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
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
Animation basics: 5 pro tips for using keyframes
Learn how to get the most out of your keyframes with these useful tips from Rob Redman.
Animation is a task that lends itself to minimalism but by this I’m not talking about the action in your scene (although simple can be best there too) but in the keyframing of your action. It’s very easy to add keys to everything and you will soon be faced with a timeline that looks intimidating at best and unusable at worst. Read more
10 Mistakes Every Designer Makes and How to Avoid Them
We all have them – design projects we’d like to take back. Some of them you can attribute to a bad design brief or youth; others you just want to hide forever. The good news is that you can often avoid design mistakes; the bad news is that every designer will fall in at least one of these traps at some point in his or her career.
But part of the key to avoiding designer mishaps is knowing what they are, so you can be aware if you feel yourself slipping into one of these bad habits. Read more
Design Critics without crushing feelings
Understanding the psychology behind social interactions is a job in itself, but when you’re focused on icons, grids, interactions, it’s easy to overlook that other people have feelings that need protecting – and that you do, too.
Feedback is a necessary evil for creating the end product that satisfies users, but it serves its purpose more efficiently with a proper procedure in place.
How to customize the CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X7 UI
Have you ever cooked in someone else’s kitchen? Opening and closing drawers looking for a spatula, walking around in circles trying to find the salt, and wondering where to put the garbage. It’s always in the last place you look. For a cook, there’s nothing as comfortable as cooking in your own kitchen. You have organized your kitchen in a manner that makes sense to you; your favorite tools are at your fingertips, and you can focus on your craft rather than your workspace. With CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X7, customizing your workspace to make it your own has never been easier.
Can Graphic Design Contests benefit your career?
“I saw this as an opportunity to challenge myself … I felt that, in a best-case scenario, I might win or place high in one of the categories. In the worst case scenario, I would spend a lot of time creating a design that could be a nice show piece for our portfolio. But the goal was to try new things and challenge myself. Whatever happened, I would learn something along the way.” – Joe Diaz, winner of the 2011 CorelDRAW International Design Contest