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1. Tell us about the time when you were starting out. How was that like? Did you have a specific plan for your career?
I was working as a graphic designer in 2006. I was fortunate enough to work in a small company with a very good boss. He employed me as a designer but he knew I liked to draw and gave me a chance to learn more about it at work place. Even if I had something to design he was always giving me free time to experiment with drawing anything no matter if that was related to the current project or not.
At that point I was sort of searching for myself in a wrong way, and also experimenting with drugs. My drawings looked like this:
I keep this artwork that dates to the beginning of my career as a reminder and a storyteller of my artistic and personal development. I also use it to see how much I've grown as an artist. It is still available in my portfolio at Behance. What you'll see in this folder is not something we can call illustrations that you could sell for big money. So, the first piece of advice would be: if you want to become a successful illustrator, don't try to draw like this.
2. What was the thing or who was the person that helped your career the most? In what way?
Well… I think there were a few people and things combined together that made me successful.
- Office competition. There was a guy in the office I worked in who, too, had a passion for drawing. He showed me the basic principles which I am still using. He ignited my passion for drawing with his passion and commitment. He inspired me to learn more. Every morning we would come to work showing each other illustrations or sketches which we had done at home the previous night before going to bed. This started resembling a silent competition between the two of us. Whenever he'd show me something I thought was great, it made me immediately want to do something cool to show off as a response. That’s how it started.
- Favorite illustrator. He also introduced me to my favorite illustrator Oksana Grivina. I fell in love with her style right away and I wanted to learn how to do it. I started to research and collect all her work looking through each and every pixel, trying to replicate it. My own style started shaping up while I was copying her.
- Living example of success. Another great guy and one of my best friends Andrey Gordeev worked full-time in the office on the opposite side of our hometown Khabarovsk. He used his nights to draw amazing illustrations for Moscow magazines. Gradually he started to get amazing overseas orders. By the time he had done few advertising illustrations for American Colgate, his skills and earnings motivated me to continue learning illustration. Working at the office and going to work every day was a routine for me. I didn’t want to do it for the rest of my life. Andrey was my role model of a successful freelance illustrator.
- Personal qualities. Another amazing thing that happened to me was getting introduced to yoga. I was searching for myself in drugs but when I first came to a yoga class, I felt it gave me so much more than drugs even could. I felt it gave me back a peaceful state of mind: my head cleared up from all the thoughts that were bothering me, I felt I always had high energy level and I felt good. It gave me the strength to do something. It made me focus on one thing easily. So I started to do yoga daily and it helped me overcome my addictions and bad habits. I also noticed my bad attitude to other people was transformed, I changed the way I was interacting with family members and it positively impacted all the other aspects of life.
It may sound unreal but it's actually logical. You are the center of everything in your life. What you think and feel, the way you perceive reality... it all influences the way you see the world and how you react to it. If you are at peace with yourself, you will be in harmony with the outside as well. Your attention and how to what you choose to dedicate it can transform your life.
3. We could say you’re a famous artist now. Could you tell us about your struggles to get here? What were the challenges? What were the hardships?
- I am helpless in drawing. When I was starting, this was my first thought every time I was unable to sell illustrations or make the sketch just the way I imagined it. It is absolutely fine to make mistakes. What you should do is not waste your energy on emotions. It's better to shift your focus and use the same energy to see what you don’t like and how can you improve it.
- Thinking about the work 24/7. There were lots of projects almost every day. Years of work. Whenever I would walk outside to get a break, I was thinking I have to work. During the lunch time, I was thinking that I am wasting my time, I should work now instead. When I was freelancing under the shadows of a palm trees - I was thinking the same thing again. Whenever and whatever I had been doing I was thinking about work. This was really stressful and it took me 6 years to make life-work balance. Yoga helped in my case.
- Waiting for an invitation. I never ever offered my illustration services to anybody because it I don't think it works that way. When you are the one that's offering, it means you asking someone to do you a favor. It’s like begging. When your customer comes to you - you have the upper hand. You are in the winning position and you can dictate your own terms and requirements. You can raise the price higher. Because they want you personally to draw it. It’s challenging to behave this way: simply letting go and doing your best creating beautiful things, uploading them to all the social media platforms and just waiting. Once I’ve realized that I took the lead in the situation.
- Thinking impossible. It was hard to believe that some deadlines are possible to achieve. It was even harder to imagine putting a higher price on my illustrations. But as long as you start thinking about impossible as achievable, you will not get it. Like getting an order for say Coca-Cola or Pepsi. Success is just out of your comfort zone and the line of your sight.
