10 things to know about CMM

10 things to know about CMM

Like there are a million and one agencies, individuals and schools out there making strong claims about the capabilities and potentials, it is easy to get swayed by all their talks. One of the many ways to accurately ascertain or poke at their strength, is to do a background check on their “abilities.”

We’ve had schools that promise all but deliver nothing. One certain Donald Trump University comes to mind- with all its fame and campaigns run to create interest, traffic and awareness, it fell short on the quality of education, big time! Read more


9 ways to find logo design inspiration

9 ways to find logo design inspiration

You’ve just taken a new brief from a new client and now you’re sitting at your desk waiting for inspiration to strike. But do you really expect the perfect logo design to pop up, fully formed, in your mind? Believe me, it could be a long wait.

Instead, it’s up to you to seek out logo design inspiration. If you let a wide variety of ideas collide inside your brain, gradually they should coalesce into the logo you’re looking for. The trick? Knowing where to look for inspiration in the first place. Read more


How to create dynamic lighting in Photoshop

As concept artists, our job is to reach out to our audience and connect with them on a profound emotional level. One of our primary tools to achieve this goal is lighting design. For this workshop I’ll build a scene using light to create visual interest and emotion. My process is to explore the idea through thumbnails, then bring them into Photoshop for colour development and finish. I’ll rework the scene several times using different lighting palettes to create a range of emotional beats. Learning to do this gives each of us the ability to become a visual storyteller, much like a musician who can score an entire movie with its emotional highs and lows rather than striking a single cord. Read more


Improve your creature art, Aaron Blaise

It takes time, patience and countless hours of practise and Illustrator tutorials to master the art of character drawing. During my early days at Disney, while working on films such as The Lion King, Mulan and Brother Bear, we would go through hundreds of variations of character designs. Because these films were hand drawn it wasn’t too difficult to imagine how these rough designs would look in the finished film. Read more


How to paint a painful expression

Discovering how to draw various facial expressions is no easy task. And not using reference is a sacrilege as an illustrator! I’ve taken workshops with some of the most legendary artists in the industry and they are the first to tell you to get some sort of reference, even if it’s just making faces in the mirror. But if you can’t, there are some characteristics that apply to any creature with human-like facial features. Read more


Rapid prototyping using Photoshop CC

Rapid prototyping using Photoshop CC

You may not realise it, but Adobe’s Photoshop is a great tool for rapid prototyping. With every revision it has added more functionality for web designers wanting to quickly createwebsite mockups to share with a client or build a design ready for a developer. The useful rapid prototyping features in Photoshop CC include the ability to isolate layers, tweak corners with the live rounded rectangle feature, and the ability to copy CSS attributes from individual layers – and the Creative Cloud provides useful collaboration elements, too. Read more


Top 6 free WordPress backup plugins

Top 6 free WordPress backup plugins

Creating and managing websites is very simple and easy nowadays, with many online services that let you create websites quickly. WordPress is the world’s most popular content management system to create websites and blogs, if you want a simple blog you can start a free blog at WordPress.com, using one of these top WordPress tutorials to help you along the way. But if you are a power user and want more control over your blog then you will need to set up a self-hosted WordPress blog viaWordPress.org. Read more