60 Amazing Christmas and New Year’s Eve Flyers for the Holiday Season

The holiday season is fast approaching, and what better way to celebrate Christmas and New Year’s than to invite your loved ones to a fun celebration? So kick off the festivities with the right flyer to get the party started!

In this collection of 60 amazing assets, we present you with a plethora of amazing resources from both Envato Market and Envato Elements.

Need help modifying these templates? Enlist the help of a design professional by contacting the good folks at Envato Studio.

Christmas Flyers and Invitations

From ugly sweater parties to kicking off a holiday sale, these flyers and invitations will cover all your creative festivities for the holiday season. Enjoy the fantastic selection below.

Simple Christmas Party Flyer

If you’re looking for a simple and elegant flyer then look no further! This beautiful design features Christmas tree branches, sparkling gold stars, and simple ornament designs, all on a fully editable file.

Simple Christmas Party Flyer

Christmas Fair Flyer

Become the star of the local fair with this glittery reindeer design. This download includes one Photoshop file with easy-to-use vector elements. Choose from light and dark versions for more variations.

Christmas Fair Flyer

Xmas Bash Flyer Template

Show off your love of 3D and your excitement for the holiday festivities. This flyer not only comes with a print ready file, but also a fully editable text version of “Xmas Bash” to customize to your party needs.

Xmas Bash Flyer Template

Modern Merry Christmas Flyer

Step into the future with this chic and modern Christmas flyer. Great for office parties or casual events, this flyer comes with an Adobe Indesign flyer and card. It’s also available in several standard sizes.

Modern Merry Christmas Flyer

Merry Christmas Party Flyer Template

Get into the holiday spirit with this fun, vibrant Christmas flyer. Download all the fonts used here for free and customize your design in a few simple clicks.

Merry Christmas Party Flyer Template

Jingle Beats Christmas Party Flyer Template

Jingle Beats, a play off the classic “Jingle Bells”, is a fun flyer design that incorporates gorgeous design elements on an easy-to-use template. Included is even a free video tutorial to assist you in customizing your flyer design.

Jingle Beats Christmas Party Flyer Template

Christmas Party Flyer

Dance the night away with this emerald Christmas party flyer! Featuring a sparking mirror ball and cursive title, this flyer shines with holiday cheer. Simply drag and drop your text and details using the simple placeholders.

Christmas Party Flyer

Reindeer Christmas Flyer

Show off your love for that time of the year when snow blankets the land and the reindeer come out to play. Announce your Christmas events with this beautiful flyer that features several color variations on an easily editable file.

Reindeer Christmas Flyer

Modern Christmas Flyer

Looking for a more modern look? This colorful flyer design features a unique modern vibe that breaks down your favorite Christmas elements into fun geometric shapes. Ideal for the modern design enthusiast, this flyer can be customized easily in Adobe Illustrator.

Modern Christmas Flyer

Ugly Sweater Christmas Party Invite

Put a smile on everyone’s face with this fun Christmas invite! Whip out your favorite ugly sweater and get ready to celebrate the holiday season surrounded by your loving family and friends.

Ugly Sweater Christmas Party Invitation

Cool Pattern Christmas Flyer

Love geometric design? This Christmas flyer features a cool pattern that illustrates several festive trees against a modern red background. It’s also print ready with an easily editable file, so download this holiday flyer and plug in your information with Adobe Illustrator.

Cool Pattern Christmas Flyer

Christmas Santa Flyer

Show off Santa’s cool side with this fun Christmas flyer. Featuring yummy candy canes and stylish red shades, this Santa is ready for your festive party. Also included is helpful font information, A4 size templates, and so much more.

Christmas Santa Flyer

Ugly Christmas Sweater Party Flyer

Who has the ugliest sweater of them all? Showcase your love for the holidays with this fun, easy-to-use flyer design. With custom-made elements sure to dazzle your friends, this flyer means you’ll be the life of the party after one simple download.

Ugly Christmas Sweater Party Flyer

Christmas Vibes Flyer

Surround yourself with the chill modern vibes of this electric party flyer. Great for DJs and party throwers, this template features several modern palettes to choose from. Enjoy it today!

Christmas Vibes Flyer

Winter Party Psd Flyer

If you love the winter time but aren’t in the holiday spirit, consider this gorgeous winter party flyer design. Perfect to promote your next event, this flyer features two different color variations that are sure to highlight your festive celebrations.

Winter Party Psd Flyer

Classy Christmas Party Flyer Template

Elegance and class make for this beautiful flyer design. This gorgeous template comes in three different colors with all the design elements included! Look no further for your classy celebrations with this beautiful Christmas flyer.

Classy Christmas Party Flyer Template

Christmas Party-Vintage Style Flyer

Nothing says the holidays like a look down memory lane. In this festive flyer design, you’ll find a vintage-themed party flyer with classic Christmas tree and Santa elements. Celebrate your love of vintage design with this holiday poster.

Christmas Party-Vintage Style Flyer

Ugly Sweater Party Flyer

It’s safe to say that Ugly Sweater parties are the event to attend this holiday season! So show off your fuzzy sweater for a chance to win fun prizes! This elegant design features a beautiful knit pattern background. Play with four different color choices to customize this look!

Ugly Sweater Party Flyer

Winter Party Flyer Template

Christmas flyers are a little predictable, but this beautiful winter flyer features gorgeous frozen leaves against a warm wooden background. It’s super easy to edit, so you can adjust any color or element to fit your design needs.

Winter Party Flyer Template

Christmas Fair Flyer

Who doesn’t love a good fair? This flyer design features simple vector elements that are sure to inspire the holiday spirit. Change the text to fit your next event, and enjoy all the food and festivities to be had.

Christmas Fair Flyer

Christmas Beer Party Flyer

Reward Santa with a nice cold glass of beer with this fun Christmas-themed flyer. Available in two different colors, this flyer is ready to hit the printer. Just add your text and sit back to enjoy the holiday brew.

Christmas Beer Party Flyer

Minimal Christmas Flyer

Celebrate the holiday season with this beautiful minimal flyer design. It’s packed with colorful triangular elements, and you can simply customize this poster with your party info before sending this design straight to the printer. Help file included.

Minimal Christmas Flyer

Reindeer Christmas Party Flyer

Rudolph and the gang are all ready to take flight with this simple flyer design. It has unlimited color variations, so you can change the background to fit your needs in a few short minutes.

Reindeer Christmas Party Flyer

Foil Foliage Christmas Party Invitation

Join your loved ones for some holiday cheer! This beautiful Christmas design features gold foliage and red berries. It’s perfect for the holiday season and can easily fit into a colorful envelope for that personalized touch.

Foil Foliage Christmas Party Invitation

Cookie Swop Christmas Party Invitation

Cookie party, anyone? Show off your baking skills with this sweet Christmas design featuring fun cookie elements. You can scale and adjust everything that you see in this lovely vector design.

Cookie Swop Christmas Party Invitation

Christmas Sale Flyer

The holiday season is the perfect time for presents, hot chocolate, and sales! Use this fun flyer to add flair to your marketing strategy with a design that features a joyful Santa popping out of a box. And let us know how it helps your sales in the comments below!

Christmas Sale Flyer

Gold Confetti Christmas Party

Join together to celebrate the holiday season with this elegant gold confetti design. This design features a beautiful faux foil look paired with gorgeous fonts you can download for free.

Gold Confetti Christmas Party Invitation

Holiday Party Flyer Template

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Kill two holidays with one stone with this colorful flyer design. This template features three color variations, with vector objects that can all be resized without any quality lost.

Holiday Party - Flyer Template

Cool Abstract Christmas Flyer

This abstract Christmas flyer is ideal for the modern design enthusiasts! With a unique take on a Christmas tree as the centerpiece of this design, this flyer also features free fonts and customizable elements that can be adjusted easily in Adobe Illustrator.

Cool Abstract Christmas Flyer

Christmas Party Invitation

Bring joy to your family and friends and win them over with this fun party invite. This design features a simple snow-covered village with additional holiday elements for added charm and cheer. Celebrate the holidays with this print-ready design.

Christmas Party Invitation

Merry Xmas Party Flyer

Need a cool flyer for your next club event? This festive design features vibrant holiday elements, all within an easy-to-use and fully customizable file. Swap out the model with your own for a more personalized touch, or download the stock you need from PhotoDune.

Merry Xmas Party Flyer

Christmas Decorations Party Flyer

Say “Merry Christmas” with this fun party flyer. This design features beautiful Christmas decorations with festive 3D text that is easy to customize. Insert your party information and send your design straight to the printer!

Christmas Decorations Party Flyer

Merry Christmas Ornament Party Flyer

Nothing says Christmas like a gorgeous ornament. This flyer design features an ornament front and center that you can interchange with four different color versions. Show off your holiday cheer and download the free text to keep this beautiful look intact.

Merry Christmas Ornament Party Flyer

Santa Is a DJ Flyer Template

Santa is the best DJ around with this fun flyer template. This design features easily editable text against a vibrant holiday theme. Switch out Santa’s picture for your own, or download your favorite from PhotoDune.

Santa is a DJ Flyer Template

Vintage Christmas Party

Explore your love for everything vintage with this simple Christmas flyer. This design features a print-ready template with fully editable elements. Download the free fonts from the links attached, or look for your own on GraphicRiver.

Vintage Christmas Party

New Year’s Eve Flyers

2017 is right around the corner, and it’s time to ring in the New Year like you never have before! Invite
the world to your shindig with these beautiful party flyers.

New Year Celebration Flyer Template

Impress your friends and party goers with this minimalist New Year celebration flyer. Designed with festive party elements like balloons, champagne glasses and more, this template is available in both Illustrator and Photoshop formats.

New Year Celebration Flyer Template

2017 New Year’s Eve Flyer

Kick off the New Year with this explosive design! This flyer features spectacular fireworks with vibrant colors and bold type. With many color variations available, pull in the crowds with this easily editable flyer design.

2017 New Years Eve Flyer

New Year Menu Template V1

Created with lovely flourishes and stunning gold details, this template is the perfect way to bring in the New Year. Included is a double-sided design with fully organized layers. Try it out for your party flyer!

