Category: Behance Network

Behind the Project: The Man Behind Barnes & Noble’s Signature Portraits

In this series, we’ll look deeper into some of the projects on that were especially admired in our community. This time, we spoke with Mark Summers, a prominent scratchboard artist whose impressive client list includes Time, Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated, and even the US Government’s Federal Reserve Bank. You’ll recognize his portraits from these clients, and of course, from Barnes & Noble branding around the world. Learn more about his craft and his project, “Author, Author:”

What was the inspiration behind this project?
The inspiration for this project stems from the fact that I have been doing these portraits for Barnes & Noble for many years. I’ve noticed that there are sometimes questions in chat rooms asking “Does anyone know who does those portraits for Barnes and Noble?”, so I thought I’d give them an answer. It also coincided with the fact that the Art Director on the project, Peter Farago, had assembled all of the portraits onto a website.  The ones I’ve included on Behance are just some of them.  There are dozens more of these. Peter would just call me up and say “Hey, we need a Walt Whitman portrait this week” and I’d just produce it.

Can you describe your process in creating this project?
I work in scratchboard so, all of these portraits started off as a square of black.  I use an X-acto knife to scratch the white lines into the black, giving it an engraved look.  There have been questions sent to me about if I have used “plug ins” and “filters” etc. and I have no idea what they are talking about.  These are all hand drawn with zero use of computer. The original drawings are surprisingly small.  If you look at the head of the Marcel Proust, that’s about 2 and a half inches high.  The same goes for most of them.

Did anything interesting happen as a result of the success of this project?
I have had some wonderful feedback because of this project.  Other illustrators asking questions and a few requests from art directors around the world looking to use some of the images for book covers.

Do you feel that this project is “done” or is there anything you’d like to improve or change int he future?
I do feel this project is done.  It represents a certain stage in my career and this project is one way of putting a period at the end of it. Read more →

Behance Ambassadors – Creative News From Around the Globe

The Behance Ambassadors are a group of 15 who represent Behance in the real-world, helping to create local movements in their cities and provide real-world connections for creative professionals. They curate & promote stellar work coming out of their area, host & suggest local events, and help creative vibrant pockets of creative activity. Here’s what they’ve been up to:

Paola Dalman is busy planning a Behance Portfolio Review Event to be held at Universidad de Palmero – RSVP for the Oct 30 event here! Also in October is one of Argentina’s biggest events for Graphic & Visual Designers, the Trimarchi Conference – check out this 3 day conference.

Ambassador Felipe Tofani’s picks for upcoming events:
- Insert Brasil: Rio’s 2-day design event with workshops & exhibitions on art, tech, fashion & cinema.
- São Paulo Design Weekend: August 23-26 – Take part in the festivities
- BOOMSPDesign – Check out this international forum for architecture, design, and art this August 22-24

And while you’re here:
- Read Felipe’s thoughts on Art Directors in the Internet Age: Eles Não precisam de um Diretor de Arte
- Visit the new Behance Brasil Facebook Page

Muid Latif has built an active group of creatives in Malaysia who meet regularly, work together on creative projects, including participation in Kuala Lumpur Design Week, and much more. Now, they’ve been selected to work with “Pop My Case” and create custom iPhone cases featuring their design work! Muid’s selected 20 artists whose designs will appear on the cases – a great career opportunity made possible by his hard work.

Follow Local Collections: These regularly updated collections are curated and compiled by the Behance Ambassadors.

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3D Resumé on Behance Picked up by Forbes

Behance member Mohit Lakhmani decided to take the notion of a creative resumé one step further with a 3D CV. His print-based, infographic resume is so unique that it recently caught the attention of Forbes, featured as “the best infographic resumé they’ve yet to see.”  

How much does your résumé stand out from the others in the pile? Probably not as much as this one. Mohit Lakhmani — art director, paper sculptor, and 3D graphics artist — is the creator of the best infographic résumé I have yet to see. Bonus: it’s 3D!

The résumé, which features three-dimensional charts, bars, pop-up descriptions, and decorative details, took Lakhmani four days to design in Adobe Photoshop and an additional day to construct. Lakhmani says he was inspired to design a 3D résumé, because “people appreciate things they can touch and feel” or that show rather than tell. As Lakhmani’s skill set lies in 3D modeling and graphic design, this particular résumé enables him to showcase his talents and gives potential employers and clients a first-hand look at his abilities.

