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b* creative Issue #3 - The Green Issue

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b* creative Issue #9 - The October Issue

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Sunday, November 21, 2010 by bcreative

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b* creative Issue #8 - The Sketches & Doodles Issue

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"Creativity can solve almost any problem. The creative act, the defeat of habit by originality, overcomes everything."

George Lois

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Sunday, October 03, 2010 by bcreative

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Free PS Brushes: Florals For Spring

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Owing to the wonders that spring brings with it, we have compiled a small collection of Floral Photoshop Brushes for you to use in your spring designs. All of them are free and they look great, so download them today and start creating your Spring Masterpieces!


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Total Typography - Poster Design Using Type

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Afghan Girl Before and After, 1984 and 2002

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In 1984 photographer Steve McCurry immortalized the haunted eyes of a 12-year-old Afghan refugee in a camp on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. Her image (left)—first published on the cover of a 1985 National Geographic—became a symbol of the plight of refugees.

For 17 years the photographer tried to find the mystery "Afghan girl" again. In 2002 he succeeded—and again captured her on film (right).

http://on.natgeo.com/9xhQtS

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010 by bcreative

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"All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning."

Albert Camus

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010 by bcreative

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10 free COFFEE STAIN photoshop brush sets

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In connection to our Short Black issue, we’ve compiled a small collection of coffee stain PS brushes. There are 10 sets, all of which are free to download, so all you have to do is let your imagination run free. When using the brushes, please make sure to credit the creators (if that’s what they have requested) and send us your masterpieces when you’re done – we’d love to showcase them.

 


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b* creative Issue #7 - The Short Black Issue

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Sunday, September 19, 2010 by bcreative

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"A morning without coffee is like sleep."

Unknown

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Sunday, September 19, 2010 by bcreative

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Featuring: Lora

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1. Name, surname and place of residence.
Deep hidden secrets

2. What sparked your passion for graphic design / photography / illustration/ writing / art?
Mostly – music
I’m music addict

3. How creative were you as a child?
Creative enough to be the eremite in that childhood society

4. You have such a unique style (which we all love), how do you go about creating one of your “splashed” pieces?
I really don’t know ho to describe.its something about improvisation.the color depends of sound.

5. If you could describe your work in 3 (or 5) words, what would they be?
La la la

6. What sort of education have you had?
No education

7. Tell us a little bit about your first project and how you feel about it now?
Weeeell.i didn’t have any interesting project at first steps,nothing interesting to tell anyway But one of latest is working above album of Billy’s band seems being interesting to tell. but all I can tell now that this work has changed feelings of my style. Something  from a dusty shelf in a deep of my heart

8. Tell us your philosophy on creativity.
One day life. Don’t even try to predict

9. Whose work do you admire and why?
Lately-Chris Corner’s the most. Some king of person whos work really admires me.i like color of his sound

10. What has been your greatest achievement so far?
Peace in my soul.finally I’ve achived some harmony there

11. What are the top three websites you like?
Lately:
http://www.corbijn.co.uk/
http://www.squeakecleanblog.com/category/nasa-music/
http://www.banksy.co.uk/

12. What is your favourite book/magazine?
I am not fan of reading

13. What are your plans for the future?
no plans - i am wave catcher

14. What is your advice for aspiring creatives?
No transactions with the devil, sweethearts

15. Personal motto?
Mäuschen!!!

 

See more of Lora's work right here: www.bananca.co.uk

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Sunday, September 19, 2010 by bcreative

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Featuring: Patrick Gunderson

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1. Name, surname and place of residence.

Patrick GundersonLos Angeles, California, USA
http://pat.theorigin.net | pat@theorigin.net | twitter @gunderson

2. What sparked your passion for design / photography / illustration/ art?
I have been an artist since my first finger painting as a child. From the moment I discovered that things I made could look cool, I have endeavoured to make them so. Whether it was a book report or a game of sim city, my projects had style. I was lucky enough to have two computer engineers in my family who made me one of the first children of the internet generation so naturally I got into web design, my introduction to pixels. I spent all the time in my trig and geometry classes graphing functions on my TI-85 (ignoring the teacher), and I’ve been building from there ever since.

3. How creative were you as a child?
Of course my mother would say I was a very creative child. In grade school we had an assignment to illustrate the letters of the alphabet. The other kids used “A is for Apple, B is for Bat, C is for Cat...” I changed it up and went with “A is for Acrobat, B is for Barn, C is for Camel...”

4. You have such a unique style. What inspires you to make one of your pieces and how do you go about doing it?
I am really inspired by math, geometry, trigonometry, and relationships between shapes and equations. I love that perfectly curved lines can be described, transcribed and altered in a form that is nothing more than a simple, abstract set of rules. Then when the rules are executed, beautiful pictures emerge. I love the relationships of color and space and how I can manipulate their numerical relationships using mathematical rules and patterns.