New Year Menu Template V1

NYE 2099 Party Flyer Template

Celebrate the year like it’s 2099 with this fun flyer template! This design features editable text and several template versions that you can use to promote your events online and on social media.

NYE 2099 Party Flyer Template

Clock New Year’s Party Flyer Template

Countdown to the New Year with this clock-inspired flyer template. This design features a beautiful gold theme that is perfect for any club or party event. Add your own text and customize your flyer to fit your celebration.

Clock New Years Party Flyer Template

New Year Sale Flyer

It’s the season for holiday sales and a great time for stores to set up their local flyers. Try out this black and yellow design, for example. Featuring a simple tag design and clean serif fonts, this template may just be the right fit for you!

New Year Sale Flyer

2017 Fireworks New Year Flyer

Announce the New Year with this beautiful flyer. This design features a colorful fireworks display along a beautiful city skyline. With many color variations available, you can explore the possibilities for your own custom designs.

2017 Fireworks New Year Flyer

Happy New Year Flyer

2017 is almost here! So celebrate all the fun festivities with this flyer design. This template features gorgeous 3D text that is sure to stun your event-goers. Let this illustration do all the talking in the planning of your next event!

Happy New Year Flyer

New House Party Flyer

Bring down the house with this party flyer. This design features a fun geometric design with several color variations available. Swap out the “House” text to “Year” for the perfect New Year’s flyer.

New House Party Flyer

New Year Party Celebration Flyer

Featuring bold yellow and blue colors, this template helps you countdown the new year with style. Enjoy the modern vector design with organized layers you can easily customize. Change colors, fonts and more to match your brand or theme.

New Year Party Celebration Flyer

Skyline New Year Party Flyer

If you can’t wait for the beautiful shine of fireworks against the cool night sky then this flyer is for you! This design features a vibrant fireworks explosion front and center with a simple city skyline in the background. Easily customize to your liking for a fun, print ready design.

City New Year Flyer

Mirror Ball 2017 New Year’s Flyer Template

Nothing screams the New Year’s like the drop of that giant mirror ball in NYC. So show your excitement for 2017 with this simple and elegant flyer design. Included is a print-ready template with built-in free fonts to make your life a little easier.

Mirror Ball 2017 New Years Flyer Template

NYE 2017 Party Flyer

Pop those champagne bottles in style with this electric New Year’s Eve party flyer. This design features free fonts and design elements with many different color variations to choose from.

NYE 2017 Party Flyer

Geometric NYE 2017 Flyer

Dazzle the crowd with this stunning New Year’s Eve flyer. This design features an abstract geometric design that effectively showcases the fun of your event along a vibrant skyline. With many color variations to choose from, you can’t go wrong with this electrifying template!

Geometric NYE 2017 Flyer

Luminous Flyer

Inspired by the bright lights of a city, this Luminous flyer is perfect for your next event. Ring in the New Year with this vibrant design that is easy to customize, with all elements included.

Luminous Flyer

Ornate NYE Party Flyer

Get ready to have the time of your life celebrating the New Year with this unique party flyer. This template features vibrant 3D text against an ornate design, with elements that are 100% scalable.

Ornate NYE Party Flyer

New Year Celebration Party Flyer

If you need something simple and straight to the point then look no further with this celebratory party flyer. This design features all New Year’s-themed elements, from fireworks to champagne and more. Customize with your text for a fast and easy flyer.

New Year Celebration Party Flyer

Alternative Space Party Flyer

Promote your next club event with this alternative party flyer. Perfect for New Year’s or any other fun celebration, this design features a futuristic design that can be customized to your needs. Links to all fonts used are available in the downloaded file.

Alternative Space Party Flyer

Minimal Design Party Flyer

Need something minimal for New Year’s with an artistic flair? Bring down the house with this party flyer which features geometric shapes and unique elements that give this design a one-of-a-kind feel. Switch out the text to easily customize this flyer for your New Year’s celebrations.

Minimal Party Flyer

Glittery New Year Party Flyer

Shine bright like a diamond with this glittery party flyer! This design features an explosion of glitter and unique champagne design elements that show off your design for that electric New Year’s appeal.

Glittery New Year Party Flyer

DJ New Year’s Eve Flyer Template

Party like a DJ with this fun flyer design. This template features a DJ theme with sleek white headphones and a unique banner design. Plug in your party details and get ready to ring in the New Year in style!

DJ New Years Eve Flyer Template

2017 Champagne New Year Party Flyer

Glass of champagne, anyone? Celebrate the New Year with this festive party flyer. This template features a beautiful gold theme with glitter, stars, and tall champagne glasses that are sure to stun any event-goer.

2017 Champagne New Year Party Flyer

3D New Year’s Eve Flyer

If you love 3D then take a gander at this beautiful New Year’s Eve flyer! This party design features fun 3D elements that are 100% scalable. Customize to your liking to ring in the New Year with style.

3D New Years Eve Flyer

New Year Flyer Bundle

One of the many great deals on GraphicRiver is this New Year’s Eve flyer bundle. This bundle features three stunning flyer designs, each with its own unique visual take on this theme. Get three organized party designs, all for one great price!

New Year Flyer Bundle

New Year Celebration Flyer

Enjoy the best aspects of minimalist design with this festive New Year’s flyer. The elegant design features a 100% vector file that utilizes these awesome fonts. Download it today to make your celebration shine!

New Year Celebration Flyer

Conclusion

This list is jam-packed with exciting resources for the avid designer familiar with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. If you need additional help modifying these templates, enlist the skills of a talented professional by choosing one of the amazing designers from Envato Studio.

And with thousands of holiday flyers at your fingertips, chances are we’ve missed a few to add to your personal collection. Be sure to browse Envato Market and Envato Elements for more resources, and let us know your favorites in the comments below!

Confusion and outrage over the new Dropbox visual identity

File storage tool and workspace collaboration platform Dropbox unveiled its controversial redesign last night much to the support, but mostly fuming distaste, of the design community.

The bold new identity aims to illustrate Dropbox’s new collaboration tools as a deliberate move away from acting purely as a file storage facilitator. 

Dropbox published a blog post stating the new brand design was inspired by the creative work of its customers – everyone from musicians to medical researchers. The new brand identity will roll out over the next few weeks on its website and products.

It includes a bright new colour palette, new typography, illustrations and collaboration with artists – a far cry from its minimalist blue-and-white corporate aesthetic.

The fresh look has been created by a number of teams alongside Dropbox’s own design team, including design and brand studios Collins and xxix, Sharp Type, Animade and digital brand company Instrument. Check it out in the video below.

A dedicated website to the new visual system, written by Aaron Robbs and Nicholas Jitkoff, explains some ideas behind the evolution – how “the world needs your creative energy” and Dropbox can facilitate “meaningful work instead of busywork”. By “pairing contrasting colours, type and imagery”, the design aims to demonstrate “what’s possible when we bring ideas together in unexpected ways”, indicating that Dropbox may have wanted the rebrand to be shocking in nature.

Most people who use the file storage service deal with noise and cluttered inboxes all day, and the brand didn’t want to be another distraction. But some feedback on the bold colours and playful animations indicate these elements can be in fact, overwhelming and distracting to the purpose of Dropbox, like whether or not your files will be kept safe.

Read the comments on this Dropbox Design post as an example, or under the #Dropbox hashtag.

It’s important to note the Dropbox UI itself hasn’t drastically changed, so you’ll still be able to continue using it as you please with the hint of a few more illustrations and the new logo.

What the new visual identity consists of

The Dropbox logo continues to be the familiar blue surfaces in front of a black wordmark, but instead of forming a literal box, the collection of surfaces “show that Dropbox is an open platform, and a place for creation”.

Dropbox wants to move away from the label of simply being “a great place to store stuff”, and so the new logo can now change based on the situation – it can become animated and take on new bright colours aside from blue.

Dropbox has paired a range of contrasting colours together for the redesign, including yellow and purple, orange and green, red and pink, as well as keeping its traditional white and blue.

Working with specific artists, Dropbox co-created collages to represent the creative process and the positive outcome of working together.

These will be rolled out over the next few weeks and months. Alongside this, a host of “loose, handmade and witty” rough graphite sketches, paired with abstract shapes, have been released. These pay homage to Dropbox’s earlier style.

The illustrations have been created and animated with the help of Animade, who created 40 of the final illustrations as well as four animated vignettes – “which now live happily across Dropbox and on desktop and mobile.”

You’ll see these illustrations when you download files sent to you, as part of the onboarding process for mobile, and in pop-up windows across the interface. Here’s a look at all Animade’s illustrations.

Animade says the illustration concept was to “represent a space where creative work-in-progress happens”.

To finish off the new visual identity is the choice of Sharp Grotesk as Dropbox’s new brand typeface.

Attracted to its versatility, Dropbox demonstrates with this video how one typeface can be used in many different forms and weights, allowing the brand to “speak in a variety of tones.”

How to Create a Retro Interior Illustration in Adobe Illustrator

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What You’ll Be Creating

All of us have a nostalgia sometimes for the past: for the people we knew, some places, or things. Living in a high-tech digital age, we can miss something like an old-fashioned grandma’s pitcher or an old toy you owned as a child. Because you still remember how it was broken and you still want to cry. Just don’t cry now—I still need you to pass this tutorial!

Wipe off your tears and think about… something like… like a retro TV standing on a cabinet. I will show you how to create such an illustration using basic shapes, some warp effects, and the Offset Path.

By the way, GraphicRiver has a good collection of retro items, so feel free to check its collection.

1. How to Create the Retro TV

Step 1

Open Adobe Illustrator and create a new document (File > New) with 850 x 850 px Width and Height. We will start to create a TV shape. Using the Rounded Rectangle Tool, create a light grey rounded rectangle. Set the fill color as shown in the image below. You do not need the stroke color for your rectangle—it’s only there for better visibility.

Next, we will apply the Inflate effect to this rounded rectangle. Go to Effect > Warp > Inflate. Enter the options you see below. Expand this shape (Object > Expand Appearance).

creating the TV shape

Step 2

Now we will make a smaller copy of the transformed rounded rectangle placed exactly in the middle of the original one. While keeping the shape selected, go to Object > Path > Offset Path, enter the negative number -9, and press OK. You will get a smaller copy of the shape in front of the original one. Change the color of this copy as shown in the image.