Read the full article here and check out Lakhmani’s project here.

How do I find a great designer on Behance?

We hear stories of top companies like Apple, Netflix, and tech startups hiring talent they’ve found on Behance everyday. But how do they discover the right talent in the first place? Here are the top three things they’re doing:

1) Search for the right things with our discovery tools
We offer robust tools found in the “discovery” tab with ways to search, sort, and filter that will help you find your ideal designer.

  • Start with the subject matter: use Tags (like iPad, iPhone), search by Field (like “Interaction Design”), Tools Used, or School Attended (found in the Advanced Search).
  • Then, Filter by Location for a list of design specialists based in your area

2) Leverage Top Creatives As Curators
The smartest recruiters/companies are “following” top creatives/designers that they like. By doing this, you not only get to see the latest work from these designers, but you also see every single project that they appreciate, comment on, or add to a collection. Since there are millions of projects on Behance, you’re essentially using the top designers as your curator to find top talent. This is the BEST way of identifying top talent in specific fields… just get the experts to do it for you!

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Behance Curates: Choosing a Striking Project Cover

This post is part of a series written in collaboration with the Behance Curation Team, the experts on staff who select projects to be featured in Behance’s main Gallery and 12+ Curated “Served” Sites. Click here to see more posts from this series.

In the coming weeks, we’ll explore different aspects of the project creation process, and outline how to create the best project possible. Last time, we looked at general factors that go into “What Makes a Project Feature-Worthy.” Now, let’s dig into the nitty gritty of Projects, staring with Project Covers.

The cover image is the face of your project. It’s the first thing people see when they encounter your work, so it’s your best opportunity to invite people to take a closer look.

When choosing a cover, select an image that highlights the look and feel of the project. The cover needs to be appealing–it should make people want to click to see more–but it also needs to be a solid representation of the project. If it’s a great image but doesn’t translate what’s inside, people may be disappointed when they get to the main content.

A few more things to keep in mind:

  • Stay visual. You have plenty of opportunities to explain your project in words with the description and fields, there’s no need to add text to the cover image.
  • Consider including a full size version of your cover inside the project. If people love the cover, they’ll want to get the chance to examine the whole thing.
  • For motion graphics, especially in ads, choose a screencapture that showcases the narrative of the piece.

For excellent cover inspiration in your creative field, visit for a curated look at the best projects (and covers) of the moment.

The Huffington Post Covers Turkish Student’s Final Project

Murat Palta, an illustration student based in Istanbul recently joined Behance and uploaded his final school project, a series of illustrations that reinterpret popular film posters in “oriental Ottoman motifs.” Palta’s first project on the network hit home with a lot of Behance members and other creative enthusiasts (receiving over 92K views and counting) and was even picked up by a journalist for a recent Huffington Post article complete with a full slideshow of Palta’s work. Talk about instant exposure!

Check out the full article here and Palta’s project here.

Most Appreciated Projects on Behance

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 week:

Bruce Mau Design, along with Studio 360, decided to create a campaign for Canada, as attempt to change the way Americans think about their country. This bold project includes a series of visuals placed between two red bars (borrowed from the Canadian flag) and a heavy-hitting sense of humor. And as one of this week’s Most Appreciated Projects, they’ve been quite successful in spreading the word so far. See the full project here.

Jon Foster’s Fantasy project, a series of commissioned illustrations and paintings, has the network talking. Blending bold and soft colors, realism and dream-like elements, Foster is considered one of the top concept artists with a strong sci-fi following. Visit his full portfolio here.

Most Appreciated Projects on Behance

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 week:

Richard Allenby-Pratt set the stage for this personal project by composing a fictional story, set in 2017, that results in a desolate Dubai. Allenby-Pratt brings his narrative to life with a series of digitally altered images that got our members talking. Check out the full story here.

Inspired by the popular photo app, Instagram, Markus Gerke designed a pair of sunglasses that would shoot photos and provide filters like the app. Although this project is conceptual only, the positive reaction from members shows that there’s definitely a market demand! See the full project here.