5. If you could describe your work in 3 (or 5) words, what would they be?
chaotic, organized, intuitive, emergent

6. What software and hardware do you use?
I don’t really use any special hardware, I just keep my computer up-to-date and try to add as much RAM as possible - the more RAM I have, the more pixels I can manipulate, the larger the work I can make.  As for software, I use Photoshop to play with colors and create a number of plates that will work as guides for color, shape and density for the final image. Then I use various programs I write myself using Actionscript or Processing to alter the plates, mixing them together and using different geometric transformations to give the images their unique look.

7. Tell us your philosophy on creativity.
A lot of people are out there saying that creativity doesn’t matter, or even that creativity doesn’t even exist. I am not one of those people. Hard work can get people a long way, but we will stall without creativity. I see creativity as the ability to solve a problem without having previously introduced to the solution. Many times that solution will differ from the standard way something is done offering a different point of view. More importantly, it prepares you for when you reach a point where there is no standard solution.

8. What are the top three websites you like?
reddit - hello, my name is Patrick and I’m an internet addict.flickr - this is where i post my artwork.twitter - I get more great links from the people I follow than I can possibly look at every day. @gunderson

9. What is your advice for aspiring creatives?
If you want to do something original, take two things that seem unrelated and find a way for one thing - or just a part of it - to affect the other.

10. Personal motto?
Leave an impression.

 

 

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Sunday, September 19, 2010 by bcreative

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Violeta Says: MEET YOURSELF

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MEET YOURSELF AND START LIVING!

When life gives you an opportunity, grab it by the balls! Don’t hesitate, don’t second guess it. In our hearts and souls we have everything we’ll ever need. Reason is overrated nowadays.

If Tesla had listened to his brain first, none of us would ever have heard of him. “Why is that?” – you wonder. Because he believed with all his heart and soul in what he was doing and that’s the main reason he was so successful and gave so much to human kind. Reason was just a technical thing that could never have been born if there was no heart, soul and intuition there to make it real.

When I want to make a change in my life, no matter how big or small it is, I always get the feeling that I’m somehow stuck. When I feel stuck, when I feel as though my skin is two sizes smaller than it should be, that’s the time I pick up a spiritual phone and call my heart. First thing I say to it is “Sorry. Sorry for not listening to you, for neglecting you, for thinking that my brain knows better than you do, because it doesn’t! I know I made a another mistake, and I apologize. Will you forgive me and help me out?” And my heart is always kind; it never says: “I told you so.” My heart puts on its biggest smile and just says “Follow me. I know the best, shortest and fastest way to where you want to go.” And so I take its hand and close my eyes. And put it where I am. Right where I wanted to be. Right where I wanted to go with my “high IQ mobile”.

So, my heart and I are best friends now, although I call on my IQ occasionally – bad habits die hard.

Relying on my intuition is maybe the scariest thing in the world. Nobody teaches you how to listen to it. Nobody gives you a gold star for it at school. Nobody encourages you to use and develop it. The twentieth century has been too proud of its intellectual and material achievements to even acknowledge the existence of intuition. However, I think the twenty first century is smarter. It recognises that the universe has strict laws and it’s not about to change them, which is a good thing, since they happen to be pretty valuable ones. I used to be all about “Oh, look at me, I do this and I do that, and I have this award and I have this achievement.” And then (I cannot tell you the precise moment in time) it suddenly hit me – WTF am I doing? This was no way to live my life. It was a race and I could hear people applauding, but they are so far away that I could not see them. And the thing is, I couldn’t see myself, and it was only because I was trying to do what I was taught to do – be competitive and be the best in everything I did. No, no! That life ain’t for me. The only thing I want to be the best at is being myself!

Whether you believe that “self” should be found or created, I suggest that you focus your energy on being the best at it. When one put his or her force into it, and concentrates on it hard enough, the results start to show almost immediately. And from that point onwards, it’s just a natural flow of endless inspiration and courage.

When I said to my heart and soul “Hey guys, I really want to meet you” – it was the best thing I could have done, because from then on, a wonderful, endless journey began.

Hi, I'm Violeta and I am thrilled and delighted to meet me!

 

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Sunday, September 19, 2010 by bcreative

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Featuring: Bojana Knezevic

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1. Name, surname and place of residence.
Bojana Knezevic, Melbourne.

2. What sparked your passion for fashion/ art?
Well, what sparked my passion for fashion was I guess the need to be unique, eccentric, bold and exclusive – not like anyone else. I like turning heads and showing everyone I like colours and prints.

3. How creative were you as a child?
It began with collecting, pretty much anything and everything I could get her hands on. In Spain when I was going through my growing up period, I collected leafs, tree branches, fruits, pets, you name it! I think this was the period where my family must have thought that I was crazy but hey I was just a little girl growing up.

