Behance had a large presence at Adobe’s Creative Camp during SXSW this year. The two day long series included lessons, insights and conversations about creative tools and the creative process with Adobe & Behance evangelists, product managers & design experts. Both Roxanne Schwartz & Scott Belsky represented Behance in Austin with their talks which included tips and tricks on promoting your work on the web, insights on the rise of the creative economy, as well as a book signing for Behance’s first ever book, Super Modified.
Middle Earth, Gotham City, and wherever it is The Wild Things are. What connects these seemingly distinct worlds is the art of illustrator Nico Delort. We got a chance to find out what makes him tick, and he how comes to visualize these worlds in his own unique way, as highlighted in his Best of 2014.
Your illustrations have an impressively large range, from the films of Werner Herzog to Charlie Brown, and yet you’re able to make them all visually work together when placed side by side. How do you go about choosing your subject matter and adding your unique visual style to it?
As far as choosing projects go, I usually always pick things that resonate with me on either an emotional level or an aesthetic level – also projects that I know I can put my personal touch on, like if someone asked me to do, say, an Adventure Time piece (as much as I love the show), I’d have a super hard time doing something because it’s so far from my own aesthetic and I’d have to change what makes it unique to fit my ‘vision’ and I don’t want to do that.
Can you describe your creative process when making an illustration?
For client work I always start out with a few thumbnails – once we find something we agree on, I move on to Photoshop to make a first draft of the selected thumbnail. All the preliminary work for my pieces is done digitally, as I love the flexibility the medium allows. I only move to the final ink artwork once my digital comp is 100% tight. I print out the lineart, transfer it on clayboard with carbon paper and then ink and scratch away.
Behance’s first-ever art & design book, featuring content exclusively from the Behance Community, is now out! We’re thrilled to present 288 pages of work that demonstrates how classic approaches to art and design are being subverted, blurred, and reinvented by you, today’s creatives.
We dive in 18 themes, each showcasing work that riff on the idea of “super-modified” creative work. From unexpected uses of humble materials like felt, to how branding is moving far beyond the unchanging logo, to how handmade lettering is making a comeback – it’s clear that exciting things are happening in today’s creative landscape.
Today, I’m thrilled to announce the launch of the first-ever art & design coffee table book from Behance & Adobe, Super-Modified: The Behance Book of Creative Work. This gorgeous, 288-page book — curated by our Behance team and published by the renowned Gestalten imprint — surveys the landscape of global creativity and offers keen insight into what’s coming next — and how this vibrant community is pushing us not only to re-imagine classical approaches to design but to broaden the creative canvas into new digital mediums.
Since the early days of Behance, the team has been on a mission to empower creatives to make their ideas happen, and to help their work get noticed by providing them a platform for showcase it. Today, as part of the Adobe family (since 2012), millions of creative professionals use Behance to showcase and discover each other’s work, and, thousands of companies and individuals use the platform to find and hire creative talent.
This activity generates a constant stream of cutting-edge creative work that feeds into Behance as members all over the world upload new projects daily. Together, we believe that if we bring artists and designers from all over the world together to share their portfolios, we can increase the chances of getting great work noticed and connect creatives with opportunity at every level.
For this brand-new book, we asked the curatorial team at Behance to share their take on new directions in art and design work, based on years of reviewing those incoming projects from creatives worldwide. As our curators survey this incredible influx daily, they’re sifting through real-time data about new developments in creativity across fields ranging from fine art and illustration to fashion, photography, Web design and digital art. They are, quite literally, taking the pulse of the creative world every day.
To create a comprehensive narrative for such a broad range of work, we’ve organized their findings into 18 themed chapters that riff on the idea of “super-modified” creative work. Super-Modified looks at how a humble material, like felt, is being remixed in office spaces, character designs and furniture; how recycled design is making everything from discarded aluminum cans to shipping containers fair game for reinvention; and how the grand, cinematic visions of traditional architecture are finding their way into interior spaces.
