Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Design Trends for 2018 - Tutorials, Tips & Examples


2018 is looking to be a very pretty year for colour! Pantone has declared Ultra Violet as their colour of the year. General trends seem to be leaning towards pastels & neons with a bit of 80's nostalgia. Graphic Design, Media & Fashion are using these colours as well as some really great layout techniques to create some beautiful artwork.


2018 Trends!

+ Tutorials & Tips on how to create them for Graphic & Web Design

Colour - Ultra Violet | Pantone Tools for Designers

Colour - Pastels | Pastel Schemes for 2018
Colour - Neons & Brights | London Fashion Week Spring 2018 Palettes
Colour Channels | Photoshop
Typography - Letter Portrait | Photoshop
Illustrated Typography | Make your own fonts with Fontself 
Cropped Typography | Cutting Shapes in Illustrator
Liquid / Melted Typography
Dada Cutouts | Dada Documentary
Iconography
Letters as Images
Double Exposure | Photoshop
Double Light
Drop Shadows | HTML/CSS
Duotones | Photoshop
Glitching

This list is a work in progress!


Examples

Here's some examples of these trends in contemporary media and fashion.


Ultra Violet


When I read about Ultra Violet being the choice for 2018 my mind went back to the hologram imagery from the film Blade Runner 2049.



Blade Runner 2049 (Film, 2017)



Double Light

Photo by Jodie Becker - unikorn.smugmug.com



Glitching


Gotta Glitch Hail Mary - livingdead.com.au


Moon Glitch Hail Mary - livingdead.com.au
Cropped Typography
Flourish - Poster by 83oranges



References

https://graphicmama.com/blog/graphic-design-trends-2018/
https://www.brontobytes.com/blog/100-best-free-fonts-for-2018/

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Inktober 2017 drawings

I was trying to do Inktober last year but didn't quite make it to the finish line. However it was a good challenge to get drawing more regularly. I didn't really do ink drawings as they were all digital (Wacom tablet / Krita), but whatever close enough - art is what you want it to be. Although I would like to try traditional ink this year.


Todoroki Shouto from My Hero Academia


Merman Makoto from Free! Eternal Summer

D.va from Overwatch

Munechika from Touken Ranbu

Deku from My Hero Academia

Kaworu from Evangelion

Shinji from Evangelion

Sailor Moon from Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon

Alphinaud from Final Fantasy 14

Alisaie from Final Fantasy 14

Brera from Macross Frontier

Rei from Free! Eternal Summer

Lucio from Overwatch


Inkling Boy from Splatoon

Link from Legend of Zelda

Tetra from Zelda Wind Waker

Felix from Re:Zero

Zero from Code Geass

Ranma from Ranma 1/2

Sucy from Little Witch Academia

Mikumo from Macross Delta

Taako from The Adventure Zone


Nanachi from Made In Abyss

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Kerochan - acrylic painting

I've been a bit distracted from making any art the last few months so it felt good to get out some paint!


Acrylic paint is harder to work with than the digital art I'm used to but it certainly is enjoyable. I wanted to go with something fairly simple and I've been watching Cardcaptor Sakura Clear Card Arc, so I chose Kerochan as the subject.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Portfolio - Teddy & the Melbourne Welsh Male Choir posters & fliers

Some work I did last year to promote Teddy Tahu Rhodes concert.

Email attachment

A3 Poster

DL Flier - back

DL Flier - front


Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Google Fonts - a great resource for free font faces

https://www.google.com/fonts

I admit, I love fonts. I have a few favourites that I often go back to when designing for clients but I always love to find new and interesting fonts, that are a little more wild, for my own personal projects.

Google Fonts has lots of filters so you can search for the type you are looking for with ease. This is going to be a great resource for me and hopefully for you too!

While on the subject, an old favourite font site is http://www.fontalicious.com/

But nowadays they no longer have free downloads and you have to pay for the fonts. It has many unique and funky fonts, so if you are after something special, they are great.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

The Fine Art of Masturbating

One tumblr user has set out to append a Hitachi Magic Wand vibrator to some classical art. I'm not sure if the user is doing it to celebrate female masturbation or just make something hilarious. But both reasons work for me.

http://magicwandarthistory.tumblr.com/


Now we know why the Mona Lisa is giving that wry smile!






Thursday, July 23, 2015

"High Tide" short animation film by Kristen Kemper


I found this adorable little short film with a hand drawn quality to it. I've always had a fascination with mermaids and I'm even more happy when the subject matter becomes mermen.

The artist also has a tumblr filled with amazing artwork!
http://kristinkemper.tumblr.com/

Please enjoy the film and the art!



High Tide from Kristin Kemper on Vimeo.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

ACM203 Photographic Practice - Final Folio - Cosplay Photoshoot with BW Film

My assignment from Photographic Practice allowed us to choose any theme we wanted. I decided to explore cosplay portraits. Usually cosplay is photographed in colour because the costumes are so vibrant, so I wondered how the costumes and characters could be expressed when the colour is taken away.

These photos were shot on a medium format camera and processed by myself in the dark room. After a few years of sitting my big pile of art stuff, I've scanned the images.











I think the results prove cosplay quite stunning even in Black & White. 
I also got a HD mark for this assignment.


The digital colour photos from this shoot and these BW scans can be viewed at my smugmug account ~ http://unikorn.smugmug.com/Cosplay/Cosplay-Photoshoot-With-Film