Usually when I create a new design, I like to switch up my tools every once in a while and not get stuck in Photoshop all the time. Illustrator is definitely a favorite as well, but I find myself working in Lightwave 3D more and more. It’s a great way to create something new and edgy that can take a design to a new level. In many cases, you can get almost the same result in Photoshop if you know your way around. However, that last touch of perspective and perfect lighting can sometimes become a hassle and an annoyance. It’s also nice to light a design from different angles, change the colors, and change the materials just to see what the possibilities are.
Doing it this way makes the process quite fast once you have made the framework and the wire framing for your design in modeler. But that’s all professional talk. and what I have found is that designs these days are starting to become very static, robotic and synthetic in a way. It’s rare that you stumble upon websites or pictures that aren’t either retouched to micro-perfection or rendered to the point where there simply have no life left in the object at all.
The cool thing is that there are plenty of artists out there that are masters of using either a brush or an air brush to create stunning and mesmerizing graphics. Corey Loving is one of those designers, and what he has created is utterly amazing if you ask me. With the tools available to him, his posters of legendary 8-bit and 16-bit games are some of the coolest and most inspirational you will find. These four pieces are posters of Sonic and Metroid, and they are just amazing.
In addition to this, his website is loaded with everything from raw sketches to full on 3D animations that he has created. There seems to be no shortage of inspiration over at his place, that’s for sure. Corey seems to be working on several projects at once, and he continuously updates his blog with new awesome content. So, for anyone who doesn’t want to get stuck in the trenches of the same ole Photoshop, this is for sure a place to gather some inspiration and maybe dig your way out of the monotone software usage.
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