With the lightning-fast evolution of the creative tools we use to manipulate photos, videos and more, while “reality” was once what you see right in front of you, it’s becoming just one ingredient among many in the end product of innovative creators. There used to be a line where reality ended and the great unknown began — now that line is beyond blurred and new frontiers in what looks and feels “real” are opening up.
From innovative approaches to traditional crafts to unexpected uses of new technology, it’s clear that classical approaches to art and design are being subverted and reinvented by today’s creatives. Their ingenuity and imaginativeness — and their willingness to share it has inspired us, and we hope it does the same for you.
Learn more about the book > book.behance.net
We’re so excited to announce that host signups for Portfolio Review Week #7, May 11-18, 2015, are officially open! Last November, we had nearly 300 reviews across the globe and the events blew us away! (check them out on our Flickr page)
Interested in hosting? Create an event page for RSVP’s on the platform of your choice, then add the event to our brand new Portfolio Reviews Event Page on Behance
Read through the entire hosting process at behance.net/reviews/info.
Just want to attend? Find an event near you!
Starting off as a retoucher, Henrik Adamsen eventually quit his day job to become a professional fashion photographer. We were lucky enough to get to know Henrik, the incredible artist behind the project, Silverblack WOOL Campaign AW15. Find out why it wouldn’t be a bad idea to follow in Henrik’s footsteps, if you’re an aspiring artist.
Could you talk a little bit about how you started off as a photo retoucher and your development into a photographer? What was that progression like?
It was actually a very long transition from being a retoucher in the mid 90s… Then moving to London and working there for a while as a retoucher, then AD-assistant / artworker, moving on into graphics design/ArtDirection, and somewhere in there I started shooting just for fun. That then turned into something serious – so I kinda had to give up my day job. I just started getting too many jobs, that I either had to take days off to do, or to take care of them in the evening. In then end, it was the best decision I ever made – I highly recommend it!
From March 12th to March 28th, long time Behance member and superb visual artist, Chad Wys, will be exhibiting his show “File Not Found” at the Joseph Gross Gallery in New York City. Chad’s work combines various forms of classic art forms like painting and sculpture but with a digital era twist. Chad writes:
“I often think about how we receive the visual information around us, how casually data is exchanged, and how little we tend to pay attention to what we see. The notion of a ‘file’ not being found, or not being accessible, stops us in our tracks and suddenly we desire to see what we’re not able to see. In other words, we’d probably ignore the information if it was presented to us normally, but since it’s not being presented to us, or since it’s not deliverable, our curiosity is stimulated and we suddenly wish to see it, if only to ignore it once again thereafter. I think this applies to the world at large, and certainly to my work, where I often remove data from the audience’s view. We desire and want data until we receive it. We only consider more deeply data that we don’t understand, and we take for granted the data we think we already know,”
Have you ever found the perfect typeface… but wished you could ask for a slight tweak or expansion?
We’re excited to share the launch of “Adobe Type Concepts” with you – a new program that’s all about honoring the input of the people who use the font designs most – you, the creative community!
How will it work? The Adobe Type team will release a new font (initially in a scaled-down version), and ask for feedback from the community as a guide for its future development and expansion.
The very first font in the program is now released – meet Vortice Concept, a bold display typeface by Miguel Sousa. Now’s your chance to take it for a spin and give your feedback on it so that Miguel can start working on the next iteration of Vortice this summer –> VISIT AND USE VORTICE!
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:
It’s not hard to find currency more beautiful than what I’ve got in my wallet (US Dollars), but these fictional Hungarian bills take things to a new level. For her MA project, Barbara Bernat imagined the “Hungarian Euro” banknote, featuring european animals and plants. See the full set and an interesting look into the design process in the full project.
As if we needed something to make chocolate truffles even more appetizing, amirite? This branding project, done by Robot Food of the UK, showcases a beautiful marble pattern contrasted with a clean, condiment wordmark. Check it out, along with some great process shots of how the marble pattern was created.