11.04.17 by Staff

Giveaway: AND CO Gold Accounts

This week we are partnering with AND CO, a new platform built for freelancers to easily manage everything from contracts and time tracking to invoicing and payments. Their motto is “less hassle, more hustle,” aiming to provide freelancers with an all-in-one desktop and mobile dashboard that takes the headache out of the business side of freelancing.

They have also recently partnered with the Freelancers Union to create an extremely easy to use Freelance Contract. It’s designed to protect freelancers from non-payment and can be customized in a variety of ways depending on needs, usage rights, fees and other areas of protection. Check it out here.

We have 3 Gold Accounts (for 1 year) to giveaway, just tell us what you love most about freelancing in the comments below, and we’ll pick winners in 2 weeks!

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11.04.17 by Staff

Reddit Users Participate in Elaborate Collaborative Canvas Made of 1 Million Pixels

This year Reddit celebrated April Fool’s Day with Reddit Place, a virtual blank canvas made up of one million pixels. Users were invited to colour in a pixel but with the caveat that they had to wait 5-10 minutes before colouring another. The sub ran for 72 hours with the simple prompt:

There is an empty canvas.
You may place a tile upon it, but you must wait to place another.
Individually you can create something.
Together you can create something more.

Taking the last line to heart, entire communities emerged on the basis of wanting a particular corner to be a specific colour or those with grander goals in mind like The Starry KnightsMona Lisa Clan or Black Void.

Click below to check out a complete timelapse video or click here to see an animated gif of the image above! You can also find data dumps of the canvas activity here as well as an archive of the various stories behind almost every pixel at The Place Atlas.

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10.04.17 by Jeff

Illustrator Spotlight: Tomer Hanuka

Love this New Yorker cover by illustrator Tomer Hanuka (previously featured here). See more of his recent work below.

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05.04.17 by Jeff

New DKNG Studios Skillshare Class on Illustrating an Icon Set (Sponsored)

 

We’re partnering with Skillshare once again, to offer you guys access to thousands of quality art and design classes taught by award-winning creatives. A new Skillshare class has been released called Illustrating an Icon Set: Design a Cohesive Series, featuring illustrator Dan Kuhlken and designer Nathan Goldman of DKNG Studios. You may know them from their fantastic poster for Paramount’s 100th year Anniversary featuring 100 movies transformed into icons (check it out here).

Skillshare was interested in Booooooom sharing news of this class so I enrolled in it to make sure it was something worth your time. I’ve written a short review below and if you want to try it out, we have an exclusive offer for 2 free months of Skillshare Premium — just hit the link here!

 

 

I’ll preface my review of this class by saying that despite having freelanced as a graphic designer for several years, most of my knowledge of Illustrator came from learning on my own (through trial and error). For every advanced thing that I figured out there were always a couple other basic things I didn’t, and it’s interesting to watch these lessons with a ‘swiss cheese’ knowledge of the program because they reveal so many more efficient ways of working.

 

 

Dan Kuhlken does the heavy lifting in this class, creating three film-related icons but Nathan Goldman chimes in a fair amount with some good insights. Bonus: his voice kinda reminds me of a Will Forte character and it kinda made me look forward to his input. Also, I was a bit surprised that Dan prefers to use a trackpad for this kind of work. Do a lot of you use trackpads in illustrator? I can’t get into it.

 

 

Prior to taking this class I never understood how or why people used multiple art boards, and I was unaware you could turn shapes into guides (Lesson 3) or use global color to update every instance of a color in your document (Lesson 4). All of these things are super useful and the global color thing specifically could have saved me hours of work on pretty much every project I’ve ever worked on.

Having completed several classes now, I think there should be an overlay (that can be toggled on and off) dedicated to all the hot keys the teachers use. Many of them pop up on screen but not enough in my opinion. You can figure out most of them with a quick Google search it just kinda breaks the flow.

 

 

I created the image above based off the film poster for Dunkirk. It’s not finished yet, and it still feels a bit different from the icons they created below. I definitely need to introduce white somewhere, clean up the landscape stuff, and probably add some thin straight line details but it’s getting there.

 

 

The class ends with some tips on finals tweaks like using off-white instead of pure white to make things feel a little more custom (rounding corners also helps). Overall it’s another really great class, and I learned a lot of things that will now become part of my regular workflow.

If you have any specific questions about the class feel free to a comment or send a tweet. 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!

 

 

04.04.17 by Jeff

Someone is Photoshopping Images of Donald Trump Wearing Really Long Ties

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!

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23.03.17 by Jeff

Giveaway: QWSTION Weekender Bag

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.

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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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22.02.17 by Staff

Book Giveaway: Chromaphilia by Stella Paul

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!

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