Access All Areas members have a unique set of letter graphics to download this week, courtesy of Deeezy. The Aqua 3D Lettering pack contains high resolution PNG renders of each character with a rippled water effect, available in two variations with and without the inclusion of fish! Unlike a traditional font, these letters are full colour graphics which preserve the appearance, so rather than type out your headings or titles, each letter is laid out individually. The aquatic theme makes this character set ideal for use in design material with a link to water, whether it’s advertising material for an aquarium, promotional material for a snorkeling business, any many more potential usage scenarios!
Premium quality fonts are one piece of equipment that will last your whole design career. As your computer hardware becomes obsolete, your analogue tools wear out and other types of design resources go out of fashion, a timeless typeface style will serve you for years to come. Design Cuts are currently running a brand new font bundle of some of the most versatile, popular font families, with 98% off the regular price. For just $29 you can acquire 16 pro-grade typefaces, featuring a total of 271 individual fonts when you count the array of weights and styles that are from each font family.
I used to love drawing my own treasure maps as a boy, especially the tea-staining stage which transformed my doodled piece of white paper into an antique parchment. I’ve been reliving that childhood experience by producing a toolkit for Adobe Illustrator which helps you construct your own treasure map digitally, using a range of vector assets to plot a route to buried treasure on a fantasy island. Download my free Treasure Map Maker to create fun artwork for party invitations, storybook imagery, wall art and more. It includes vector graphics, brushes and patterns that can be quickly combined to build a fictional landscape.
In today’s Adobe Photoshop video tutorial we’re going to have some fun creating a map of our own fantasy world, just like the fictional story settings of Neverland, Middle-Earth or Westoros. We’ll use Photoshop’s built in tools to establish the landmass and sea, then construct hills, mountains and deserts with some simple filter combinations, before finishing off the artwork with a vintage paper texture and place names to simulate an old world map.
The role of an artist is to visually depict a subject or scene. Typically this is done by observing and replicating, but artists are given much more creative freedom when working within the realm of fantasy, where we rely on the artist’s impression of a subject’s appearance that doesn’t actually exist in the real world. There are many legendary mythical beasts that we’ve heard descriptions of in stories, but it’s the artist who can bring their imagination to life by sharing their own interpretations as paintings and illustrations. In today’s inspiration showcase I present 45 magnificent art and design pieces featuring fantasy animals and mythical beasts from a range of talented artists.
Access All Areas members have a great collection of vector illustrations to download this week, courtesy of Adrian Pelletier. This set of Vintage Motorcycle Elements contains various vector drawings with an old-school, industrial style. Combine the illustrations of skulls, wings, flames, pistons, snakes and more to make the perfect retro racing poster, automotive emblem, sticker design, or anything a gearhead could want!