4. Was it worth it? What would you have done differently?
For sure it was worth it! The only thing I would have done differently would be not taking up a couple of orders that I knew from the start would be a lost cause. I am talking about the ones where the customer didn’t know what they wanted nor why they wrote to me.
5. If you could give an advice to aspiring artists trying to make it, what would that be?
- Copy-Paste. Don’t be afraid to copy others works while starting out. It doesn’t mean you should put them in your portfolio saying they're yours but do it just as a study. Try to adopt others ideas, color palettes, compositions or way of working and you will see fast improvements. People made lots of research regarding the same thing before you and they've already made lots of mistakes so you don’t have to start from scratch.
- Fake it until you make it. If you want more people to see your work, don’t write comments like “Please, go through my portfolio, I’ve just posted a new project…” You'll attract more attention to your projects if you apply logos of big and famous companies. I'm not saying you should lie. You should add a tiny caption explaining how that is a made-up project and you're just dreaming about working with big clients. This really makes sense. People usually DO NOT READ. They will look and think you're already working with those brands. This worked in my case on Behance as I really started to work with famous companies.
- Practice every day. Draw every single day. Draw everywhere. Draw everything you see and like. And just relax. Enjoy the journey.
What do you think about Fil's story? Can you identify with it? Does it make sense? Do you have a story you'd like to share for COLOURLOVERS blog?
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An interesting, original and creative business card is excellent marketing for your business, but it is even more cost effective when you design it yourself. This can be made in a fun, professional-like way, even if you are not a talented artist when it comes to online drawing tools. In order to get one of the most original business cards on the market, all you need is creativity and, as extra-tip, follow these simple steps mentioned below.
- Design program is important, you should feel comfortable with it
You can get amazing design for your business cards by using programs like Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft PowerPoint, Word or Adobe InDesign. It all depends on your level of knowledge connected to these programs and experience in creating promotional materials by using them. The standard size for a business card should be 2.5 x 3 inches and it should be printed on good quality paper, in order to make a good first impression.
- The template should be laid on a grid
Template is very important for a business card, it helps you unleash your creativity and design a truthful pattern. Until you decide for a template that reflects your personality and your business’s note, you are free to experiment, play with colours, text, logo and other defining items. Design programs help you organize all the necessary details, so check them all and decide which one will work better for you.
- Colours are one of the most important elements
Like in every other area connected to design and creating your own style, colours are very important for business cards also. They can highlight important aspects from your card, so you should try working with 300 dpi resolution and using colours like Cyan, Yellow, Black or Magenta if you want to get an outstanding quality for printing. Background is very important also; you can experiment and play with colours before choosing the best one for you.
- Your logo is your trademark
Your logo should be the main eye-catching detail from your business card. Since they are the memorable aspect from this presentation document, logos should be presented as creative as possible, maybe by using 2D or 3D effects, clip arts and other useful techniques that highlight your business’s profile.
- Presentation text should be readable
Presentation texts are important, because from them potential customers should understand everything there is to know about your business. Also, fonts, colours and font size are other details you should consider. You should use at least 8pt size and two or three complementary fonts.
- Both the front and back should be used
If your business card has two sides, why shouldn’t they be used? You might need every space in order to provide information like: business name, logo, line of work, your name, title, position, work and personal phone number, email address or social media channels.
- Less information should be easier to understand
Your business card is like the first impression; it could mean a lot for developing new partnership. The information you mention on it should be clear and simple, necessary after a first meeting with your future business partners, therefore do your best to make it as suggestive as possible. After you finished the design, ask for a second opinion regarding it and print it following high quality standards.
A logo is not only the visual identity of a company rather reflects the essence of your company and helps you in building brand recognition. Thus, you need an impressive logo to inspire trust, credibility, and influence your target audience.
Though to design a professional logo requires design expertise, prior experience and in-depth knowledge of logo making but these days online tools have taken over the market. These tools have simplified the process of logo creation and has become go-to-option of all the users.
So, if you also think you have a creative bent of mind and passion for designing then these tools make a good option to get started with the logo designing process. Here we present top 10 online logo makers that you must know about.
Designhill’s Logo Generator is one of the best option to create your own customized logo that too free of cost. The tool comes with a user-friendly interface and offers many options in terms of images, fonts, colors, and texts. In just three simple steps, you can get a brand new logo for your business. Can logo making get easier than this?
Logoaster is the one of the finest logo generator tool that helps you in creating a logo within few minutes. You don’t need any technical knowledge, the tool is beginner-friendly, extremely easy to use. It offers you to browse through a wide collection of logos that are customizable in terms of color, business type, name, and more. All designs made in logaster is delivered in both the format such as raster (Jpeg, PNG) and also vector (PDF, SVG).
