When Graphic Artists have the creative freedom to choose the subject of their personal projects, they often base their work on pop culture interests. Childhood cartoons were a source of early inspiration for many artists, so producing fan art of their favourite characters in their own style, or completely reimagining iconic figures in new and unique ways is a great way to practise and experiment while producing work that can be appreciated by other like-minded people with the same interests. In today’s inspiration showcase I present a variety of reimagined cartoon characters by some really talented artists, ranging from realistic depictions of heroes, princesses and villains, to surreal reincarnations that are the stuff of nightmares!
Access All Areas members have a brilliant collection of Procreate brushes to download this week, courtesy of MiksKS. The Procreate iPad application is a popular tool for artists and illustrators that makes use of the iPad’s sensitive display to draw directly on-screen. This useful Procreate Brushes Starter Kit contains a collection of 16 brushes from a variety of MiksKS sketching, painting and drawing sets, providing a great selection of brushes inspired by traditional media tools such as pencils, ink, charcoal and paint.
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The beautiful style of lettering from the 19th century with its influences from Baroque and Art Nouveau art movements has remained a popular style that is often replicated by typographers and calligraphy artists today. This vintage style is characterised by detailed decorations and ornate flourishes that produce extravagant designs. In today’s inspiration showcase I present 50 type designs and hand-lettering pieces for posters, editorial designs, product labels, logos and more, all with a beautiful vintage aesthetic.
In today’s Photoshop tutorial I’m going to show you how to create a vintage photo effect, based on Daguerreotypes from the 1800s. Being the most common photography method in the 19th century, this photo style is often associated with old portraits and scenes of the wild west. Daguerreotypes were exposed onto polished metal plates which were easily tarnished and scratched. This has become one of the main aesthetics of these antique images, so we’ll be using some texture images to mimic the appearance. And to achieve the most realism, we’ll be using the real thing! I recently found some public domain scans of authentic Daguerreotype photographs, which I processed into design resources by Photoshopping out the subject to leave just the texture of the tarnished metal plate.
I recently discovered a fantastic collection of Daguerreotype photographs from the mid-1800s in the public domain, which I’ve transformed into the perfect tools for producing vintage photo effects. I picked the most deteriorated images from over 800 scans and photoshopped out the main subject to leave just the texture of the tarnished metal plate. They are all over 2500px in size with a high resolution of 300ppi and feature a variety of natural stains, scratches and scuffs that will give your modern digital images the authentic appearance of an antique photograph.