This Week in
PIXEL Inspiration [12/9/2014]
In my first installment of PIXEL Inspiration I’m going to blast a whole bunch of random design work from around the web that makes me wish I’d thought of it first (or, at all really). I haven’t decided yet if I’m going to do this monthly or weekly, but like all things on PIXEL8 I’m sure it’ll settle into itself after a number of iterations and a prodigious amount of trial and error. The header of course would suggest weekly, but maybe that’s just because you’re the suggestible type. With the power to edit at my fingertips you might return to find the header renamed ‘This Month in Inspiration’, and as always I will deny any and all knowledge of previous iterations.
(This is not my work and it’s not your work so be mindful of any potential copyright or ownership issues. Unless otherwise noted all of this work is super-dopetastic and in all ways fantastic)
In Yanis’ August 2014 installation of ‘Everyday Project’ he shares a bunch of beautifully rendered abstract 3D designs straight from the mind of a master creative craftsmen. Something about the colors and composition make me wish this were an apartment building I could move into. I suppose that may sound a little strange to some of you so maybe you should try pronouncing everything with a snooty Upper East Side accent. Anyway, lovely designs and beautiful work – as always – from Yanis. I could visit his Behance page any hour of the day and find endless inspiration in his incredible work. (On Behance as ‘Yanis ethikdesign‘)
Game Awards 2014
Man do I love all things 3D/CG/OG/ABC/M-I-C-K-E-Y-M-O-U-S-E. While I personally would love to land the Game Awards show intro and package I gotta say I probably couldn’t have pulled off such an epic design. I’m always floored looking at some of these pieces because I can’t imagine how long it would take to render something like this. My guess is somewhere between 1sec on my super duper machine (may or may not be a wild exaggeration) and a week utilizing a render farm. Regardless I love the way this feels and the way it moves. Makes me want to jump straight into Cinema 4D and go for broke with some subsurface scattering and glows.
Alt Space Core
If there’s one thing I love more than a beautiful 3D animation, it’s looking at a beautiful 3D animation and actually knowing how it was done. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy and super special that I know that all those wires with the tetras at their tips were created with the X-Particles plugin using a Generator and Trails. See how awesome I am? It’s almost like I know everything there is to know about everything in the universe and beyond. Or maybe I can just recognize a plugin. While Echoic did the music and sound design for Alt Space Core the piece itself is beautiful front to back (actually I’m not too fond of the compass animation at the tail end, so let’s call it beautiful front to kidney). I love the color and the crisp metallic nature of the core. It reminds me a little of the Tron: Legacy animations, which incidentally I have duplicated many times for my personal enjoyment. Kudos to Echoic on the music and sound design and getting to work on such an inspiring project.
I absolutely love Ben Johnston’s work. His typography skills are off-the-charts dope and his frequent collaboration with 3D artists yield incredible images like the one above. Jump over to the attached link to check out some of his other projects. This piece here is one of my favorites because not only does it highlight his hand drawing type skills, but the colors, lighting, and overall 3D design makes me want to lick it (I no longer do this due to the high cost of Apple’s monitors). In terms of inspiration I would love to just use that feel (the color, texture, lighting, etc.) for something in the future. If only I had even .001% of the hand typography skills that Johnston does I would love to do a type animation in this style.
Kim Byungkwan’s X-report_oldstar#05 is lovely on so many levels. Not only are we looking at a beautiful woman (Marilyn Monroe?), but that beauty has been smacked with Byungkwan’s signature chaotic, yet controlled strokes. You’ll get a sense over the course of a few of these inspiration blogs of what kind of fine art I really love; distressed, somber, chaotic, and wild. This isn’t necessarily a somber piece, but the color palette and movement really scratch the beauty’s surface revealing something a little more somber than sexy (art criticism 101: just use a bunch of art sounding words). But speaking of the fine art I gravitate towards…
Childhood and Dreams
Loui Jover’s ink on printed paper art reminds me of some of my work for my Originality class back at The School of Visual Arts (easiest class I ever took; you could literally do anything you wanted as long as you could explain your process). I love this style of art, and ink on newsprint/printed paper just always looks awesome. Even a simple drawing with the right composition looks amazing with this kind of mixed media. Unfortunately this piece has been sold, but there are a lot of other pieces available on his Saatchi Art page (Loui Jover).
This 3D animation by phibs for Charter Spectrum’s launch is filled with so much beautiful design that it goes straight into my ‘I wish I would’ve though of that’ repository (single largest repository of envy on the planet). This was all done in Cinema 4D which begs the question, why can’t I do any of that (I suspect there’s more to it than just a C4D render; probably a few plugins like VRAY, etc.). All envy and inferiority complexes aside, I love the concept for this animation. It’s such a simple, minimal design, yet the 3D and lighting and various compositions are beautiful. This makes me want to jump into Cinema 4D and try to figure out how he got that style.
The Red Shift Project
Talk about an ‘I want to touch it’ design. Zaki Abdelmounim’s The Red Shift Project is an ‘imitation’ (his word) of Russian 3D mograph master Andrew Serkin’s works. For an ‘imitation’ it’s fairly off-the-charts incredible and extraordinarily deep. From the color palette to the intricate 3D work to the lighting and beyond, Abdelmounim’s design is an wonderful example of just where inspiration can lead in the hands of a talented designer. It’s also a wonderful example of what truly drives my low self-esteem and inferiority complex. I guess it’s not a good idea to compare your ideas with every phenomenal design and animation you find, but I can’t help but look at a beautifully intricate 3D piece like this without thinking, “Where did I put my pants?” (It’s a long story)
So there you have it, a few pieces of inspiration to get those creative juices flowing and to keep your ego firmly in check. Like I said I’ll try to get in one of these every week because between my Pinterest feed, Behance, a few different inspiration sites, Vimeo, Motionographer, and a few others I have oodles and oodles of designs to inspire even the grayest of minds. I hope you enjoyed the visual smorgasbord and if you have any comments or links to something cool you’ve found out there in the digital wilds, just drop it down below.