take a gander at his selected works or read more about the artist himself in an interview by Coke Art.

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