01.12.11 by Jeff

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Emails like these keep me going, thanks Tom!

Inbox email of the day Thank You Tom Ngo













Jeff
Jeff Hamada is the Founder and Editor of Booooooom. He lives and works in Vancouver.



  • My blog is actually really smaller that yours, but I perfectly understand what it means to receive such emails, it gives you a kind of satisfaction that, as you said, keeps you join and gives you an inner smile.
    Keep up the great work, as booooooom is one of my favorite sources.
    Best,
    Marica

    • appreciate it marica!

  • This website made me discover a lot of oeuvres who influenced my own works. Thank you dude

    Des bécots de Montpellier !

    • great to hear Leon!

  • As an art student, to me this blog makes ​​all the difference.

    • Thanks Taina, where are you going to school?

  • Art student too, and this blog made me discover some really great artists that will, for sure, influence a lot my works.

    Keep the good job on, Booooooom!

  • Jeff,

    We too have a site/blog that features artists and receiving occasional “gifts” like these from readers or individuals featured on our site definitely makes it all worth it! This one seems extra special for you and very well deserved! You have a great site with strong and varied content that is always inspiring.

    Keep up the good work!

    BA

  • Tom rocks! Cheers booooooom also! Thanks to you, I can now notice when a word has 7 o’s in it just by looking at it.





01.03.17 by Jeff

New Aaron Draplin Skillshare Class on Customizing Type (Sponsored)

 

We’ve partnered with Skillshare several times now to offer you guys access to thousands of quality art and design classes taught by award-winning creatives. A new class has just been released called Customizing Type with Draplin, the third class by the always entertaining and tremendously talented designer Aaron Draplin. Skillshare was interested in Booooooom sharing the class so I personally enrolled in the class so I could review it. We also have an exclusive offer for 2 free months of Skillshare Premium, just hit the link here!

I can say right off the top that this class isn’t for beginners. If you don’t have a basic understanding of Illustrator you can get lost at some parts (I’ve used the program for years and still had to pause and Google a couple of things). Skillshare does offer a bunch of Illustrator classes so you could start with one of those first. Having said that my motto has always been to get in over your head, so if you’re a determined newbie there’s no better way to learn than to jump in with both feet.

 

 

The thing I like most about Draplin’s approach is that it’s always quick and dirty, and nothing is sacred. He designs through brute force and uses a lot of shortcuts I wasn’t aware of (like quickly kerning letters with option+arrow keys – somehow I didn’t know this).

It starts to get really good around Lesson 7 when he focuses on sketching. He shows you the way he roughs out an idea, traces it in ink, and re-draws it several times. One quick iPhone photo and he’s immediately back working on it in Illustrator.

 

 

I especially liked the bonus lesson on adding texture and imperfection to letters to make them feel handmade, and the one on rebuilding a script. All in all I thought it was a great class and several of Draplin’s methods were immediately helpful for me as I was also working on a t-shirt graphic.

You can watch the trailer for the class below, and if you’re interested in trying out Skillshare we have a special deal for our readers to try 2 months of Skillshare Premium for free!

 

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01.03.17 by Staff

“Abstracted Landscapes” by Artist Christopher Schade

Artist Christopher Schade explores the tension between visual expectation, our beliefs, and what we actually experience. See more images from his ongoing series below or on display at Rafius Fane Gallery in Boston this November.

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01.03.17 by Jeff

Booooooom Reader Submissions: March

Hello everyone, here is this month’s Reader Submissions post! Please share your work here if you’d like to be considered for a feature on Booooooom. The comments allow images to be attached so make sure post an image along with a link to your website.

One of the things that makes Booooooom unique is the encouraging comments people send back and forth on these monthly submission posts. If you’re going to share your work please take an extra second to leave a nice comment on someone else’s work!

Voting up work is like high-fiving that person, and it also helps us see what work you guys like! Remember, even if your work isn’t featured on the main site these posts can send some decent traffic to your portfolio! The link below the guidelines at the bottom will open up this full post, simply scroll down and use our commenting system to submit your work.

 

Submission guidelines:

 1. Please don’t flood the comments with a dozen images, just post 1 image that represents your best work along with 1 link.

2. If you see good work posted by someone upvote it so it appears at the top. This is not just a nice thing to do, it helps me see what work you actually like.

3. You can/should also encourage people who are sharing good work here! Comment on their posts and let them know you like what they’re doing. I really want to foster a community here, and this is a simple way you can connect with other people making work.

4. Keep in mind your post may not show up right away because it has an image attached. It may need to be manually approved first so don’t freak out and post a million times, once is enough.

 

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01.03.17 by Staff

Artist Spotlight: Walter Sutin

Drawings by artist Walter Sutin. More images below.

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01.03.17 by Staff

Photographer Spotlight: Margaret Durow

Photos by Madison, Wisconsin-based photographer Margaret Durow (previously featured here). See more images below.

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