We always love hearing about what our talented creative community is up to. Occasionally we’re lucky enough to have a member write to us about how Behance has helped their creative career. Want to share your own Behance story? Let us know in the comments and we’d love to include it in our Success Stories series.
My name is Paul Henderson, founder of RISE Design Studio, and I joined the Behance community a little less than 2 years ago. Before Behance, I had a been working as a freelance graphic designer in Southern California for roughly 4 years. I had a decent portfolio, a nice set of local clients, and I enjoyed moderate success working on projects I liked but didn’t necessarily love.
[humanNATURE featured on Digital Art Served]
I initially joined Behance and several other online creative communities to get my work out there and attract new clients, but it took me a little bit of time to understand the true value of a top notch creative network versus just a nice portfolio site.
What it didn’t take me long to recognize was the level of work on Behance. There are a ton of great sites out there with a lot of high level work, but Behance sets itself apart as THE place for the world’s leading creative professionals.
Once I learned that this was a place where the world’s best really galvanized, I decided to stop wasting my time with so many different design outlets and just focus on the RIGHT one. I started digging into Behance a lot more, getting the know the nuts and bolts of it, building relationships with other designers, and to this day I am extremely happy I did.
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Rui Pedro Esteves, Behance’s Lisbon Ambassador. [see his work]
Describe what you do in a few words.
I’m a communications designer and illustrator, working for clients like Discovery Channel Magazine, Women’s Health, Diesel and others. I love to teach creative people (both young kids and adults!) and do cultural events production, such as art and design exhibitions, conferences and workshops.
Who, dead or alive, would you love to collaborate with?
I would have loved to collaborate with Jim Morrison and The Doors, perhaps contributing to a poster design or album cover illustration. Someone alive – I’d love to collaborate with a very talented American Illustrator named Josh Cochran – I think he’s one of the greatest contemporary illustrators out there.
What 3 things should any Behancer visiting Lisbon do?
Any Behancer visiting Lisbon should do a town tour or surf experience to get the local flavor. Lisbon also has some great art museums with very good international exhibitions. Two I recommend visiting: the Electricity Museum or the Museu Colecção Berardo.
What’s your favorite project that you’ve worked on professionally?
One of my favorite projects I’ve worked on is Diesel. It’s the one that describes who I am as a designer and illustrator best. It’s a brand I personally admire, and the creative director gave me total freedom to develop this campaign, and I gave all I had from my personal expression into it.
What creative work are you obsessed with right now?
So many! The list is long, but three that I’m obsessed with now are:
Josh Cochran: Josh is a traditional editorial illustration, but he has something unique and special about his work that’s hard to describe, but easy to notice.
Studio Kxx: These guys do excellent work with different disciplines – they’re able to mix graphic design, illustration, editorial design and branding so well. I’m impressed with everything they put out.
Moma Design Studio: I think this goes without saying, but they have great designers, excellent thinkers and great content to communicate. And what do they do with it? The best design work you’ll ever see. It would be a huge honor if i could collaborate with them one day. Read more →
In this series, we’ll look deeper into some of the projects on Behance.net that were especially admired in our community. This time, we spoke to Jirka Väätäinen, a Finnish graphic design student in the UK. His “Envisioning Real Life Disney Characters” captured the imagination of Behancers – and was picked up all over the web (including on Reddit!) We spoke with him about his inspiration, and how he transformed these familiar characters.
What was your inspiration for this project?
I have always been interested in character design, as well as in the way people look and what makes them unique in their appearances. But the idea for doing these characters basically came out of nowhere; one day I just thought about exploring what the character of Ursula from the Little Mermaid could look like in real life. Having grown up with a lot of these characters, the sense of nostalgia made it such a fascinating and a fun personal project to explore and carry on with.
Can you describe your process in creating this project?
Being familiar with all the characters and having a clear idea of what I’m looking to portray, I start by finding appropriate inspiration from real life people and photos that somehow remind me of the character. Then, I start working towards my vision, and I basically pick a feature from here and there, manipulate it, and combine and blend different elements together. I guess you could call my method a modern day ‘frankensteining’. All of this photo compositing and manipulation is further enhanced by doing digital painting by hand.
