Everyone remembers their first time…using Photoshop. Some of us remember life before layers (it was a dark, dark time) and while others might not even know what Creative Suite was. No matter when you clicked on your first brush tool, Photoshop has had an impact on the creative world beyond anyone’s wildest imagination. To celebrate Photoshop’s 25th Anniversary, Adobe and Behance have been on the lookout for twenty five of tomorrow’s creative superstars who have worked Photoshop’s magic into their process.
Since February, Behance members under twenty five that have uploaded and tagged their work “PS25under25″ have been dazzling us with their sweet ‘shopping skills. We’re excited to showcase the first three featured artists: Fredy Santiago, Tom Anders Watkins, and Shaivalini Kumar. Each has been created an original piece of art to celebrate the 25th anniversary and over the course of the next year, each of the will stage a two week takeover of the new Photoshop Instagram channel, sharing their story and their art with the world.
For more on these artists, check out the Adobe Inspire Blog Post here.
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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,”
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Navid Baraty’s work – stunning, sometimes dizzying aerial photography shot from incredible vantage points – may look familiar to you, and for good reason. In the past few years, his work has been featured in National Geographic, Apple, CCN, The Huffington Post, and much more. We asked him about some of his biggest moments this year and how Behance played a role:
The past year has definitely been really great. Perhaps the biggest thing that’s happened in the past year was when the MTA approached me to have seven of my Intersection photos on display in a Lightbox installation in Bowling Green station for 2014, which was up for a good portion of the year.
NBC New York had me on the air to talk about the exhibition.
The Apple store on Fifth Avenue invited me to come talk about my photography one evening. I also gave a talk about my photography at the NYPL back in July.
I’ve licensed an image to Nike and one of my photos and an interview appears in this just released book by Popular Photography.
You know, I always ask how people come across my photos when they contact me. A lot of the time, they can’t remember where they saw my work, just that they saw it somewhere online. So, I’m positive Behance has definitely played a role in it since a lot of my work is posted there.
During the fall of 2014, Adobe and Girl Skateboards teamed up to create an “internship” that give five amazing students the opportunity to design stunning limited edition skateboards. Students “applied” through Behance, tagging their designs with #madethis and #girl and with hundreds of entries, Scott Biersack of Arizona State University, Caleb Morris of Savannah College of Art and Design, Mitch Viney from the University of Technology in Sydney, Emma Campbell of Auckland University of Technology, and Cody Bass from the University of Southern Mississippi were selected.
We’re stoked to see the work this group was able to crank out. Check out these video updates to learn more about their experiences:
William J. Meyer, a Behance member since 2009, was able to transform a classic form of old media, the book, into an award-winning new media passion project.
A few years back I wrote a fantasy-adventure novel called FIRE ON THE MOUND. Looking for different ways to share the book, a friend recommended that I turn it into a weekly podcast. Using vocal talent, sound effects, and an original score, my small team produced a total of 42 episodes, and the podcast novel has won both a Parsec Award and a Geekie Award.
Not only was William’s character artwork featured on Character Design Served, but the trailer, made with work from Brian Ellis (concepting artist from Hasbro and Lego), was featured on Motion Graphics Served later in 2014.
It’s certainly worth a look (and a listen)! Click the images above to see the corresponding projects and be sure to follow William here.
As many Behance members know, being Featured by our curation team is a hard feat to achieve! Our Curators (there are two of them!) look at thousands of projects every day and pick the best of the best. We’ve recently started reaching out to our Featured Members to hear about their experience using Behance and here’s what a few have had to say:
“It’s an honour for me to be
featured on the website that I love and respect the most, being featured
among these amazing works is one huge acheivment for me. I got the email
while I was playing with my 3 month baby girl! So you can imagine that I
was already feeling awesome, but when I got your email the feeling just
Oasim Karmieh, Brasov, Romania
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In this installment, we’re featuring Mart Biemans, a young digital artist and illustrator from The Netherlands. Since joining in 2008, Mart has been featured in number of the Behance networks and was profiled in Adobe’s New Creatives campaign earlier in 2014. Below is an excerpt of a testimonial from the artist.
“My life has proven that it is almost impossible to predict your future, even though I’ve had dreams and expectations like every other kid growing up, things turned out completely different than expected. . .
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We recently got an email from Amr El Kouedy, a user since 2009 who has not only found his dream job, but also an amazing creative community he didn’t even know existed around him.
“I am a twenty seven year old Egyptian, living my dream in Dubai as successful digital designer at dubizzle.com, one of the biggest classifieds website in the region. As cheesy as it sounds, it is all because of Behance.
I joined Behance in 2009 and uploaded my first project as a junior designer. Using the amazing platform for five years, I grew more and more, learned from the best, and inspired the younger desingners. Yet, I never realized how this platform can impact my life.
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This week we’re featuring a great story from one of our most viewed contributors, Kim Høltermand.
Any of our Behance users who have opened up Prosite for the first time may already be familiar with his sample homepage, but when he decided to join Behance way back in 2007, Kim Høltermand didn’t know what to expect. He comes from a creative family–his father an artist, his grandfather an architect– but Mr. Høltermand only picked up photography recently as a side project from his rather unusual career as a fingerprints expert in the Crime Scene Unit of The Danish National Police.
“Joining Behance changed my life.”
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Here in New York, the Behance team is just getting back from Thanksgiving. We had a ton to be thankful for this year and it’s always great to hear success stories from our members.
Michael Robertson is the Director of Toon53 Productions in Johannesburg, South Africa where he collaborates with illustrators Kenneth Doust and Dean Ira. In August, one of the team’s projects, ‘The Weird World of Nox and Harper’ was featured on Motion Graphics served. For Toon53, it was a big moment to say the least.
“I joined Behance in 2009 – at the time I was joining as many sites as possible for exposure – uploaded a few old works and didn’t really do much for a good few years. Fast forward around 3 and a half years to a few weeks ago when I decided to update my portfolio start applying to different jobs around the world on Behance and WOW is all I can say. We’re based in sunny South Africa and are currently working for a company in Moscow, another in the US, one in Dubai and a handful here locally all thanks to Behance!!
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