Recently we launched a new campaign called “The New Creatives” which represents multi-skilled and diverse creative people who aren’t afraid to explore new mediums and go wherever their ideas take them. Over the past several weeks on our social channels, we’ve been featuring talented artists who identify as New Creatives.
In celebration of all the New Creatives out there, we commissioned artists from around the world to generate creative self-portraits and the results blew us away. Check out their works of art below.
ARITST/ILLUSTRATOR/MAKER OF STUFF
ILLUSTRATOR / CHARACTER DESIGNER / ANIMATOR
ILLUSTRATOR / ANIMATOR / EMOTIVE
DESIGNER / COORDINATOR / PRINT AFICIONADO
ART DIRECTOR / DESIGNER / TYPOGRAPHER
Thanks to all of our contributing New Creatives!
Dublin-based illustrative designer Steve Simpson caught our attention with his whimsical approach to animal illustrations in the menu created for his client Fade Street Social. Learn more about his workspace, favorite Creative Cloud features, and how he created this work in the Q&A below:
What are you working on now?
I’m currently designing and illustrating a label for my favourite Irish whiskey. Can’t spill anymore about this one, except to say it’s a lot of fun with hand drawn type. I’m just finishing thirty 1 inch monsters for a ten foot roll of stickers for a client in New York, which will be great preparation for my next job; a 400 meter long mural. Thankfully, it will be done digitally and not on site.
What’s your dream project?
I really like a mix of illustration and design in a project; I love the control you have as an illustrator when you’re also doing the graphic design part of the project. There can sometimes, as an illustrator, be a tendency to create a piece that will primarily look great outside the context of the design; for instance in the portfolio. If the designer is also trying to create something that will stand alone, the whole design doesn’t exactly gel. As an illustrative designer, you can get a much better harmony, with neither side fighting for centre stage. (I’m starting to sound like an old hippie.)
I’m really enjoying packaging projects at the moment, so perhaps a beer label, tea or biscuits would be a fun project to work on.
What does your workspace look like…is it your personal studio, or a neighborhood coffee shop?
I work from a studio, but at the moment I probably have more used coffee cups than the neighborhood coffee shop. It’s a typical cluttered working studio, think less Zen, more punk DIY, but with wifi. I have a room to myself (usually) with a couple of tables, a light-box, iMac and piles and piles of paper. I sketch a lot, constantly (and quickly) redrawing ideas until I’ve exhausted as many options as possible. I hate it when a better idea comes to you when you’ve nearly finished the project, so I try to go through as many options as quickly as possible. Which does create a mountain of roughs and tidying at least twice a year.
Do you share your workspace with anybody? Furry friends count.
I’m saying goodbye to my summer intern Nikkie (Little Paper Forest), who’s off to finish her degree in Illustration back in Canada. In the garret there’s a web designer and another design/illustrator, a couple of Irish guys. It’s good to have somebody to talk ideas through with sometimes. I also like to have an occasional moan, which isn’t the same when you’re on your own.
How has the Creative Cloud changed your creative workflow?
I’ve been using Photoshop since about 1993/94 and it probably accounts for around 90% of my digital day. Other day-to-day essentials include: InDesign, Illustrator and Acrobat. I love exploring new stuff, seeing how it can add something different to what I’m already doing. Having all of the Adobe Creative Cloud apps available to download is very exciting. Currently looking forward to playing around with After Effects CC. Also loving the CC desktop client. Very cool being able to see updates as they become available and so simple to update.
What tools specific to Creative Cloud enable you to work more efficiently?
Really loving the hook up with Behance. I like to put some of my projects on my Behance work-in-progress page, great for instant feedback. The ability to do this straight from Photoshop CC is very cool and prevents me getting sidetracked by other online distractions.
What was the initial ask for this project?
I first met the client, Dylan McGrath, with the Creative Director Gary Gleeson, when we sat down in a Dublin bar to discuss the Fade Street Social menu cover. The building was still being renovated at the time. Dylan wanted a busy kitchen environment that reflected not just his own personal attention to detail but also the humor of the Irish. As a nation we’ve been through a torrid time lately with the rise and fall of the Celtic tiger economy and we appear to be going through a period of reflection; rediscovering what it is to be Irish. I think what Dylan is doing reflects this. It’s about quality traditional foodstuffs in a modern changing Ireland. It’s presented with creativity and flair and a touch of Irish humour. That’s pretty much what the cover needed to reflect.
