A while ago I was working on the design of the cover
of the "Smashing Book #3"
. It was my good intention to read the book right away and write a review, but unfortunately I wasn't able to manage this due to not finding the time and other more urgent matters. It just took me very long time to finish it. With #4
coming on the shelves in Sept./Oct. 2013, I know this review is way overdue…
Today I'll write a little bit about one of my favorite painters. It's a Belgian painter called René Magritte
(1898–1967), one of the most important Surrealists of the last century. If you are in the US you'll get the chance to see his work. I highly recommend a visit. More after the jump.
Sometimes I wish all job requests could be like this one. Then again, I'm the last person to complain as I get to do what I love on most days. What I want to say is that some projects just give me such a joy to work on. These favorites of mine usually have an illustration part. One of them was this infographic
about women and cycling for Grinta!
, a Belgian magazine all about cycling. Today I'll explain the steps I took during the design process, and also share some details on how I created some of the graphs…
I think it's safe to say that Fausto Coppi
, along with Eddy Merckx
belong in the category of the greatest cyclists of all time. There is a certain mystique surrounding this Italian 'Il Campionissimo
'. 53 years after his death he's still interesting enough to write a new book about him. That's exactly what Grinta
editor & Coppi fan Frederik Backelandt did.
A while ago I was contacted by Wolf
, a Belgian indie brand of T-shirts for kids, asking me if I would be interested in designing a T-shirt for their collection. Their designs are of such high quality and I totally love the vibrant colors. Of course I was honored they asked me and I knew it would be totally fun to do.
Better late than never! Ages ago I posted this about the best print or web related tip
, where I requested my readers to post theirs in the comments. A lot of people did the effort and shared their knowledge by giving a ton of great tips. I made a promise back then I would write an article about it, but somehow it never came to that. Today I want to share some of those, but first… my sincere apologies for the delay. This wouldn't have been possible without my readers, you guys and gals are awesome!
I treasure the moments that I feel truly inspired. They are more rare than common, and they give me a sense of pure joy and happiness. If you are passionate about your job like I am, and you love what you do too, than I think you'll recognize the emotions that I'm referring to. As some of you might know, for me music and inspiration go hand in hand. Music is often *the* trigger, because it can get me in the right mood. Delicious music for the ears works well together with its visual counterpart
, both are a catalyst to get me into the zone.
Getting started in a new application is always daunting especially one like Adobe Illustrator
. I regularly receive questions about how to get started. To give newcomers a head start I'm sharing some great resources that should help overcome the feeling of frustration.
I like a tidy desk, desktop and environment to function at my best and others like it messy to feel comfortable. If there is one place where everybody should be organized it would be Photoshop. Even if you work alone it is good practice to follow some basic rules to make life a little easier.