4. Tell us a little bit about Borsha and where you draw inspiration for your designs?
Borsha is an up and coming label with a spin on colours, vintage fabrics, femininity and fun translated into unique one-off pieces. From classic backless to parachute dresses, my latest ‘urban fairytale’ collection is very feminine with a touch and a spin on originality and fun.My inspiration is from silly things such as lolly wrappers to more original things such as vintage fabrics. It is the colours and the materials that inspire me to put shapes together in my head.

5. If you could describe your work in 3 (or 5) words, what would they be?
Colouful, unique and fun.

6. Does creativity run in your family?
Yes, I believe it does. My dad is a freelance designer and poet, my sister Jelena is a Graduate Architect and my eldest sister Nina is a successful Graphic Designer working in my home town of Sarajevo.

7. Tell us your philosophy on creativity.
I believe that everyone can be creative in their own way, they just have to get it out there and show the world what you’re made of.

8. Who’s work do you admire and why?
Right now, it would have to be Akira Isogawa and Nicola Waite. I believe they both are amazing designers and wonderful people. The fabrics they use and the ways in which they use the shapes to suit a woman’s figure is wonderful.

9. What is your advice for aspiring creatives?
Live your dreams and you’ll inspire and be inspired.

10. Personal motto?
Live a colourful life.

 

See more of Bojana's work right here: http://borsha.net/

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Sunday, September 19, 2010 by bcreative

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Featuring: Dan Wilkinson

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Congratulations it seems you are world famous in New Zealand, so to benefit those readers who live outside this hive of creativity please enlighten us as to what you do?
I live on the southern coast of the north island in Aotearoa where I spend my time hanging with little ones & encouraging their creative development at our local playcentre. I have been facilitating a creative environment at NZ's largest art provider, www.tlc.ac.nz  for over a decade. People thrive when u give them freedom to express themselves. My life purpose is to capture the unique qualities of my local surroundings & decipher what gives the universe its energy & magic.

Ah I get it you’re a creative fireball then. On your website (danwilkinson.carbonmade.com) there is a piece called "Rebirth" that excites my eyes; it seems to me that chalk pastels are made of almost pure pigment does the energy in each pigment influence your work?
YES!!! Because colours have vibrations, a bit like notes on a piano. When you combine those notes they can make chords & sound exquisite. Colours work like this when combined, they can create an eye pleasing effect & can give energy to the viewer. This is why one can feel so inspired & revitalised when they see a sunset or sunrise, or a brilliant flower in full bloom. I use the colours I see in nature as inspiration in my work.

Talking about this colour vibration I remember being at Owhiro Bay for one of your Experimental Drawing classes. You helped me become more aware of some hidden colours that were dancing in front of my eyes without my knowing it, I felt like I was in a trance once I could see them. Can you explain what thiseffect of seeing the world without labels like "blue" or "tree" is and how to induce it more?
Seeing is believing, there is a lot out there... If one is willing to slow down & observe, they will see many amazing moments of visual pleasure. When one understands what one sees, he/she can develop a deeper understanding. This will, in turn, allow them to see more.

I also remember a piece (or pieces) in a TLC tutor exhibition (can’t quiet remember what it was called please remind me I hope you have a nice photo of it somewhere) where the colours that lie beneath, which would ordinarily be an underpainting of sorts, were left exposed. How important is it for you to getunder the skin of the land which seems to be a major part of your subject matter?
I love giving a sense of what lies beneath, maybe the feeling associated with  the land’s presence, or my experience as I drift across it. There are places that really resonate, and certain people are attracted to those areas. It’s quite a spiritual process.

Is your use of colour linked to a philosophy on creativity or perhaps conspiracy theories?
Yes, colour is energy that resonates, and can influence us in a lot of ways. It can affect our thinking and the way we feel. Colour is a beautiful thing that can be manifested  into our creativity, and be expressed to raise the consciousness of the masses or individuals alike.

Any advice for colorful aspiring creatives?
Be true to your creativity, trust your own flow, and expect to find yourself in unexpected places & spaces!

Interview by Robin Va'auliA selection of Dan Wilkinson's colourful observations and derivations can be found on  danwilkinson.carbonmade.com or you can find out more about him on TLC's website.

 

 

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Sunday, September 19, 2010 by bcreative

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Featuring: Jana Jelovac

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1. Name, surname and place of residence.
Hello, my name is Jana Jelovac and I come from Belgrade, Serbia.

2. What sparked your passion for illustration/ graphic design / art?
I really can't say it was something particular. As the time went by my Interior Design project began to change, they had more graphics and less interior structure. At the end of the University, when we were presenting our graduated projects, one of my professors looked at my works and said "Here is our little Kandinsky" - by that time I knew that my ID carrier is finished and I found what will keep my blood rushing hurriedly through my veins.

