An Adobe Inspire Webinar with Designer Maria Grønlund
Designer Maria Grønlund will demonstrate her I speak fluid colors technique on January 14 during the inaugural session of Adobe Inspire’s new webinar series Inspire: Creatives at Work.
With its new series, “Inspire: Creativess at Work,” the Adobe Inspire team wanted to provide something a bit different from a typical online tutorial. We envisioned events that would not only give participants new skills and teach them new techniques, but also spark their creativity and inspire them to try new things. We wanted to provide an over-the-shoulder look at an artists’ creative processes, as well as a peek at their inspirations.
So we were thrilled when Danish graphic designer Maria Grønlund agreed to join us for our first event. We’re big fans of Maria’s beautiful abstract creations—she is well known for her work’s vibrant colors and for her innovative methods.
During the one-hour event on Wednesday, January 14 (at 10:00am PST/6:00pm GMT), Maria will be demonstrating and discussing (in a conversation with Adobe worldwide design evangelist Rufus Deuchler) the Adobe Illustrator CC and Photoshop CC techniques she employed to create her I speak fluid colors series.
“I fell in love with Maria’s red, orange, and blue version of I speak fluid colors,” says Adobe creative director Kashka Pregowska-Czerw. “Very imaginative, great composition, and so visually appealing. I thought it was a perfect fit for Adobe MAX. The idea that it was digitally created from scratch was a nice bonus. I think our attendees agreed.”
Maria bases her images on organic shapes such as flowers, smoke, and ink suspended in water. She says, “These are digital drawings developed primarily for aesthetics. It’s a study in colors and Illustrator CC techniques…in principle, there’s no right or wrong way to interpret the drawings. It’s a bit like watching the clouds and finding rabbits and sheep in the shapes—though [they are] created with the intention of evoking a positive and light feel.”
The process by which Maria creates these images begins with an outline in Illustrator CC (based on a shape found in nature or even a simple doodle); she then employs blend shapes, gradients, and other Illustrator tools. The results are surprising forms with a 3D look.
Formerly a classical musician, Maria made the switch to graphic design when she was in her mid-30s and describes herself as a self-taught designer. She has a unique approach to learning new software and has said that she simply sets herself the task of learning one tool each day. In that way, she wrote in a recent blog post, she “has no expectations as to what the outcome might be or what the tools are supposed to produce. The work method is pretty much driven by curiosity.”
Terri Stone, Adobe Inspire’s content director, explains, “Illustrator CC is a complex, powerful application, and that can be a little intimidating. But if we approach it like Maria—with a sense of curiosity, not fear—we’ll get unique results and a deeper understanding of the possibilities.”
We hope anyone with an interest in Illustrator CC will join Maria and Rufus for this inspiring hour. Register now for the free January 14 webinar.
Don’t worry if you can’t join us live on January 14; we’ll be posting a recording of the event on inspire.adobe.com (sign up for our free newsletter to stay informed about upcoming events).