Next create a smaller copy of this shape. Select the second copy and again, go to Object > Path > Offset Path, and enter the negative number -4. Change the color of the smaller copy to dark grey.

And finally, using the same method, make the smallest copy of the shape, which will have the Offset Path -2. You should have four shapes in total.

creating the TV shape 2

Step 3

Now let’s create the screen for the TV. Create a copy of any grey shape and place it in front. Make it smaller, and change the color to a darker shade. Next create a smaller copy of this shape: select the shape, go to Object > Path > Offset Path, and enter the negative number -2. Change the color of the created copy to a bluish grey.

creating the screen

Step 4

Let’s give our TV screen more volume. Create an ellipse by using the Ellipse Tool (L), which overlaps the bluish shape. The color of this ellipse does not matter, as it is used as a cutter. 

Now make a copy of the bluish shape in front (Control-C, Control-F) and, while keeping it selected with the overlapped ellipse, press the Minus Front button on the Pathfinder panel. This action leaves us with the part of the ellipse in front of the bluish screen. Finally change the color of the upper part of the screen to a lighter color.

creating the screen 2

Step 5

Let’s add a speaker to our TV. Create a small dark grey circle (for an even circle, use the Ellipse Tool (L) while holding down the Shift key). Select this circle and while holding the Shift and Alt keys, drag it to the right. This way, you’ll create a second copy of the circle, which will be horizontally aligned. 

While the newly created circle is selected, press the Control-D buttons three more times to repeat the previous step and create a group of circles exactly the same distance from each other. 

Now select the line of circles and while holding the Shift and Alt keys, drag them down. And again, press the Control-D buttons to repeat the previous step. Do this as much as you need to get a result close to the one presented below.

creating the speaker

Step 6

In order to move the objects with more precision, we need to enable the Smart Guides. So, let’s go to View > Smart Guides (Control-U). Draw a circle with grey fill color and no stroke color. To make an even circle, use the Ellipse Tool (L) while holding down the Shift key. Create a copy of this circle in front (Control-C, Control-F), make it smaller, and be sure it stays exactly in the middle of the original one. For the smaller circle, change the fill color to the light grey.

Next, using the Rectangle Tool (M), create a grey rectangle and place it exactly in the middle of the circle. Create a copy of this rectangle in front (Control-C, Control-F), decrease its width (using the Selection Tool (V)), place it exactly in the middle of the original one, and change its color to the light grey.

creating the manual switch

Step 7

Now place the manual switch on the right side of the TV. You can slightly rotate it to the side, to have the rectangle not precisely in the vertical position. To highlight this manual switch, we will create a dark grey circle behind it. After that, create a copy of the manual switch together with the highlighting and place it below, as shown in the image. The second copy of the manual switch can be slightly rotated in a different direction.

placing the manual switch and creating another one

Step 8

Now we will create the antenna. Let’s start by drawing a thin, vertically oriented, light grey ellipse. Using the Direct Selection Tool (A), move its left and right anchor points down. Create a small circle and attach it to the sharper end of the ellipse as shown in the image below. Make a copy of it to have an another antenna (Control-C, Control-V). Add an oval on the bottom.

And again, you do not need the stroke color because it is only there for better visibility.

creating the antenna

Step 9

Place our antenna on top and behind the TV (Control-X, Control-B). As the outer shape of our TV does not have any stroke color, we need to emphasize that the antenna is behind and is separated from the TV. Therefore, create a very thin horizontal oval and place it on the line of intersection between the antenna and the body of the TV.

placing the antenna

Step 10

Now let’s create the TV legs. First create a grey rectangle, and then take the Direct Selection Tool (A) and move the two lower anchor points to the left. The lower anchor points should be closer to each other than the upper anchor points are.

creating the TV legs

Step 11

Place the TV leg in its place. To make another leg, select the left leg, right-click > Transform > Reflect, and then choose Vertical, Angle 90 degrees, and press Copy. Move the copy of the leg to the right. Our retro TV image is ready!

placing the leg and creating another one

2. How to Create the Cabinet

Step 1

Of course, in past times, TVs were heavy and quite large. They were not hung on a wall, but placed on cabinets or tables. Therefore, today we will place our TV on a cabinet. 

Let’s start with a brown rectangle (Rectangle Tool (M)). To make a darker rectangle inside the brown one, again we will use the Offset Path: while keeping the brown rectangle selected, go to Object > Path > Offset Path and enter Offset -10 px. Change the color of the created rectangle to dark brown. 

Again, select the dark brown rectangle and go to Object > Path > Offset Path and enter Offset -3 px. Now, change its color to another shade of brown.

creating the cabinet

Step 2

Let’s add a texture to the doors of our cabinet. Create a very thin, light brown ellipse, which should fit into the smallest rectangle. The Smart Guide, which you activated in one of the previous steps, will be really useful here. Place the oval inside the smallest rectangle on the left side. 

Make a copy of this ellipse horizontally aligned (drag it to the right while holding the Shift and Alt keys). Now use the Control-D buttons to repeat the action as many times as necessary to fill the rectangle.

adding the texture to the cabinet

Step 3

To make two doors for our cabinet, create a thin darker brown rectangle and place it in the middle of the cabinet, as shown in the image below.

continue creating the cabinet

Step 4

To make the handle, create a brown even circle. Create a copy of this circle in front (Control-C, Control-F), and make it smaller. Be sure it stays exactly in the middle (use the Smart Guides). Now, change the color of the newly created circle to a lighter brown. Make a third copy of the circle, but this time just a little smaller than the light brown one (Control-C, Control-F). The color of the third smallest circle will be slightly darker than the second one.

For your convenience, group all the circles together (right-click > Group). These three circles will be our handle. Place the handle on the left door. When shrinking it down, make sure to hold the Shift button. Make a copy of the handle for the right door: hold the Shift and Alt keys and move the handle to the right.

creating the handles

Step 5

The legs of our cabinet will be made in a similar way as for the TV. For that, create a brown rectangle, and then while using the Direct Selection Tool (A), move the two lower anchor points to the left. The lower anchor points should be closer to each other than the upper points are. Place the leg on the left side of the cabinet. 

Finally, make another leg: select the left leg, right-click > Transform > Reflect, choose Vertical, Angle 90 degrees, and press Copy. Move the copy of the leg to the right. Our cabinet is ready!

creating the legs

3. How to Create the Background

Step 1

Create a blue square 850 px Width and Height, by using the Rectangle Tool (M). First, take the tool, and then click on your artboard and enter the necessary options.

creating the background

Step 2

To add some dimensions to the scene, create a darker ellipse in the bottom part of the square.

adding the shadow

Step 3

Finally, place the created TV and the cabinet in front of the background. However, it will be easier to put the background behind all the objects (Control-X, Control-B).

placing all objects

4. How to Create the Jar of Flowers

Step 1

Now we will add a pretty bouquet of flowers in a mason jar! To make the jar, we will start with a grey rounded rectangle. Remember that the stroke here is for better visibility. 

Add a small rectangle on the upper part of the rounded rectangle and another small horizontally aligned rounded rectangle on top as the neck of the jar. Unite these shapes using the Unite button on the Pathfinder panel.

creating the jar

Step 2

To add some water in the jar, create another copy of the shape of the vase by using the Offset Path (enter the value as -6). You will get two copies inside one another.

Now lower the opacity of these two copies: on the Appearance panel (Window > Appearance), you have to click on the word “Opacity” and in the pop-up menu, decrease its Opacity to 50%.

Now we will cut away a part of the inner shape. For the cutter, create a rectangle with any fill color you want. Make sure that the rectangle overlaps the top part of the inner shape. While keeping these two shapes selected, press the Minus Front button on the Pathfinder panel. We will end up with the bottom part of the shape, which will represent water in the jar.

creating the water in the jar

Step 3

Place the jar on our cabinet near the TV.

placing the jar on the cabinet

Step 4

Finally, add some flowers into our jar. You can find out how to create these flowers in one of my previous tutorial. Place your flowers behind the jar. You’re done!

adding flowers in the jar

Conclusion

And we are finished! Well done! I hope you enjoyed learning some of the processes and shortcuts during the creation of this image in Adobe Illustrator. As always, feel free to share your project and ask questions in the comments section below. Happy designing!

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Art History: Harlem Renaissance

“Sometimes I feel discriminated against, but it does not make me angry.
It merely astonishes me. How can anyone deny themselves the pleasure of
my company? It’s beyond me.” — Zora Neale Hurston

Getting Religion by Archibald Motley
Getting Religion by Archibald Motley

We are artists. Illustrators. Graphic designers.

Art unites us all, with an array of styles as diverse and unique as our heritage.

In this next part of our Art History series, we turn to the Harlem Renaissance, a 20th-century cultural and creative movement giving African Americans the platform to voice their stories through several artistic mediums.

The Harlem Renaissance

What if you were free?

Art is a humbling reminder of history. Though they were considered free, African Americans waited for a new life outside the borders of southern racist ideologies after the American Civil War. 

In turn, a new wave of dreamers migrated to the west, midwest, and northeastern US states in hopes of economic stability.

Migration Series Panel by Jacob Lawrence
Migration Series Panel by Jacob Lawrence

As the years progressed, the families of these great migrators gave way to the stunning artists and intellectuals of the 1920s. Today we honor a few of their legacies by taking a look at their incredible styles.

Sculptors

Her sculpture of President Franklin D. Roosevelt inspired the dime. Selma Burke was an extraordinary American sculptor whose sculptures influenced many during the Harlem Renaissance. Her style consisted of remarkable busts and wooden sculptures of maternal subjects. 

Roosevelt Plaque by Selma Burke
Roosevelt Plaque by Selma Burke

Similarly to Selma, artist Augusta Savage created small clay sculptures of animals as a child. Even early on, her work was impressive. She later went on to create realistic busts of several notable figures during the Harlem Renaissance like W.E.B. Du Bois and more.

Sculpture by Augusta Savage
Sculpture by Augusta Savage

Painters

Laura Wheeler Waring was an African-American artist and educator for more than 30 years. She specialized in textural oil paintings of unknown African Americans and notable Harlem Renaissance figures.

