Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Montreal Meets 2

Montreal Meets 2: Speakers Announcement from Montreal Meets on Vimeo.

Here is a what Montreal Meets is from their website
The idea is simple. To connect with the creative world. This is our main goal. To create events that will make people get inspired by the design industry. Especially by the people mastering their vision. We want you to joins us on the exploration of the unknown. It's also an opportunity for you to learn from the people of the industry. It's their gift to us. It's our legacy!"

The speakers line-up for the upcoming Montreal Meets 2 Event of April 7th and 8th, 2012.

(No Specific Order)

Fabio Sasso |
James White |
Radim Malinic |
Shelby White |
Scott Hansen |

Spread the word

Fran├žois Hoang / Aoiro.

Montreal Meets Images by Aly Youssef
Shelby White by Ian Matteson
Scott Hansen / Tycho by Tim Navis
Music by Vital |

For more information:

I don't do ART for free by PearlEden

This is a true phrase.
See more work from Pearl Eden here

Monday, November 28, 2011

Dark Bronze Skin Tones Tutorial

Here's a tutorial on changing the colors of a portrait and giving it a bit of a darker tone. As you can tell from the picture above, it gives the image a bit more dramatic look. I came across this tutorial a couple years ago from FubarGenre and liked it. I figured maybe someone else out there might like this simple tutorial and apply it to their work.

Click here to read this tutorial

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! Here's an illustration that also fits today's day for all who celebrate this holiday. Turkey &Football! I hope you all have a very happy thanksgiving, eat well, enjoy friends, family, and the festive atmosphere. This illustration was done by J.C. Leyendecker.

Vanessa Lake & tentacle by Serge Birault

Serge Birault also known as Papa Ninja released his new digital illustration. A friend of mine showed his work in progress to me and then I came across this image on tumblr and thought the final product is really well done. Serge definitely has a knack for creating some really good digital illustrations. I liked the added touch of the tattoo on his arm. Hair is difficult to do in general whether you're using traditional art tools or with a wacom tablet. He based the model Vanessa Lake. It's amazing what you can do in Photoshop.

Click on the image above for a larger view

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Thread's Not Dead by Jeff Finley Black Friday Sale

For those who are interested in running a t-shirt company or any graphic designers interested in working with companies, this ebook is very good. I personally read it and I'm a big fan. There's a lot of useful information and I recommend anyone interested in the subject to purchase one.

Since Black Friday is coming up there will be a 25% off coupon on the ebook. Unfortunately if you were looking for the physical copy that coupon will not be valid. The ebook does come in a pdf format  that is easy to read and I've read it on my iPad perfectly fine.

Get 25% off 's ebook Thread's Not Dead with code BLKFRI2011 (ebook only)

Propaganda Posters by Aaron Wood

Autop-sea by Monaux

Here is an illustration by Karl Kwasny aka Monaux that I wanted to share.

NEXT: The future of T-shirt graphics

NEXT: The future of T-shirt graphics from T-world on Vimeo.

1,000+ T-shirts on display
150+ T-shirt artists, designers and labels
40+ exclusive portrait photographs by Nicole Reed
15+ T-shirts of the future from high profile local and international artists and designers

Presented by T-world, NEXT is dedicated to the past, present and future of the T-shirt industry. From November 4 to December 11, the intriguing industrial spaces of Sydney’s Cockatoo Island will come alive with the Outpost Project – a world-class showcase of street art. Within the cavernous steel confines of the Heavy Machine Shop lies NEXT, a vibrant display of the planet's most comprehensive collection of graphic T-shirts.

In 2011, whether you’re an advocate for design, graffiti, skate, street or urban, the T-shirt is the singular identifying uniform speaking the voice of youth culture.

Presented by T-world

Directed by VERSUS

Music by:

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

VIDEO: How To Draw Sports Logos: Text Beveling by Fraser Davidson

I was looking at Fraser Davidson's site and he has a couple videos on creating sports logos. You can definitely check out the rest here. I happen to really like this text beveling tutorial and it was helpful. Maybe it'll be useful for you as well.

Monday, November 14, 2011

How to make money from your personal work

Jeffrey Bowman wrote an article for Computer Arts about how to make money with your personal work. It's a small article, but I agree with the points made. It's very good to have an online store, because you have people from anywhere that can purchase your designs. Plus, having an online store can potentially make you money when you're not working, which is always great. Besides having someone purchase something that you loved working on feels amazing.

Now to read what Jeffrey Bowman wrote click here.

Free Vintage Labels

PixEden created 4 vintage style labels for you to use.

Click here to download

Create a vintage label

Here's a tutorial on creating a vintage label. This will give you a nice base, before you add your own flare to your label.

Click here to read

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Some kind of artists featuring ME

My former coworker and friend Dana Calabrese has a blog called "Some kind of artist" and she featured me along with other wonderful artists. Not all are digital artists, some are singers, photographers, or as she puts it "some kind of artist." She has me as a clothing designer for the work I've done for Branded Baron which is cool and I thank her for it. So, Dana I know you're reading this, Thank you!

The other artists are talented and Dana is as well. She's a very creative person and I think right now she's working in L.A. as a photo retoucher, but when she gets in her zone she creates some awesome work. I know she loves photography and she has fun when she works in photoshop as well. Definitely check out her blog, because there are some good posts on photography and art related stuff as well.

See the feature here:

Coventry Bears by Ink Tycoon

One artist who's mascot I work is Mike Ray from Ink Tycoon. I'm sure if you used iStockphoto and looked for certain illustrations you may have come across his work. His creations are vector and clean, I know, because I had to find an image for a project one time and I ended up using one of his. I can appreciate good vector art and I also like mascot logos. I wanted to share with you his branding for the Rugby team Coventry Bears. You can see the sketch and the final result with the logo on the team jerseys.


You can see the logo being worn on the left side

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Fraser Davidson Interview at has an interview with motion graphic designer and sports branding specialist Fraser Davidson. Being that I enjoy sports branding, I thought this was an interesting article.

Here is a comment he made regarding on what his process is like regarding sports logos:

"Its important that logos have movement and the feeling that you have captured a particular attitude or emotion"

Read the interview here

15 Free Vintage & Stained Paper Textures

You can never have too many textures in your toolbox, so here are some great textures to add to your design arsenal. These textures were brought to you by Lost & Taken's Caleb Kimbrough. Enjoy.

View Lost & Taken site with a preview of all the textures here
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Photoshop Hidden Gem: Automated Lens Correction

In this tutorial, Photoshop Senior Product Manager Bryan O’Neil Hughes shares how common lens artifacts like distortion, chromatic aberration and vignetting can be easily corrected with Photoshop CS5.

View the video above or watch it on Youtube here

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Cap'n America

Here is a fun design I created. I haven't seen anyone parody Cap'n Crunch and Captain America like this, so I decided to combine both of them.  It was fun creating this piece.

Thursday, November 3, 2011


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