Category: Behind the Project

Behind the Project: The Plague

In this series, we’ll look deeper into some of the projects on Behance.net that are especially admired in our community. Cihan Ünalan worked with art director Tolga Ozbakir to create The Plague. Cihan is currently an advertising photographer in Istanbul and Los Angeles. His passion began with bringing his heroes to life through photography, after being unable to find another medium that satisfied his thirst. We were lucky enough to hear about the process and inspiration behind The Plague from Cihan himself.

What was your inspiration for this project?
I think the most important thing with this kind of a project is finding the right team to work with. I was sitting on this concept for at least a year but I was having trouble in turning it into a series. It wasn’t until I met Tolga Özbakır, my partner in this project, that the idea for this shoot was properly shaped. I shared the materials and ideas I had for a possible shoot and we worked from there.

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In the beginning, we only had the Goggles and the Gas Mask in our hands, which I bought from San Diego Comic Con 2013. These materials had a steampunk design, so these little props were actually quite a lead for us to start with. We are both highly influenced from comic books, movies, concept arts and retro-futuristic designs, so we had a lot of common ideas for this project. I think its safe to say that the props led us down the path that we ended up.

Can you tell us about the story behind the project and what it means to you? Are there certain aspects of it that are open to interpretation by the viewer?
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Behind the Project: Digital Vomit Pt 1

In this series, we’ll look deeper into some of the projects on Behance.net that are especially admired in our community. Alberto Seveso‘s passion for graphic arts started in the early 1990s, through his fascination with the graphics of skate decks and the album covers for metal bands. His project on Behance, Digital Vomit Pt 1, demonstrates the influence of these inspirations and how he has transformed them to create his own art.

What was your inspiration for this project?
The inspiration is something that surrounds us all; you can’t see it, but she can see us. Sometimes it appears and you have to be quick to grab it.

I’m surrounded by painters. I love painters. When I see beautiful projects on Behance done by a great painters, I want to be a painter! But I’m not a painter; I’m not good at drawing with pencils or brushes. I always admired people who can draw and paint for real.

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Behind the Project: Air Review

In this series, we look deeper into some of the projects on Behance.net that are especially admired in our community. Joseba Elorza is a sound technician turned artist who creates surreal illustrations through collaging techniques. He was recently asked to create video for the band Air Review‘s song “Young.” His use of images and layering creates impossible worlds through which a child runs. It is our good fortune to allow you to delve deeper into the making of the video, “Young.”

What was your inspiration for this project?
Air Review asked me to try to represent the road to maturity of a child and I thought that we could make that path literal and see a child running toward an uncertain future.

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The theme of childhood gives you a lot of freedom to represent dream elements. The surrealism usually found within my works fit in very well, so I tried not to limit myself and let the process where I search for the footage take me without a specific horizon.

There was not a clear particular source of inspiration, but the creative process itself ended up being the biggest inspiration possible, and in this sense the band gave me a lot of freedom to choose which way to take the project.

Can you describe your process in creating this project?
After establishing some guidelines and a main idea, I spent a lot of time searching for the right footage in public domain libraries. At this point, and given that I depend largely on what I can find out there, the original idea or the script can be altered by what I’m finding, making the whole process very natural and fluid in my opinion.

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Behind the Project: Michael Roulier

In this series, we’ll look deeper into some of the projects on Behance.net that are especially admired in our community. Michael Roulier is a photographer specializing in food and cosmetic visuals, having published more than 30 books in collaboration with three star Michelin culinary chefs. His project on Behance, Michael Roulier, contains photographs featured to help create a book for Anne Sophie Pic, a three star Michelin chef herself.

What was your inspiration for this project?
I was commissioned by Hachette, a French Publishing company to create a “sumptuous” book about Anne Sophie Pic, a French 3 star Michelin chef, a woman in a man’s world; an exception. Hachette knew very well that I would have to be left completely free on the creative part to accept a three weeks time project.

I had already worked with Anne Sophie, so we knew each other quite well. At this level, being a chef, means above all being an artist. This project was supposed to be her published food “manifesto.” The text was written by Stéphane Davet, a journalist specialized in rock & roll, but equally passionate about food.

The 48 images we had to do, like a true photography book, would appear naked, unadorned, and apart from the text.

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Behind the Project: Cinema

In this series, we look deeper into some of the projects on Behance.net that are especially admired in our community. Franck Bohbot is a photographer and visual artist, mainly focusing his artistic research on public spaces and urban landscapes. Each one of Franck’s series features certain photographic intentions — through their enigmatic atmosphere, documentary-style approach, and timeless feel. We were fortunate enough to delve deeper into one of his projects on Behance, Cinema.

What was your inspiration for this project?
For The Cinema Series, my principal inspiration was to honor the Art of Cinema by showing the atmosphere of movie theaters specifically in the state of California. Entering a Cinema instead of watching movies on your smartphone or computer gives a real emotion to the public. I think because of the new media, we are losing step by step, the pleasure to going to your local Cinema.

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Behind the Project: Cloud City

In this series, we’ll look deeper into some of the projects on Behance.net that are especially admired in our community. Together, Julie Wilkinson and Joyanne Horscroft are The Makerie Studio, a creative collaboration producing unique three dimensional paper sculptures for both commercial and artistic purposes. They are inspired by forgotten worlds, rare prints, and the beauty of details, allowing them to create unique pieces. Cloud City is their most recent project uploaded to Behance.

