I remember late last year people were pointing out how long Donald Trump’s ties looked in photos and now a Twitter account @TrumpsTies is having some fun with that idea. The Photoshopping is on point too! Maybe this is a conspiracy to have search results for “Trump” and “Ties” bring up these images instead of anything related to Russia. You be the judge, lots more images below!
Switzerland-based QWSTION have teamed up with fashion designer Julian Zigerli to produce a special version of their Weekender bag and they sent us one. The iridescent surface displays an array of colours when light shines directly at it. Note: We shot the image above with a flash, and the colours have not been manipulated. Have a look below to see what the bag looks like with the lights on.
There’s also a second set of straps so the bag can be worn over the shoulder or as a backpack. We have one of these special bags to give away to our readers so if you wanna snag it, leave a comment below and tell us the first place you’ll travel with it.
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!
Phaidon is releasing a new book all about colour and art. Written by author and art historian Stella Paul, Chromaphilia invites readers to consider the many ways that colour has been theorized and utilized to express meaning and emotion throughout different time-periods and cultures.
Each chapter of the book covers a specific colour (Red, Blue, Purple, Gold, Yellow, Green, White, Grey and Black), and offers insight, artwork and anecdotes you probably didn’t know. Like how Yves Klein’s obsession with a particular shade of blue led him to develop his own customized (and patented) paint. Or how many crushed bugs it used to take to make the coveted red dye used for royal garments. (The answer is 70,000!)
Check out more images from Chromaphilia below or grab yourself a copy when it’s released on March 13th. We also have one to give away! To snag the book, simply post a link to any Booooooom article in the comment section below and write 1 sentence about the artist’s use of colour.
The winner will be selected in two weeks!
Pictoplasma is going to be in Berlin May 10-14th! Once again hosting a slew of inspirational lectures and workshops on contemporary character design and art with leading artists, illustrators, designers and filmmakers from around the world. While the complete lineup won’t be finalized until March, you can see a selection of the speakers and their work below!
The event will also feature wider festivities open to the public, including screenings of animations and exhibitions of original character work pushing the limits of traditional storytelling, animation and gaming.
Book your tickets here! We’ve also got a pair to give away. If you can get yourself to Berlin (or already live in the area) simply hit the “Read More” button below and leave a comment telling us which of the conference speakers you’d be most excited to see! We’ll pick two winners on February 24th!
We’re been posting lots of animation over on Booooooom TV lately, and hopefully a healthy mix of things you haven’t seen before. Here’s a few recommendations: