“Typographic Thoughts” – fun & ingenious experiments by Liron Ashkenazi

“Ongoing typographic experiments I do in order to learn/practice new design/animation/render techniques. This is what I love doing in my spare time,”

Liron Ashkenazi shared about her “Typographic Thoughts” series. She sure had lots of fun with all the gorgeous experiments. The pure joy shines through each and every work. Bold colours explode and wacky shapes burst across every composition. If the words resonate with us one, the visualisations of those resonate with us ten. It’s truly satisfying to have thoughts visualised into stunning typography. No wonder the letters have become Liron’s besties.

“even when working on project I don’t necessarily like or feel like I’m learning a lot from, I always know I have my letters to come home to ; )”

You can see even more great work from Liron on her website, Behance, Dribbble.

Here are the typographic thoughts with brilliant combinations of colours, texture and patterns:

The GIFs are our instant favorites. They’re so smooth that they strip away all our clusters.

The 3D renders showcase some whimsical combinations of materials and shapes.

This blog was first published on Kuvva blog.

“Typographic Thoughts” – fun & ingenious experiments by Liron Ashkenazi

“Monsterkompendium” by Celsius Pictor – perfect for your Halloween

If you stumble upon “Monsterkompendium” without knowing beforehand what it really is, you may just buy the story at first sight. These extraordinary mechanical animals are a complete wonder. It gives the same thrill that a cabinet of curiosities would do centuries ago.

But this time, this compilation of biological research by lord Philip Polkar I is actually a collage project by artist Celsius Pictor. By pairing existing animals and mechanical parts, Celsius worked out a series of wondrous beasts. Yes, this mechanical zoology sure looks weird, but at the same time, it makes you think “why not?” These imageries are a true eye opener of borderline manifestation between nature and artificiality.

What’s also remarkable about the project is that Celsius wrapped the whole thing within a story world. The surrounding fiction provides a safe environment for those mechanic beasts to unveil themselves to the world. I wouldn’t mind seeing one for real this Halloween. And you?

You can see more great work from Celsius Pictor on his website, Tumblr, Twitter, Dribbble.

Sparrows – Sparrow evolved in the first half of the 20th century in the north islands.

Poisonous chameleon – Belongs to the species of chameleons but this animal is crossed with the rattlesnake and he snaps his castanets(1) when he feels threatened.

Steamsnail – One of the main characteristics of the animals of the mysterious continent is that mechanic evolution has eliminated their weak spots. The steam snail proves this thesis and also provides an example of sense of humor that prevails in this land.

The bizarre giant bird – The sailors who accompanied Philip on its second voyage, fled in terror to hear the chanting of this terrible animal. The author was not able to describe that sound in his notes.

The Openbill – This species of stork is one of the most evolved animals and was discovered by Lord Philip on his 2nd travel. Although it feeds on fish, the place from whence he draws his fuel is unknown.

Reinforced toad

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“Monsterkompendium” by Celsius Pictor – perfect for your Halloween

Artist Gogi Eom collaborates with his nine-year-old self on an awesome series

Children’s drawings are sketchy. But if they’re nurtured, they’ll go far. Even the greatest artist started out as a child after all. In an earlier post about embracing children’s creative potential, we featured artwork done by children side by side with their renditions done by professional artists. Talented artist Gogi Eom from Korea made it even better. He took some characters from his drawing when he was nine, and re-illustrated the whole thing with his current signature style.

It’s genius, I’m telling you. The illustrations from his nine-year-old self still retains its childlike and innocent quality. While the illustrations from his current self exudes professionalism, mastery and maturity. The contrast emphasises the journey Gogi has taken to refine his skills as an illustrator. Isn’t that a priceless, heartfelt moment? When your current self teams up with the nine-year-old self to have fun and do what both like doing most. This series is indeed a genial gift to anybody who used to be a child.

Craving for more great work? Head over to Gogi Eom’s website, Tumblr, Facebook, Instagram, or Society6.