3. How creative were you as a child?
As an unruly child I was very curious and everything was attracting by my attention. I wanted to be a chemist, a doctor, but I was always making something with my hands. That was that tiny unconscious trigger I suppose.

4. If you could describe your work in 3 (or 5) words, what would they be?
Emotional, honest, raw, anti-commercial and one of the kind in its own way.

5. How do you go about creating one of your fantastic pieces of work?
Well, all I have in my mind at that moment is some kind of concept, which topic will suit the best for this artwork. Everything else is coming spontaneous as I continue working, what colors shall I use, what motives will be placed on them, and then, just like pieces of puzzle, they are all coming together creating that final image.

6. What sort of education have you had?
My high school education started at Technical School of Architecture, and after that I got my Master degree at Faculty of Applied Art -department of the Interior Design at the Belgrade University.

7. Tell us a little bit about your first project and how you feel about it now?
At the first years of my graphic design drive I was just randomly doing artworks, there were not connected to each other by topics, there were just my graphic thoughts at that time. My first real conceptual project was street and urban motivated, I've named it "Ghetto Youth©" and I still like it very much.

8. Tell us your philosophy on creativity.
Creativity is certainly very widely topic to discus, but for me most certain thing of all is the ability to find a very quality and original solution in a variety invincible and intricate situations.

9. Whose work do you admire and why?
Obviously I like Basquiat and his art very much. He has certain incompatible combination of raw strength and fragile sensibility that I admire in his works. And also, works that he was providing was not just art because of art, they are passing emotionally strong message when you look at them, you can feel his struggle with the wrongful world.

10. What has been your greatest achievement so far?
My greatest achievement so far will certainly be the fact that I found something what fulfills me absolutely. If my artworks go with that, so it will be....

11. What are the top three websites you like?
Booooooom Design (http://www.booooooom.com/) is place you can find very interesting concepts and ideas in any kind of art form, and also Behance.net and Coroflot.com are perfect places to present yourself and you're work to the hole world.

12. What is your favorite book?
I read a wide range of writers in my past, that was the times when Márquez, Dostoevsky, Salinger and Hesse were sitting in my lap and just moved my braincells back and forth with their words. I love them all, my favorite book is always changing and maybe Selby JR. and his "Last Exit To Brooklyn" will by my choice at this time.

13. What are your plans for the future?
My plans for the future are all packed in one not so easy achievement. Moving to Barcelona is that big steep that I need to make, and after that it will all go in the directions I chose and make. That is a very important thing for my because in Serbia your personal success depends on someone else decisions and unfortunately not by yours.

 

 

14. What is your advice for aspiring creatives?
I must say that is very hard to be an aspiring creative these days. Design market is so high demanding for few past years, it is constantly looking for something new and fresh in the sea of lookalike works, so it is very important to stay unique and recognizable. Of course, that advice stands only for those who didn't choose commercial and mass design for their professional destination.

15. Personal motto?
There is one sentence from the film "La Haine" that says: "Mais l'important ce n'est pas la chute, c'est l'atterrissage". That means "It doesn't matter how you fall, what's really important is how you land".

 

See more of Jana's work right here: http://boyacreative.blogspot.com/

Featuring: Dongyun Lee

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1. Name, surname and place of residence.
Dongyun Lee, New York, NY

2. What sparked your passion for graphic design / photography / illustration/ writing / art?
I was a nerdy kid who always read comic books and drew comic book characters. I always thought it would be great if I could get a job that I can draw all the time. That made me pursue to be an illustrator.

3. How creative were you as a child?
I’m not sure how creative I was. But I’m sure I was good at making good (very creative) excuses to my mom when I was in trouble. I used to sell my hand drawings of popular comic book characters to my classmates in elementary school. When I was in middle school I shared my three comic books that I made by myself. I know it was cheesy, but all of my friends loved them.

4. Where do you draw inspiration from when you set out to make one of your illustrations?
I have always been interested in emotions that occur in everyday relationships, accidental interactions double meanings.Of course, movies, music and photography always inspire me as well.

5. If you could describe your work in 3 (or 5) words, what would they be?
I would like to say “60’s retro with eastern philosophy”.

6. What sort of education have you had?
After I have received my BFA in Visual Communication Design, I had worked as a graphic designer for a while in Korea. Then I moved to United States and received my MFA degree in Illustration as Visual Essay at School of Visual Arts.

7. Tell us a little bit about your first project and how you feel about it now?
My first commissioned job was an illustration about “Hard times in New Orleans” from Paste magazine. I remember how excited I was after reading the email from the art director. As an illustrator who just finished school and tried to survive in the professional field, I felt that the first job meant very big and unforgettable. After this job I started get more jobs from many different clients.