This portrait of civil rights activist W.E.B. Du Bois landed her major recognition within the movement. In turn, she went on to create many more portraits of important leaders and activists.

WEB Du Bois by Laura Wheeler Waring
W.E.B. Du Bois by Laura Wheeler Waring

Initially, her life as an educator slowed down her personal work, but she later used her love of travel to discover new artistic interests.  

For artists, the Harlem Renaissance gave way to new expressions of African-American life.

Anne Washington Derry by Laura Wheeler Waring
Anne Washington Derry by Laura Wheeler Waring

In the Migration Series (at the top of this post), artist Jacob Lawrence depicted colorful portrayals of the Great Migration. He used flat visuals and bright colors to abstract the material as a result of his influence of Mexican muralism.

Jacob Lawrence
Jacob Lawrence

Illustrators & Muralists

While the Harlem Renaissance is believed to have disappeared during the late 1930s, its influence would affect generations of black and brown artists to come.

These artists explored minimalist and abstract elements in their work, influenced by Pablo Picasso and others. Many even attributed Cubism to their early inspiration for working in design.

Early on in her career, graphic artist Elizabeth Catlett crafted wooden sculptures depicting the female experience. Her work revolved around Afrocentric themes which explored the human condition.

Sharecropper by Elizabeth Catlett
Sharecropper by Elizabeth Catlett

But if you were a designer during the 1930s then perhaps Aaron Douglas would have inspired you.

His work showcased a unique abstract style. Painting silhouettes of
African American men and women, he communicated scenes of social life and
struggle.

Aspiration by Aaron Douglas
Aspiration by Aaron Douglas

For our last artist, we’ll take a look at the extraordinary work of Charles Alston. An illustrator, painter, and sculptor, Charles contributed greatly to the rise of the modernist art styles in African-American work during this time.

His illustrations were usually of presidents, musicians, and prominent activists, but he also explored many other mediums in an effort to improve his skills.

Carter Woodson by Charles Alston
Carter Woodson by Charles Alston

Conclusion

Though the movement came and went as a result of the Great Depression, the Harlem Renaissance continues to be an inspiration for artists even today. Its wide range of culture and influence is a
true testament to
the evolution of art. And I hope you continue to learn more about these
amazing timelines on your own.

For more stories from the Harlem Renaissance, dive into the links below for further reading. And join me next month when we discuss Cubism.

The following sources were also included in this article:

Illustrator Tom Gauld has a new collection of wryly funny literary cartoons

Illustrator Tom Gauld is best known for his short, wry, literary comic strips for The Guardian‘s Review section. These have taken on a life of their own – being widely shared across social media outside the context of the paper, or even linked to Tom himself.

Tom has just released his second collection of comics, Baking With Kafka, which you can buy from Amazon or Waterstones. It’s the follow up to his first collection, You’re All Just Jealous of My Jetpack).

As with his previous work, Tom’s comics create comedy through the juxtaposition of literary and cultural norms and traditions. Social media goes up against the canon of literature. Children’s books are reimagined with themes from social history.

Many of Tom’s strips also poke fun at the processes of both writing and reading stories: from a writer’s gradual decline into cliché to the spread of unread books on all of our shelves. 

Publisher Canongate has also created animations from some of the comics. Watch them below.

Baking With Kafka

Author Health Hazards

All of Tom’s work is hand-drawn – and he describes this as giving it a feeling of “aiming for perfection, but acknowledging that there will always be a bit of human failure in there.”

That quote is taken from an interview with him filmed by his rep agency, Heart – which you can watch below.  In the video he discusses his creative process, beginning as ideas in his sketchbook before being fitted together “like Lego” to create works that often express quite complex ideas using simple linework and stick figures.

Recently, Tom created cartoons for the celebrated recent ‘New York Stories’ issue of The New York Times Magazine – which was the first issue to be presented entirely in comic strips. He created a story across a spread, created hand-drawn typeface that was used throughout and illustrated the letters, contributors and puzzle pages.


Illustrated page for the ‘New York Stories’ issue of The New York Times Magazine

He’s also published two graphic novels books – Mooncop and Goliath – and cards you can rearrange to tell different stories.


The cover for Goliath

You can see more of his work on his site or on Heart’s – though the best way to keep up with his work is on Twitter.

How to Create a Metallic 3D Spiky Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Final product image
What You’ll Be Creating

This tutorial will show you how to use Photoshop’s 3D tools and settings to create a spiky text effect with text and preset meshes, as well as a few textures, adjustment layers, and filters. Let’s get started!

This text effect was inspired by the many Layer Styles available on GraphicRiver.

Tutorial Assets


The following assets were used during the production of this tutorial:

1. How to Create 3D Text

Step 1

Create a new 1000 x 850 px document with a white background.

Create the text in All Caps using the font Squada One. Change the Size to 250 pt and the Tracking to 150.

Create the Text

Step 2

Go to 3D > New 3D Extrusion from Selected Layer.

New 3D Extrusion from Selected Layer

2. How to Work With the 3D Scene

Step 1

To access the 3D mesh settings and properties, you’ll need to open two panels: the 3D panel and the Properties panel (both found under the Window menu).

The 3D panel has all the components of the 3D scene, and when you click the name of any of those, you’ll be able to access its settings in the Properties panel. So make sure to always select the tab of the element you want to modify in the 3D panel before you change its settings in the Properties panel.

3D and Properties Panels

Step 2

If you select the Move Tool, you’ll find a set of 3D Modes for it to the right of the Options bar.

When you choose one of those, you can then click and drag to perform changes (on the selected element in the 3D panel).

Use those modes to change the Current View into an angle you like.

Move Tool 3D Modes

3. How to Adjust 3D Mesh and Cap Settings

Step 1

Select the text mesh tab in the 3D panel, and change the Extrusion Depth in the Properties panel to 55 px.

Extrusion Depth

Step 2

Click the Cap icon at the top of the Properties panel. Change the Sides to Front and Back, the Bevel Width to 5%, and the Contour to Half Round.

Cap Settings

4. How to Create a 3D Cone Mesh

Step 1

Create a new layer on top of the 3D layer, fill it with White, and name it Cone.

Create the Cone Layer

Step 2

Go to 3D > New Mesh from Layer > Mesh Preset > Cone.

Create the Cone 3D Mesh

Step 3

Select the Current View tab in the 3D panel, and choose the 3D text layer’s name from the View menu in the Properties panel.

Change the Current View

Step 4

Select both 3D layers, and go to 3D > Merge 3D Layers.

Merge 3D Layers

5. How to Scale 3D Meshes

Step 1

Select the Cone mesh tab, pick the Move Tool, and use the 3D Axis to scale the cone into a size you like.

The arrows at the ends of the axis move the mesh, the part below them is used for rotation, and the cubes are used for scaling. The cube in the center is used to scale the object uniformly. All you need to do is click and drag the part you want to use.

3D Axis

Step 2

You can also click the Coordinates icon at the top of the Properties panel to use numerical values.

Click the Scale icon and uncheck the Uniform Scaling option if you don’t want to scale the cone uniformly.

Scale the 3D Mesh

Step 3

We need to achieve a long thin cone, so the Y Scale value needs to be larger than the other two.

The final overall size is up to you to decide, based on how many cones you plan on adding and the size you’d like them to be.

Change the Y Scale

6. How to Use Different Camera Views

Step 1

After creating the cone you want to use, it’s time to duplicate and place it all over the text.

To help you to place the cones more precisely, you can use the different camera view options.

Select the Current View tab in the 3D panel, and choose Front from the View dropdown menu in the Properties panel.

Front Camera View

Step 2

After you choose a camera view, you can zoom in or out, or move the scene around using the Move Tool‘s 3D Modes.

Once you get a clear view of the part of the text you want to work on, select the cone mesh tab and place it wherever needed.

You can initially use the 3D Axis, and then you can use the Coordinates values to get a more precise result.

Move the Cone

Step 3

Another helpful camera view is the Top view. It will help you place the cones along the extruded part.

Top Camera View

7. How to Instance Objects

Step 1

Right-click the Cone mesh tab, and choose Instance Objects.

This will create a linked copy that reflects the changes made to the original mesh, like the material settings, for example.

Instance Objects

Step 2

Move the copy along the Z Axis to push it behind the original cone.

Move Along the Z Axis

Step 3

Instance as many objects as needed to cover the extrusion behind the original cone.

If the cone needs resizing to fit within the extrusion area, use the Coordinates values to scale it, and apply the same values to the copies.

Make sure to end up with an evenly spaced line of cones along the extrusion of the text.

Adjust the Extrusion Cones

8. How to Create a Spiky Effect

Step 1

Select all the Cone mesh tabs created, right-click any of them, and choose Instance Objects. This will duplicate all of them together, and you can transform them as a unit as well.

Use the camera views, 3D Axis, and Coordinates values to move and rotate the copies next to the original meshes.

Rotate the Copy Meshes

Step 2

Instance and move as many cone meshes as needed to place spikes all over the text.

Add More Spikes

Step 3

Once you’re done, you can select a random cone mesh and change its Y Scale value to make it longer.

Change the Y Scale

Step 4

Use the different camera views to adjust its position after scaling it.

Adjust the Position

Step 5

Repeat that to scale up a couple of other random cones.

Scale More Cones

9. How to Create a Metallic Cone Material

Step 1

Select the Cone_Material tab in the 3D panel, click its Diffuse texture icon in the Properties panel to choose Replace Texture, and open the 9.jpg image from the Metal seamless textures pack.

Replace Texture

Step 2

Click the Diffuse texture again, and choose Edit Texture.

Edit Texture

Step 3

This will open the texture file. Add a Solid Color fill layer, use the Color #ffae21, and change the layer’s Blend Mode to Linear Burn.

Save and close the file.

Color the Texture

Step 4

Use these settings for the rest of the values (the color values used are in RGB):

  • Specular: 191, 191, 191
  • Shine: 80%
  • Reflection: 50%
  • Roughness: 3%
Material Settings

10. How to Save 3D Materials

Step 1

Click the Material Picker box, click the pop-up menu icon, and choose New Material.

New Material

Step 2

Type Cone_Material in the Name field, and click OK. This will add the material to the picker so that you’ll be able to reapply it later on.