Did you go through many versions and iterations before coming up with these final pieces?
No, not really. I usually have a strong vision on what I would imagine the characters to look like, so the final pieces usually come together quite easily. It’s usually just a series of small tweaks, not multiple versions that I need to go through. But surely, it all takes a lot of man hours to get my vision just right!
Did anything interesting happen as a result of the success of this project? (fans contacting you, job opportunities, blogs picking it up, etc).
Oh, definitely – it has been a very interesting time! I do get a lot of lovely comments on my blog, and have people emailing me personally. It feels great to know that so many people have been able to appreciate what I have done, and that I have inspired other creatives as well. And yes, blogs have picked it up, and I have been lucky enough to be featured on a bunch of great sites. I have also received some interesting job opportunities, but being a final year University student, sometimes it has been difficult to go along with these. All of this exposure also landed me an exciting internship that I will be looking to take on in September!
From studios to cubicles, creative work can come from anywhere. In this series, we’ll be taking a peek at some Behancers’ workspaces. We asked Twitter followers to tell us the weirdest place they’ve done work in a pinch. Here’s a roundup of some of our favorites!
There are magic moments in every team’s history, and this week we’re having one. Our team is proud to announce the brand-spanking-new version of the Behance Network, the platform to showcase and discover creative work.
Since we launched Behance almost six years ago, we have been striving to create a product that puts creative control back in the hands of the people who deserve it: the creatives themselves. And our team is thrilled and humbled by the knowledge that millions of visitors, enthusiasts, and creative professionals from across industries – and around the world – now use Behance every day to connect and showcase their creations.
With the new version, we are catapulting the core functionality to a whole new level. We’ve completely redesigned key Behance features – gallery browsing, activity feeds, member profiles, curated galleries, and the follower experience - to provide a level of discovery, efficiency, and transparency that the creative world has never seen.
Here are a few highlights:
After a tough judging process, we’re ready to announce the winners of the Behance StudentShowdown for January/February 2012–Final Class Projects.
Congratulations to grand prize winner Konrad Basan of Silesian Technical University Faculty Of Architecture in Katowice, Poland. His conceptual architectural design project Black Tower used extensive research of modern, algorithmic / parametric design methods to craft a multifunctional, iconic high-rise building.
Konrad’s grand prize includes: Pantone Plus Series Essentials, $300 to Art Supply Store, Moo Business Cards, Subscription to HOW, Subscription to Print Magazine, Levenger L-Tech Rollerball Pen, $500 in UPrinting Credits, and a ConceptShare Account.
In addition, five Honorable Mentions were awarded:
Behance JobList hosts the best opportunities in the creative job market from top companies across the globe. Here’s a roundup of fresh postings for designers on the JobList this week.
For daily updates on the latest opportunities, follow @BehanceJobs on Twitter
Communications Designer at foursquare (New York, NY)
Foursquare is seeking a passionate, curious, creative, and thoughtful communication designer to join their design team.
Senior Interactive Designer at Hulu (Los Angeles, CA)
They’re looking for a talented graphic artist and storyteller to help shape the way people see Hulu
Senior Interactive Designer at Think Jam (London, England)
Help them produce award winning websites, games, rich media and apps for clients such as Warner Bros. and 20th Century Fox.
Senior UI/Visual Designer at Glassdoor (Sausalito, CA)
They’re looking for a Senior UI/Visual Designer to take the Glassdoor product to the next level.
Senior Designer, Publishing at Entertainment Weekly (New York, NY)
Work with EW’s Creative Services Director to create the visuals to match the pop culture-filled articles
Design Lead at Josephmark (Brisbane, Australia)
If you live for design, understand the boundaries and, more importantly, you seek to break them, and you know the difference between good and great work, you’ll be a perfect fit.
Small or big, serious or silly, there are a lot of amazing success stories in the Behance community. That’s why we’ve started Victory Lap Fridays — a new series where we ask Behancers to celebrate their latest creative victory by sending us a tweet. Here are just a few of the #VictoryLap tweets we spotted last week.