Adobe has launched a new Web site, Adobe Artists, not only to promote their own Creative Suite 4 but also the work of the artists, designers, illustrators, animators and talented folk who use their range of creative resources so effectively.
So far it’s a select few - Nando Costa, Geneviève Gauckler, Eric Natzke, Johnny Kelly and Cisma aka Denis Kamioka – but hopefully this will be expanded and updated in the coming months. Despite the obligatory links to shop for Adobe products, it's a good start.
Adobe Artists owes something to Apple's always informative Pro profiles, which can be found on the UK and US Apple sites amongst others. Striking images, interviews, behind the scenes photos and videos, insight into the kit they use, a combination that only the Internet seems able to fully deliver.
Adobe Artists - Time lapsed raw footage of Nando Costa's studio.
Having visited various designers and illustrators in recent years it’s good to have a poke around office and home studios. Some of the most successful names will be running a business on elderly equipment and software, which still happily works for them.
Others meanwhile, slaves to fashion possibly, will want to latest shiny toys from Apple, Adobe, Wacom and others. Many surround themselves with toys and trinkets, books and pets, anything that gets the creative juices flowing.
Every Adobe Artists profile comes with a bio of each designer, and a succession of images, including sketchbooks and storyboards, embedded videos showing both motion graphics style animations and work in progress.
Adobe Artists - Geneviève Gauckler working in Illustrator.
Time-lapsed raw video footage highlights both the creative process and the sometimes mundane moments when you are sat in front of a Mac simply staring into a screen waiting for inspiration to take hold, or lunch, whichever comes soonest. The close up of Eric Natzke's darting eyes as they look deep into a monitor, presumably lost in creative thought, is worth seeing.
Adobe Artists includes an appealing video interview with Nando Costa explaining the creative process, his working methods and the collaborative effort that goes into producing visually striking work. You also get to see fascinating screen captures that show, for instance, Geneviève Gauckler working in Illustrator on a MacBook with a mouse. In a series of photos we also get to see her rather lovely dog and a reassuringly messy studio space that appears to double as a spare room. It's all good stuff; let's hope there is more to come.