Sunday, November 29, 2009

Keepon the Dancing Robot



This little dancing robot is as cute as cute can be. I had to post this video of it dancing to music. It was developed by scientist (Hideki Kozima and programmed by Marek Michalowski) as a learning aid for children. The design of Keepon is very simple, just two eyes and a button nose It will certainly be a big hit when it goes onto sale in 2010.

For more info visit http://beatbots.net

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

New Video Group Called Mind Benders in Vimeo

Mind Benders vimeo group with videos that are different and creative

I created a video group for Vimeo users called Mind Benders Mind Bender. Mind Benders is about creative videos that make you ask "how the hell did they do that?". This group is about the weird, experimental, amazing, extraordinary videos that may or may not have a point other than simply being beautiful in nature. In other words, videos that bend your mind!

Please join this group if you like these videos. I will ad more wonderful videos that will give you a visual treat. You are more than welcome to add your own videos Mind Bender. Anything that is fantastic to watch, creative, ground-braking special affects, spot motion/time-lapse videos, experimental, conceptual, artistic videos, are all welcome to be added here.

To visit and join in this video group goto vimeo.com/groups/mindbender

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Turn Yourself Into a Cartoon







I opened up a new Blip.TV channel called freshalex.blip.tv. This channel will be dedicated to showing time-lapse recordings of my own work in graphic design, tutorials, speed paintings and the channel will progress to also featuring other artists, events and news too. It is very new at the moment. So this first video I uploaded will set the tone for most of the videos during the first few weeks since it is easier to get the content up and online for you.

About this video: Vectorizing yourself into a cartoon can be done using Illustrator, but once you know the basics you can do it using any program that has a "pen tool".


I put this video together to show you how I turned myself into a cartoon. I did this because I noticed that some services/websites out there, like Cartoonme.com offer to turn your pictures into a cartoon for a fee / price. So to show you just how easy (or difficult) it can be I recorded myself turning myself (and partner) into a cartoon. This process took around 15 minutes and shows my creative process from start to finish.


Enjoy

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Freshalex 80's style text wallpaper

I am a fan of all things retro. I especially like sci fi, space imagery. So an 80's style, retro space graphic is something I gravitate to. So I tried making my brand name "freshalex" in this style and this is what I came up with. I was just playing with the text to make it it look 80 style retro. I started to follow a tutorial from Abduzeedo and I ended up changing it a little.

The tutorial from Abduzeedo shows how to create this text effect using a program called Pixelmator, but you can still follow it if you have photoshop or other software. Here is the original tutorial link for 80's Style Text Effect in Pixelmator



Enjoy. You can download my wallpaper here in 1920 x 1080px.

By the way, this typography style was inspired by this website empireisok.com, which I am sure was inspired by some one else and then someone else.



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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Logo Design Competition Fail by Alex on 99designs


Logo for feedslide, originally uploaded by Freshalex online.

I thought it would be nice to share this logo I made for a logo design contest on 99designs.com. It was for a web company called Feedslide. I did not win, which is why I added the word "Fail"in the title of this blog post.

The winning logo design is shown below and is by a designer called "crack". His design is a similar concept to mine because it mixes together the "F" and "S" in the logo. And I tried to achieve a similar concept but with a bit more complexity. I guess I can admit that as a logo design, Cracks' design is the better one.



In the end what it all comes down to is personal taste and what works for a company. The Contest Holder chose Cracks design over 118 other logo designs because this logo was the best one suited for his company . It is tough competition out there but it is also fun to be involved in these design contests. I will most likely be entering more design competitions in the future. It is fun.



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Saturday, October 24, 2009

99Designs.com is holding a T-shirt Design Contest


99Designs.com is holding a T-shirt Design Contest that would interest any young budding designer to enter. First prize is a cash payment of $500 awarded to the winner and the design will be made into official SXSW 2010 t-shirts. SXSW is one of the worlds largest film, music and web conferences.


99designs is packed with designers, all participating in contests to win and get exposure. The website connects passionate designers from around the world with clients who need design projects completed in a short period of time and not costing an arm and a leg. It has held over 30,000 design contests to date with over 2,600,000 unique designs submitted. 99Designs usually hold design competitions on a daily basis with contest prizes ranging from $100 to $1000!

Have a look at 99designs.com

Monday, October 19, 2009

45 Digital Artworks by Rado Javor - Posted by Dzinepress.com


Here is a great post by dzinepress.com. It shows off more that 45 examples of Digital art by Rado Javor, a digital painter from the UK. His style has a history, classical element.

