Category: Digital

Art

Chinese folk art created on Apple devices now available for free download

In celebration of the Chinese New Year, Apple has posted (in select regions) digital artwork depicting Chinese New Year traditions. The folk art has a modern twist to it, and each piece boasts of bold and bright colors. Each one can be downloaded for free for iPads, iPhones, and Mac computers. The tech giant has commissioned five local artists to create the special project, including Victo Ngai who created Lucky Rooster with the Apple Pencil and Procreate on iPad Pro, editing her work on a MacBook pro for finishing touches. Eszter Chen created Joyful Reunions using Photoshop and Illustrator on iMac and MacBook Pro. The rest of the series were made using Photoshop and Illustrator: Zhou Fan's Rich Harvest, Ye Hongxing's Peaceful Home, and Jiang Shan's Fortune Flows. You can download the free Chinese New Year-themed wallpapers on your Apple device, or learn more about the art series on Apple's official post. ...
Animation

Young artist earns millions of YouTube hits because of exemplary character art

American Artist Ross Tran is the embodiment of how sheer talent and imagination can create massive success, even at a young age. The 23-year old has amassed almost two million hits on his YouTube channel, and it's not surprising why. His videos are laced with amazingly quick cuts, hyperactive presentation, playful tones, and quirky stops at his own apartment and school, as well as various locations. There are many elements to his witty work, but the main foundation lies in his bright and stylized tutorials showing how his art comes to life - from conception to implementation. When asked about his "secret to success" at such a young age, he tells his audiences that his portfolio is extremely personalized. He says that an artist must have a portfolio that screams out what you really want to do. In his case, he loves character designs. So he makes his work based on this particular passion. He advises fellow artists to avoid making "disposable" designs and show the whole world...
Art

Photography series known as #Combophotos feature hilarious mashups of things, animals, and places

Stephen McMennamy has been at the photography game for a while and there seems to be no end in sight for his hilarious digital manipulations. The Atlanta-based photographer and art director has released a series of split-image juxtapositions that he likes to call "#combophotos." McMennamy uses his own photographs and sifts through them to find ones that'd make for funny mashups. Creating humorous scenes by overlapping objects, animals and more, McMennamy delivers some unexpected compositions such as the guitar bridge one seen below. Check out some of the mashups below and find more on his Instagram. ...
Art

Check out these crazy (good) Santa fan art pieces that shine a new light on Saint Nicholas

Santa Claus is one of the most iconic symbols of the Christmas spirit. Dads and grandpas even dress up like him to spread the holiday cheer to kids and families. So it'll come as a (pleasant) surprise to see these rather unconventional depictions of Santa from various artists across the web. From ass-kicking Santa to sexy to rockstar, there's one for every picture you may ever have in mind. The first piece is from James Wolf Strehle, a truly gifted digital artist from the United States. He depicts Santa as an ogre-zombie hybrid slayer, for some reason. We love it! The second one is rather unfit to show to kids, as it may drastically change their views about the beloved Father Christmas. It is from Veli Nyström, an artist from Finland who is very good at digital drawings and illustration. Next, we have a rather steampunk-esque Santa, courtesy of Israel A. Carrion, a gifted artist from Spain. We also see some crossovers - the first comes in the form of the new Star Wars cast...
Art

Christmas-themed ads from all over the world exemplify clever and effective graphic design

During the Yuletide season, ad campaigns often customize their marketing strategies to cater to the spirit of the occasion. There are some pretty great ads over the past Christmas season which showed great graphic design and were able to send their message across effectively. This is a great example telling us that print ad isn't dead, after all. While TV commercials can be really fancy and even include a celebrity or two, these traditional advertisements still prove that with just the sheer power of graphic design (and a good, basic idea), an artist can grab the attention of his audiences - given that he executes it properly and effectively. These ads below are just some of these print campaigns from all over the world, effectively spreading their point and engaging in the audiences' emotions as well. From top to bottom, these ads were created by: JWT, Verdant Zeal, Terremoto Propaganda, Make It Simple, and Provid. ...
Art

Biological simulations add chaos artist’s electrifying music video

Digital art is slowly making its way into mainstream music and this artsy music video might be why. London-based artist Max Cooper‘s newest track, "Order from Chaos," from his album Emergence, combines his interests in science, music, and visual arts. Combining the talent of French visual effects artist Maxime Causeret, the video features biological simulations depicting molecular forms colliding, merging, and morphing into colored, brain-like structures. Cooper writes, "Maxime Causeret selected this track to work with, under the brief to map the emergent rhythm to an exploration of emergence in living form. His video shows the raindrops initially, then going into simple cellular forms and then showing the important idea of cooperation between simple cells to form more robust colonies of life." Check out the music video below and listen to the full album here.    ...
Digital