How did the client’s vision match up to your execution?
Initially there were to be humans in the kitchen, but I thought it would work better with animals, so I took the food from the menu and made them the kitchen staff. As I’m drawing them they naturally develop as characters and by the time I’m finished often, privately, have quite elaborative back-stories. I think Dylan may have asked for one of the speech bubbles to be changed but otherwise they went with my initial pencil sketch. We printed a large tryptic version that is behind the reception when you enter and you can really see the detail when blown up. They were very happy.
Did you look at real animals for inspiration?
In my initial sketches I try to work without any reference material. I want to get as much of what I see in my mind down on paper. I try not to worry about whether a sheep looks exactly like a sheep at the early stages, it’s really not important. If the wooly beast is right for the space, if he has a good shape, if he is working well with the environment, if I’m happy, only then will I go and find reference material to make him more ‘sheeply’ accurate. If you look at the sheep in the centre, I think it’s his eye that really gives him his personality. If I hadn’t gone off and found photo reference then he would probably have just had a round dot for a pupil.
Where did some of the personalities come from for these animals?
I guess they are all either people I know or me, mostly they are me at the beginning and my different moods, but they change and develop into their own personalities the more I work into them. I did feature Dylan in the design, he has a chicken on his head. Vincent was the money man, he’s featured on a bottle of vino on the left.
Which animal is your favorite? And why?
I like Angus the bull, who was always called Angus, but the day before I handed the final artwork in I just happened to watch a documentary on cattle that mentioned Angus bulls were all black, and my Angus wasn’t, he was a really nice black and white. So I had to reluctantly change him. Looking back I think being black really makes him. I guess this proves that I don’t use photo reference as much as I should.
Thanks again to Steve Simpson for answering our questions and giving us insight into his illustrative design process. For more inspiration, be sure to keep in touch with Creative Cloud on Facebook and Twitter.
San Francisco-based CreativeDash wowed us with their photo-realistic take on the app icon. From sushi to eggs and even fuel-tanks – CreativeDash uses the world around them to spark inspiration.
WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON RIGHT NOW?
Among other projects… Kewe, a social app commissioned by famous pop singer Taio Cruz, is definitely a big focus right now.
WHAT IS YOUR DREAM PROJECT?
Ideally, something that allows us to innovate/create things that have never been done before; A project that is free from the limitations. Internally, we’ve been mulling over the idea of something similar to the old text adventure games like Zork and Peasant’s Quest, but with a crazy spin on the “UX.” We want to remove the visual interface we are accustomed to and free your brain to create a world of adventure. That of course, is a topic for another day.
WHAT ARE YOUR GO-TO CREATIVE CLOUD APPS?
DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE OF WORK IN THREE WORDS.
Clean, Intuitive, Sophisticated.
WHERE DO YOU SEARCH FOR INSPIRATION?
Professional networks like Behance and dribbble, and the world around us.
WHAT DOES YOUR WORKSPACE LOOK LIKE?
A studio. Ninety-degree IKEA furniture throughout. We love it.
DO YOU SHARE YOUR WORKSPACE WITH ANYBODY?
Yes, the rest of the CreativeDash team. We’re looking into getting a plush giraffe to match our Swedish faux-shrubbery and make it cozier in our 16-foot high ceiling office.
WE LOVE YOUR CREATIVE APP ICONS – DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE?
We have more than a favorite, but if we had to pick, we’d say The Cerberus icon.
This icon was made for an antivirus company. Fun project.
WHAT DOES THE HOME SCREEN OF YOUR PHONE LOOK LIKE?
Most would find it boring with just the default iOS 7 icons.
WE HAVEN’T SEEN ANY PHOTO-REALISTIC APP ICONS QUITE LIKE YOURS. WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO GO THAT ROUTE?
The world around us. We can go into the benefits of skeuomorphic design and how the user forms a connection between digital interfaces and real-life ones… but there are tons of articles out there about that. Some hate it, others love it, but for us it gave us a way to push the envelope of digital realism in our work, as well as entice users into using the product. Here’s some sushi.
