Infinity Motivation

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This is a cool poster from the website http://www.inspirationfeed.com which posts all types of inspirational works for almost every field of art and design. I love how fun this is, and how simple the design is..yet it’s so effective. I really like the color scheme too. If I were to recreate this, every element on it would be relatively straight forward, except perhaps the mobius sign at the top. In order to create that, I would start in illustrator and use modified circles to create the outside path, then duplicate them and adjust their size to cut out the center. I personally love coloring, so I would probably import the design into photoshop, and then manually color it there. You could also color it in illustrator by using a gradient mesh, and then adding the shine and shadow effects on top by creating new shapes with the pen tool.

Throughout The Storm You Keep Me Warm

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This is another work I found on pinterest and seriously I want to get it printed and framed for my room I like it so much. It’s has a perfect balance of detail and simplicity and I love the demonstration of typography (even if it was hand done). I might just have to create one for myself…and this is how I’d do it:

I’d start by drawing up a design and creating my letters with pencil and paper. Once I am happy with my initial design, I’d scan it into the computer and fire up illustrator. I’d trace the letters (oh so carefully) with the pen tool, or might even fine a like font, create outlines, and use the select tool to drag their points around so I get a letter like the one I drew. Once I created all the letters, I’d create additional ornamentation like the swirls under the word “storm” using the pen tool. Once I got the vector just like I liked it (arranging elements and what not to create the most appealing design possible), I’d import it into photoshop to create the final piece. To make the background, I’d download some paintbrush-textured photoshop brushes. I’d put a gradient of my choice (it looks like they used a light blue to a red) and put it on the lowest layer. I’d put another layer on top and fill it with dark blue and then mask it and use the brushes I downloaded to create the scratchy worn effect. Finally, I’d import my illustrator file and put it on top, change the colors to find the best match and pat myself on the back for all the hard work.

Flower Design by Ella Tjader

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I found this design on pinterest (always the best place to get inspired) and it really stood out to me. I love how it looks like a traditional botanical illustration many people do for science or a nature study, but at the same time its very obviously done on the computer. It’s like taking a traditional commonly done idea and reviving it and making it new. And I don’t think it would be that hard to do on illustrator either, if you’re proficient with the pen tool and gradients. If I were to go about illustrating something like this, I would start with scanned in hand-drawn art work and use the pen tool to trace the line and create the sections and strokes seen here. I’d vary their stroke width to give the piece some rhythm and depth and then fill in the shapes using gradients, changing the angle and intensity of the gradients to achieve a more natural looking color.