Who I’m Following on Behance: Rob Shields & Cooky Yoon

I’m keeping it short and sweet this post because my wrists are killing me! I’ve taken a pain reliever and hopefully all will be well in the morning. However, here’s some killer work. Rob Shields is a remarkable self-taught artist with degrees in Psychology and Philosophy. He’s been featured in many publications and his client list includes entities such as Smirnoff and Digital Arts. This first stunning digital painting is what immediately drew me in to his work. It’s based on the villain from Sleeping Beauty.

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Jiyoung Yoon aka Cooky Yoon is a graphic designer based in Seoul, South Korea who has a beautifully fresh take on typography. She expresses that designing is even more important than eating food. One of my favorite projects of hers so far is the posting of her latest printed portfolio. Glimpses of it along with other work can be viewed below.

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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.

Who I’m Following on Behance: Adam Spizak & Billelis

Why 2 artists and why these 2 artists? Well, 1. They’re awesome 2. They both were asked to create a wallpaper for Desktopography. Created in 2005, The Desktopography Project is a site where you can download high quality nature based desktop wallpapers made by talented designers. It’s by invite only, but if you feel your work is up to snuff, they encourage you to contact them. It’s a fun non-profit initiative with stunning results. Wallpapers are available in many different sizes for free, so find some you fancy and spread the word! Check out their 2011 Gallery.

I’m never disappointed when Adam Spizak publishes a new project on Behance. Spizak is a Polish illustrator and designer whose work has been featured publications like Computer Arts and Advanced Photoshop Magazine. His wallpapers are some of my favorites and usually inspire compliments from curious onlookers. I just direct them to his Behance Portfolio or the blog that he co-created with Gregory Machon called Art is Navi.

Adam Spizak Desktopography Entry

Billelis is a nickname for Billy Bogiatzoglou who is a digital artist with a passion for photo-manipulation, illustration, and 3d and motion graphics. He’s a member of the Keystone Design Union and I believe I was first introduced to his great work through a Coca-Cola competition that I entered on Eyeka. I thought his entry (among the best submitted) was lively and powerful . Check out Billelis’s Portfolio on Behance.

Billelis Desktopography Entry

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 Profile on Behance.

What’s Going On With Me

Click to go to my Photography PageIn case I do have someone who checks this blog every so often, I thought you would like to know…

My posts have been a bit sporadic to non-existent lately because of some major changes; I moved from Chicago to Florida in November and October was chock full of making preparations. I’m still adjusting to life in the Sunshine State, but I will be resuming my blogging duties soon. Even though I haven’t been posting, I have been collecting topics to write about and I’ve been working on other projects. One of which I’m pleased to announce:

I updated my website!

Click to go to My Portfolio I added more photos to my photography page and I added some artwork and graphic design work to my portfolio. By looking through this blog, you may figure out that I have an interest in graphics and I’m determined to learn more about it while advancing my skills. For my portfolio, I gave myself some assignments to work on like band posters and cd album covers. I also included work I’ve done for others. Check it out and if you love/hate what you see, let me know. I welcome constructive criticism.

Disclaimer: my site has some glitches that at the moment the solution eludes me, but it’s only a matter of time…

Design Inspiration: Cornwell Design, Paul Lee Designs, & Shotopop

Whether you’re an expert or a novice, it’s always a good idea to look at the work of others. You may bump into new concepts or get reintroduced to old ones. It can also stir the creative juices, especially if you’re experiencing an artistic roadblock. Since I’m just now really delving into graphic design, it helps me tremendously to look around. It is also beneficial to me to observe what other artists consider good. I looked through 15 Ridiculously Good Graphic Design Portfolios posted on Positive Space and picked 3 that really stood out.

Cornwell Design

What I liked about Cornwell Design was that not only did they show their finished work, but they provided images of how it was used in the real world. For example, if they designed a logo for a store, they would show the storefront sign with the logo or take a picture the store’s billboard ad they created.

Paul Lee Designs

Next, I thought many of the designs on Paul Lee Designs were sleek, classy, expressive, and clean. They appealed to me visually and nothing was too overwhelming. As a matter of fact a lot of them left me wondering, “how did he do that?”

Shotopop Illustration

Shotopop’s work was a bit offbeat, and at times dark, but I loved it. I especially enjoyed their illustrations, even though I didn’t quite understand them. Nevertheless, it did lead me to really study the images.

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