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Behind the Project: Anything Made of Paper

In this series, we look deeper into some of the projects on that are especially admired in our community. Brandon Ray is a self-taught animator specializing in stylized paper-based animation. Since he launched Paper Brain Productions, the company has won five awards at various international film festivals. In 2013, he was asked to create the music video for Bill Carter‘s song, “Anything Made of Paper.” Read ahead for more information on his process and how he came up with his ideas!


What was your inspiration for this project? What does the story/song mean to you?
The inspiration for the project comes from the songwriters themselves, Bill Carter and Ruth Ellesworth.  The song was a gift they made for their friend Damien Echols, composed at a time in his life where he was waiting on death row, accused of a crime he didn’t commit.  Damien had sent Bill and Ruth three paper roses as a gift when his wife Lorri Davis was visiting them.  When Bill asked what he could give Damien as a gift in return while he was on death row, the answer was, “Anything made of paper.”  So that’s what inspired Bill and Ruth to write the song.  The hope we must cling to in the face of injustice. Read more →

Behind the Project: The Plague

In this series, we’ll look deeper into some of the projects on 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?
It’s funny because everyone interpreted something different when they looked at the project. All of the interpretations were more or less around the idea that there is a sickness going on, or someone was sick; and some others included that the girl leaves the man because he was working too much. Read more →

Behance at Adobe MAX Conference

Behance at Adobe MAX

This week is Adobe MAX, our yearly event where 6,000 creatives from all over the world are joining us in LA (not to mention another half a million tuning in online)!  MAX is where the creative community comes together to share ideas, inspiration and learn from one another. During yesterday’s keynote, we got the chance to announce Behance’s newest service, Creative Talent Search, along with a long list of exciting updates and new products all geared toward giving you the tools and services you need to create.

This event is also a great opportunity to showcase the inspiring work that Behance members post every day. We’re thrilled that we got to embed your work in so much of the conference – whether it’s work featured on the big screen before the keynotes, or looping on monitors all over the theater, or in a more interactive way in pop-up Portfolio Reviews in the Community Tent – your work is all over. Some snapshots below:

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Road to Portfolio Review Week: Event Preview Videos!

As hosts around the world make preparations for their Portfolio Review Week events, a few have shared the behind-the-scenes process with videos! Here’s a roundup of sneak peek videos from hosts in Santiago, Baltimore, Pescara, and more!

Short but sweet preview from Portfolio Reviews Santiago

Two previews of Portfolio Reviews Pescara from

A video from the Baltimore hosts, who whistle while they work!

Belgrade Behance Reviews 2014 Official Teaser

Buenos Aires Teaser

Behind the Project: Digital Vomit Pt 1

In this series, we’ll look deeper into some of the projects on 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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Behance Best Practices: Filling Out Your Profile

Whether you’re brand new to Behance or have been with us since day one, a major key to finding success with Behance is to have as complete a profile as possible. This means different things to different people, but Behance offers a ton of ways to connect the different parts of your digital life in once place.

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Layer Tennis: Season Four Opener

A fight to the death; the battle of Long Island

Last week two New York based designers and Behance users competed against each other in the season opener of a match of creativity. Known as Layer Tennis, this contest is the “rap battle” of visual arts, in which two competitors face off through the layering of an illustration. Originally coined Photoshop Tennis, Layer Tennis began at Coudal Partners when a few creatives traded a Photoshop document back and forth taking turns adding layers. Coudal Partners brought the game live to their website, and it has had a following ever since. With the help of Adobe Creative Cloud, the idea has expanded, with 3 full seasons of matches.


So, what are the rules?
A coin toss decides which artist begins the battle, giving the winner an edge and complete artistic freedom to create the first image as he/she pleases. The artists pass the file back and forth in real time, with fifteen minutes to complete a “volley,” adapting the presentation of the image as they go. There are ten volleys in a match, allowing the last image to be as the last word in a game of telephone is, entirely different from the first! All the while, a third contributor is providing play-by-play commentary of the action.

So, who are the players?
The players are not only limited to designers; they may be animators, illustrators, or whatever else. To open up the fourth season Jon Contino was up against Dan Cassaro. As commentator Rosecrans Baldwin put it, the two have a ton in common. “Both have their own studios. Both love lettering, full stop. Both are natives of New York City, multitalented, multifaceted, and they each appear to dabble in pretty much everything a designer can do.”

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