Posts Tagged ‘Illustration’

Behind the Project: Lil BFFs 3 (Cartoon Edition)

Do you remember the names of all your best friends growing up?  Kevin Coppel, Austin McDonald, oh, and don’t forget Spider-Man!  Dennis Salvatier‘s Lil BFFs 3 takes us back to the good ol’ days when we would hang out with our friends every Saturday morning.  His work shows that just because we grew up, doesn’t mean we can’t still be pals.  

How did you first get interested in graphic design and then later do it professionally?
I’ve been drawing since I could remember. In first grade we watched Pete’s Dragon and we were asked to draw a scene from the film. Not only did I draw my favorite scene, but I drew my second and third and fourth because I was asked by my classmates to draw there’s for them. I always knew I wanted to be creative but it wasn’t until getting into art school that I saw the potential of design in my life. I was supposed to be an animator, but back in 1999, the industry was shifting and the competition was becoming even more fierce. I decided if I wanted to work I had to fall back on my design skills (which were terrible at the time) but I worked at it and honed it and learned to teach clients about design as opposed to just designing for them. That’s what set me apart.

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Many of your projects feature cartoon and comic book characters.  Do you seek out clients that will allow for you to make works featuring these characters, or are you really lucky?
I believe strongly in personal projects. They keep you creative and sharp. It’s through my personal projects that I’ve secured more paid work and a better clientele. People can see that you’re having fun by looking at your work and it get’s people excited to have that same energy on their projects. But in the last 3 years, I decided to take on only projects I’m excited about. In my early years, I got paid a lot of money to work on projects I didn’t believe in — there’s more to life than getting paid. 
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Behind the Project: Best of 2014

Middle Earth, Gotham City, and wherever it is The Wild Things are.  What connects these seemingly distinct worlds is the art of illustrator Nico Delort.  We got a chance to find out what makes him tick, and he how comes to visualize these worlds in his own unique way, as highlighted in his Best of 2014.

Your illustrations have an impressively large range, from the films of Werner Herzog to Charlie Brown, and yet you’re able to make them all visually work together when placed side by side.  How do you go about choosing your subject matter and adding your unique visual style to it?
As far as choosing projects go, I usually always pick things that resonate with me on either an emotional level or an aesthetic level – also projects that I know I can put my personal touch on, like if someone asked me to do, say, an Adventure Time piece (as much as I love the show), I’d have a super hard time doing something because it’s so far from my own aesthetic and I’d have to change what makes it unique to fit my ‘vision’ and I don’t want to do that.

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Can you describe your creative process when making an illustration?
For client work I always start out with a few thumbnails – once we find something we agree on, I move on to Photoshop to make a first draft of the selected thumbnail. All the preliminary work for my pieces is done digitally, as I love the flexibility the medium allows. I only move to the final ink artwork once my digital comp is 100% tight. I print out the lineart, transfer it on clayboard with carbon paper and then ink and scratch away.

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Most Appreciated Projects: Monthly Roundup

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 month:


Artful package designs for Chinese tea, mooncake and gifts by Print Designer Ken Lo. Check out the full project and more of his packaging explorations here.


Illustrations and an infograph by  Romualdo Faura for The Outpost’s 2nd issue. See the full project here.

Pioneers of Now: A Talent Audition by Wacom Europe

Are you a creative pioneer with unique style and vision?

Wacom Europe is looking for its next “Pioneers of Now,” an evangelist program designed to support a group of the most visionary, daring, innovative creatives. To participate submit a self-portrait in any medium, that represents your “Pioneers of Now” spirit (artwork from any creative field that is exciting, original and dynamic, and bonus points if it was created using Wacom tools).

Participants can upload new work or select any past project from their Behance portfolio to enter. Click here for the full rules, more info and how to submit.

→ Find out more about Wacom’s “Pioneers of Now”

Most Appreciated Projects: Monthly Roundup

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 month:


The folks at Creative Lab created and shared the visual guidelines they designed for Google. Check out part 1 and part 2 to see all the product icons, logo lockups and illustrations they compiled.

Illustrator Tobia Hall was commissioned by the Holiday Inn to design and paint a custom mural.  He documents his process and the finished piece in this project.

This Week’s Most Appreciated Projects

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:


Benevolent Society, Australia’s first and oldest charity, gets a contemporary makeover with this new, colorful brand identity by Annika Weis. Check out the full project here.


Designer Aaron von Freter documents the process that goes into his vintage-looking swing tags, from the materials, to creating custom rubber stamps, and embracing all the tiny imperfections that come up along the way. See Freter’s process here.

This Week’s Most Appreciated Projects

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:


Nina Geometrieva steered clear of the traditional corporate approach when building a full brand identity for OUEN, a human resources outsourcing company. Instead, Geometrieva decided to implement more of a humanist feel to the logo and each application – check out the full project here.


In honor of his late father, Creative Director/Illustrator Kirk Wallace designed this minimal tattoo. Wallace managed to capture the many lessons his father taught him and honor his spirit in this one design -  learn more about his approach, check out his sketches and see the final implementation here.

This Week’s Most Appreciated Projects

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:


Designer/Illustrator Eiko Ojala brings this vertical landscape to life with paper cut outs and layered illustrations. Check out the work in more detail here.


In his project “Black Hole” Fabian Oefner captures paint in motion, creating a series of colorful, abstract sculptures. See the full series, and learn how he does it, here.  

The Results from the ‘Behance Talent Search: Student Edition’

All-nighters, limited funds, and not nearly enough hours in a day –being a student is tough! We recently ran a competition to celebrate the hard work and innovation of creative students, awarding prizes for the top work. Submissions were judged based on presentation, creativity, originality, thought-process and execution. Of the 2,000+ submissions, check out the lucky few who’ll be taking home a series of creative prizes:


Kachi-Katah, a transformative chair inspired by a Japanese flower, by product designer Masamune Kaji


A collection of oil paintings by artist Matthew Adelberg


Illustrations for an interactive e-book by illustrator Rafael Alvarez


A conceptual project with 3D modeling for a new Volvo model by automotive designer Alexandar Alexiev


A self promotional branding project by graphic designer Yerevan Dilanchian
 

Highlights from our Curated Galleries

Our Curated Galleries supply a steady stream of top creative work, organized by themes like architecturepackaging design and fashion. Our curation team combs through every project published on Behance to serve up the best of what they find. Click here to view the full selection of curated sites. 



Animals” on the Character Design served site.



Ghost in the Machine” on the Editorial Design served site.