Graphic Spring is yet another free logo creator that lets you design your own custom logo just in a matter of minutes.All you need to do is, enter name of your business, tagline and you can browse through library of vector-format icons to choose from. You can also edit the colors, graphics, fonts, and get the final logo completely free.
Ucraft is another great option to design logos without the need of any professional designers. It offers over 200 icons, collection of different shapes, texts, to create a customized logo. Tool presents users with a blank canvas and offers drag-and-drop functionality that enable them to find what exactly they are looking for. Explore it today to get a new logo for your business.
Logo Garden is another great choice for creating catchy and customized logos for your business. With this free online logo maker you can browse through library of available icons and create a customized logo. Whether you are looking for an inspiration for your logo design or want to create a completely new logo for your company, this tool makes a great option.
If you are looking for a free logo making websites then let your search end here. It is one of the best free online logo maker websites that lets you create attractive logos without much effort. Users can make logos in three easy steps such as category selection, inserting the desired text & tagline and lastly downloading your custom logo. Thus, you new logo is ready in three simple steps.
Do you want to design your logo straight from your iphone or ipad? If yes, then logo foundry is your best bet. This tool makes a good option for both professional designers as well as users with no design expertise. The tool offers an impressive library of more than 3000 icons and symbols to choose from along with some excellent advanced text options. Besides, if you are looking for some more inspiration, they have a community of designers for the same.
Besides, this online logo maker tool have been featured in Forbes and Targets both for its brilliant features and easy to use.
Canva is one of the finest tool to create attractive logo without any design expertise. The tool maintains over 100 free templates and an impressive library of other icons, images, shapes, and fonts to design a stunning logo of your choice. It offers an intuitive drag and drop functionality that is quite simple to use. Best part is you can download high-resolution logos in PDF, PNG, and JPG format without any additional costs.
This online tool guides your logo making process in simple four steps. Firstly, you need to select logo type among three options such as symbol, lettermark, and abstract.Secondly, you need to make a choice in font types among sans serif, serif and script. Third, you need to select color pallette and the last step is to select name and industry. After this you will be presented with many logo options, you can pick the one for further editing and your final logo is ready to impress your audience.
Online logo maker is another easy-to-use tool and has a similar interface to graphic spring’s logo generator. Tool offers tons of templates to choose from, also has a great no. of pre-designed symbols, font variety to help you come up with your desired logo design. Besides, it allow users to have unlimited downloads, giving users freedom to tweak their logo anytime they want.
This logo maker offers both a free as well as premium service. If you are looking for high resolution downloads than premium package is a better option.
With the excitement building of Avengers 2 - Age of Ultron, another amazing Marvel movie, coming out this Friday, we thought it would relevant to take a look at some color related to the hero's. In the past, we've posted about The Colors of Good vs. Evil: Comic Book Color Palettes [infographic] and Classic Colors: DC Comic Characters. Today we are looking at three palette versions of the main characters of the Avengers Team.
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The world of comics has always been full of a dramatic array of colors! Notice over time how the color schemes used to be quite bright on spandex outfits, where the more pop culture hero series have taken them to a darker shade with added grit, grime and texture.
Comic characters initially started coming out in relevance to war going on and highly impacting families everywhere. The colors really inflect that super hero's were a pop of energy with added illustrative detail. When comic book characters first started making appearances, the color schemes in every day life were not popping off clothes and accessories, things were more dull and less dramatic.
Jump forward to today. We've got Neon trends everywhere (Keeping Up With Fashion Trends Neon + more neon). There is no lack of color in our every day lives. War to us is not a traumatic thing in the majority of the population unless you are directly connected to it within family or close friends. There is no draft, forcing fathers and brothers in to war. People today want, rough and rugged characters focused more on their personalities and war abilities than, their colors popping off the big screen. It's quite interesting to see that flow of change through time. Enjoy the graphic!
Other Excellent Super Hero Content to Enjoy:
- The Colors of Good vs. Evil: Comic Book Color Palettes [infographic]
- Classic Colors: DC Comic Characters
- Color & Design: Polish Film Posters
- COLOURlovers Member, anna131313262 put together this excellent coordinated selection of Avengers Palettes of the more current team
Avengers Color Palette Source Guide & Some Great Extra's:
Color theory and psychology queries on the World Wide Web bring up so many different infographics about color. We've posted about The Meaning of Color in Marketing before and way back in 2008 History Of The Color Wheel (does this still feel relevant?).
With infographics having taken on mass popularity, I notice there are only a select few worth actually spending time poring over. While this infographic by RIPT Apparel is directed as a guide to Designers, it can be awesomely relevant to keep in mind when applying color with anything in life.
