Weekly Round-Up :: Featuring 4 Amazing Illustrators

This week we featured 4 fabulous artists which included Illustrators Mark Smith, Joey Feldman, Jim Cohen and Huan Tran on altpick.com.

Illustrator: Mark Smith

©Mark Smith

Illustrator: Joey Feldman

©Joey Feldman

Illustrator: Huan Tran

©Huan Tran

Illustrator: Jim Cohen

©Jim Cohen

To see more of the artists’ work, please visit altpick.com.

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Weekly Round-Up :: Altpick.com Features 4 Women Illustrators

Here we go into the start of Summer of 2019!  This past week we featured 4 fabulous woman illustrators Erika LeBarre, Barbara Pollak, Giovannina Colalillo and Ilano Griffo.  Here’s a brief round-up of their work.  Click on their link for more work or Altpick.com.

Illustrator Erika LeBarre

Illustrator © Erika LeBarre

Illustrator Barbara Pollak

Illustrator Barbara Pollak

Illustrator Giovannina Colalillo

Illustrator ©Giovannina Colalillo



Illustrator Ilana Griffo

Illustrator Ilana Griffo

To see more of the artists’ work, please visit Altpick.com.

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This past week Altpick proudly featured Photographers Jeff Newton, Carrie Schechter, and Jim Fiscus and Illustrator Tracy Mattocks.

Photographer: Jeff Newton

The Scottish Gentleman, 2014

Photographer Jeff Newton

Photographer: Carrie Schechter


Photographer Carrie Schechter



Photographer Jim Fiscus


Photographer Jim Fiscus

Illustrator Tracy Mattocks


Illustrator Tracy Mattocks

To view the artists’ work, please visit Altpick.com.

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Weekly Artists Round-Up on Altpick.com

This past week Altpick proudly featured Photographers John Fedele and Mark Peterman and Illustrators Tom Cocotos and Jing Jing Tsong.

Photographer: John Fedele

Photographer ©John Fedele

Photographer: Mark Peterman

Photographer: Mark Peterman

Illustrator:  Tom Cocotos


Illustrator: Jing Jing Tsong

Illustrator Jing Jing Tsong

To see more of the artists’ work, please visit Altpick.com.



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Puschmann Gives Life To Childhood Fantasy

Photographer: Simon Puschmann

Earlier this year, we reported on photographer Simon Puschmann’s collaboration with Taylor James Automotive — a project that saw Simon re-live his childhood by placing a “real life” car onto a classic car rug. The shoot was made possible, not only with Photoshop but with some highly creative use of cardboard, which made it seem like the flat printed buildings were casting shadows onto the road.

Today, Simon is finally able to share something that we have all been eagerly waiting for: seeing the car move! Consider that this was all made from a tilted photo of a carpet and you’ll get a sense of how much work went into creating this childhood-fantasy-come-true!

To see more of Simon Puschmann’s work, please visit his website and Altpick.com page.

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Featured Artists Round-Up on Altpick.com

This past week Altpick proudly featured Photographer Rick Souders/Souders Studios, and Illustrators, Jeremy Debor/Other Things CreativeKen Orvidas and David Fullarton on Altpick.com.

Photographer: Rick Souders/Souders Studios

Photographer ©Rick Souders/Souders Studios

Illustrator: Jeremy Debor/Other Things Creative

Illustrator: Jeremy Debor/Other Things Creative

Illustrator:  Ken Orvidas

Illustrator: Ken Orvidas

Illustrator: David Fullarton

Illustrator: David Fullarton

To see more of the artists’ work, please visit Altpick.com.



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Two Entries by Lennette Newell Chosen for AP 35 Show

Photographer Lennette Newell is honored to announce that two(!) of her images have been chosen for the American Photography 35 show. The pieces, “Rebirth” and “Unbounded #2”, were picked with 342 other entries from more than 7000 submissions and can now be seen in the new slideshow provided by AI-AP . Lennette explains the background for the two chosen photographs as such:

Photographer ©Lennette Newell

Composite: Cinereous vulture (Aegypius monachus) + Homo Sapiens Skull
“The educational vulture was photographed in a large studio setting. The homo sapiens skull was photographed at the California Academy of Sciences with my makeshift location setup.
Bird mythology has always intrigued me. In ancient mythology vultures ability to consume death and produce life was associated with rebirth. Many gods featured vulture wings or faces. Vultures were also associated with keeping life and death in order. As long as the vultures consumed the dead and were able to reproduce, the balance of life was in good order.
In the early Neolithic culture, the deceased were exposed in order to be excoriated by vultures and other carrion birds. The Neolithic period’s highly prominent cult of the dead was focused around excoriation, and the use of the vulture as a symbol of both astral flight and the transmigration of the soul in death.“

Photographer ©Lennette Newell

“Unbounded #2”:
Simien Mountains, Ethiopia
“Sometimes when I look at the natural world, I can’t believe it is anything but extraordinary, the depth of its presence and past, the transparent color palette and one that I imagine from the ethereal experience. I m moved by the landscapes complex offerings, yet soothed by the calmness it projects. I contemplate the symmetry and captivating luminosity of the scene in front of me, it’s influential properties seem to steer my subconscious to the moment in a profound manner.
The landscape appears pure and untouched by current environmental hazards and allows me to narrate bold colors in search of a complex environmental balance. I m most thankful for these experiences.”