Save the Material

11. How to Create a Front Inflation Material

Step 1

Select the text’s Front Inflation Material tab, click its Diffuse texture icon, and choose Load Texture to open the 15.jpg image from the Metal seamless textures pack 5 pack.

Load Texture

Step 2

Click the Diffuse texture icon again, and choose Edit UV Properties.

Edit UV Properties

Step 3

Use any Tile values that you like and click OK.

Change the Tile Values

Step 4

Use these values for the rest of the settings:

  • Specular: 100, 100, 100
  • Shine: 50%
  • Reflection: 5%
Material Settings

12. How to Add a Bump Effect

Step 1

Click the Bump folder icon and choose Load Texture to open the 10.jpg image from the Metal seamless textures pack 5 pack.

Load Texture

Step 2

Change the Bump value to 25, and edit its texture’s UV Properties to match the Diffuse‘s.

Save the material once you’re done.

Bump Settings

Step 3

Select the text’s Extrusion Material tab, open the Material Picker, scroll down to the Front Inflation Material‘s icon, and click it to apply it to the Extrusion Material.

Extrusion Material

13. How to Adjust More Material Settings

Step 1

Select the text mesh tab, and change its Texture Mapping to Tile.

Texture Mapping

Step 2

Select the Extrusion Material tab again, and edit its Diffuse and Bump textures’ UV Properties as needed.

Edit UV Properties

Step 3

Select both Bevel Material tabs, and apply the Cone_Material to them. Also, apply the Front Inflation Material to the Back Inflation Material.

Apply Materials

14. How to Adjust a 3D Scene’s Lighting and Render It

Step 1

Select the Infinite Light 1 tab, and change its Intensity to 60% and its Shadow Softness to 30%.

Infinite Light Settings

Step 2

Use the Move Tool or the Coordinates values to move the Infinite Light until you get a result you like.

Move the Infinite Light

Step 3

Select the Environment tab, click the IBL texture icon, choose Replace Texture, and open the Living Room image.

Environment Light

Step 4

Change the Intensity to 50%, and move the image around to get a result you like.

You can go back and forth between the Infinite and Environment lights, and change their settings or move them around, until you achieve the result you want.

Environment Light Settings

Step 5

Place the Modern wood texture background design image below the 3D layer, rename its layer to Background Texture, resize it to fit within the document, and adjust the 3D scene’s camera angle accordingly to choose a final camera view.

Don’t worry about any empty areas that appear as we will crop them later on.

Add the Background Texture

Step 6

Once you like the final result, go to 3D > Render 3D Layer. The rendering might take a while, but you can stop it any time by pressing the Esc key.

After the rendering is done, right-click the 3D layer and choose Convert to Smart Object to avoid making any accidental changes.

Render the 3D Layer

15. How to Apply a Texture Overlay

Step 1

Place the Concrete rough texture image on top of the 3D layer, rename its layer to Texture Overlay, change its Blend Mode to Color Burn, resize it as needed, and right-click it to choose Create Clipping Mask.

Texture Overlay

Step 2

Double-click the Texture Overlay layer to get the Layer Style box.

We are going to adjust the Underlying Layer sliders under the Blend If section. Press-hold the Option key, and click-drag the left slider to split it. As you move the slider’s ends, you’ll notice how the texture starts to blend better with the text. What this slider does is protect the darker areas of the text from being affected by the texture.

Blend If

16. How to Adjust a Background Texture

Step 1

Select the Crop Tool, uncheck the Delete Cropped Pixels box in the Options bar, and drag the sides of the bounding box to get rid of any empty areas outside the background texture image.

Hit the Return key to apply the crop.

Crop the Image

Step 2

Select the Background Texture layer, and go to Image > Adjustments > Levels. Change the Output LevelsHighlights value to 147.

Levels

Step 3

Go to Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation. Change the Hue to -13, the Saturation to -31, and the Lightness to -40.

HueSaturation

Step 4

Double-click the Background Texture layer to apply a Color Overlay effect with these settings:

  • Color: #655d52
  • Blend Mode: Overlay
Color Overlay

17. How to Add a Vignette

Step 1

Create a new layer on top of the Background Texture layer and name it Vignette.

Select the Brush Tool, and set the Foreground Color to #b7b7b7.

Create the Vignette Layer

Step 2

Change the Vignette layer’s Blend Mode to Linear Burn and its Opacity to 70%.

Pick a big soft round brush tip, and change its Opacity value in the Options bar to 10%. Paint around the document to add the vignette. You can change the Opacity values if you want a more subtle outcome.

Add the Vignette

18. How to Add a Quick Dodge and Burn

Step 1

Add a new Curves adjustment layer on top of all layers, and select its mask’s thumbnail.

Add a Curves Layer

Step 2

Go to Image > Apply Image. Set the Layer to Merged, the Channel to RGB, and the Blending to Linear Burn.

Apply Image

Step 3

Change the Curves layer’s Blend Mode to Luminosity, and drag the curve’s center slightly upwards to brighten the lighter areas a little bit.

Brighten the Image

Step 4

Duplicate the Curves layer, and drag the curve’s center slightly downwards to darken the darker areas.

In order to affect the darker areas, you need to invert the mask. So click the mask’s thumbnail, and press Command-I.

Darken the Image

19. How to Apply High Pass and Noise Filters

Step 1

Create a new layer on top of all layers and name it High Pass.

Press the Shift-Option-Command-E keys to create a stamp, and change its Blend Mode to Soft Light.

High Pass Layer

Step 2

Go to Filter > Other > High Pass, and change the Radius to 1.

High Pass Filte

Step 3

Create another new layer on top of all layers and name it Noise.

Go to Edit > Fill, change the Contents to 50% Gray, and click OK.

Fill with Gray

Step 4

Convert the Noise layer to a Smart Object, and change its Blend Mode to Soft Light.

Noise Layer

Step 5

Go to Filter > Noise > Add Noise, change the Amount to 3 and the Distribution to Uniform, and check the Monochromatic box.

Add Noise Filter

Step 6

Duplicate the Texture Overlay layer, drag the copy on top of all layers, and change its Opacity to 50%.

Duplicate the Texture Overlay

Congratulations! You’re Done

In this tutorial, we created 3D text and cone meshes, adjusted their settings, and created their materials.

Then, we adjusted the lighting, added a background, and rendered the 3D scene. After that, we used textures, adjustment layers, and layer styles to adjust the coloring and contrast of the effect.

Finally, we used high pass and noise filters to finish off the effect.

Please feel free to leave your comments, suggestions, and outcomes below.

Final Result

How to Draw an Octopus Step by Step

Final product image
What You’ll Be Creating

The theme of this tutorial is drawing an octopus; we’ll base it on the anatomy of this mollusc but also bring some stylization into our artwork.

I’ll show you an easy way to create a pencil sketch from scratch, and then we’ll explore the step-by-step process of drawing with ink liners. We’ll also learn to use dots and mix artistic techniques to our advantage! 

What You Will Need

  • A sheet of drawing paper
  • A graphite pencil (I recommend using an HB type)
  • An eraser
  • An ink liner number 0.2
  • An ink liner number 0.1
  • An ink liner number 0.05
The art supplies I will be using

1. How to Draw an Octopus With a Graphite Pencil

Step 1

I draw a slightly curved core line; it will help us to mark the positioning of the figure.

Drawing the core line

Step 2

I outline the rough shape of the head. Then I add an oblong shape where the eyes are located.

According to this foreshortening, one side of the octopus is more visible to the viewer than another.

Working on the head of the octopus

Step 3

I add the framework of the limbs. An octopus has eight arms that can be divided into four pairs.

Now I mark only the arms that are visible in the foreground, just to keep the process as simple as possible. We’ll add the hidden arms later.

Adding the arms

Step 4

I draw the eyes. They are large, enclosed in a capsule, and have a slit-shaped pupil.

Adding the eyes

Step 5

I draw the fold of the aperture at the side of the head.

Adding the head details

Step 6

I add the siphon; it resembles a funnel. An octopus uses a siphon for respiration and locomotion.

Now we are ready to proceed to drawing the tentacles, or the arms. This topic needs additional explanations, so I’ll see you in the next section! 

Drawing the siphon

2. How to Draw Tentacles 

Step 1

It’s worth mentioning that, according to Wikipedia, the correct name for the limbs of an octopus is “arms”, not “tentacles”. But since it is a common appellation, I’ll be using “tentacles” now and then throughout the tutorial.

I draw the first pair of arms, keeping the lines smooth and soft.

Drawing the first pair of the arms

Step 2

To draw the inner parts of the tentacles correctly, we need to keep in mind the principles of perspective.

The foreshortening defines how much of the interior surface we see; the image below illustrates this concept.

We’ll dwell upon drawing the suckers (the round elements that cover the interior surfaces of the arms) just in the next step.

Comparing the foreshortening examples

I add the inner parts of the first pair of arms.

Refining the first pair of the arms

Step 3

The stylized form of a sucker resembles a bowl with a hollow central cavity.

The principles of perspective are applicable here, too: the point of view defines how we see the object. For example, if we have an overhead view of a sucker, we’ll see only the top plane with the cavity and no sides.

Exploring the perspective How to draw a sucker

Each arm has two rows of suckers. Depending on the species, the suckers can be placed in a parallel or a staggered order.

The rows of suckers

I add the suckers to the first pair of the arms. The suckers get smaller towards the end of the limb, so just mark the smallest ones without adding many details.

Adding the suckers to the first pair of the arms

Step 4

I draw the second pair of arms and then add the inner sides.

Adding the second pair of the arms

Step 5

I add the suckers to the second pair of arms.

Adding the suckers

Step 6

I draw the remaining tentacle of the third pair. Then I add the inner surface and the suckers, just as we did in the previous examples.

Working on the second pair of the arms

Step 7

I draw the second arm from the third pair; it is hidden behind one of the arms in the foreground.

Adding a new arm

Step 8

I add the fourth arm pair. Use your imagination and artistic flair to find the best direction for these arms; it’s important to keep the balance of the figure.

I applied light pencil hatching to the inner parts of the limbs just for your reference.

Drawing the fourth set of arms

Step 9

As a final addition to this pencil sketch, I draw the suckers.