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The infographic itself is well designed with a beautiful layout that makes for easy reading. Not to mention it is quite attractive to scan down and catch each color block quickly. I don't know about you, but my sensory system is loving this. I could certainly see this made in to an 8 x 8 flip book for desk reference. Thanks RIPT for creating such an impressive piece of visual information. Oh and hey, RIPT, if you're reading this, note on the desk reference, I would be first in line to order one!
RIPT is a t-shirt company that creates absolutely stunning pop culture graphics illustrations.
"RIPTApparel.com sells unique, limited edition pop culture designs everyday on T-Shirts, Hoodies, Posters and more. Each design lives for only 36 hours and starts at just $11.00." - ABOUT RIPT
Enjoy a small ode to the pop culture tee design's on RIPT (check out more on the site, they are always changing!):
*This was not a sponsored post*
More Color Theory to Consider:
- The Meaning of Color in Marketing
- The Effect of Color | PBS Off Book
- History Of The Color Wheel
- Color Theory For Designers: Creating Your Own Color Palettes
- Game of Thrones [ infographic ] Color Analysis: House's & Character's
Pop Culture Palettes on COLOURlovers:
In the world of photography, overlapping two images is referred to as a "double exposure," however, in today's Pop Culture world of readily available apps, you may know this as "overlays." One excellent app you can do overlays in is PIXLR (by Autodesk). Amongst other great photo editing tools, PIXLR provides an easy toolset to get the desired effect.
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What I love about PIXLR, is that it is so flexible for all types of accessibility. For example, if you're reading this, you're either on a computer or a mobile device. Not all of us are able to download mobile apps, so Pixlr has an amazing PIXLER Free Web App available for non-mobile users.
For me, personally, I have it on my mobile devices, iPhone, iPad and on my iMac as a desktop tool. It's so versatile, I don't feel like I need to learn to use one app on my phone, and a different app on my computer. In addition, it is available to both desktop platforms, Windows and Mac, as well as IOS and Android. Wow! Really, there is not an excuse in the world to keep you from giving it a go with today's overlays technique.
Getting started is easy-peasy, check out this FREE PIXLR Power course (coupon link 100% off). This course will get you quickly familiar with the PIXLR Editor, if tinkering isn't your thing. In addition to the course link, join up on the Pixlr Power Facebook page for daily tips.
Double Exposure aka Overlay's are super trendy for all sorts of design and just for fun. Check out these impactful design styles to gather inspiration.
This is just the tip of the ice-berg on PIXLR Overlays. Using the basics in Pixlr to achieve neat overlays and different opacities is just a small step to learning how to mask off area's and produce an actual Double Exposure within Pixlr. Feeling limited with JUST the Overlays tool pane? Check out these tutorials for more advanced (and still easy) methods for double exposing:
Also check out another way to apply a mask:
Overlays are tremendously fun to fiddle around with. Something you can easily incorporate to your phone-ography or your real camera. PIXLR hosts weekly challenges, which is definitely a fun way to keep you practicing and stretching your personal editing boundaries.
What do you think about using COLOURlovers patterns as an overlay?
I love to peruse the PIXLR Instagram stream for inspiration too - more specifically, check out the #pixlrgibson stream to see the most recent challenge submissions from all over instagram, hey, maybe even submit one yourself!
Pushing the boundaries of overlays in Pixlr using collage + overlay effects by langerismail
Looking Back: Other posts you might like on COLOURlovers:
Scandinavian design trends have brought on popular demand for folk art in many forms. The attraction in contemporary folk art might relate to the sentimental value with connections to generations past, although folk art was never actually considered a particular art form.
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Antique folk art was considered more a part of cultural trends in ordinary life, sharing community values and expressing lifestyle much like tribal art. An art form mostly based on cultural geography that continues to morph through modern day trends.
While it was never considered a movement in art, it certainly contributed to inspiration and influence for certain artists throughout history. Pablo Picasso for instance, was influenced by African tribal sculptures and masks.
Folk art has certainly gained a new spin and style by many modern illustrative artists. While many of these artists still seem fairly culturally bound by heritage, it again is not limited culturally and has spread to some degree to many more spaces of the world. The folk styling is much derived from personal tutelage and a portrayal of many different illustrative translations in art.
Styles like Ashley Percival, certainly portray an inkling of modern mixed with historic and geographic-culteral styles. While artwork amongst his Etsy Shop is largely centered around children's artwork prints, his colorful, unique creations can be seen on clothing, home-ware, decor, stationery, cards, and album covers. Ashley's client list certainly boasts that there is most certainly a place in this world for traditional art in modern product design showing that consumers today value it enough for it to become vastly corporate.