The saddest places in the world as shown on Google Maps

Yes, there are some truly sad places around the world and some of them have been identified thanks to Google Maps. Australian artist Damien Rudd’s Instagram is filled with screenshots taken from Google Maps. Doing quite the opposite of showing striking travel photos, Rudd highlights the most depressing places. The hilarious series has brought to light some great (and morbid) examples such as "Nasty Pond" and "Devastation Island." His 64,000 followers can't seem to get enough of Rudd's quirky finds. They make you wonder how exactly these places were named. Check out some of the LOL-worthy locations below and find more on Instagram. ...
Art

Wild animals dress up in fancy costumes in hilarious illustrations

If dogs in sweaters look cute, wild animals in exquisite clothes should look majestic as ever! And they do! At least in India-based artist Rohan Sharad Dahotre's digital works. The photo edits are part of a funny illustration series which dons wild animals in photographs with fancy costumes. My favorite one is perhaps the raven below. His expression is just awesome. Check out some of his hilarious works below and find more over on his Behance page. ...
Art

Art collective critiques popular culture and branding in humorous images

Brainded India, an independent wing of Brainded International, is a fast-growing movement that aims to become a source of independent thought. In a world that relies on branded mainstream's agenda-driven waves of thought, it strives to get its message across. We live in a society where there is no subversiveness or subculture, Brainded becomes an opportunity to take a step back, pause for a while, and ask the real questions about our world. The movement uses humor and visuals to promote free thought, and encourage people to make informed comments on absolutely anything that goes on in our society today. With the clever use of art, comics, and even essays and stories, the contributors and artists go past the trends and look beyond the hidden agendas that mainstream brands and companies attempt to brainwash humanity with. This is a collaboration - a community - of artists from all over the world. The nomadic initiative began in 2003, in Amsterdam. Today, it also includes...
Art

Hobby between friends turns into promising magazine venture with eccentric prints

Introducing Buffalo Zine, the brainchild of Adrián González-Cohen (creative director) and David Uzquiza (graphic designer, art director). The two men were friends since 1999 when they met as students. Over the years, their friendship led to one of the most fascinating magazine ventures of today. Buffalo Zine is a totally hands-on process. Each issue is made from scratch and takes years to complete. In fact, the two artists did not think that they would be publishing at all. It simply was a humble hobby shared between the two of them. After producing thousands of copies, they decided to distribute... and the rest was history. Now on its fourth issue, copies of Buffalo Zine can be bought online. It follows a classic newspaper format - one that is almost extinct in our modern and digital age. What once was kept in the garage is now a real and flourishing venture between childhood friends. /...
Art

Catholic congregations ‘look good’ in new collaborative art project highlighting clothing of nuns

The Pink Sisters, formally referred to as the Holy Spirit Adoration Sisters, are only one of more than 40 Catholic nun groups made as subjects in "Looking Good: A visual guide to the nun’s habit". The project is a collaborative effort between Veronica Bennett (theologian), Ryan Todd (illustrator), and GraphicDesign& (publisher). It is a book which showcases the evolution of religious clothing all over the world. GD& is a one-of-a-kind publishing house that envisions the exploration of the possible connections that graphic design can have with any other subject. Usually, their projects involve subjects that most other publishers won't dare touch - including those deemed too "risky" or "eccentric". Aside from Catholic nuns, GD& has also worked on projects about literature, mathematics, and social sciences. Still, it is undeniable that "Looking Good" appears to be their most personal and unique project to date.  ...
Art

Planetarium show becomes art exhibit as it shines light on ‘sun’light

In The Sun Placed in the Abyss, an art exhibit currently underway in the Columbus Museum of Art, the main star (pun intended) is the Sun. Through various films and photographs, the sun is depicted in both direct and indirect ways. But this is more than just an artsy move - the collection aims to go deeper into the social, historical, and even technological implications of the sun in terms of photography conditions and human interest. The museum also partnered with COSI to provide the programming of the exhibition. Over 50 artists participated in the project, all focusing on very powerful images of the sun. The collection explores the "science behind the sun" - how it influences all life on earth, as well as its influence in our art and culture. The exhibit is in the form of a planetarium show, now available to be seen at COSI. It will run until January 2, 2017. ...
Animation

David Beckham’s tattoos speak up against child abuse and violence in PSA Video

David Beckham has had a long-standing partnership with Unicef. Over the years, he has worked with them on various humanitarian campaigns. Recently, the soccer great signed on to promote the #ENDviolence campaign. It features a 60-second film, which - in spite of its short length - is very moving and powerful. The film conveys strong messages against violence directed towards children all over the world. This will be part of his Unicef 7 Fund. According to the organization, about one in every ten girls under 20 years old has been through some form of sexual abuse. Another one in every five children dies because of violence. During the film, Beckham is in the spotlight, shirtless. His tattoos come to life - but not his actual ink. Instead, we see tattoos telling dark, real stories of how children go through psychological and physical abuse. We hear them scream and cry. In the end, the message is clear: "Violence against children marks them forever. It's wrong. End it."...
Design

