With Christmas in full swing, i thought it would be great to feature some digital art created for this magical time of year. I love digital art as it takes great skill to master. All the images are origional pieces of artwork and all carry different techniques and views. Lets have a gander!
Operation Secret Santa
This has to be my favourite image from the small collection shown in this blog. Its not only a fun & quirky portrayal of santa, that still captures the warmth and festive feel of christmas, but also from a artisitc point of view i love the attention to detail and in particular this style of artistic drawing. The play on light really shows off the different textures within the image and helps to draw you in more, constantly looking for hidden gems that have been added like the snow globe to the left or picture of rudolph hanging on the wall.
Christmas Night. Magic scene with flying Santa
This is a great example of seamless image manipulation. The artist has taken sections of different images and by adding his own artisitic flair, combined them to create a very belivable image. Even the manipulation of the trees evokes thoughts of elf shoes or candy cane sticks, strengthening the christmas feel.
I really like Mar Ka’s work as this artist uses simple lines and soft shading to create wonderfully emotive pieces, and this is no different. Blanking out any background shapes and leaving simply the figure in the snow gives a true feel of tranquility and silence and yet leaves the image feeling warm and heartfelt.
Happy New Year
Another Mar-Ka piece again shows off their skill in digital art. The simple shapes that are used to build up different textures helps even more to bring a festive feel to this image. This style is very remaniscent of art used for traditional christmas cards.
LEGO holiday magazine cover
I really like how this artisit has captured a snapshot of christmas, and especially the fact that thay have used an unusual set of models.
Scorching the Evil Snowman
This, all be it a bit less hearty and jolly, is also one of my favoutie pieces in this blog. Again not only due to the attention to detail but also the emotions + empathy felt for both the trapped girl & snowman.
Again another great piece showing off a different style of drawing by using short strokes to build up textures. This is another busy image that makes your eye wander, hunting for those hidden gems that have been added. For me, i love the old school robot as he pops his head out of the sack.
There are plenty more images out there, all with differnt styles used to create what their creators beilive to be the image of christmas. Have a very merry christmas and a happy new year!
Whilst I love digital media, I have a special place in my heart for print as that is where I started my career. However, sadly the blows seem to keep coming, eMarketer suggests that adults in the USA are now spending more time using mobile devices than consuming print media. [More]
In order to make sure that our projects are implemented on time and on budget we use a range of project management tools. One of the core elements that we use is The Daily Scrum
The daily team meeting is one of the core concepts of Scrum. In the meeting the team members talk about just three things:
What I did yesterday
What am I doing today
What are my impediments
This is the core concept of the scrums to determine what the team is working on and whether they are focussed on the task in hand. Within this ‘scrum’ it will also bring the team together and encourage each member to have their say. The discussions shouldn’t take longer than a few minutes but the project manager should encourage communication and not squash and feedback which could affect the project or any other project.
One area which is up for discussion is who should be involved? Who needs to participate in the scrum? Generally this should be anyone involved or working on the project on a weekly/daily basis. Who should be involved in the discussions? Only people involved in working on the backlog which could be a programmer through to a tester. The other participants should keep their thoughts to themselves until they get a chance to talk to the Scrum Master away from the team.
Generally at the end of the scrum the scrum master will allow time for individuals that are close to the project but not working on the Product backlog to give the team any information that is valuable for the team.
General rule for scrums…... keep them simple fast and open to the team.
From a designers point of view designing a brand with an interesting or slick name is a real pleasure. Abbreviated company names like JVC or HTC can provide endless typographic experiments, however, slick or quirky names like Sony or Billabong can offer the chance to create an interesting play on words and graphical marks.
The problem occurs for brands when the company name is cheap sounding for want of a better word, a 'cheap brand' that sounds as though it was dreamt up by someone’s grandmother doesn't grab anyone’s attention or imagination. A brand name doesn't necessarily need to relate to what the company has to offer, for example 'Johns pen shop'(apologies to John if he owns a pen shop) offers little inspiration in terms of a brand mark and sounds like an aforementioned cheap brand, 'the pen store' however sounds a little more upmarket, as though it could be the PC world of pens.This isn't always the case, Millies Cookies shows you can have a successful brand which is or was personal to the original founder, but the general consensus is that a company name that is unfamiliar or a little different generates more interest and credibility and also provides a designer with more inspiration.
I personally find brand names that use 'shop' 'store' et al are a little off putting, they scream 'small time business' to me, and even if that's what they are, they can still position themselves as a more upmarket brand by considering the company name. 'Card Factory' for example sounds rustic and mechanical, as if they're actually card making machine, the ideas and concepts it makes me think of from a branding perspective are plentiful.I suppose a lot of it boils down to how you want your company and or brand to be perceived, you may wish to appeal to the bargain basement market and don't feel the need for a clever quirky title, but I think if credibility and a more professional approach is what you want to achieve, considering the name of the company and the impact it will have within different media and people’s perception are vitally important.