In this series we will look deeper into a work that was especially admired in our community: Bizarre Beauty for Refinery29, created by Leta Sobierajski. The five photo Instagram series is a colorful exploration of the relationship between a person’s sense of beauty and inanimate objects. Sobierajski‘s multidisciplinary design work has captured the attention of the Behance community (as well as clients like Google and IBM) with its brightly bizarre compositions. The Brooklyn-based designer and art director took time to share some of her insights into the creative process with the Behance team.
What was your inspiration for this project?
Bizarre Beauty was inspired by daily beauty routines and surface-level obsessions. The series contained objects representative of independent, odd, and beautiful situations which highlight what makes a person feel beautiful through the use of inanimate objects. The notion of surrealism plays a part in this project too, and creates situations that trigger imaginative situations with personification. I’m also heavily influenced by Josef Albers’s Theories on Color Studies; creating experiences through the sensory relationships of color is what helped me tie everything together in this project with a reoccurring palette of saccharine colors.
Aldo Crusher, a Behance member since 2011 from Mexico, has been working with AeroMexico to provide illustrations for their on-flight destination magazine Aire. His third Behance project dedicated to this collaboration, Cosmópolis Pt. 3, has been particularly appreciated among the community and takes us on a world trip from Dubai to Las Vegas !
Can you describe your process in creating this project? I start by looking and compiling pictures of the city I am illustrating, including culture, architecture, maps, skylines, weather and lifestyle. Once I got everything I need, I start working on the composition based on a real map, simplifying it and making it more symmetric and geometric. Then, I move forward with the color palette; it is a crucial choice as it has to reflect the city lifestyle and culture. Finally, when the main composition and color palette are ready, I start drawing the buildings, houses and all the elements in the illustration.
What was your inspiration for this project?
The project consists of representing cities around the world in a single page illustration. These illustrations are published in Aire Magazine. This magazine is distributed aboard the Aeromexico flights. These maps work as a tourist guide – in which the architectural and cultural elements of each city are highlighted. I’ve been collaborating with them since July 2013; they saw a poster I made in which I illustrated a city and contacted me to make a series of illustrated city maps ! Read more →
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Professional photographer Suren Manvelyan, a Behance member since 2009, has had his work published by National Geographic, Yahoo!, Die Zeit, The Sun, The Daily Mail, The Independent, The Telegraph, La Republica, Liberation, The Guardian, Wired, The Huffington Post, The Shortlist, DT Magazine, MAXIM, and many other publications. He has become well known for his series of close-up photos of human and animal eyes. Manvelyans’ “Animal Eyes” series was viewed and appreciated by of thousands of Behance users, including French director Luc Besson. Besson used the photos in his 2014 science fiction film “Lucy”.
Sara Marshall joined Behance this year and posted her first project Brand by Hand; An experimental lettering project in March. This original redesign of some of the most famous logos instantly became a huge success, and Sara kindly accepted to tell us more about her creation process, her choices and inspirations!
What was your inspiration for this project? There had been a surge in minimalist branding projects that take a logo or packaging and strip them back to the bare minimum or change the font to helvetica while trying to hold onto the essence of the brand. They kind of inspired me to do the opposite – I was like “let’s put some flourishes and swashes on there and let’s get some gradients in ink opacity and retain the brushstrokes and paper texture and anything else that would be the antithesis of corporate branding”! I almost intended it as a joke and it was a good excuse to do some hand-lettering for my final university project at Auckland University of Technology. I also had the unique opportunity to work on it with Peter Gilderdale who is an incredible calligrapher so I had to take advantage of having his expertise and guidance on the project.
In this series we will look deeper into a work that was especially admired in our community: AniWall, created by Bram Vanhaeren. Bram, a 24 year-old artist with a strong passion for portraits – and risk – was kind enough to share with us his process and inspiration for this recent project as well as his own strategy to make his creations successful!
Can you describe your process in creating this project? Most people would be surprised if I told them it only takes me about two hours to complete a portrait! I believe the energy in my work comes from the fact that I don’t – or can’t – overthink about it. It is created within a very short period of time with a lot of energy and emotions. I love to embrace my small errors during this creation! I am all about – “Wow I love this song, this artist moves me! Let’s put this into a portrait”. I then draw for one hour, add colors, animation, music … Breathe and before I am able to judge the project I publish it on the web! I release it and watch the reactions. As you can see I embrace the chance to fail. I love it; I try to bring it as pure and honest as I can.
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:
Don’t these character designs from Berlin’s Vivien Bertin look about ready to jump right out of the screen and start talking to you? We’re loving all the personality and emotion that comes across in these designs. And +1 on the fact that Bertin gives an inside into her process and the tools she uses to create.
This Volkswaagen campaign pokes fun at the common white lies we tell our kids (some funny ones after the cut!), but we’re guessing what made this project a crowd-pleaser this month are the killer accompanying illustrations. With a distinctive color palette and an creative use of negative space, you’ll enjoy this work from Tom Haugomat and Raphael Ghisalberti.
Earlier this spring, we told you about FilmDoo’s “Film Poster Creativity Competition,” where three winners will be given the paid opportunity to create artwork for an upcoming film release this year and have their work on display Cannes Film Festival (plus a ton of other great prizes)!
After almost 1,000 fantastic entries from creatives around the world, the winners were announced live at Cannes Film Festival. We’re happy to announce & give a huge congrats to our three winners:
If you followed #behancereviews on Twitter and Instagram, you’ve seen photos, posters, and more from the incredible hosts of Portfolio Review Week #7. But what’s it like to be at the events themselves? Here’s a deeper dive into a few events via videos captured by the hosts!
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