Studio creates print campaign featuring strong visualization of political personalities and current issues

Check out these unique and controversial prints from a new 3D print/CGI campaign project. Featuring President Obama and President-Elect Trump, these bring forth issues that are currently storming the news - but in a rare, design-centric manner. The aim is to captivate the essence of the news stories and these personalities, almost in an op-ed type of format. A new design studio was commissioned to head the first ever campaign for Upday. The studio, FOREAL, is the brainchild of Benjamin Simon and Dirk Schuster. Their projects are directed towards creative and unique designs that give the audiences a popping "eye candy" every time. You can check out the prints on their website. Upday is the latest app from Samsung which focuses on bringing personalized news to its users. The content will be curated from a wide range of trusted sources, bloggers, and brands - streamlined into a very simple and easy format for everyone to understand. It combines technology and  journalistic...
Art

Artist turns people into digital sculptures of themselves

Lance Phan is a 3D artist that has started practicing her skills in digital sculpting with random pictures of strangers, and the result is so amazing that she cannot keep up with the requests. Her whole procedure includes digitally sculpting, painting, composing, sewing, creating backgrounds, lighting, tweaking and polishing the details to render the final image. Amazingly, she has narrowed this intense process to only 4-5 hours. In that timeframe, she simplifies and creates a cartoon of the human figure while preserving all of their characteristics, capturing the essence of her portrait models. To see more of her work, follow her on Instagram, Facebook or DeviantArt. ...
Digital

This father turned his toddler into Wonder Woman

Josh Rossi is an Italian photographer and a father currently residing in the USA.  And, rather than taking picture of his lovely daughter Nelle as a sweet, gentle, kind princess, he empowered her as a fierce warrior - in this case, the Themyscira Amazonian princess Wonder Woman. Nelle Maribella Rossi has been posing for pictures for her father since she was born, it's a natural, carefree, uninhibited, child having fun with both costume and props, and enjoying all the attention. To see more of his portfolio, visit his website, or follow him on Facebook, Instagram or YouTube. ...
Art

Amazing 3D models of animals and humans inspired by paper

With countless ways of depicting hair and fur in today's digital art world, Maxim Shkret's 3D illustrations are unique and bold. The Moscow-based illustrator mixes 3D-modeling with digital illustration to create unique portraits of animals, humans and everything in between. Flowing hair and fur appear geometrically with carefully-applied soft shadows, resulting in a paper sculpture effect. Symmetry in some of the portraits also helps to accentuate the boldness in each image -particularly in the fox and the lion. Check out some of his 3D-illustrations below and follow the artist on Instagram for more. ...
Creativity

Awesome aquarium designs from the 2016 International Aquatic Plants Layout Contest

Standby for an onslaught of amazing, eye-melting aquariums. Over 2,000 participants from 60+ countries took part in the annual International Aquatic Plants Layout Contest (IAPLC) and there were a number of them that stood out. The contest yielded fantastic submissions from aquascape artists tasked to explore what's possible in terms of the design of traditional aquariums. Each piece is a culmination of years of work and they were impressive! Takayuki Fukada retained his title and won this year's competition. Check out some of the aquariums below and find more on Facebook.  ...
Art

French artist uses projections to shed light on Amazon deforestation

Philippe Echaroux has been using his skills in transmedia art to shed light on the rapid deforestation of the Amazon forest. The French photographer and street artist projected the faces of Brazilians indigenous to the area onto foliage, establishing the deep connection that exists between the rainforest and its inhabitants. The tribe, Suruí of Brazil, led by Chief Almir Surui Narayamoga, invited Echaroux to help bring to light the issue amidst government efforts to replant sections of the forest wiped out by logging and animal agriculture. Photographed pieces of the works will be part of an exhibition called, “The Crying Forest” at Galerie Taglialatella in Paris from Nov 11 - Dec 15, 2016. Check out video featurette below and find more of Echaroux’s work on his website, Instagram, and Facebook.  ...
Creativity

Dreamlike surrealistic pictures made using only apps

Annegien is a 17-year-old from the Netherlands. She combines her talent for photography and out-of-the-box  imagination to create wonderful images that you could swear were Photoshopped by pros - however, she only uses apps!  Her work is simple and yet captivating, you can tell she pours her dreams in these images. If you like what you see, enjoy the rest of her work by following her Instagram or YouTube. ...
Animation