"I was research about greatest art designers, today I like to present the work of Slovakian Rado Javor (now living in Bratislava, United Kingdom), We find out that this digital painter from UK has an appetite for classic, for moments and scenes from the past and what’s unexpected is that he succeeds in commemorate those outstanding sceneries with help of Photoshop, all of listed images are most viewed and appreciate able.
Although some of the images found in this digital art gallery have a dark shaded most people with lightening effects will like them. You’ll see images of conflict, evolving machinery and technology, war, religious, historic, Halloween inspiration, social scenes from different ages and an infusion of quality detail."

Enjoy

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Design Core by Relando Ronato


Design Core, originally uploaded by relando ronato.

I was on Flickr doing the usual rounds of looking through amazing graphic designers, accomplished photographers and talented Illustrators and I found Relando Ronato and his work. His work differed from the rest in my eyes because his whole body of work has black and white as the dominant colour theme. This first poster I saw was the "All good things" poster which caught my attention with those massive heavy type font and the strong contrast of black and white that seems to become worn out towards the bottom. It looks big, gritty, dirty and strong.

Design Core seems to be his brand and judging by his Flickr photostream he has a small but strong portfolio. I hope to see more work coming from this design, and soon!

All Good Things

welcome

magnificent desolation

concept skull

mirror

evolution



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Kate Doodles and her illustrations


What I wore today, originally uploaded by Kate Doodles.
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This is an illustration by Kate Doodles. I like her style. It is cute and simple.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Today's Inspiration - Manya Kuzemchenko


This multimedia designer is freelance designer in NYC. She caught my attention a few months back but I am now going to show her off to you guys, since she has such a colourful and creative style. She is a graphic designer with awesome skills y'all and uses adobe cs4 suite, 3d max/cinema4d and codes html/css, actionscript, javascript and php. She would be the female equivalent of me, if I were a skilled, talented, multimedia designer, with mad skills in coding. Well I'm half way there.

So please enjoy today's inspiration that is Manya Kuzemchenko and her website Soasdesign.com

gills by Manya Kuzemchenko

star so brightby Manya Kuzemchenko

mirror, mirrorby Manya Kuzemchenko

tweet wallpaperby Manya Kuzemchenko

bowienetby Manya Kuzemchenko

good ideaby Manya Kuzemchenko

cheech and chong tour websiteby Manya Kuzemchenko

Friday, June 12, 2009

Amazing Tilt Shift Video Collection And Tutorials

Tilt shift photography and stop motion video involves the use of a tilt shift lens which can tilt and shift its focal point. With shifting the angle of the focal point you can make images have a miniature effect. And if you combine tilt shift photography with stop motion you get tilt shift video or miniature stop motion.

To learn more about the theory behind tilt shift technique the visit www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials/tilt-shift-lenses2.htm. But if you couldn't be bothered reading all that then just watch these videos.

So please enjoy this collection of tilt shift stop motion videos and movies. There are a couple of tilt shift tutorials at the end too.


Tilt Shift Videos And Stop Motion.


DisneyParks

A Model Day At Disney Parks - Exclusive Tilt-Shift Video Featuring Magic Kingdom by DisneyParks on Youtube

Disney has jumped on the tilt shift video bandwagon and made a great video on Youtube that I actually like! And you will too.
Here's a quote from them
"See the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Florida from a whole new perspective. The exclusive video first featured on The Disney Parks Blog was created from a series of photos snapped inside the Magic Kingdom Park. Its a sunrise-to-sunset story told without words. But the message is clear — celebrate"


Keith Loutit

Mardi Gras from Keith Loutit on Vimeo.



Bathtub II from Keith Loutit on Vimeo.



Bathtub III from Keith Loutit on Vimeo.



Bathtub IV from Keith Loutit on Vimeo.



Beached from Keith Loutit on Vimeo.




Mockmoon2000

Miniature City (720p HD) by Mockmoon2000



miniature city 2 -featuring vividblaze "tight rope (floor mix)" by Mockmoon2000



miniature trains 2 by Mockmoon2000



Dankicksass

Monster Truck Rally by dankicksass



Oyr27

Test: Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH1 - Pt.6 / Tilt Shift by Oyr27



Tkysstd

Tilt Lens Test with LUMIX GH1 by tkysstd



Phillip Lopez

A day, a Red One, a Tilt Shift lens and Of Montreal from Phillip Lopez on Vimeo.



theRenowned

Toy Town Island - tilt shift test 2 by theRenowned



TravelNevada

Hoover Dam in tilt-shift effect by TravelNevada



How To Create Tilt Shift Photography With Donald Norris



In this video tutorial, you will learn how to create tilt shift photography with a camera and tilt shift lens. This is how most of the stop motion videos were made in this collection.

