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“Designy Illustrator” Mikey Burton

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Self-described “designy illustrator” Mikey Burton is a Philadelphia-based creative with a serious bear preoccupation. His professional work centers around editorial illustration, infographics, and identity design. He’s also been bestowed with awards from ADC Young Guns, Communication Arts, & Graphis, some of the most prestigious organizations in the industry, and has worked with clients like The Atlantic, Converse, Facebook, Fast Company, and Wilco. Mikey values simplicity in principles of color and design, using minimalism and traditionally-inspired typography to an effective advantage. The understated elegance of his work is what secured his spot in the Art Crush Friday Hall of Fame.

Mikey’s aesthetic is identified in the intersection between sharp, geometric vector designs and substantial, meaningful textures. I use the word meaningful not to be an art school asshole, but to say that the textures have strong purpose and intent in his work.

As I’ve learned more and more about graphic design, I’ve started to see the fork in the road that exists between flat and realistic design (this gorgeous Webby-winning site explains this very conundrum in further detail). As I mentioned earlier, Mikey’s process allows real textures to shine through flat shapes, seemingly creating atmospheres within the simplest of flattened shapes. Interestingly enough, he’s referenced his really old HP LaserJet printer as being the very tool that creates these fascinating textures. [More about his process here.]

Mikey swears by two things in particular before starting his design process: coffee and preliminary sketching. He’s a refreshingly real person who needs to participate in real humany things before dragging along on the computer for hours on end. He will routinely post final work to his Dribbble account, modestly seeking feedback from the peers he so deeply respects. I admire his humility, honesty and continual hustle for meaningful work, even amidst his great successes thus far. For budding designers, here’s some of Mikey’s advice: create work that you want to be hired to do, and don’t be a lame person to deal with.

Follow along with Mikey and his adventures to come:

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Posted by Rachel Frankel on 08/24/14 under artists,conceptual,design,digital,freelance,technique,typography
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Dealing with Your Creative Expectations

 

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Following the creative path to live a creative life isn’t always an easy instant road to success.  You’re going to put in the effort and hard work so you’ll no doubt get there but like any journey there will be challenges to face and obstacles to overcome to become who you want to be.  Whether you’re a current art student at college, just graduated from university or are bettering your creative practice in your own time with the aspiration of running your own business there’s one teeny tiny obstacle we all have niggling away inside called “expectations”.

Expectations can be anything from aims you set to accomplishments and standards you may put on yourself or those that people around you may have of you themselves but today I’m going to cover self expectations.  Having expectations in general isn’t a bad thing as they give you points to work on and creative insight into ways you’d like to grow.

However sometimes when we set such high aims to reach and aspiring results to follow, when we fall short it can really knock us down and sometimes make you second guess what you’re doing and why you’re doing it. You may find yourself questioning whether you did something right, whether your skills are at their best , if you met the brief you were set and whether you can be as good as the next guy the list goes on and you’re not alone in thinking so.

 However amongst all this expectation you also need to be your biggest motivator and you need to brush yourself off and tell yourselfBelieve you can and you will achieve all you set out to”.  I believe you can achieve anything if you put the effort and the hard work into all that you do, although one thing you must truly believe in is yourself.  Remember these few things when you feel your inner expectations are clouding your creative motivation;

1. Your work is surely to be at its best when you are as well. 

2. Everyone’s story and journey is different don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle.

3.  A success is to be perceived through your own eyes, however if you don’t try you’ll never know how far you could have gone. 

Featured image created by designer Stephanie Ryan and you can find out more about her and her beautiful designs “here” .

Posted by Kate Leonard on 07/16/14 under creativity,freelance
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Animator :: Justin Mezzell

 

 

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Justin Mezzell animates. But he also illustrates.mezzell3

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You Should check out his equally phenomenal portfolio as well as other sites: Pinterest | Tumblr | Twitter

Posted by Wendy Schiller on 11/04/13 under animation,artists,design,digital,freelance,Wendy
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Artist :: Anna Grape

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Anna Grape << Illustration Friday

Anna Grape << Illustration Friday

Anna Grape << Illustration Friday

Anna Grape is freelance illustrator and graphic designer from Norrtälje, Sweden, north of Stockholm. She illustrates for magazines, packaging, event posters, and creates logotypes and mascots for companies.

Anna’s style is quirky and adorable. She has even created a fun dress-up game with loads of fashion styles and customizable outfits. Check out more of her work:  Portfolio | Facebook | Etsy

Posted by Angie Brown on 06/05/13 under Angie,artists,freelance
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Artist :: Beth Knight

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Beth Knight grew up in Wales and has a degree in Graphic Design from the Norwich University College of the Arts. As a child she used to sketch the creatures she found when she went out hiking, and from there her passion only grew. There’s something really calming about her work; it reminds me of Beatrix Potter! Check out her other work or follow her here:   Portfolio | Twitter

Posted by Wendy Schiller on 06/02/13 under artists,freelance,pen/brush and ink,Wendy
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Ashley Percival’s quirky imagination…

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Ashley is a freelance illustrator living in the UK. He gets most of his inspiration from wildlife and nature, the rest from his quirky imagination. His illustrations of animals are well drawn, with good humour!

