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Readers’ Challenge We challenged you... In issue 166, we challenged you to get creative with the set theme of History. You were allowed to create whatever you wanted, so long as it incorporated the theme somehow.
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Check out some of the most popular artwork that’s been rocking the internet over the last few weeks, and take inspiration from what’s currently trending There’s nothing more inspiring than surfing the internet and seeing what other artists are creating, and we encourage you to do so. Here are some of our favourite pictures that caught our attention recently, from some of the world’s most exciting artists and designers.
I used Photoshop for this, to create a kind of bristle effect and shading for the illustrations. First I created all the layers and then masked every layer; I gave some depth by using the round soft edge brush with the Dissolve blend mode.
This typographic piece really takes you on a journey! Mirko’s work has been featured by Behance, and we really like how cohesive, bold and smooth it looks. Check out the other cities he illustrated for City of Colors!
London is part of a project called City of Colors. From sketch to Illustrator, I used Adobe Photoshop for post-production and details with custom dirty brushes. For colour correction I focused on gradients using layer masks, Curves and Levels adjustment layers. With two showcases online from Photoshop, Jithin is a proven illustrator with a distinctive style. This piece was part of his February illustrations, viewed over 2,000 times, and demonstrates how filters and brushes can combine to great effect.
Viewed over 9,000 times online, this is part of a project called Home. Muhammed’s clear eye for detail, shape and space is what makes his pieces so well realised, and this is a particular highlight of his work.
I always feel that things are more beautiful while they move. I used yellow and orange to make this image warm. It feels great to work with customised brushes in Photoshop CC; I used Radial and Motion Blur to give the feeling of motion.
Featured by The Student Show online, Büşra’s work is bright, beautiful and a fantastic example for aspiring digital illustrators. We loved the simplicity of this piece, and the Some Birds series it was a part of.
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This is actually a simple design. It was fairly easy to create, because it involved using the Photoshop tools that I know best. Textured brushes were key in bringing the piece together and giving it an illustrative vibe.
Football clubs have been falling over themselves to make the most elaborate videos to announce new transfer signings, so we thought we’d go in the opposite direction. Two minutes’ work in Photoshop and 48,000 Likes later, it’s our most successful transfer announcement ever. Thanks Photoshop!
Football clubs’ social media teams reveal new signings, and from Alexis Sánchez to Neymar, players are unveiled explosively on Twitter. This very tongue-in-cheek announcement of Bryan Cristante’s move to Roma caught our eye though, as it did for the 15,000 people who retweeted it.
To draw my illustration I used Photoshop and self-made brushes. These brushes match my personal hand-drawing style. It’s very important for me to be unique when I digitally draw my artwork. Tomasz has over 10,000 Behance followers, and a lot of his work treads a line between beauty and horror. This particular image is both darkly intriguing and bold around the edges. We think it’s great.
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Charli Edwards Image of the issue This composite was one of a series I have been working on; the theme is a mix of elemental and opposites. This is one half of a set playing on opposites, so where this one features nature, lush vegetation, seduction and beauty, its sister piece will feature the exact opposite.
Nirmalya Sengupta I turned this image to black and white using Channel Mixer, removed noise and retouched it. I then applied a paint effect using some splash brushes and added a gradient map, before I worked on the typography.
MauriĚ cio Xavier This art was created using a mixture of 3D, digital painting and manipulation of images. I used many references from many horror films and science fiction films to get the result.
Bandula Samarasekera Once I chose the elements, I adjusted each one according to the perspective. Then I masked the working layer to use different blending modes with lighting changes, followed by colour treatment for each element.
Marc Dhaeyer This work was made with stock photos from DeviantArt. The assembling was not too difficult, but it took a lot of adjustment layers to obtain the right result. Finally, the filters from NIK collection finished the job.
Trish Dixon-Royal This piece is termed as digital scrapbooking, which developed from traditional scrapbooking. This particular layout contains nine separate layers created with Photoshop using masks, blend modes and Levels.
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