Behind the Project: Geografia mágica

In this series, we’ll look deeper into some of the projects on Behance.net that are especially admired in our community. Carlos Arrojo created illustrations for the book “Geografía mágica” by Ana Cristina Herreros. He is well known for his use of watercolor and design, and considers himself a versatile illustrator and a responsible person who knows how to adapt to each project. We were lucky enough to hear more about his process and inspiration for the illustrations.

What was your inspiration for this project? How do you decide which color palettes to use?
When I start a project, I usually review documentation looking for ideas. In this case it wasn’t so necessary because I relied on personal drawings done previously. Siruela contacted me after seeing some watercolors where I played with the ambiguity between figure and landscape, recreating spaces and volumes by weaving lines. The book is called “Geografía mágica” and contains a number of legends about Spanish geography, with anthropomorphic mountains, enchanted lakes, giants, demons, heroes…

The content is very inspiring so it facilitates me to do the job. About color, I’ve worked with a lot of freedom, leaving me. My intention was that colors of each illustration transmitted the magic and fantasy of the histories, that’s the reason of that coloring.

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Adonit – makers of Adobe Ink & Slide – offer Behancers Beta Access to new Product!

Our friends at Adonit, makers of Jot fine-point iPad styluses (including our very own Adobe Ink & Slide stylus and digital ruler) are letting the Behance Community get in early on their latest product. They recently announced the development of their first software for creative professionals. The beta version is just about to drop, and they’re opening it up to Behance users!

Adonit

As a Beta tester, you’ll receive:  First Access to the software product, invites to share, opportunity to have your work featured in the software at launch, and of course, a way to share feedback that will help make this software truly useful for creatives.

Interested in getting early-access to the beta? Here’s how:
1) Visit adonit.net/beta  between November 14 and November 17
2) When prompted, enter the password: firstdibs
3) After signing up, keep an eye out for an email from Adonit with next steps on getting set up

Please note that the beta requires that you have an iPad 3 or newer running iOS 8.1 or later.

*Sign-ups after November 17 are both permitted and encouraged! Just keep in mind that after November 17, our premiere access window closes and there are limited beta seats available.


 

Good times, great feedback: A look back at Portfolio Review Week

Our sixth Portfolio Review Week ended yesterday, finishing off nearly 300 incredible creative events across 77 countries! Over the last week we’ve seen thousands of photos, tweets, and videos with more rolling in everyday. We’ve seen events with live calligraphy, custom posters, creative voting, and so much more. A heartfelt thank you to everyone who participated last week. Here are some highlights:

Pinterest Page

#BehanceReviews on Twitter

PRW Flickr

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Behind the Project: Anything Made of Paper

In this series, we look deeper into some of the projects on Behance.net that are especially admired in our community. Brandon Ray is a self-taught animator specializing in stylized paper-based animation. Since he launched Paper Brain Productions, the company has won five awards at various international film festivals. In 2013, he was asked to create the music video for Bill Carter‘s song, “Anything Made of Paper.” Read ahead for more information on his process and how he came up with his ideas!

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What was your inspiration for this project? What does the story/song mean to you?
The inspiration for the project comes from the songwriters themselves, Bill Carter and Ruth Ellesworth.  The song was a gift they made for their friend Damien Echols, composed at a time in his life where he was waiting on death row, accused of a crime he didn’t commit.  Damien had sent Bill and Ruth three paper roses as a gift when his wife Lorri Davis was visiting them.  When Bill asked what he could give Damien as a gift in return while he was on death row, the answer was, “Anything made of paper.”  So that’s what inspired Bill and Ruth to write the song.  The hope we must cling to in the face of injustice. Read more →

Most Appreciated Projects: Monthly Roundup

Appreciations are a way to send genuine kudos to another creative professional on Behance. This is our community’s way of curating the network, so that the best projects gain the most exposure. Here’s a look at two of the most appreciated projects on Behance this month:

Big John Slim Jim Font Behance
Ion Lucic of Madrid’s original typeface, Big John / Slim Joe Font (free to download, by the way!), was a community favorite this month. He says “big words deserve big letters,” and you’ll certainly get the visual impact with this fresh, bold design.

Porto Branding Behance
Creating a visual identity for an entire city – in only 18 days – is not for the weak of heart! Atelier Martino & Jana put together this epic branding for Porto, Portugal, with a goal of communicating a “young, energetic, cosmopolitan city.” I’d say they did it with flying colors. Click to learn much more about their approach to this challenge and the thought process behind putting all the pieces together.