AI-AP Slideshow: https://www.ai-ap.com/slideshow/AP/35/

Big Congratulations! to Lennette from all of us here at Altpick!

To see more of Lennette Newell’s work, please go to her website and Altpick page.



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Featured Artists Round-Up on Altpick.com

These past 2 weeks Altpick proudly featured Photographers Ryan Ketterman, Lisa Powers and Illustrators Ray-Mel Cornelius, Anthony Foronda, Richard Borge and Mike Austin on Altpick.com.

Photographer: Ryan Ketterman

Photographer @Ryan Ketterman

Photographer:  Lisa Powers

Photographer ©Lisa Powers

Illustrator:  Ray-Mel Cornelius

Illustrator ©Ray-Mel Cornelius

Illustrator: Anthony Foronda – Studio Foronda

Illustrator ©Studio Foronda

Illustrator:  Richard Borge

Illustrator ©Richard Borge

Illustrator:  Mike Austin

Illustrator ©Mike Austin

To see more of the artists’ work, please visit Altpick.com.



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Weekly Round-Up of Featured Artists

This past week we proudly featured Illustrators Joey Guidone, Kimberley Wiseman, Artist Agent Magnet Reps and Photographer George Kamper on Altpick.com.

Illustrator:: Joey Guidone

Illustrator ©Joey Guidone

Artist Agent:: Magnet Reps

©Dinara Mirtalipova

Illustrator:: Kimberley Wiseman

Illustrator ©Kimberley Wiseman

Photographer:: George Kamper

Photographer ©George Kamper

See more of the artists’ amazing work on Altpick.com!

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My 5 Favorite PhotoshopPlugins ( I can’t live without )

by Fantasio – Oliver Wetter

When it comes to the workflow I like to have control over the outcome as much as possible.  My Adobe Photoshop UI is, therefore, a good compromise of having enough screen real estate and all the tools I use on a regular basis.

For my tools of the trade, there are a number of hardware and software solutions that I rely on and it might not be a surprise that Photoshop is still leading the pack.

However, since Photoshop is still not perfect, I also rely on a number of Add-Ons that fill the gap for me.  You can view these Plugins as similar to Browser Add-Ons; they are not necessary but provide a better user experience.

In this post I want to highlight my favorite plugins starting with:

#5 Perspective Tools V2.0 ($15)

Perspective Tools is a small but smart panel developed by Sergey Kritskiy. He has a number of tools and tips published on his website: https://gumroad.com/kritskiy

This one tool is especially useful for digital artists and concept artists working with environments.  But it is also very useful for graphic artists and designers who often need to place designs or text in perspective – say on products – on a regular basis.

#4 GuideGuide (Free)

GuideGuide is perfect for any graphic artist.  (I said I would never need this until I wanted to print a 5-Panel-Canvas-Piece 😉

#3 ColorFriends Adobe (Free)

ColorFriends Adobe is a nifty plugin that allows you to pick colors and see correlated warmer or colder swatches around your current color.  Works with hue, saturation, and brightness.  Developed by Vasiliy Kuznetsov in 2012, published with source code on Github: https://github.com/vasiliy-kuznetsov/coldwarm

Even though it is fairly old, it still works like a charm in the current version of PS (2019).

#2 Brutus Symmetry ($10)

Actually obsolete in Adobe Photoshop 2019, so why is it on #2 in your list?

While it’s is true that Photoshop has real-time symmetry since 2018, there are many situations where it comes in handy to rotate or mirror a layer with just one click of a button or to find the center point of a document with one click.  Or sometimes you find a layer would benefit from being symmetrical afterward because real-time symmetry requires that you use it intentionally, right?

Its use goes far beyond just painting with symmetry even if the gif above does not reflect that!

The list of actions in this simple panel is something I use at least once a day and many other plugins go away after a few weeks, banned from the user interface, not AD Brutus Symmetry. Since the very first day of its installation, I use it daily and don’t want to miss it. Awesome job Mr. Dukal!

#1MagicSquire ($19)

MagicSquire is a brush organization panel.  (Actually, Adobe has updated PS with new features to organize brushes more efficiently, but there is still a lot of room for improvement.)  From coloring different sets to having different brush previews, MagicSquire also helps to organize and import both, TPL and ABR files.  In addition, you have access to Mixer brushes and an eraser by clicking the ALT key is a bliss.

There is an alternative out there by Sergey Kritskiy called Brusherator, but personally, I find it a bit too chaotic.  For someone who likes a tidy workspace, MagicSquire with all its features, is the way.  But maybe you try out both and find Brusherator better, who knows?

Why is it #1? Because I use it not just every day, but every time I use a brush in Photoshop, which is often.  Having a reliable tool to find and organize all my gems is an important asset and worth every penny.

Since I always like to improve my workflow, I like to read about your favorite plug-ins or panels for Photoshop.  Let me know your thoughts. (Leave your comment or submit a question on the form below.)

To see more of Fantasio/Oliver Wetter’s work, please visit his page on Altpick.com.




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