I clean my drawing with the eraser. It’s important to make sure that all unnecessary pencil lines are removed before proceeding to any additional artistic tool. 

The sketch is ready for inking!

Completing the pencil sketch

3. How to Draw With Ink Liners

Step 1

Before we begin inking our octopus drawing, let’s try some warm-up exercises and practice making dots on the paper. 

Dotwork (also known as stippling) is a great artistic technique; it’s a perfect choice for creating beautiful textures.

Draw a sample of dotwork that consists of two parts. Use the 0.2 ink liner for the left one and the 0.1 liner for the right one.

A dots size variation sample

Step 2

Create a line, using only dots. The speed of drawing influences the accuracy of the individual dots within the line.

The 0.2 ink liner is a great tool for this exercise.

Creating various kinds of lines

Step 3

The goal of the next exercise is to make a gradation of value. With the 0.2 ink liner, create a sample with an increasing density of ink dots.

Playing with the density of the ink dots

4. How to Draw an Octopus With Ink Liners

Step 1

With the 0.2 ink liner, I create the main contours. 

To make the drawing more interesting, I use a dotted line in addition to a traditional continuous outline.

Working on the contours

Step 2

I add dots to the sides of the octopus, using the 0.2 ink liner. I also darken the pupils and mark the darker places of the figure.

Creating the main details and the texture

Step 3

With the 0.1 ink liner, I add a layer of dots to the drawing.

Completing the basic texture with dots

Step 4

I add dots to the back arms of the octopus, using the 0.1 ink liner. To create the core shadows of the arms, you can place dots closer to each other.

Working on the back arms

Step 5

I outline the suckers, using the 0.05 liner, and also add dots to the eyes to make them more three-dimensional.

Outlining the suckers

Step 6

With the 0.2 liner, I add another layer of dots to the sides of the octopus, giving the drawing more contrast and making it more three-dimensional.

I create a pattern of the skin, applying the groups of dots to the head and arms. Approximately five dots per group is the way to go.

Increasing the contrast and creating the pattern

Step 7

I make the contours of the drawing a bit thicker, using the 0.2 ink liner.

Working on the contours

Step 8

The ink drawing is complete!

As a finishing touch, I apply pencil hatches to the sides of the octopus, creating soft transitions from shadow to light. This combination of artistic techniques makes the drawing more unique and interesting.

Adding the graphite pencil strokes

Your Drawing Is Complete

Congratulations! You’ve created a beautiful artwork; I hope you enjoyed both the process and the result.

I wish you much success in drawing with pencils and ink. Have fun capturing the unique charm of the wonderful world of animals and nature!

Your drawing is complete

Adobe Illustrator, InDesign or Wacom tablet users shouldnt update to macOS High Sierra (or buy a new Mac)

MacOS 10.13 breaks Illustrator and InDesign – and Wacom tablets don’t work with it – so you should hold off updating your Mac or buying a new one. There are also a few issues with Photoshop. Here’s what we know so far about when fixes will be released.

Operating system updates are always accompanied by bugs and other issues with your favourite software applications, though these are usually fixed quickly with patches. It’s rare, however, for an OS upgrade to fundamentally break major applications and make hardware unusable – to the point that the companies behind them tell you not to upgrade.

This is what’s happening to Adobe Illustrator and InDesign. Adobe has said that neither “officially supports” macOS 10.13 (aka High Sierra) – i.e. is usable for day-to-day work – and a fix doesn’t seem to be on the way soon. MacOS 10.13 was released last week, and is designed to deliver better performance through a new file system (APFS) and HEVC video compression, as well as adding VR support and an upgrade Safari.

The message from Adobe is that Mac-based designers and artists who use Illustrator and InDesign shouldn’t upgrade their Macs to macOS 10.13. This is essentially also saying that you shouldn’t buy a new Mac either if you use either of these apps, as you can’t buy a new Mac with an older OS – unless you’re able to get your hands on some older stock still running macOS 10.12 (aka Sierra).

Here’s how macOS 10.13 affects Illustrator CC 2017 and InDesign CC 2017, and Wacom tablets:

Illustrator CC 2017 High Sierra compatibility

The new APFS file system on MacOS 10.13 may prevent Illustrator CC 2017 launching, throwing up an error message. It may also stop it installing.

Illustrator will default to emulating the Illustrator 6.0 colour space. You can reset this in the application’s settings, but you’ll need to do this every time you launch the app.

Incompatibility with some graphics cards/chips will cause glitches to GPU-accelerated tools and effects such as Brushes, Live Corners and the like. You’ll need to turn these off (if the above hasn’t put you off already).

Adobe says that its engineers are working on fixes and will release them “in a future version of Illustrator” – but no time scale has been mentioned. We hope it doesn’t take until the next major release of both apps, which past behaviour by Adobe suggests would be in November this year, about a month or so after announcements at its Adobe Max conference.

InDesign CC 2017 High Sierra compatibility

In InDesign CC 2017, the issue is simpler but equally disruptive. After a while of using InDesign, your cursor might turn into a “pixelated box”. This would make using InDesign somewhere between highly frustrating and impossible.

For this Adobe says that “Our engineering team is working with Apple to correct the root problem as soon as possible” – so a fix should hopefully appear soon.

Photoshop CC 2017 High Sierra compatibility

Photoshop can’t use APFS disks as scratch disks.

Older Adobe apps and macOS High Sierra

Some users have also detected problems with Premiere Pro, and pre-CC 2017 versions of all of the Creative Cloud and Creative Suite tools aren’t supports and are likely to see problems on macOS 10.13. 

Wacom High Sierra compatibility

Wacom has released a statement on its support site saying that “due to nature of the changes in High Sierra, the existing Wacom driver for 10.12 will not work.”

The company “is currently working on a new driver update to support the new operating system. The new Wacom driver will be ready by late October at the latest.”

How to Create a Tunisian-Inspired Motif in Adobe Illustrator

Final product image
What You’ll Be Creating

If you plan to travel to Tunisia, make a half-day stop in the ceramic capital, Nabeul. Your eyes will be dancing around from the vibrant display of handmade color ceramics, glazed bowls, jugs, plates, tiles and all kinds of appealing pottery objects, spilling onto the streets and sidewalks and displayed in the town’s courtyard of shops. 

These pottery and ceramic gems are the ancient tradition of Tunisian master craftsmen.

In this tutorial, you will use Adobe Illustrator to design a Tunisian-inspired motif. We will use basic Illustrator tools, as well as tools like the Live Paint Tool and Symbols Tool. Plus you will learn some tips and tricks to speed up your workflow. After completing the design, we will upload it to customize our very own throw pillows and cushions.

If you would like to expand your knowledge of geometric patterns, we have a series dedicated to Geometric Pattern Design tutorials.

You can find many Tunisian graphics over on GraphicRiver, including many helpful maps for your design and infographic needs.

Now, let’s start to create our motif!

1. How to Set Up the File 

Open Adobe Illustrator up and create a New Document (File > New or Control-N) using the following settings:

Select Print. 

Preset Details: Tunisian_Motif

  • Number of Artboards: 1
  • Width: 1500 px
  • Height: 1500 px
  • Units: Pixels
  • Color Mode: CMYK

And Create.

We are now ready to design our motif.

Create New Document Tunisian Motif Pixels

2. How to Outline and Design the Motif

Step 1

In order to create a geometrical correct design, it would be a good start to turn on the Smart Guides (Command-U or View > Smart Guides).

Now let’s begin by drawing a 17-segment geometric flower, by first creating a single petal frame.

Select the Ellipse Tool (L) from the Tools bar. Set null Fill and a Stroke of 15 pt (set from the top dock).

To precisely create the ellipse, use the Ellipse dialog box by clicking once on the artboard. The dialog box opens up.

Set the Width and Height at 500 px.

ellipse dialog box set width height pixels

Step 2

Next, with the ellipse selected, Copy (Command-C) and Paste in Front (Command-F), to create the same ellipse on top of the original.

Afterwards, Move the selection (Object > Transform > Move Transform or use the Command-Shift-M shortcut) to apply a Horizontal Distance of 99 px.

Object transform Move horizontal distance 99px

Step 3

To create the petal shape, we need to cut out the intersecting part of the ellipses.

Open the Pathfinder panel: Window > Pathfinder. Select Shape Modes: Intersect.

pathfinder panel shape mode intersect shape

Step 4

Take the Direct Selection Tool (A) from the Tools bar, and select the left and right anchor points. To design the base of the petal, Command-Shift-M to Move the anchor points by 45 px Vertical.

move command anchor pints vertical px

Step 5

Next, let’s center the base of the petal to our artboard.

Turn on Snap to Point: View > Snap to Point, so the selection snaps to the artboard center.

Use the Selection Tool (V) to select the shape and snap it to the point marked center, highlighted in red by the Smart Guides.

Sanp to point Selection tool Smart guides

Step 6

Select the Rotate Tool (R), and hold down Alt key to fix the Rotate Axis Point center at the base of the petal. This will open the Rotate dialog box.

To calculate the radius you need for the 17 segments, divide 360° by 17, and you’ll get 21.18°. So set the Rotate Angle at 21.18° (counterclockwise) or –21.18° to go clockwise.

Select Copy to make a duplicate of the petal.

set rotate angle degrees clockwise copy

Step 7

Transform Again by using the shortcut Command-D, to repeat the rest of the petal rotations.

Command-G to Group them all together. File > Save (Command-S).

Duplicate Copy action petal degrees paste

Step 8

Now let’s draw some ellipses around our pattern. Take the Ellipse Tool (L) and select a white Fill and no Stroke

Follow the Smart Guides and draw a 65 px Width & Height ellipse in the center of the motif. Then, draw an ellipse of 25 px with a black Fill and null Stroke in the center of the motif.

Ellipse Tool Fill Stroke Color center artboard

Step 9

Now we’ve created a 500 px radius petal, so the circumference of our flower should be twice that number for the diameter. With the Ellipse Tool (L), create a circle with a Width & Height set at 1000 px, null Fill, and black Stroke of 15 pt. Center it using the Smart Guides.