Ashley Percival << Illustration Friday

Ashley Percival << Illustration Friday

Ashley Percival << Illustration Friday

Have a look at his website

Posted by Alice Palace on 04/16/13 under Alice,artists,freelance
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Artist :: Yan Nascimbene

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Artist :: Yan Nascimbene >> Illustration Friday

Artist :: Yan Nascimbene >> Illustration Friday

Artist :: Yan Nascimbene >> Illustration Friday

Artist :: Yan Nascimbene >> Illustration Friday

I am in awe of Yan Nascimbene’s breathtaking watercolors. Such a sense of stillness, light, and life.

Yan Nascimbene was raised in France and Italy. After working as a photographer in a Paris fashion studio, he studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York and at the University of California at Davis. He later spent many years living variously in California, France, and Italy. His illustrated edition of Marcel Proust’s Swann’s Way. Antibes, Clarievere et Autres Couleurs, his first book as author and illustrator, won the Graphic Award at the Bologna Book Fair in 1992. Yan illustrated Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities, PalomarThe Baron in the Trees and others. Nascimbene has illustrated over 50 books and 300 book covers. He passed away in Mexico on Feb 1st 2013.

Here is what he had to say about working with clients:

Rather than feeling limited by a client’s idea, I find that the challenge of expressing precisely his/her idea in my own aesthetical terms forces me to think harder, to search deeper and ultimately to create a much stronger and interesting image than if I had been given total freedom of style, format and subject-matter. I try to illustrate a literary piece between the lines, and I feel that an illustration must reflect at once the client’s idea and my identity.  First and foremost comes the need of the client, then my understanding of such a need and the elaboration of a concept.  This is the most taxing and important phase of the work, often the one that will require most time.  A thorough sketch (or sketches) will allow me to explain the concept to the client and structure the image (composition, balance, etc.) until his/her unequivocal satisfaction.  The final painting, although still an emotional and creative task, will rely at least as much on technique and my ability to translate our early discourse and sketches into a factual image, as it does on pure imagination.  In my case, it is usually a quicker stage, as all but a few challenges have already been resolved.

See more of his work on his portfolio site and his Behance.

Posted by Naomi Bardoff on 04/11/13 under artists,children's art,freelance,Naomi,pen/brush and ink
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Geometric Illustration :: Dadu Shin

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Artist :: Dadu Shin >> Illustration Friday

Artist :: Dadu Shin >> Illustration Friday

Artist :: Dadu Shin >> Illustration Friday

Artist :: Dadu Shin >> Illustration Friday

Dadu Shin was previously featured on Illustration Friday in an Artist’s Palette Entry and I was so enchanted by the muted colors and geometric shapes that I sought more of his work. Although his compositions are mostly comprised of triangles, circles, squares, and other simple forms, his pieces still look mystical and naturalistic. I’m also impressed with how populated the worlds depicted in these images seem, even when the compositions are sparse and minimalistic.

See more: Portfolio | Blog | Fashion Illustration Blog | Prints for Sale

Posted by Naomi Bardoff on 04/09/13 under artists,digital,freelance,Naomi
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Artist :: Teagan White

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Artist :: Teagan White >> Illustration Friday

Artist :: Teagan White >> Illustration Friday

Artist :: Teagan White >> Illustration Friday

Teagan White’s fantastic linework pulls together these gorgeously colored digital illustrations. In addition to the editorial style of work above, she also does children’s illustration and typographic illustration. See more of Teagan White’s work on her portfolio and blog!

Teagan White is a freelance designer & illustrator from Chicago, currently living and working in St Paul, Minnesota, where she recently earned her BFA in Illustration from the Minneapolis College of Art & Design. Her body of work encompasses intricate renderings of flora and fauna, playful depictions of cute anthropomorphic critters, illustrative typography, and everything in between. The subtleties of nature and reciprocal relationships between organisms are her primary inspirations, and her work typically incorporates flat, limited color, decorative arrangements of organic forms, and obsessive detail.

Her clients have included Nike, Wired Magazine, Anthropologie, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Target, and many small businesses, independent musicians, and individuals.

Posted by Naomi Bardoff on 04/04/13 under artists,freelance,Naomi
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Artist :: Yasmeen Ismail

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Artist :: Yasmeen Ismail >> Illustration Friday

Artist :: Yasmeen Ismail >> Illustration Friday

Artist :: Yasmeen Ismail >> Illustration Friday

Yasmeen Ismail is an award-winning, London based illustrator and animator, who has worked on a wide range of projects, but with a particular emphasis on children’s illustration and character design. She has a love of inks, paints and watercolours, and is interested in paper craft, design, typography and collage. Yasmeen is a versatile illustrator with a great eye for colour, detail and composition.
Since graduating from art school in Dublin in 2002 she has worked closely with a range of clients including advertisers and directors, and has fulfilled the role of producer and director on many projects.

See more of her work on her portfolio and blog!

Posted by Naomi Bardoff on 04/02/13 under artists,freelance,Naomi
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