What was your inspiration for this project?
The inspiration for Cloud City came from an obsession with Moroccan arches and architecture, something we’d been eyeing up for over two years and really wanted to use for one of our pieces. We’d started drawing up a few intricate designs based on real buildings, but that had us stumped for a while because the buildings were already so beautiful. It was hard to know what to do next, and how to make them our own in some way. But when we distilled what it was that we loved about them – the pattern making, the colours, the structure – we thought it would be lovely to take these very rational details into a dreamier, illogical realm. And that’s how we ended up with floating egg palaces connected by ladders in the sky…

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Behind the Project: Stamps, Post Denmark

In this series, we’ll look deeper into some of the projects on Behance.net that were especially admired in our community. Peter Dam is a Odense, Denmark- based illustrator and designer. “Stamps, Post Denmark” is his first project on Behance.

What was your inspiration for this project?
I was working on another project making a visual portrait of Denmark. When surfing the web for pictures of Denmark, I suddenly spotted—between two pictures of Hans Christian Andersen—a funny picture of a plate with two pieces of danish. I remember thinking “that’s so typical of Danish culture!”

Later that day, I was waiting in line at the post office and saw a new stamp series with a motif of Danish allotments in the sun. That was also so typical of Danish culture!
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Behind the Project: Life of A Superhero

In this series, we’ll look deeper into some of the projects on Behance.net that were especially admired in our community. Andreas Englund is a Stockholm, Sweden- based artist and art director. “Life of A Superhero” is his first project on Behance.

What was your inspiration for this project?
My visual inspiration originates from my fascination of the human body and Greek sculpture. Conceptually, I get inspired when I’m forced to see things from a new perspective. For me, Greek sculpture is like the main image of the classic Superhero – but without the costume. In general, these superheroes are stereotypes; they are perfect people. In this case wanted to question that stereotype. From there, it wasn’t a huge leap to put a costume on on this old Greek sculpture and then put him in alternative, human situations.

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Can you describe your process in creating this project?
My first motif was “Strawberryjam”– the superhero trying to open a jar of strawberry jam. At first I wanted to paint a new version of the old greek sculpture ”The Discus Thrower”. I wanted to put him in a new context and call him “The Can Opener.” In that process I came up with the idea to put a superhero costume on him– and then the Superhero was born.
The next step actually came one year later when he (the Superhero) was supposed to be beaten up by an older dude in the painting ”Fight”. I had a problem with that motif because it was the older guy who became interesting and I had no story for him. In that process I found out that he could be the older version of the same superhero – still kicking ass. After that painting I had it all figured out, and could continue with this concept of portraying the whole life of a Superhero, uncensored and exposed.

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Did you expect it to be as popular as it’s been on The Behance Network?
I received a lot of positive feedback during this project and I knew a lot of people appreciated this series but I could never imagine it to be this popular. It’s truly a fantastic feeling. I have to thank everybody who has taken time to comment on my project. It means a lot.


“I tried to come up with situations that weren’t obvious and that were not over played. When something is humorous, you want to tone it down rather than enhance it. Otherwise it loses it’s drama and becomes obvious and uninteresting. People are intelligent, and want to be treated that way.”


Did you go through many versions and iterations before coming up with these final pieces?
I guess the number of versions are limitless, and I had a lot of ideas that never made it to the canvas. I tried to come up with situations that weren’t obvious and that were not over played. When something is humorous, you want to tone it down rather than enhance it. Otherwise it loses it’s drama and becomes obvious and uninteresting. People are intelligent, and want to be treated that way.

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Do you feel that this project is “done,” or is there anything you’d like to improve on or change in the future?
The Superhero concept helped me to build my foundation as an artist and now I have lot of other ideas and concepts that I want to explore.
That said, I still have a lot of ideas that I haven’t had time to finish yet about the Superhero… so there will be more stories to tell about this character in the future.

Did anything interesting happen as a result of the success of this project? (fans contacting you, job opportunities, blogs picking it up, etc).
Yes it did! All of the above actually. Since I do have some of my work in Los Angeles, I hope this could lead to new contacts in the US who want’s to exhibit my work. We will see what happens. Either way I’m very satisfied with how things have turned out!

Behind the Project: Experiments with Instagram

In this series, we’ll look deeper into some of the projects on Behance.net that were especially admired in our community. Javier Perez is an Ecuador- based graphic designer and audivisual producer. His other projects include experimental animations, clever stop-motion ads and playful projects using Vine. We spoke with him about his recent projects Instagram Experiments, part I and II. 

What was your inspiration for this project?
The simplicity within common every day items. These objects are beautiful by themselves and my work is to add a visual meaning to them. Every day I discover different meanings.

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Behind the Project: A Different Family Portrait

In this series, we’ll look deeper into some of the projects on Behance.net that were especially admired in our community. Camilla Cantrambone is a Florence based photographer. Her other projects include the cover of “Piazza Italia” magazine, and playful posters and direction for the Little Veg Book. We spoke with her about her recent project “Portraits of my Family,” creative takes on the traditional portrait using beloved objects.

What was your inspiration for this project?
I’ve always been fascinated by objects, and I think every person is represented by their personal objects; the objects they choose and the way they use them tells you a story. When I started doing this project, I felt that the objects belonged to my relatives. They were still full of energy and capable of reminding me of moments I shared with them. In order to recreate specific memories, I started to reorganize these objects. For example, if I look at an image of my grandpa Mario, I can go back to a time when we sat at his writing table and fully feel the mood of that moment. The objects represented in every picture don’t talk about the entire life of my grandpa, but they deeply describe a moment I shared with him.


“The objects represented in every picture don’t talk about the entire life of my grandpa, but they deeply describe a moment I shared with him.”



 Did you expect it to be as popular as it’s been on The Behance Network?

Not at all! Being a personal project I’d never thought to be so popular, but I’m glad I could communicate and share my feelings to people I don’t even know

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