If you want to make sure your object is centered to the artboard, open the Align panel (Window > Align). Simply select the object and choose Align to Artboard, from the Align Options dialog box. And then select Horizontal & Vertical Align Center.

align to artboard objects panel ellipse tool center

Step 10

Next, we will offset ellipses around the motif. With the outer ellipse selected, Object > Path > Offset Path, and Offset: 20 px. Then set its Stroke at 10 pt. Then repeat Object > Path > Offset Path, and Offset  65 px.

object path offset ellipse pixels set stroke

Step 11

With the newly created path selected, let’s repeat the offset with Object > Path > Offset Path, and Offset at 20 px. Set its Stroke at 15 pt.

I’ve decided to scale up the artwork slightly to fit within the frame. Object > Transform > Scale. Set at a Uniform 115%, and OK.

object transform scale uniform percentage preview

Step 12

Next, let’s fill the spaces in the corners by creating a leaf-like pattern with the Arc Tool.

Click and hold the Line Segment Tool (\) to select the Arc Tool. Then click once on the artboard to set the curvature settings in the Arc Segment Tool Options dialog box as:

  • Length X-Axis: 129 px
  • Click where you want the arc to begin on the square reference point locator to determine the point from which the arc is drawn.
  • Length Y-Axis: 222 px
  • Type: Open
  • Slope: Convex 77
  • OK
arc tool segment options setting curvature

Step 13

Use the Smart Guides to draw an arc from the top intersect point to the ellipse intersect point, and another arc from the ellipse intersect point to the top leaf anchor point.

arc center point intersect draw leaf

Step 14

Select the Direct Selection Tool (A) from the Tools bar, and select the top anchor point, to Join paths by Object > Path > Join (Command-J).

Then repeat the leaf creations by drawing one intersecting the bottom left and top right of the base leaf. Follow the intersect points highlighted by the Smart Guides to align the paths properly.

Afterwards, select the top anchor points of each leaf, using the Direct Selection Tool (A), and Join paths (Command-J).

draw arc smart guides join paths

Step 15

Group the leaf pattern together by hitting Command-G.

Select the Rotate Tool (R), and set the Rotate Axis Point at the center of the motif. Shift‑Alt-Drag to copy and constrain the angle by 45°. As you drag, the axis of the reflection rotates and will snap to the angle and release. Repeat to fill the other edges.

File > Save (Command-S).

rotate tool snap to point reflect 45 degree angle

3. How to Add in Detail Patterns & Color

Step 1

Now that our pattern is basically set, we can add in some details

Select the first ellipse surrounding the center motif, and Object > Path > Offset Path, to Offset at 36 px, and OK.

Then open the Stroke panel (Window > Stroke), and set the Stroke Weight at 66 pt, select Dashed Line, and set dash-gap-dash-gap at 10pt-10pt-10pt-90pt, to create a double-dash pattern around. Make sure you select the Preserve Exact Dash and Gaps Length icon from the options.

offset path set stroke weight dashed line dasg gap pattern

Step 2

Next, we will create a small pattern within the floral motif.

Select the Ellipse Tool (L), and with a black Fill, null Stroke, draw a single ellipse with a  Width 23 px and Height 62 px.

Next, draw two smaller ellipses with Width 15 px and Height 15 px on both sides of the single ellipse. Align them all properly by following the Smart Guides.

Then, select the Anchor Point Tool (Shift-C), and taper the ends of the middle ellipse as shown below.

And Group (Command-G) all three objects together.

ellipse tool pattern create anchor point tool taper

Step 3

Using the Direct Selection Tool (A), select the group of circles and drag vertically down to the next rectangular gap, while holding down the ShiftAlt keys to constrain movement and copy the group.

Afterwards, manually Scale down the group, from the bounding box, while holding down the ShiftAlt keys.

Then repeat by duplicating the second group and moving it vertically down to the third rectangular gap, and use the bounding to scale down slightly, while holding down the ShiftAlt keys.

Your motif should look similar to this.

direct selection tool pattern create ellipse copy paste scale

Step 4

Group (Command-G) the three objects together.

Select the Rotate Tool (R). Hold down the Alt key to fix the Rotate Axis Point on the center of the motif. This will open the Rotate dialog box. Set the Rotate Angle at –21.18° to go clockwise, and select Copy

Transform Again (Command-D) to copy the rest of the 17 segments.

Step 5

Next, we will add a circular pattern between our dashed lines.

Take the Ellipse Tool (L) with a black Fill, Stroke to null, and draw a 23 px circle inside the center dash line.

Then, draw another circle with black Stroke, null Fill, around the first.

In the Stroke panel, select the settings as:

  • Weight: 11 pt
  • Cap: Round Cap
  • Corner: Round Join
  • Select Dashed Line, and set Dash: 0 pt and Gap: 25 pt
  • Select the Align Dashes to Corners and Path Ends icon

This will create dots around our circle.

stroke wweight adjust setting create dots

Step 6

Group (Command-G) the circle with the dotted path.

Select the Rotate Tool (R). Set the Rotate Axis Point in the center of the motif, by holding down the Alt key to open the Rotate dialog box. Set the Rotate Angle at –11.18° to go clockwise, and select Copy.

Transform Again (Command-D), until you fill all the spaces around the dashed line.


Step 7

Take the Direct Selection Tool (A), and select the third ellipse around the motif.

Object > Path > Offset Path, and Offset at 10 px.

From the Stroke panel, set the stroke settings of the new path as:

  • Weight: 10 pt
  • Cap: Round Cap
  • Corner: Round Join
  • Select Dashed Line, and set Dash: 0 pt and Gap: 40 pt
  • Select the icon Preserve Exact Dash and Gaps Length.

File > Save (Command-S).

4. How to Add Color Details

Step 1

Let’s color!

Start with the strokes. To move faster, select one stroke, hit Select > Same > Stroke Weight, and it will select all strokes of the same weight.

Apply the stroke color. I started with these hex colors:

  • Sea Blue #23255a
  • Aqua-Blue #1b82bc
  • Sky Blue #27aae1
  • Aqua Green #20baae
  • Green #009e8f
color hex selection same stroke weight

Step 2

Next, we need to upload our color swatches, and to do that you open the Swatches panel (Window > Swatches). From the panel, click the New Swatch button or select New Swatch from the menu.

I’ve uploaded a couple colors, to experiment with what works best.

swatches panel new swatch color menu

Step 3

Let’s apply color to our shapes.

Using the Selection Tool (V), select the floral motif. Next, click on the Live Paint Bucket Tool (K), which is hidden under the Shape Builder Tool (Shift-M), and click on the selection. This turns the selected object into a Live Paint Group.

So, when you move the Live Paint Bucket Tool (K) over them, the different sections that are
ready to be painted become highlighted. The tool basically allows you to fill the gaps and shapes.

Now try it, filling different colors in different areas.

live paint bucket tool color shape builder

Step 4

Take the Selection Tool (V) and select all three groups we created for the floral pattern, and Ungroup (Shift-Command-G) it twice from its group.

Use the Selection Tool (V) to select the shapes of similar size, Group together by Command-G, and apply a color Fill from the Swatches panel of your choice.

direct selection tool fill swatches

Step 5

Use the Direct Selection Tool (V) to select the black circle encircled with a dotted path. Select each one and apply different Swatch Fills for each.

direct selection tool color swatch fills

Step 6

Let’s create a background for our motif.

Select the Rectangle Tool (M), click once on the artboard, and the Rectangle dialog box will open. Set the Width and Height at 1500 px, and give the selection a dark blue color tone.

Center it from the Align panel, by choosing Align to Artboard from the Align Options dialog box. And then select Horizontal & Vertical Align Center.

Object > Arrange > Send to Back (Shift-Command-[).

rectangle tool background align to artboard arrange send to back

Step 7

Select all the strokes with the Selection Tool (V).

Object > Expand Appearance. Then, Object > Expand… to open the Expand dialog box. Check all Object, Fill and Stroke, then OK.

Then Object >Expand… again, but this time, check Fill and Stroke, then OK, so that the group strokes can also be expanded.

Now all strokes are shapes.

object expand appearance dialog box create shapes

Step 8

With the expanded shapes still selected, let’s apply color to our gaps.

Select the Live Paint Bucket Tool (K), to turn the selected objects into a Live Paint Group. Then hover over the different sections that become highlighted, and paint them the color of your choice.

Live paint bucket tool color swatches

Step 9

For the last bit, let’s apply a Symbol to the artwork, so that we can add instances of that symbol multiple times into the background of the artwork without actually adding
the art group multiple times.

Open the Symbols panel, Window > Symbols.

Select one of the circles with a surrounding dotted line group. Copy (Command-C), and then Paste (Command-P) to create a copy, and scale it slightly down from the bounding box by holding the Shift key to constrain proportions.

Click the New Symbol button in the Symbols panel menu, or drag the artwork into that panel. By
default, the selected group becomes an instance of the new symbol. 


In the Symbol Options dialog box:











  • Select Symbol Export Type: Graphic
  • Symbol Type: Static Symbol
  • OK
create new symbol panel menu copy paste

Step 10

To place our instance, select its thumbnail from the Symbols panel and then choose the Symbol Sprayer Tool (Shift-S) to add random instances around the background.

Use the Symbol Shifter Tool, which is under the Symbol Sprayer Tool menu, if you need to shift the instances’ direction.

symbol sprayer tool shifter instances

Step 11

We are almost done. Go back to your design and adjust color and tweak your instances. Now need to Export the file (File > Export As), with the settings:

  • Format: JPG
  • Check Use Artboards
  • Export

Set the JPEG Options dialog box:

  • Color Mode: CMYK
  • Quality: Maximum
  • Resolution: High (300ppi)
  • OK
JPEG Options use artboards export resolution high

Step 12

Great! Once you have exported your files, you can go to Redbubble, Society6, Vistaprint, Zazzle or any similar custom design websites and upload your files to create your pillows!

tunisian inspired motif design pattern misschatz upload

Beautiful Work!

Our Tunisian motif is done and ready for applying on merchandise. Wonderful job!

You can use your imagination, add more symbols and details, or create more complex patterns by studying geometric design.

I hope you enjoyed this creative process and learned some new tips and tricks that you can use to create more motifs in the future.

Feel free to share your results in the comments below!

final tunisian motif pattern pillow cushion design

International Artist Feature: Puerto Rico

For this article in the international artist series, we turn to Puerto Rico, featuring six artists who create fantastic work, from illustration to graphic design and more! I asked each artist how their country and
culture inspired their work, and they delivered fantastic answers.
Enjoy!