And the childhood drawings from Gogi Eom. Gorgeous, aren’t they? I could even guess that the first one is about “The Tortoise and the Hare”.

This blog was first published on Kuvva blog.

Artist Gogi Eom collaborates with his nine-year-old self on an awesome series

“NeueFable” – Gorgeous Indonesian Fables illustrated in numbers

Taking up challenges is a good way to hone your skills as an illustrator. Indonesian artist Sefilianto Darmansyah did a really good one. Eyeka’s challenge last year said: “Turn the 10 Arabic numerals into more than just mathematic symbols! Help us to “make time together” by submitting creative and meaningful artworks of the Arabic numerals (from 0 to 9).”

Then Sefilianto made “NeueFable”, in which each number tells an Indonesian fable. Story wise, it’s pretty much like Aesop’s Fables where animals had their own problems and there were moral lessons by the end of the stories. Visual wise, every one of them is absolutely gorgeous. Sefilianto made use of the number’s typographic anatomy to tell the stories really well. You can already guess a few things about the fables before reading the captions. The colours are engaging and the shapes are narrative-rich. A delightful treat for all curious minds!

You can also get your own “NeueFable” art print here! And see even more nice work by Sefilianto on his website, Tumblr, Twitter.

The number 0 is titled “Si Gajah dan Si Kancil yang Terjebak”, a story about an elephant (gajah) and a mouse-deer (kancil). One day the mouse-deer was trapped in a hole in the ground. He tricked the elephant until he’s willing to go into the hole. Finally the mouse-deer was able to get out by stepping on the elephant and the elephant himself was trapped.

The number 1 is titled “Si Kelinci dan Si Kura-kura Balapan Lari”, a story about a proud rabbit (kelinci) who challenged a wise turtle (kura-kura) to a race to see who’s faster. The rabbit was beaten by the turtle at the end. Because the proud rabbit thought that he’s unbeatable and fell asleep.

The number 2 is titled “Si Ayam dan Si Monyet yang Rakus”, a story about a greedy monkey (monyet) who tried to eat his own friend, chicken (ayam). The chicken who got away asked his friend, the crab, to tricked the monkey to get into a boat and to make a leak so that the crab could escape easily. The monkey was drown at the end.

The number 3 is titled “Si Katak Kecil dan Si Ular Kecil Bermain Bersama”, a story about a little frog (katak) and a little snake (ular) who used to be friends, but their parents told them to get away from each other because they’re natural enemies.

The number 4 is titled “Tipu Daya Si Bangau”, a story about a stork (bangau) who told the fish that he never ate fish. He also told them that a danger was coming to the lake and he’s willing to help every fish escape from the lake. But he actually just brought the fish to his nest and ate them.

The number 5 is titled “Si Buaya dan Si Burung yang Menyanyi”, a story about a crocodile (buaya) and a bird (burung) who were friends. The bird always sang on the crocodile’s head. One day the crocodile was yawning and the bird accidentally fell into his mouth. For a while, the crocodile thought that he finally could sing like his friend, until he realised that it was just the bird who was in his mouth. The crocodile was sad because he couldn’t sing, but the bird told him that he could sing too, by using bubbles that unexpectedly harmonised with the bird’s singing.

The number 6 is titled “Si Landak yang Kesepian”, a story about a porcupine (landak) who’s lonely because everyone’s afraid of his quills. Until one day, there’s a frog who was having a birthday party and suddenly a wolf came. The frog and the tortoise tried to run away. The wolf accidentally stepped onto the porcupine and run away in pain. Now everyone became friends with the porcupine.

The number 7 is titled “Si Tupai dan Si Ikan Gabus yang Sakit”, a story about a squirrel (tupai) who had a snakehead fish (ikan gabus) friend. The fish was sick and could only be healed by a Yu fish’s heart. So the squirrel went on a journey and finally found the dangerous Yu fish. The squirrel fought the Yu fish until he killed it and got the heart. The snakehead fish was then healed thanks to his friend.