Recognizable brands such as Ikea, Urban Outfitters and Forever21 certainly speak volumes for what consumers desire in contemporary folk art designs. Ashley Percival is from the UK and has been a freelance illustrator, working professionally since 2010.
Helen Dardik is another fascinating folk artist! The shapes, the patterns and style cease to amaze me.
I have always seen Folk Art to be such a vintage trend based on things my mom had held on to from her childhood. My earliest, most distinct memory of loving Folk Art is a set of vintage Old Maid cards that were hers when she was a little girl. Ashley Percival and Helen Dardik both remind me so distinctly of those playing cards. Do you have a favorite modern or vintage folk artist?
"I know this great little place..." is something you've probably said or heard dozens of times. Well the folks behind Great Little Place decided to gather up people's recommendations for the amazing city of London and do something creative.
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This wonderful illustrated map of London's great little places was painstakingly hand drawn by Charlie Davis, an illustrator and designer based London. There's no doubt that a lot of hours and a lot of love went into every beautiful detail, just take a look for yourself.
If you're like me, then you have a perpetual smile on your face this time of year. This is due on no small part to the delightful holiday artwork you encounter just about everywhere you look. From Christmas cats to hipster reindeer, we collected twelve quirky and wonderful illustrations that help make that smile a big one.
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This guest post was written by Elizabeth Phillips. She is a former web designer who is currently freelance writing. She enjoys reading and writing articles that have anything and everything to do with design. She can be found typing away on her laptop in Philadelphia, PA.
Web design is constantly changing as technology grows. Developments like fiber optics have dramatically improved Internet speeds - and faster speeds have opened up the possibility for high-tech innovations like parallax and 3D animation.
No matter how tech-savvy web design gets, some things never change. Even the most advanced designs still need to wow with the basics - colors, fonts and images. Here are a few tools that will help you balance high-tech with aesthetic and keep your design inspiration fresh.
Have a photograph you want to turn into a color palette - or just need to browse for some creative inspiration? Color Hunter can help you do both. Upload images to create custom color palettes, or search existing palettes by shade and theme. Save the ones you like to your Favorites.
There are tons of font databases that allow you to search for fonts and even find the closest match to an unknown style. But FontStruct allows you to create your own fonts - for free. Use geometrically shaped “bricks” to build your own font in a grid interface. Once you’re done, share your font in the gallery, where you can also see and download others’ creations.
Adobe Kuler is a free web tool that allows you to create your own palettes using a vibrant color wheel. Choose up to five shades on the wheel, and adjust hues on a slider. You can also explore existing color themes, including the most popular and most used. Even cooler? You can use the Adobe Kuler app and your iPhone camera to extract color palettes from your surroundings on the go.
If you have designer’s block and need to check out some finished products to get inspired, try StyleVault. The site showcases web designs from a variety of sources. You can search mobile, commercial, animated and CSS designs. You can also follow the portfolios of individual designers.
SwatchSpot is another great site for color inspiration. It has an incredibly simple interface - all you do is hit “Shuffle Colors” to come up with random palettes of six hues. You can lock in the shades you like and shuffle again until you find the perfect combination. Save your favorite palettes, download them to your computer or grab the color codes.
Like StyleVault, Web Creme features hundreds of pages of web design ideas. The only difference? Web Creme’s examples are organized by upload date, and there’s no real way to search through them. To make the most of this site, you have to be willing to sift through tons of examples to find your inspiration.
LogoPond is the mecca for designers looking for logo ideas. The site contains thousands of logos for a wide variety of brands and themes. You can browse featured, popular and recent logos. Filter results by designer, status and date of upload. LogoPond also features a forum for design discussion, questions and critiques.
Shutterstock is every designer’s best friend, with more than 30 million stock photos, illustrations and videos. But the site got even better in early 2013 when it released Shutterstock Spectrum. The tool allows designers to search stock imagery by color. Just choose your shade on a gradient scale, and refine by theme - like “forest” or “home.”
Designspiration is my favorite site to visit when I need a little creative stimulation. The site houses thousands of images, searchable by tags, categories and colors. Browse images of art, books, fashion, illustration, typography and more. Choose up to 5 colors and find images that incorporate them all. Save your favorites into collections.
TinEye Labs Multicolr Search
TinEye Labs Multicolr Search extracts color from more than 10 million Creative Commons images on Flickr, allowing you to search images by shade. Select up to 5 colors, and then adjust the hues using a color wheel. Easily change the color composition of your search by clicking and dragging.
What are your favorite online tools for design inspiration?
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