Take Your Digital Techniques to New Heights with Blog.SpoonGraphicsDecember 24, 2011 at 11:00 am | Posted in Conventional Art | Leave a comment
Tags: digital art
Hello, fellow artists! It’s the Imikimi Team here, and we’re so happy to have you back! We’ve got yet another fantastic resource to share with you, one which will help take your digital art to the next level. If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed by the sheer number of options and buttons to be found in raster and vector programs, then we’ve got the perfect antidote for what ails you. Because today, we’re going to be showing you Blog.SpoonGraphics.
Created by English graphic designer Chris Spooner back in 2007, Blog.SpoonGraphics is a wonderful destination for artists looking to improve their technical skills in programs like Photoshop and Illustrator. Though, these techniques can be applied to many other programs, as well. Chock-full of tutorials, this is one of the most-trafficked graphics learning websites around. New tutorials are posted once or twice per week, and are absolutely perfect for beginners. These are short and sweet, with pictures and text to guide you along your way.
So let’s take a quick virtual stroll on over to Blog.SpoonGraphics. You’ll most likely first be struck by the large, bold header. This is the first sign that Chris’ designs are full of style. Below, after just a few seconds’ glance at the site, you’ll notice the site has a tradition blog layout, with the newest tutorials on top. If you scroll down the page, you’ll see more than just tutorials, though; you’ll also see posts containing inspiring images, giveaways/contests, and freebies. Right now on the homepage, you’ll see a tutorial titled “How to Intensify Your Landscape Photos in Photoshop.” So let’s go there now.
You’ll see near the top a “before and after” image, showing you the final result of the techniques you are about to learn. Chris walks you through each stage of the process, step by step. What’s particularly great about his tutorials is that he provides many images to guide you along the way, while keeping the amount of text to a minimum. While text is nice, and sometimes necessary in conveying the some of the finer details, writers can sometimes become mired in their desire to get across every minute point. This can lead to massive blocks of text that are difficult to pull the key points out of. You’ll find none of that droning-on here; just concise and to-the-point instruction.
After you’ve scrolled the length of that tutorial to get a taste for his writing and teaching style, head back up to the top of the page (or any page on the site). On the upper right-hand side, you’ll see a list of all of the categories, helping you to navigate the different areas of the site. If you’re looking to find out more about Chris Spooner, click the “About” section. If you’re looking to get a hold of him or ask some questions, hit up the “Contact” link. Most of the categories are self-explanatory and make browsing the site a breeze, especially when wanting to zip right to the tutorials.
If you notice, there’s also a “Premium” section where you can subscribe for a small $7 per month fee. Doing so makes you a premium member, granting access to all of the areas. This is fantastic because you can then download awesome design resources like vector packs and brushes, download the “source files” (which you can then browse through, layer by layer to see how everything is put together), and gain discounts for great design products and services.
We want to take this time to once again thank you for coming by the Imikimi Blog, and hope you’ve learned about another great site that’ll have you quickly on your way to becoming a better artist. Have a very happy holiday season, and we hope to see you back again soon as we roll out more exciting features! Take care!
The Imikimi Team
“All true artists, whether they know it or not, create from a place of no-mind, from inner stillness.” — Eckhart Tolle