8. Tell us your philosophy on creativity.
I believe that “me” is built by all the experience that I have done and the thought that I have shared with others. From the wider experience and deeper thought, I am changing to grow. I always want to see the changes that I am having and prefer to have the changes in good way. Having observed them, I hope to reflect the “real me” to my work. It is my philosophy on creativity.

9. Whose work do you admire and why?
I love Japanese comic artists like Akira Toriyama, Minoru Furuya, Takehiko Inoue. I grew up with their comic books.

10. What has been your greatest achievement so far?
My greatest achievement so far is that I make living with what I want to do in the city where I want to live. As an illustrator? It’s too early to say something about achievement.

11. What are the top three websites you like?
There are so many website I like but I say google.com, naver.com(Korean google), and dongyunlee.com

12. What is your favourite book/magazine?
I love Isaac Asimov’s SF short stories. Nowadays I am so waiting for a new issue of The Deep Sea Fish by Minoru Furuya.

13. What are your plans for the future?
I have not drawn comics after middle school. I am planning to drawing comics soon.

14. What is your advice for aspiring creatives?
Absolutely hardworking. There are so many great illustrators and every year so many students graduate from so many art schools. If you want to survive in this field as a professional illustrator you should work harder than others. All the successful illustrators I know are extreme hard workers.

15. Personal motto?
Work hard and play hard!

See more of Dongyun's work right here: http://www.dongyunlee.com/

 

 

b* creative Issue #6 - The Colour Issue

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posted :
Sunday, September 19, 2010 by bcreative

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"Man needs colour to live; it's just as necessary an element as fire and water. "

Fernand Leger

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Sunday, September 19, 2010 by bcreative

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Featuring: Pedja Rusic

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1. Name, surname and place of residence.
Pedja Rusic and I live in Belgrade, Serbia.

2. What sparked your passion for graphic design/ art/ photography/ illustration?
My passion for icondesign started back in the days of “Aqua-Soft” ( a forum for customizing windows and mac ) that was hmm 2002 or 2003, when I saw for the very first time images that were so great in detail, and yet such a small size…that just blew my mind completely, so in 2003 I started playing in photoshop and created my very first icon set, the iKlank a robot based look that had over  30 icons, and it was done in a day! That’s how pumped I was for the first time, just over icons!

3. How creative were you as a child?
I’d say very, I remember I found some old drawings sketches and found a way to use some of them in a modern day logo design or even modern icons.

4. What software and hardware do you use when creating your work?
I’m all about photoshop, I don’t like 3D software, I find it to be cheating when creating something in a 3D space, I like to make my angles and perspectives in photoshop.

5. If you could describe your work in 3 (or 5) words, what would they be?
Hmm I guess Detailed, Awsm, Unique!

6. When did you realise that you have a distinct style?
When I got featured a bunch of times, and ppl would say hey look at this its sort of new and awsm, so yeah I don’t think personally that I have some style that pops from others, I think it’s all about the ideas.

7. What is it that you find interesting about icons?
Well like I said the amount of detail, located in every icon, at that small size, it’s pixel pushing to the max!

8. Tell us a little bit about your first project and how you feel about it now?
I’m quite proud, it looks like dog pooh but I am proud of what I did, because I know those iKlank icons will just get a makeover and they will be amazing once more.

9. Tell us your philosophy on creativity?
Hmm I sort of don’t have much to say about that, creativity is like candy, you can have to much and have a sugar rush or go insane, or have none an play in the dirt…It’s just that someone will always have more, but I believe in practice over creativity, the creative part comes with time I guess, while practice is always there to help you grow into something more!

10. Whose work do you admire and why?
Must say David Lanham for his unique style, the ppl that I work with at IconBlock Ltd. Well I admire anyone that makes icons and they look good, it’s just great in my mind to have so many talented and good icon designers.

11. What has been your greatest achievement so far?
Having 15 WoW characters at lvl 80.

12. What are your top three websites?
I really like “www.weloveicons.com” and “www.iconpaper.org” and the sort of newly formed “www.dribbble.com”

13. What are your plans for the future?
I don’t want to spoil it, but i want to build my career as an artist.

14. What is your advice for aspiring creatives?
Just practice and have fun, if it’s not fun don’t do it, or find an element of fun in what you are doing, will make your life way easy!

15. Personal motto?
For the Horde! I’m joking well I don’t have one…I go by with out a motto, I guess I don’t need it all that much! I mean I have a goal that I want to make but a motto is just more thinking what I’m actually doing, so I like to keep it simple!

