Designing characters sounds like a dream job: Who wouldn’t want to illustrate and draw for a living? But it takes a massive amount of talent and skills in order for you to succeed in this highly desirable career path. In this feature article, you’ll discover the excellent character illustrations of California-based designer, illustrator and "action figure connoisseur" Christopher Lee.
It seems that too often great designers get lost in the mix simply because they don’t take the time to market themselves well. I mean let’s face it, most designers — especially those of us working independently/freelance — find ourselves continually juggling the roles of accountant, salesperson, and marketer, and rarely do we find the energy or resources to really develop big marketing strategies after all of our other tasks are done. And, while many do just fine with personal web portfolios, growing competition is making getting noticed harder and harder.
Sketchbooks are where ideas and great work often begin. A sketchbook is a journal of the creative process, giving you absolute freedom to explore, express and discover your concepts. If you’re looking for sketchbook ideas — whether you’re just starting to sketch or need inspiration for your existing sketchbooks — take a peep at these remarkable examples of sketchbook drawings by talented individuals.
In the increasingly competitive mobile app market, everything you can do to set your app apart is important. Spanish designer and illustrator Román Jusdado is known in the industry as someone who creates remarkably detailed, realistic and eye-grabbing iOS app icons that make such a memorable impression on the people that see them. In this feature article, I’ll present to you the work of this talented designer.
With the conveniences you can find in digital graphics and illustration software like Photoshop and Illustrator, it’s getting harder and harder to find artists who choose to create their work using the tried-and-true medium of pen and paper. In this feature article, we explore the inspiring hand lettered work of 24-year-old San Antonio, Texas hand lettering artist, Sean McCabe.
Without an accurate, clear and concise design brief, you might as well be designing in the dark. Without good direction, you’ll find it almost impossible to create designs that are on brand, on budget, and tailored to your client’s target market. In this article, I’d like to suggest and discuss 10 questions to ask your clients that will help you produce good design briefs.
You are already immersed in your industry’s magazines. You’ve been reading the top blogs on design for years. You’ve had multiple mentors tell you when you’re dead on and when you’re way off. And now you’ve been called up to the big leagues: You’re now a creative director — one of the highest positions you can attain in a career in the Design industry.
Sans serif fonts can help you create a modern and professional theme in your design projects. If you’re looking for some fonts to add to your collection, take a look at these free sans serif fonts.
Creativity is a rare beast. It’s a blessing if you’re born with it, a feat of accomplishment if you can learn it, and an act of kindness if you teach it. Right now, the pool of great designers is stocked with those just getting started in their careers and those who are looking to move on to more interesting opportunities. No matter what your reason is for seeking a creative career, or how great your work is, I’d like to share some tips and tricks that can help you ace your job interviews.
You’ll be astonished to discover that the 3D typography illustrations you’re about to see are drawn by hand, and not by any 3D graphics software. Uber-talented Brazilian graphic designer and illustrator Marcelo Schultz has mastered the technique of creating eye-grabbing hand-lettered 3D typography, and for this feature article, he shared with us his workflow process and what it’s like to be an artist living in Brazil.
Elegant, sophisticated, and classy are a few adjectives that come to mind when I think of serif fonts. Serif fonts, which have origins as far back as 700 BC, are timeless. Check out my hand-picked collection of free serif fonts that you can download and install in your computer. Make sure to read the licensing terms of the fonts before using them.
Sharp, blocky surfaces and simple geometric shapes, harmonized with organic textures and superfine environmental details create such a distinctive viewing experience of 3D illustrator and exhibit designer Tim Reynolds’s group of personal projects called "Low-Poly, Isometric Worlds" and "Low-Poly, Non-Isometric Worlds." Get inspired, learn about low-poly, find out about Reynolds’s creative process and see a hand-picked selection of his work in this feature article.