FILL IN THE BLANK: I COULDN’T CREATE WITHOUT ______________.
Photoshop: The ink in-between our imagination and the screen.
To coincide with the launch of the new Creative Cloud apps, we paid tribute to the late, great Charles Eames by hosting our own Eames’ Chair Remix contest. The task: take the iconic Eames chair and using Adobe products (Illustrator and Photoshop) personalize a digital version and share it with us and the Behance community.
Among the impressive and creative entries we received (check them all out below), we’re excited to announce that ANDESIGN is our grand prize winner and will be receiving an Eames Molded Plastic Dowel-Leg Armchair, one year membership to Creative Cloud and an Eames poster for his impressive “Eames Nest” design.
Also, did you know that we put six top designers to the test as well? See what impressive designs they came up with.
All Eames’ Chair Remix Entries:
Looking at a normal object in a different way helps creatives bring a fresh perspective to everyday items. The Argentinian artist Leandro Elrich did just that in his piece titled “Dalston House,” turning a house on its side.
The piece uses a wall of giant mirrors, which reflects against a huge horizontal print of a Victorian terraced house. Visitors are then free to climb and jump around on the print of the house, which is reflected in the mirror above. Visitors hang from windows, skateboard along ledges, and crawl along walls in this optical illusion.
If you’re in London, be sure to check it out now through August 4, 2013. Check out the full article on Colossal. Also keep an eye on our blog, Twitter and Facebook for more spotlights on creative projects.
When you think of a common hobby, you often think of photography. Popular, yes, but there are a few creatives that go above and beyond. They see the world through a unique lens and produce stellar pieces of work. Photographer Erik Johansson (@tackochgodnatt) is an individual who takes photography and flips it on its head. Don’t believe us? For starters, check out the Creative Cloud logo he reimagined below.
If there is anyone who can create surreal images, but captured in a realistic way, it’s Erik. A native to Sweden currently living in Berlin, Erik has the luxury of having two distinct environments at his fingertips to inspire and capture some amazing photographs. Berlin, described by Erik as a “hip place,” has a large photo and art community, which enables him to be surrounded by other creatives. When he is in search for unique landscapes and scenes, he heads home to Sweden.
After receiving his first digital camera at age 15, he wanted to do something above and beyond with photography. It was then he discovered photo manipulation. Combining his love for drawing and photography, Erik would begin a project with a sketch, shoot some photos, and then head into post production using his tools of choice, Photoshop and Lightroom. Having these tools and more at his disposal with Creative Cloud has enabled him to do anything.
Want to learn more about this photography master? Get a behind the scenes look at how Erik produces some of the most unique creations in the world in the video below. Also, follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more news, tutorials and more surrounding photography.
Erik on the web:
You’ve hit a brick wall. It’s difficult to concentrate. Social media sites and emails are suddenly demanding your attention. The ideas just aren’t coming today. Has this happened to you?
It’s difficult to get into the creative process when you can’t focus and feel surrounded by distractions. Luckily, Behance’s 99u blog broke down seven ways to boost your creativity to help you get in the zone.
Here’s a few of our favorites:
Separate work from consumption
Instead of gathering information while completing a project, keep these tasks separate to focus on the creative process in its own step. Absorb all of the information first, and then create.
Putting limits on a project can prove to be beneficial to your creativity. Instead of attacking a task like you normally would, consider adding a time limit or size limit to encourage you think about it in a different way.
Influencing your mood in a positive way can actually have an impact on your ability to think outside of the box. Quick exercise or recalling good memories might help you find your positive place.
Be sure to check out the full list at 99u.
What quick tips do you use to boost your creativity?
Imagine a design studio. You’ll most likely default to thinking of a cool, hip office filled with tons of creative individuals. Now take that concept and turn it on its head. What do you end up with? The design studio that re-imagined our Creative Cloud logo, Vasava Studios.