 

See more of Pedja's work right here: http://pedjarusic.artworkfolio.com/

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Sunday, September 19, 2010 by bcreative

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Featuring: T. Iorlano

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1. Name, surname and place of residence.
Tina Iorlano, Melbourne Australia

2. What sparked your passion for painting?
I've always loved to “colour in” and blend colours, but because, as children do, I could never keep a full set of coloured pencils for long so I had to work out how to make the colour I wanted with those I had left. Then I discovered you can have so much more fun doing this with paint, so I always had little containers of poster paint and palettes of water colour around with my pencils...and my desk has never been free of them since!  Now the discovery is beyond colour mixing and I've added some oils to the collection

3. How creative were you as a child?
One day when I was about three or four, I drew a huge rainbow all over the white wall in the living room.  I was so proud I gathered everyone to come see it, but couldn't understand why they weren't impressed.  I was also an avid follower of Neil Buchanan's “Art Attack” and continuously had one of his projects underway.  So yeah, I was creative as a kid.

4. Where do you draw your inspiration from when you set out to create a new piece?
I draw my inspiration from moods and feeling I have myself or detect in others and the images I conjure in my head.  I'm always looking at people, their body language, and their faces and am fascinated with the physicality of the human body.  I take the reality around me and go on journey, usually one that isn't predetermined.  I like to play and see what happens.  Art has such a power to take a viewer into another world, whatever it may be, and I like to step into these places while I create, sometimes that requires music to provoke a mood or thought, sometimes silence is best.

5. If you could describe your work in 3 (or 5) words, what would they be?
Intuitive.  Enigmatic.  Surreal.

6. What sort of education have you had?
I hold a Degree in Fine Art, but my peers showed me how to be an artist.

7. Tell us a little bit about your first project and how you feel about it now?
I made a series of paintings of all my siblings.  I was obsessed with portraiture at the time and learning how to paint like a “master”.  There were some interesting results, but most of all I remember learning to notice when a painting is telling you it is finished, not the other way around.

8. Tell us your philosophy on creativity.
Creativity is a journey.  You may not necessarily “create” anything or resolve your ideas into an entity of its own, but the processes you go through, whether controlled or accidental, are what's exciting.

9. Whose work do you admire and why?
I admire any work that can make you stop and ponder and step away from your own reality for even just a minute.  Rick Berry and Godwin Bradbeer are favourites, and I adore Francis Bacon and Salvador Dali (I don't care how cliché his work may now seem!).

10. What has been your greatest achievement so far?
Depends on what is deemed an “achievement”.

11. What do you do for fun?
For fun? Paint!  But I also love to dance, whether in a class or socially, the fusion of body and music can be amazing (or a rude awakening when you land flat on your face).  I also spend a good deal of time out and about in Melbourne, it is a very social place to be, but I also love discovering new places and the food, wine and coffee that goes with all that!

12. What is your favourite colour?
Grey.  It has so many possibilities and is never what it seems

13. What are your plans for the future?
There are some loose plans, but I find its better to make it up as you go.  You never know what is around the corner.

14. What is your advice for aspiring creatives?
Have fun, go with your instincts and enjoy the ride.  Don't get preoccupied with the end result, you don't even know if there will be one.

15. Personal motto?
Live with conviction, or what's the point?

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Featuring: Sandra Markovic

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She’s young, she’s talented and she’s living her dream of working as a creative. We were are so excited to be bringing you this interview, because we’ve been trying to get in contact with Sandra for a while, but didn’t have much luck. When she replied to us at the end of May, our issue had already been put together and we couldn’t include the interview. We did, however, manage to get everything done in time to put Sandra into this month’s issue and we know you’ll enjoy her interview as much as we did. Some of the more ‘scary’ images that you see are actually based on Sandra’s real fears and things that come out due to hallucinations in the darkness (caused by all the scary movies she has watched). Please take some time to check out her website, DeviantArt gallery and blog because, believe us, you’ll be impressed with what you see.

1. Name, surname and place of residence.
My name is Aleksandra Markovic (but everyone calls me Sandra) and I live in Sydney, Australia.

2. What sparked your passion for illustration/ graphic design / art?
What made me realise that I wanted to be a part of the creative industry was the constant inspiration and encouragement that I received from all the digital art I witnessed over the years on sites such as Deviant Art. Phillip Straub, a fantasy artist, was also a massive inspiration when it came to my work, as his fantasy art is really stunning and it pushed me to push myself to the limit when it came to my own design.

3. How creative were you as a child?
I was slightly quirky when I was a kid and used to draw, paint and make a lot of really random things. As I grew older though I got into more realistic drawings like trying to draw portraits, and then eventually painting fantasy art.

4. If you could describe your work in 3 (or 5) words, what would they be?
Urban, Colourful, Ecletic, Minimalist and Balanced.

