What’s health got to do with it?

matcloud_luciaRound 2 of Season 3 of Fotolia’s TEN Collection revolves around health. This time Fotolia paired photographer Lucia Giacani and artist Mateusz Chmura (MatCloud) together to create a surreal piece. Both having backgrounds in industrial design, their concept involved displaying organs as products that look more artificial than biological. If you are curious about their process (or them) watch this video.

Their portrayal of artificial organs, got the gears whirring in my head for the design challenge. What if in the future replacing organs became as commonplace as walking into a grocery store and buying a new carton of milk or switching out parts to your car? Hearts, lungs, livers etc. are easily and artificially made. Organ donor lists are a thing of the past. So I came up with the “Body Shop.” Walk in, purchase the part that you need, and have it installed onsite. My idea did take on a darker tone as I searched for additional source images to compliment the ones provided for the contest. Here’s my result and if it intrigues you, you can vote for it here by clicking the like button.

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animation_matcloud_healthP.S. I was already a fan of artist MatCloud, so I was truly excited that he was chosen to be a part of this series. You can follow him on Behance or Facebook.

 

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TEN Collection Contest – Vote Please

promo_ten_collection_fbRemember my previous post? (No. Click here) Well I entered the TEN Collection Contest Season 2 and it was a fun challenge. My time to design my entries was limited, so to reduce creation time in Photoshop, I thought A LOT about how they would come together. I also wanted to make the most of the images provided by Fotolia. These were the images I worked with.

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Unknown Destination by Shavanna Pinder

Unknown Destination by Shavanna Pinder

My first entry Unknown Destination was actually intended for the category Myth in Motion. After completion and a pause to contemplate I decided it best portrayed a strange world. It was actually inspired by this image below. At first I was drawn to the scale. The bear is so menacing and gargantuan when compared to the girl, yet she seems not to care at all. I wanted to capture that sense of scale. After I was done, I realized that I had subconsciously picked up more design elements from this picture.

'BRUMAS' by Schiszophrenia

‘BRUMAS’ by Schiszophrenia

Mixed Messages by Shavanna Pinder

Mixed Messages by Shavanna Pinder

With my second entry I simply wanted to convey Mixed Messages. Most of the arms are from fotolia’s resources. After I submitted it, I wished I had added a tear to the girl’s face for further emotional impact. Que sera. Que sera. If you like my entries PLEASE VOTE for them by liking their respective facebook pages.

Vote for Unknown Destination

Vote for Mixed Messages

Details and screenshots of the design process are provided in my Behance portfolio. I’m also happy to announce that Fotolia will be starting Season 3 of the TEN Collection in March 2014. This time they will feature dynamic duos! Learn more.

Who I’m Following on Behance: Zach Bush

zachbush1I can’t quite remember how I was led to this artist, but writing this post has been on my mind for a while now. I suspect it had something to do with his entry in the Tomb Raider Reborn Contest. Anyway, I’m highly intrigued by his work. I literally stare and try to absorb all the details. Zach Bush is an artist who was introduced to the graphic design world in 2006. That summer he was asked to become a web designer, but he only knew computer basics, so he hit the ground running. He taught himself the necessary web skills and beyond. Finding his passion, he switched his major to Graphic Design and the rest is stunning digital art history. He states his entire design process can last between 15 – 40 hours and it shows. Some of his work is featured below, but don’t forget to check him out on Behance, his personal site, or facebook.

He was inspired to make this while listening to Trip Lee’s album The Good Life. Trip Lee is a favorite rap artist of mine. I thought that was cool.

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The Behance Network is a major online tool for creative professionals to showcase their work. Access portfolios from a plethora of talented artists from all different genres. If you create a portfolio or a follower profile you can keep track or “follow” artists that you like. You receive updates whenever they upload a new project. The Behance Network has many perks for it’s users like job postings, competitions, and networking. Check out My Own Portfolio on Behance.

Free Wallpaper! Silence

Silence stripI feel like my mind races at 120 mph ninety-five percent of the time, but before it gets in gear, I try to find some peace and quiet. This means as soon as I get up I try to isolate myself. I close the door and avoid family ( I have a big one). It helps me prepare for the day ahead. I get some meditative reading done, put things in perspective, affirm what I’m grateful for, and review my tasks for the day. One day this past week, it hit me, even if surround myself with silence, it’s still not quiet. I can still hear myself breathe and feel my heart beat. Yay for being alive! So that inspired me to create this wallpaper I call Silence. It took approximately 3 hours in Photoshop. Enjoy! Feedback is welcome.

 
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This source image was taken by Belovodchenko Anton aka african_fi from sxc.hu.

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The main brushes I used are a part of a Bittbox Freebie: 5 Abstract Porous Brushes.

I’m Not Dreaming of a White Christmas

Even though I lived in Chicago for five years, I’ve never experienced a White Christmas, but I’m not complaining. If I never saw snow again I think I would be just fine. I grew up and now live in a warm climate. I can’t imagine not being able to sport a t-shirt and shorts if I want on Christmas day. There are plenty of places that have nice weather during “winter” yet they are very rarely represented. In movies and advertisements Christmas isn’t Christmas without snow. People sing phrases like “walking in a winter wonderland” or “chestnuts roasting on an open fire.” Try sitting around an open fire in 80 degree weather. Well I made something for the warm climates; a free Beach Christmas Wallpaper. Enjoy and leave a shout out below if you will be someplace warm this Christmas.

Wallpaper resolution 1680x1050

Wallpaper Resolution 1680×1050

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Wallpaper Resolution 1920×1080

I didn’t document the creative process but here are some of the source images I used found around www.sxc.hu:

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P.S. technically this is the free wallpaper for the month of June. I’m still a bit behind…

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