Donald Norris Teaches: Tilt-Shift Photography by Norrisphoto



Creating A Miniature Tilt Shift Photograph Using Photoshop



If you want to know how to create a tilt shift photography without the use of a tilt shift lens, this tutorial by Photogavin will show you how to do it in Photoshop.

(HD)Fake miniature model, tilt & shift lens effect - Photoshop Week 36 by PhotoGavin




If there are more videos you want to share post a link in the comments!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Impossible photography by Li Wei

Li Wei art worksHave you ever used Photoshop to make yourself look like you are flying? These day you can easily manipulate photos to make yourself look like you are walking on water, or flying through the air. Li Wei, a Hubei born Chinese artist, does make these types of photo manipulations, the only difference is that Li does not use Photoshop as the primary editing tool. Instead Li poses the models in real life in mid air or on top water using wires and logistical aids.


"Somebody should hand Li a copy of Photoshop to save time and extra effort put into making these seeming impossible photographs". Is that what you think? Well sure! Why don't we! What you are forgetting is that if Li used Photoshop instead to make these images, then Li would not gain the same respect as Li would now. It is because of this extra effort Li has made an impact as a photographer. Take a look at these photos and check out Li's website, I promise there are a lot more where these pics came from.



Li Wei art works
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Interview with Simon Jones - Illustrator of the dark and wonderful



Simon Jones is a freelance Illustrator based in London. I came across his work on Epilogue website (fantasy and sci-fi art website), where I somehow landed on Simon's "The Video Word made Flesh" digital work. I was gob smacked to say the least. Did I hear you say dark and weird? I hope you meant that in the best possible way.


Here is the interview with him I obtained after a few exchanges of emails.


Tell us about how you became to be interested in digital media?

I first became drawn to digital media probably in the early 90s, I wasn't really happy with the results I was getting from traditional media, I felt that my work was becoming limited by the techniques I was using and I wasn't feeling inspired at all. I then came across some of Dave McKean's cover's for the Sandman comics and as a direct result of these got myself a copy of Photoshop. From there on out, I was hooked. Digital media brought back the thrill of being surprised by my own work, something as simple as the overlaying of a texture in Photoshop opened up endless possibilities and got me excited about work again.


What software do you use to make you images?

I used to work predominantly in Photoshop, using a combination of my on personal photos, as well as stock images, to create my artwork, but I began to feel the process of taking(photographs), or scouring the internet, for the right photo was becoming a bit tedious. Also I began to feel a little insecure about my work by just relying on photos. I then began to using 3D elements and used Cinema 4D for a long while, before I came across Zbrush. Since then, I haven't looked back. So now it's a combination of Zbrush and Photoshop, although I do use Painter also now and again.




How has the global economic crisis affected you and others around you?

Well, there's certainly been less commissions than in previous years, also I feel clients are being a little bit safe in their briefs, no-one's looking to take any risks at the moment.


Is H R Giger one of your influences? Your work does have characteristic similar to Giger's work. Who else is your influence?

Giger was a huge influence on me growing up, I studied his work endlessly, at the time there was no-one else doing anything like he did, he is a true visionary. Other than that, I'm mostly influenced by films such as David Cronenberg's "Videodrome" and Shinya Tsukamoto's "Tetsuo" films. Anything to with the transformation of the human body, or the fusion of man and machine. I'm also a great admirer of Kent Williams.




If macs were to cease to exist tomorrow, would you continue to work, or for that matter live?

As much as I love my Mac and couldn't live with out it, I have considered going over to the dark side and getting a PC, just for 3D work, but so far I've resisted the temptation.


What can we expect from the world of Simon Jones in the next year/month/week?

At the moment I've just finished writing some comics for the Koniotou brothers, I'm sure some of your blog readers will be familiar with their work, they've done a lot for stuff for the Games Workshop etc. I'm also working on a series of pictures in the vein of what I did with "The New Flesh". So exciting times.






Is there anything else you wanted to add?

I'd just like to thank you for taking the time for this interview and showing an interest in my work, it means a lot.



So there you have it folks. Who says dark and weird is a bad thing. Being bad is so good. You can follow Simon Jones's latest posting and deviations on DeviantArt and check out his website too.

DevianArt: the-scarlet-gospels.deviantart.com
Website: www.simonlewisjones.co.uk
Epilogue gallery: www.epilogue.net/cgi/database/art/list.pl?gallery=21879



Friday, May 15, 2009

Mark Jenkins Street Installations inspires me




Mark Jenkins, what can I say. I Stumbled upon his website and was very surprised. I think I'll let the pictures speak for themselves and I think you agree with me when I say "WFT that's so cool". He makes little baby sculptures made from tape that look amazing. They are translucent and he places them in some interesting places.