The unique style of artwork from the far east has inspired creatives around the world. One of the popular figures from Chinese mythology that has become a symbol of the culture is the Chinese Dragon. Unlike the winged reptilian dragon creatures from Western mythology, the East Asian dragons have more of an animal-like appearance with long, slender bodies, four large legs and bearded heads. In today’s inspiration showcase I roundup 30 brilliant illustrations and paintings of Chinese Dragons from a range of talented artists.
Access All Areas members are being treated to 3 huge Lightroom Preset packs this week, courtesy of Exposure Empire. These HDR, Pastel and Mono Lightroom Presets are usually sold as individual products, but Exposure Empire are kindly donating all three for Access All Areas members members to download. Each set contains 20 effect based on each pack style. HDR provides a fast and easy way to create high dynamic range effects; Pastel gives your photos beautiful soft colour pastel effects; and the Mono presets apply awesome monochromatic effects with a range of strengths and styles.
In today’s Adobe Illustrator tutorial we’re going to have fun creating a retro style poster based on the artwork of old VHS cassette covers. We’ll use Illustrator to construct the design with text and shape elements, then we’ll quickly send the final artwork over to Photoshop to give it an aged appearance with texture overlays. You can find plenty of inspiration from Google Images and Pinterest, where you can pick out common aesthetics and mix and match the different elements to create your own custom design. The artwork I’ll be producing in this tutorial features the popular trend of colourful stripes and retro shape patterns, combined with simple text elements that represent the various features displayed on the authentic examples.
It’s that time of year when Spoon Graphics gets a little older, with 2018 marking 11 years of tutorial creating, freebie sharing and article writing on what started as a blog that was attached to my portfolio website in 2007. Every April I take some time to reflect over the past 12 months and talk about how things have changed. Last year marked a decade of Spoon Graphics, so let’s take a look at some fresh stats and figures another year on after that big milestone.
Access All Areas members have a great collection of Lightroom Presets to download this week, courtesy of Photonify. The Portrait Photography Presets Collection contains 20 presets which have been specially designed to enhance portrait photos. It includes many different styles to choose from to create the perfect photo. Each preset has been carefully constructed by a professional photographer and Lightroom expert, to ensure they suit many different types of photo and camera brands.
This new bundle features a vast array of best-selling textures and patterns, each specifically designed to give your work more impact. This collection is the most affordable way to take your textures and patterns library to the next level, with a 99% discount the regular price of $3684 is reduced to just $29 for a limited time only. The depth and quality in this collection is amazing. From high-res space images, to delicate patterns, marble, glitter, leather, grunge, watercolour and so much more, this is a truly comprehensive library. All textures are high-res, sharp and beautifully versatile. The patterns are pixel perfect, gorgeous and ready to be dropped into your designs.