Artist creates quirky and unsettling animated creatures

Unusual animations are not the norm here at DesignFave but who's to say we can't make that happen every once in a while? Today, we are featuring Tel Aviv-based illustrator and animator Ori Toor's series of weird characters twisting and turning in 3D. The Tumblr series, titled Looopism, features a series of worm-like creatures that are at once quirky and unsettling. The gritty, noise-filled textures covering them add to the uneasy feelings the viewer is already experiencing. Check out some of the animations below and follow Toor on Instagram for more! ...
Creativity

Ambitious collages of thousands of planes taking off and landing

Mike Kelley camps outside of airports, taking fantastic photographs of airplanes taking off and landing. Thousands of photos have been taken so far as part of his ambitious series, Airportraits. The photographer uses Photoshop to isolate each airplane and then combines them into beautifully-composed collages. He started the project two years ago, traveling around the globe. Weather was definitely a challenge in his voyage, such as in Tokyo, where not even a single usable photo was taken after days of work. The photographer believes that landing portraits are most difficult. Mike says, "I did take slight artistic liberty with the position of the aircraft, because in real life the planes follow a very specific glidepath to the touchdown point." Check out some of his work below and find more on Instagram. ...
Digital

Tron-like bikes leave behind trails of neon lights in fantastic video

Imagine whizzing about on a bike leaving behind streaks of light straight out of Tron. Filmmaker Mike Gamble and VFX artist Tom Wood took that idea and brought it to life in an amazing two and a half video titled, "Light Cycles." They rigged up a few mountain bikes with LEDs and went to town with their filmmaking and visual effects skills. The final video is an amazing compilation of live action and post-production effects in which the bikes leave behind neon light streaks in 3D space. Check it out below! ...
Creativity

This artist has been creating beautiful sci-fi illustrations everyday for 9 years

It's 2016 and I'm still waiting for those flying cars I was promised years ago. But that doesn't stop creative minds like Mike Winkelmann from thinking far ahead. The graphic designer and digital artist has been creating one digital illustration everyday for nine years now and each of them is pure eye candy. From full-fledged sci-fi landscapes to purplish metal blobs, Winkelmann shares his illustrations' creation live through uninterrupted streams on Tumblr, Facebook and more. It's amazing how one artist can create consistently beautiful work every day. It's truly a testament to his skill. Check out some of his illustrations below!    ...
Digital

Nanoleaf’s “Ivy” lights offer unique design and controls for connected homes

Smart lighting is an essential part of a connected home and with a plethora of them in the market, it can be difficult to decide which one is right for you. I stumbled upon startup Nanoleaf's Smart Ivy connected light bulbs recently, and their unique aesthetic immediately caught my eye. They look like puzzles fit together with LEDs protruding from each pentagonal surface. The lights easily pair with the provided 'smarter hub,' which is compatible with Apple's HomeKit platform. This means you can control the lights via Siri and the 'Home' app. Each bulb is not only dimmable but amazingly bright at 100% with a life of approx. 27 years. I've been using these for a couple of weeks now and they've turned me into a believer in the connected home movement. If you're looking for smart lights with an extra 'oomph!', this is it! [caption id="attachment_72768" align="alignnone" width="950"] The Nanoleaf app lets you easily set up the 'smarter hub' and pair additional...
Design

Gamevice turns your phone into a sleek handheld gaming console

Mobile gaming is huge and with Nintendo revealing their latest console, Switch, it's obvious that portability is key. Another player has just been introduced to the game of handhelds with Gamevice! There are lots of gamepads out there for mobile devices but Gamevice stands out from the crowd thanks to its phenomenal design choices. It's compatible with iPhone/iPad and snaps into the devices' lightning port. The two halves simply snap and lock onto each side. It's lightweight, sturdy, and feels great in the hand. The only apparent design flaw that I can see is it feeling uncomfortable after a few hours of continuous play since there's little to no curvature at the bottom. Aside from that minor hang-up, the device features an array of sleek features such as shoulder and action buttons, triggers, analog sticks, a handy D-pad, and of course, a pause button! Also, there's a built-in battery, so if your phone's plugged in, both devices charge simultaneously!...
Art

Light is the main character in surreal short film ‘LUCID’

Even the tiniest beam of light can make an otherwise bleak and lonely place feeling slightly more welcoming. German creatives Tarek Mawad and Friedrich van Schoor from 3hund produced a short film called LUCID with that same idea in mind. The tale is a surreal one of loneliness in almost alien-like environments with milky lagoons and thick forests. The electroluminescent shape beams out from thin air in stylized fashion to fit varying scenes and landscapes. From illuminated triangles over mountains to orbs submerged in water. Watch LUCID below and be sure to catch the 'making of' as well!  ...
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