The number 8 is titled “Si Rusa Sombong dan Si Kulomang”, a story about a deer (rusa) and a sea snail (kulomang). The sea snail challenged the deer to a race and whoever won could take territory of the beach. The sea snail, who had a lot of friends, tricked the deer into thinking that the sea snail always won, while it was just his friends waiting on the finish line.

The number 9 is titled “Si Hiu dan Si Lumba-lumba yang Tertangkap”, a story about a shark (hiu) who had a dolphin (lumba-lumba) friend. One day the dolphin got caught in a fisherman’s net, and the shark tried to break the net but failed. Then the fisherman, who saw the dolphin, pitied him and let him go. The dolphin was very thankful, but the shark was very angry because he thought the fisherman was taking his food too. Since then, the dolphins always help humans who drown in the sea, while the sharks always attack and try to eat them.

This blog was first published on Kuvva blog.

“NeueFable” – Gorgeous Indonesian Fables illustrated in numbers

Núria Madrid shares her neat & dazzling 3D illustrations

“I’m Núria Madrid, a freelance designer + art director born and raised in sunny Barcelona. After working for several years in advertising agencies as an art director, now I try to focus more on 3D illustration.”

Núria told us, and we’re sure happy that she did. It’s jaw-dropping to see Núria’s 3D creations. Anyone would’ve wondered: “Is that real?… Or 3D renders?” They just look so flawlessly fabulous and gorgeously convincing.

Each model is so carefully crafted with great attention to details. Núria’s ability to juggle with different materials and let them interact with each other through reflection, shadow and lighting is pure genius. It gives the viewers an tremendous satisfying feeling. Some makes you think “this is real”, while some is “too beautiful to be real” and you’re just happy that it’s there for you to see.

So we’re super excited to have Núria Madrid talk about the behind-the-scenes of her latest splendid 3D artwork. Enjoy, and don’t forget that you can see even more great work on her website, Behance, Instagram.

Project 1 – 3D Alphabet

“I decided to participate in this year’s “36 days of type”. I think it is a very interesting project (made by Nina Sans and Rafa Goicoechea) that challenges you to make a type every day and tag it on Instagram. It was great to follow other artists’ types and see how everyone gives their particular view on the different signs in our alphabet.”

“I decided to make it 100% with 3D softwares because it’s a way to practice and try lots of techniques and ideas. By that moment, I hadn’t used a lot of 3D illustrations in my work, so that project encouraged me to practice. Sometimes I thought of an idea and executed it within the same day. Other times I thought of an idea for a letter and began to sketch it out for a few days. I made the sketch directly on 3D softwares because I didn’t have much time.

Some days it was hard to participate and make something awesome, because at the same time we all have our regular job. But a lot of great artists made the effort to post lots of stunning types.”

Project 2 – “Kyoto”

“My project “Kyoto” is part of a workshop about Cinema4D. I made it because I liked the teacher’s work a lot. So I thought it could be fun and inspiring to try. I visited Japan years ago when I was 21. I loved Kyoto, it was my favorite city for its blend of traditional and modern Japan.”

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“I wanted to do some illustrations in isometric perspective and full of details and objects. I found a lot of reference images in that point of view, so I started to sketch the elements and the main geometric structure with easy geometric pieces. For the colors, I made a color scheme that I liked and decided to use only 3 or 4 simple glossy and sticky materials.”

Project 3 – “Economia” Mag September

“I was commissioned to make the September’s cover and interior feature about this year’s rich list on a British magazine called Economia. I was given complete freedom to compose the images. The only requirement was to show the areas where all these rich people made their business (aviation, football, industrials, hotel, technology). I wanted to do something fun and flashy to contrast with the seriousness of the magazine.”

“First I modeled all the elements that I had in mind and then built everything around the headline. I spent most of the time making the composition, then deciding the color palette. First I used lots of colors but it looked a bit muddy, so I narrowed down to only three colors. This project was a collaboration with Cristian Malagón.”

This blog was first published on Kuvva blog.

Núria Madrid shares her neat & dazzling 3D illustrations