5. Tell us about Sm-art Design.
Sm-art Design is simply my online portfolio showcasing all my work and such, however it was created through a random conversation with my brother where he was helping me figure a name out. I’d been stressing out for weeks because it was originally meant to be AM-Creative, but it had already been taken. Then out of the blue, my brother glanced at a bottle, somehow had an idea and said “how about SM-art? It’s like your initials, but smart.” And from there on it just stuck with me.

6. What sort of education have you had?
I have a Diploma in Graphic Design, which I studied at Enmore Design Centre, however most of my stuff is self-taught.

7. Tell us a little bit about your first project and how you feel about it now?
My first project with my first client was a logo that I had to design for them. It took me about 2 weeks overall to complete. The project was really challenging because it was tricky to capture what they wanted to represent. This and because it was my first project for a client, it was pretty nerve racking. It was a big endeavour for me and had me exploring a lot of different styles in order to meet their standards. Looking back on it, with the experience now I don’t think I’d find it as difficult, but it’s always a big step when it’s your first time, especially when it comes to working with a client to meet a deadline.

8. Tell us your philosophy on creativity.
I think creativity is the world the way the artist sees it, and is an expression of their emotions and feelings towards it. Whether it be macabre, happy and colourful, to completely fantasy based work, all of it is inspired by something or someone in the artists life, and that is ultimately that’s how I work with my art; it’s all based on the things around me.

9. Whose work do you admire and why?
Phillip Straub for his amazing fantasy art, and Andreas Smetana for his fantastic photography.

10. What has been your greatest achievement so far?
My greatest achievement so far is my current job, which is working as an Art Director for Little Angel magazine, which I’ve found to be an awesome amount of fun.

11. What are the top three websites you like?
Deviant Art, The Design Inspiration and CG Society.

12. What is your kind of music?
Currently, I’m into metal but I tend to change my genre depending on my mood. Favourite bands include Sevendust, Metallica, Breaking Benjamin, and many others.

13. What are your plans for the future?
Hopefully travel the world and continue to move up in my career as a creative!

14. What is your advice for aspiring creatives?
Be yourself, learn to take constructive criticism (and try not to take it personally), set your own standards sky high so you push yourself to the limit because there’s no such thing as being the best, and focus on one area rather than everything. It’s better to be a master of one trade rather than average in all.

15. Personal motto?
Find a job you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.

 

You can see more of Sandra's work right here: http://www.sm-art.com.au/ & http://sandramarkovic.wordpress.com/


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Violeta Says: FEEL GOOD NAKED

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Ultimate Fashion Tip: FEEL GOOD NAKED

I could go on and on about how a person should or shouldn’t dress. I know all the rules about every type of figure. It’s not rocket science really, everybody knows at least something about it, and if you don’t, you can always Google it. I personally think of fashion as an art form, rather than an industry. However, the fact that it is an industry, allows consumers to get whatever they want, quickly and at affordable prices. And this is great because, unlike a century or two ago, these days anyone can afford to express themselves in their own, unique way. It’s fantastic that we have so many choices available to us today, but how does one go about deciding what’s good for him or herself? There is a ton of advice offered by countless industry experts, but there is something that I would like to point out.

First of all, none of us ever sit down with a designer or stylist and consult with them faceto- face (and when I say ‘none of us’, I am of course referring to the 98% of us mere mortals who do not have celebrity status). We mostly tend to get our advice from TV or magazines. But let’s keep in mind one very important thing – a perfectly good outfit that you see in a photograph, might not look so great in person and vice versa. Many ladies fall into the common trap of seeing something on a celebrity and automatically thinking that it’s great. So they go out and buy something similar, but it turns out to be a complete disaster.

Second of all, you should take into consideration that it’s totally different when, let’s say, Beyonce rocks a tiny little dress at her performance and then you wear the same dress to brunch with your friends. Why? The answer lies in the fact that when people watch Beyonce’s performance they watch it from a great distance, but when you’re out in public you are very close to people and they can see far more of you than of a performer on stage. So be careful about those things and always trust your own eyes.

Whatever your choice might be, the most important thing is to not try to be someone else. Find out who you really are, what your strengths are and point them out to yourself. Find out what your flaws are and don’t obsessively try to hide them, but rather accept them, because they also contribute to whatever it is that makes you unique. If you try too hard to hide what you consider flaws, you will most certainly fall into the trap of making them stand out.

So here is my ultimate fashion tip – GET NAKED, stand in front of a mirror, dance or do whatever you feel like doing, but make sure that you are naked! Do it as many times as you need to until you get to a point where you’re completely comfortable with what you see. Did you know that most women never look at themselves naked? Don’t be ashamed! Get your ass in front of the mirror right now! When you feel fabulous naked, believe me, you’ll look fabulous in any outfit! Once you master this, you will be able to wear everything you’ve always wanted, but were afraid of other people’s criticism. The point is, and I cannot stress this enough, that when you love yourself, you feel good, cheerful, your eyes are smiling all the time and people are touched by those vibes more intensely than they could ever be by the right combination of the colors and shapes of your outfit. Likewise, if you are off in any way, no outfit can get you more friends, dates, lovers, success or whatever is that you’re looking for.