Ivy Gladstone

Ivy is an illustrator and digital artist based in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She
creates beautiful digital paintings that feature wildlife with incredible detail. Check out a small selection of her work below or see
more in her portfolio.

The Post Card

There are many things I love about this island. I was born and
raised here. My mom was native to the island and she met my father when
she was living in NYC. When they married, she wanted to come back to the island to make her family.

I grew up on an island that is very diverse. People are very friendly and welcoming. You get the feeling that you
are in an extended family. People help each other and there’s people trying to do what they can
to still live a prosperous life on the island by not giving up.

The Post Card by Ivy Gladstone
The Post Card

Puerto Rican Ground Lizard

Puerto Rico has inspired me in so many ways. There’s always a vibrancy in the culture that I
know is within me and it speaks out in my work. I still search around every day to see what new things I can find and how they inspire me.

Puerto Rican Ground Lizard by Ivy Gladstone
Puerto Rican Ground Lizard

Ave Con Sus Hijos

Ave Con Sus Hijos by Ivy Gladstone
Ave Con Sus Hijos

The Dapper Pug

There are a few different art communities. You got the high art community that loves to be in the old city teaching the youth
what art is and how it can be manifested. Then there’s the graffiti community showing the masses that there’s
other voices that need to be heard in different mediums. Lastly, you have
the more obscure minimalists, the hipster graphic designers and the nerdy game-loving expressive artists that simply love drawing what they love.

The Dapper Pug by Ivy Gladstone
The Dapper Pug

Abimael Rodz

Abimael is a freelance graphic designer based in San Juan, Puerto Rico. His work features gorgeous 3D illustrations full of conceptual meaning and beautiful imagery. Check out a small selection of his work below or see
more in his portfolio.

HyperAbortus

One of the main things I love about living in Puerto Rico is the great
amount of beautiful, colorful things around me. Things like the
beaches, the handwritten signs, the architecture, the murals, and, most
importantly, the people. Being surrounded by so many beautiful things
makes me feel alive and inspired to make more things that, in a way,
represent my culture and the way I see these things.

HyperAbortus by Abimael Rodz
HyperAbortus

Theory

The culture has influenced me a lot because Puerto Rico is filled
with a lot of different forms of art like graffiti, sculpture,
performances, mosaics, graphics, and many others. So seeing all of
these things around me all my life has influenced my work a lot. I know what my art
means to me, but what it means to the people around me and how it affects
them interests me more because I can see how our culture has influenced them.

Theory by Abimael Rodz
Theory

36 Days of Type

36 Days of Type by Abimael Rodz
36 Days of Type

Luminary

The art community here is very big. I think due to the richness of
our culture, most Puerto Ricans really like art and understand the
importance of it. We have a great amount of events that celebrate art
such as Santurce es Ley, Los Muros Hablan, Arecibo Street Art Project,
and others. We have also received visits from many international
artists like Conor Harrington, Bicicleta Sem Freio, Axel Void, and
D*Face.

Luminary by Abimael Rodz
Luminary

Carolina Espinal Beato

Carolina is a graphic designer based in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She
creates vibrant vector designs full of color and texture as well as creative logos. Check out a small selection of her work below or see
more in her portfolio.

AZ Studio Logo

For me, Puerto Rico is a real enchanted island. What I love most about
living here is the tropical climate that allows you to do any outdoor
activity in almost any season of the year. Puerto Rico is a small island in
the Caribbean that
offers a wide scope of adventures and experiences to enjoy with friends
and family. One of my favorite places is the Old San Juan, a 500 year
old historical city with a magical atmosphere and beautiful
bright-colored buildings.

AZ Studio Logo by Carolina Espinal Beato
AZ Studio Logo

Retro Futurism

This island has a vibrant, modern, and unique multicultural society
that offers a great diversity of experiences. This paired with the
bright colors found in the environment, as well as the warmness of the people
has greatly inspired me. Another thing that inspired my artwork is the mixture of cultural elements that have been introduced to the island from other places, such as the North American culture that was brought to the
island with the arrival of the US in the late nineteenth century.

Retro Futurism by Carolina Espinal Beato
Retro Futurism

Packaging Design

Packaging Design by Carolina Espinal Beato
Packaging Design

Emotions

Currently, the art community on the island is reemerging.
Despite the financial problems of the island, a new wave of Puerto Rican artists are joining forces with movements such as “Santurce es Ley,”
which seeks to exhibit contemporary art and revitalize the
Santurce area (formerly known as the “Arts District”) in a creative way. This new wave of artists also seeks to expose new generations of young
people to the local arts culture.

Emotions by Carolina Espinal Beato
Emotions

Jan P. Reyes

Jan is a freelance artist specializing in graphic design and illustration who is based in Ponce, Puerto Rico. His work features electrifying designs showcasing his love of color and natural elements. Check out a small selection of his work below or see
more in his portfolio.

Thoughts

Everything in Puerto Rico is beautiful, especially the beaches, but
there’s one thing I love the most and that is being able to be around my family and friends.

Thoughts by Jan P Reyes
Thoughts

SquidGrip Designs

I think both the culture and region influenced the way I use
color in a sense. There’s an event in my city called “Carnaval de
Ponce.” One of the traditions of the Carnaval is the use of colorful
masks made out of paper mache and everything about it is dope.

SquidGrip Designs by Jan P Reyes
SquidGrip Designs

Colors – Helmet

Colors - Helmet art by Jan P Reyes
Colors – Helmet

Colors – Portrait

The art community has started to grow a lot over the past year.
Everybody should take a look at the event called “Santurce es Ley.”
There’s a lot of talented artists out right now on the island.

Colors - Portrait art by Jan P Reyes
Colors – Portrait

Olga Quiles

Olga is an illustrator and graphic designer based in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. Her work features colorful vector illustrations of fun cartoon characters with her own signature design. Check out a small selection of her work below or see
more in her portfolio.

Motorcycle

The thing I love about living here in Puerto Rico is the amazing mix
between cities, mountains, and beaches. Everywhere I go, I know it won’t take long before I find a beach or a great spot to relax under a tree. Also the people are very interesting and
great to chat with.

Motorcycle Art by Olga Quiles
Motorcycle

Explore

Since we are a combination of Africans, Indians (“tainos”), and Latinos, I find it very interesting all the different ways people express
themselves through art. In my case it’s with drawings and illustrations. I find
it so hard to stick with a specific style, although most of my designs have a lot of colors. I can’t deny my love for the tropical colors.

Explore Art by Olga Quiles
Explore

Lost in Perfection

Lost in Perfection art by Olga Quiles
Lost in Perfection

Couples

There’s a strong artistic presence among Puerto Ricans, although a lot of events involving art tend to be more inclined to “traditional art.” Puerto Ricans like to encourage those
with great art skills to move and do something with their art. So it’s
my time to encourage anyone who’s reading this:

If you are learning to
draw, paint, record, film, or whatever you’re learning―keep doing it. Don’t listen to those who say “You won’t make it” or “You won’t make a living out of it.” Go the extra mile, and learn even the things you think you will never use, because you will, trust me. Not everything will be
peaches and cream, but you’ll learn a lot and it will take you to the place
where you always dreamed you would be (artistically speaking). I’m in
that moment, I’m just 24 and I know you’ll get there too. Hopefully
earlier. I believe in your talent.

Couples art by Olga Quiles
Couples

Israel Oliveras

Israel is an illustrator and caricature artist based in San Juan, Puerto Rico. His incredibly detailed digital work features hilarious caricature illustrations of pop culture icons and notable Puerto Rican people. Check out a
small selection of his work below or see
more in his portfolio.

Oscar López Rivera

We Puerto Ricans are known to be passionate about our roots, folklore, accomplished athletes, musicians, and actors. We have abundant forests, rivers, beaches, and dreamlike landscapes.  I had the privilege to study at the School of Plastic Arts and Design of Puerto Rico. Studying there is an unconditional source of inspiration because of its cultural diversity, historic architecture, and the Atlantic ocean that surrounds it. Daily adventures from the countryside to the former Spanish capital are like traveling in a time machine. Most of all, I know that Puerto Rico will always hold the peak of my tranquility.

Oscar Lpez Rivera Caricature by Israel Oliveras
Oscar López Rivera

Marcus Ulpius Traianus

When I was little, my first source of inspiration for drawing caricatures was the social commentary that was published in the local newspapers. I got into movements behind social protests, and if I was fighting for something it was for the awakening of each individual.

This blasted me off through philosophical and mystical experiences, and eventually to my development as an independent entity, which I extrapolated to the revival of my art. Interpreting myself through dreams, poems, and drawings led me back to my childhood when I enjoyed drawing imaginative characters and portraits of random people. I always learn something through the eyes of another, and this kind of maturity in my creative process is something I have acquired through the confrontation of all the beauty and decay of my own culture.

Marcus Ulpius Traianus Caricature Art by Israel Oliveras
Marcus Ulpius Traianus

Siddhārtha Gautama

Siddhartha Gautama Caricature Art by Israel Oliveras
Siddhārtha Gautama

Alexandra Lúgaro

Through the analysis of the techniques and styles of other Puerto Rican caricaturists, I first synthesized and applied them to my ongoing style of digital caricature. The public forum of caricature in my country is concentrated in social media where you can share your own work, but it has to be relevant and limited to the chosen Puerto Rican character.

The term we use in our country for that person who finds you the opportunity of your lifetime is called “la pala” (the shovel in Spanish). But I wanted to taste other experiences and go outside the boundaries, so I discovered international forums of caricature, such as Caricaturama Showdown 3000. There I met extraordinary artists from whom I’m still learning from to this day. This exploration in the outer world led me to belong to renowned sites such as the Mad Artist Publishing’s Illustration Vault, Fran Moreno’s Caricaturas de Famosos, as well as a feature on the cover of a magazine.

Alexandra Lgaro Caricature Art by Israel Oliveras
Alexandra Lúgaro

Many thanks to the artists who took time to answer my questions
and share a bit about themselves and how their country and/or culture
has affected their work. You can check out more of their work in the
links below: