Articles by Tom Ross

Inspiration

Jaw Dropping Vexel Artwork From the Pros

March 22nd, 2012
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Jaw Dropping Vexel Artwork From the Pros

Vexel art is very similar to vector art in terms of appearance. It typically features sharp-edged lines and areas of flat color, or smooth gradient fills. The word 'vexel' was coined from a combination of "vector" and "pixel". The main difference between vexel art and vector art is that vexel artwork is rasterized....

Design

Stunning Photo Manipulations Featuring Water

March 5th, 2012
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Stunning Photo Manipulations Featuring Water

Nature provides great inspiration for digital art, and water is one of the most visually impressive aspects of nature. Many photo manipulators choose to work with water as it's fluidity, opacity and reaction to light are all great foundations of art. Water also brings with it tremendous energy. The splashes, waterfalls and flows offer a...

Inspiration

A Showcase of Beautiful Bird Photography

February 27th, 2012
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A Showcase of Beautiful Bird Photography

Nature photography is often more beautiful than photography featuring manmade subjects, as it presents us with the beautiful randomness of the world around us. Some of the most stunning creatures within nature are birds. With around 10,000 species of birds, bird photography presents us with an endless variation of colors, patterns and visuals.

Essentials

Free Fonts to Make a Great First Impression

February 15th, 2012
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Free Fonts to Make a Great First Impression

When you're designing a website, one of the pillars of great design is typography. Typography is an essential part of good web design, yet it's amazing how many designers consistently don't have the proper tools to work with! Talking of course about a quality font library. Even the best designer will struggle...

Design

A Look at Inspiring Website Designs of Musicians

February 8th, 2012
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A Look at Inspiring Website Designs of Musicians

As with designer's, musician's websites are often some of the most creative, and for good reason. The website designs of musicians should ideally epitomize their sound in a visual medium. It should capture their brand in an online presence.

IMHO

Incredible Hand-Drawn Works (With a Digital Twist)

February 3rd, 2012
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Incredible Hand-Drawn Works (With a Digital Twist)

Within the creative community there seems to be an ongoing divide between the realms of digital art, and traditional (non-digital) art. Often traditional art is viewed as somewhat archaic, conjuring images of the Mona Lisa or a Monet landscape. Whilst these masterpieces, and much of traditional art is of course pivotal to our...

Design

Stunning Digital Art Inspired by Video Games

January 3rd, 2012
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Stunning Digital Art Inspired by Video Games

Since their inception, video games have provided great inspiration for offline artists and digital artists alike. Video games generally adhere to a fantasy theme, which is perhaps what makes them so intriguing visually. Often characters are exaggerated human forms, with bulging bodies, enormous power, or great speed and agility. Many games include characters...

Photography

Jaw Dropping Light Paintings From the Masters

December 6th, 2011
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Jaw Dropping Light Paintings From the Masters

Light painting has always wowed audiences, right from it's inception in the 1930s. Light painting is a photographic technique, whereby exposures are usually taken at night or in a darkened environment, using a moving light source or by moving the camera.

IMHO

How to Improve as a Graphic Designer

November 24th, 2011
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How to Improve as a Graphic Designer

One of the major threats to your career as a graphic designer is to let your work stagnate and your improvement slow down. It's very easy to fall into a comfort zone where you stop exploring new design techniques and simply stick with what you know. This is why most designers experience the...

Design

Stunning Photo Manipulations Inspired by Nature

November 10th, 2011
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Stunning Photo Manipulations Inspired by Nature

Nature is a popular subject amongst the Photoshop community, and subsequently is featured in a lot of photo-manipulation work. Nature is really the perfect subject for photo-manipulations as it's so visually engaging. Think of the four elements, or a beautiful landscape, or a fierce animal. All these things are products of nature, and all...