Far from a traditional design studio, Vasava does not specialize in anything. In fact, they like to experiment. Each member has the taste for the unexpected and selects projects that may test their creative abilities. Enric Godes states it best when he says, “It’s not a money driving company, but a company driven by passion.” Top that off with a balance between old school and new school styles of design coming together (there is a father/son duo working at Vasava) and you have one of the most unique studios ever.
Bruno Sellés, a partner at Vasava Studios, believes inspiration happens outside of the office. Once he hits the streets of Barcelona, inspiration strikes and his creative process takes off. Creative Cloud plays a huge roll here, because it gives everyone the ability to create wherever. Having the ability to begin a project on Adobe Ideas while commuting to work, uploading it to the cloud and then further refining and finalizing in Illustrator in the studio really opened Bruno’s eyes to how Creative Cloud has taken creativity to a whole new level.
Vasava on the web:
There are so many exciting things happening at this year’s HOW Design Live conference including a closing keynote from our very own Scott Belsky, as well as sessions led by Adobe evangelists. What’s more, we’re hosting a Tweetway in conjunction with the event and we’re giving away some sweet prizes.
Want to be a part of it? Here’s how to enter:
Between June 10 and June 25, send a Tweet with the hashtag #AdobeHOW and share your Adobe Ideas drawing, Adobe Kuler theme, or a link to a project in your Behance portfolio for a chance to win a Creative Cloud membership. We’re giving away one 5-year membership and ten (that’s right, 10!) 3-month memberships. Don’t miss out on a chance to win.
We’ll select winners at random, from all submissions, on June 25; winners will be notified on June 26 via Twitter. For full details, check out our HOW Tweetaway Sweepstakes Official Rules.
This is your chance to show off your work AND possibly win some great prizes. Be sure to follow Creative Cloud on Twitter. Also, if you’re at the conference, be sure to stop by the Adobe booth to say hello, get answers to your questions, and learn the latest about your favorite tools.
UPDATE (as of 2:30 PM PT): The results are in! Congratulations to our grand prize winner Eric Higgins (@iamEricHiggins) who will receive a 5-year membership to Creative Cloud. But there’s more…The following folks each receive a 3-month Creative Cloud membership.
- Christopher Creese @CreeseWorks
- Matt Marriott @m_marriott
- Crescent Vale @CrescentVale
- Brent @MacTattooed
- Carrie Cousins @carriecousins
- The Stickman @StickmanArt
- Jessica Orion @ArtePerMe
- Michael Banks @4MikeBanks
- Matt McRae @mattmcrae
- Leo Rabelo @leorabelo
Thanks for participating everyone and happy creating!
Get ready – the next generation of video production software is almost here. Later this month all you video pros will be able to get your hands on Premiere Pro CC. But why wait until then to learn the ins and outs? The Beat blog (@premiumbeat) shares tips that will save you time and get you up to speed quickly with the changes and new features in Premiere Pro CC.
Note: the tips and images below were taken directly from The Beat blog.
Premiere Pro CC adds the new Assembly Workspace. This is a workspace layout that has a large Project area with the Program & Source Monitors sharing space. This is a handy workspace if you like to use Premiere Pro’s Hover Scrub, then set In & Out and use shortcuts to quickly Insert or Overwrite edit.
As the name suggests, this workspace is designed for quickly creating a rough cut in Premiere Pro.
In Premiere Pro CC you can mix different media, frame rate and sample rates. You have the new option of “sync to audio” which is handy if you have audio from a separate audio recorder that you want to sync to video clips.
Add Edit & Duplicate Frames
You can access settings for “Show Through Edits” & “Show Duplicate Frame Markers” from the Timeline Display Settings in the Sequence.
Now you can choose to see through edits and duplicate frames when you have used part of a clip
Write Keyframes in Audio Clip Mixer
Premiere Pro CC adds a Clip Audio Mixer to make working with clip audio easier. They also add the ability to record audio keyframes by selecting the “write keyframes” button. Click the button and then move the Fader to record keyframes while the clip is playing. There is a Preference for thinning out keyframes so you can then modify them as needed.
We’ve just outlined a few tips here. Be sure to visit the blog post and study up on the other six tips provided. Also, don’t forget to check out the Premiere Pro CC dedicated video playlist we put together on Adobe TV. As always, be sure to follow Creative Cloud on Facebook and Twitter.