Graphic & Web Design Archives

Women faces

01 Jul 2015
Today I'm going to show some illustration work that unfortunately never saw daylight as the project got cancelled. The work evolved along the way but it was one of my biggest struggles in Photoshop & Illustrator so far. The path was like thousand tiny little lessons in drawing. The ability to illustrate real faces is a skill that I don't really master so the creation of these illustrations helped me in becoming better at it.
Last Sunday Sir Bradley Wiggins rode himself in the books of history with his UCI hour record attempt. The renewed interest for the UCI hour record was started by German Jens Voigt. That record didn't hold very long as it was taken over by Matthias Brändle (IAM Cycling). He lost it to Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing). The mark for Wiggins was set out by Alex Dowsett (Movistar).
Like I mentioned on Twitter yesterday, this is the largest tutorial I've ever written. Today I'll share you how I created a colorful cityscape in Adobe Illustrator. You'll start from an Illustrator template file, where I prepared the document for you including the colors I've used. We go step by step through the process, creating the sky, the grass, houses, trees, bushes, clouds… I show you several different, yet very simple techniques. Hope you are ready for this very extended tutorial. I promise it'll be fun...
A few handy shortcuts when working with type in Photoshop CC 2014. Some I knew about but most I learned from Adobe's Julianne Kost. She's an awesome resource to keep an eye on. Discover them after the jump.
I was invited by Andrew Clarke to be on his Unfinished Business podcast together with Dan Edwards. If you aren't familiar with the Unfinished Business podcast it's a talkshow where Andrew talks to designers and people from the web industry like Jeffrey Zeldman and Dan Mall in the previous episode or Rachel Andrew and Zoe Mickley Gillenwater in a few episodes ago.

Lagom #2

08 Apr 2015
Last week I received my much anticipated copy of Lagom #2. Much anticipated, because it doesn’t happen often that you get a photographer (David Stockman) to follow you around on your ride for a feature article. For those of you that haven’t had the pleasure of reading Lagom, it is a publication about people making a living from their passions, and pastime activities that offer inspiration.
Most of you know I have a fascination of everything geometrical. While I was browsing around I found some complex geometrical patterns, and kept on staring at them wondering how they were made. Where to start, right? So I started analysing them, and one thing led to another… Are you ready for another pattern tutorial? Yes? Please keep on reading. I hope you like the short journey of this creation…

MERCKX-ICKX

03 Mar 2015
When I wrote about the limited edition Merckx bicycle I mentioned that I was going to write an article about an amazing exhibition about the two great Belgian sport heroes, namely Eddy MERCKX and Jacky ICKX. These two gentlemen are both celebrating their seventieth birthday in 2015.
In a previous post I talked about how you can apply a texture effect using a Scatter Brush. There are of course other ways you can add textures to your illustrations. You could for instance use a pattern fill. One of my favorite textures are these dotted halftone patterns. If applied right, they can add a real nice and subtle effect to your illustration. Today I'll show you how you can create such pattern, and how you can apply the pattern to your illustration, in combination with an Opacity Mask. Last but not least, I'll also share how you can create more of them, and how you can save a set of patterns as a Swatch Library file. Let's get started…
I’m always behind in my reading but I finally managed to read Jason Santa Maria’s book called ‘On Web Typography’. It’s always a battle between read or ride :) I must confess that the latter wins 99% of the time. I love to read but a book can never be as refreshing as riding my bicycle. Anyway timing doesn't matter as the topic of this book is still very relevant today. Let's get started. On Web Typography review
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