So just relax, forget the rules, experiment and let us know what you come up with. Who knows, maybe we could name you the next fashion icon!

- Violeta Jovanovic

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Featuring: Vuk Dragovic

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He’s quickly rising up through the clutter of designers andartists to make a name for himself that, judging by the workhe has been doing, is definitely justified. Vuk Dragovic may stillbe considered young by some people, but he is by no means vulnerable, as this ambitious industrial designer has proventime and time again. His latest project, the AtreidesYacht, has received admirable mention, both in his home country of Serbia and abroad, and he has only recently graduated from university. Watch out for thisyoung man in the future because many are predicting that he will be the next big thing to emerge from the Serbian industrial design industry.

1. Name, surname and place of residence.
Vuk Dragovic / Belgrade / Serbia

2. What sparked your passion for graphic design /photography / industrial design / art?
Probably the way I grew up. I believe that artis in my genes, that I have inherited it from myparents. I’ve always been interested in painting, sculpting, muzic, even film and acting – any form of art and creation. Industrial design is only one of the ways that I utlize my creativity, it’s what I choose as a profession, but as hobbies I do painting, photography and sculpting.

3. How creative were you as a child?
I believe that I chose this profession because Igrew up in a home where art and creativity hada great importance. My mother graduated from the University of Art in Belgrade and spent her whole life creating graphics that fascinated meas a child. Because our house resembled a studio when I was growing up, I always had access tomy mother’s paints and tools for drawing. Those were my first steps towards creativity. As a child, I knew that I wanted a profession that involved some form of art and creation, so I spent mychildhood painting, drawing and creating sculptures out of playdough.

4. If you could describe your work in 3 (or 5) words, what would they be?
Innovative, Modern, Eco-Friendly

5. What sort of education have you had?
I finished woodcarving highschool and during those four years I made various sculptures fromwood. I believe that’s where I first developed a need for indsutrial design. I always yearned to make something multifunctional, something that wasn’t just a form and couldn’t simply be classed as sculpting. I am currently doing my final year and the Belgrade University for Art and Design, Faculty of Industrial Design.

6. Tell us a little bit about your first project and how you feel about it now?
My first industrial design project was the DioneTeaset. For that particular project, I recieved an honorable mention at the „Tea Off“ competitionin Chigargo. While doing the project, I was also getting accustomed to the software needed for industrial design for the first time, so I’m thinking that after two years and all of the experience I have now, I should refresh the project.

7. What software and hardware do you use to complete your projects?
I need a new computer or a render farm. At the moment I’m completing all the projects on aHP Pavilion DV7 1196G :( The software I use: Rhinocerosfor 3D modeling, Maxwell Renderer forrendering, and V-ray or Hypershot depending on the need of the project.

8. Tellus your philosophy on creativity.
In my case,creativity is away for me to express my thoughts, emotions or any other form of feeling. When I create, I feel a sense of satisfaction and that satisfaction fulfills me.

9. Whose work do you admire and why?
There are a lot of amazing industrial designers and products on the market. I prticularly like Ross-a Lovegrove-a, Luigi Colani-a, Karim Rashida, Phillip Starck-a etc. I also enjoy Chris Cunninghama’s clips, Terry Gilliamaand Johnna Watersa’s films, Mathey Barneyand Damian Hirst’s installations, and Luciana Frojda and Francisa Bacon’s paintings. It sounds like a cliche, but I truly am inspired by everything that surrounds me.

10. What has been your greatest achievement so far?
My biggest achievement has been discovering industrial design fairly recently. I wanted to study scenography, but when I came into contact with industrial design, I realised that it was my life’scalling and that was exactly what I wanted to do.

11. What are the top three websites you like?
Google chrome – most visited :Smashingmagazine.com | Yankodesign.com | 51render.com

12. What is your favourite band?
I am a huge music fan! Music has inspired me from a very young age and it is a big part of my life. I cannot imagine a day without music or myMP3 player. I like 90s house, Funk and Jazz. Lately I have been listening to the french DJ Underground Paris.

13. What are your plans for the future?
I would like to continue my studies. At the moment I’m looking for an international Master’s programin Fine Arts. I’d love to find an internship at an industrial design company or get an actual full time job after I finish uni.

14. What is your advice for aspiring creatives?
B* creative

15. Personal motto?
Do not fear, fear is the mind killer.

See more of Vuk's work right here: http://www.behance.net/vukdragovic