Monday, November 24, 2008

The Euro coin designed using CorelDRAW

To follow up on my earlier post about important things being designed, using CorelDRAW. Its funny how people can say "nothing important have ever been made, or designed by important designers or illustrators, using CorelDRAW". In a way its just silly, as silly as the old Mac vs PC discussion. But fact remains, CorelDRAW was the computer software being used to design the Euro coin. And if that isnt big enough, then what is. What do people get their ideas from.
Read more about it here>> And here>>

Stefan Lindblad
Illustrator & artist


South Park uses CorelDRAW to illustrate with

Because of the impact Adobe have had on many peoples consious, such as the words "is this photoshoped", its no wonder, why many people live in a bubble, believing nothing "big and important" are made with other computer software, other than those from Adobe.

Well the people behind "South Park" uses CorelDRAW to make their 2D illustrations, and then bring it into Maya to animate it. Neither CorelDRAW or Maya is Adobe software. This said, remember software are TOOLS to work with. Its the person holding and using the tool who creates the art. And CorelDRAW and Maya are very powerfull tools to work with. Have fun creating whatever tool you use. Here is the interface of CorelDRAW.

Stefan Lindblad
Illustrator & artist


Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Rock from space hit Earth ? - who knew

Illustration by me, Stefan Lindblad, 2008.

A big rock from outer space almost hit the actual ground on our Earth. According to the European space agency, the swedish language version. This is not the first rock from outer space to "hit" earth, but the first to have been caught on film and reported found on rout to our earth, before it actually hit our planet. Did anyone feel the hit? Well I didnt, but exiting and scary to know at the same time. At the same time, we dont have to panic as if this was the first time it have happen. It is said to happen quite often that rocks from outer space go towards our planet, but they get crushed to pieces by our shield the atmosphere, kind of. To quote: "...exploded a few miles altitude above the northern Sudan..." so this didnt actually hit the ground either, but it could have

Read more on the European Space Agency website, choose your language.>>

Here is a quote from the Swedish text, using Google translate:

November 10, 2008 EUMETSAT's Meteosat-8 Rapid Scanning Service photographed when asteroiden 2008 TC3 exploded a few miles altitude above the northern Sudan. The energy in the explosion accounted for more than a thousand tonnes TNT. The night of Oct. 7 there was an explosion equivalent to a small nuclear device in the atmosphere above northern Sudan. It was a few meters high asteroiden 2008 TC3 that with a speed of 13 km / s came sweeping around from the north and 04:46 CET disintegrerade at relatively high altitude. The only possible prestigious there, after a committed weather on the Dutch weather service contacted the Dutch airline KLM and announced that the aircraft in the area had a chance to observe the event. Very rightly so reported staff on a KLM aircraft minutes before dejectedly something that may have been a bright flash from 2008 TC3.

So much is happening around us, worth writing about in the main stream media, but things like this is hidden in the news by stories of war and the famous peoples new haircuts.

Stefan Lindblad
Illustrator & artist

Coreldraw lasso tool - the shape tool

In Coreldraw you know about the shape tool. You know how you can drag around the nodes of a selected object, and catch the nodes in it, the 90 degrees way. And sometimes you go in and select just a few nodes in particular you like to catch, in a heavily nested node object. Wouldnt it be great with a Lasso tool! Well there already is a lasso tool in CorelDRAW - the Shape tool. Yes, the Shape tool again. What you do is to hold down the Alt Key and then drag around your Shape tool, as if it was a Lasso tool. Which it is in this case. See my attached image, with a highligted tip to the side of the shape tool. Have fun. I sure have while doing a set of maps for a client.

Stefan Lindblad
Illustrator & artist

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

A Corel product manager views on things

For those who either visit the great forum or those who just read this blog. Here is a link to a Corel Corporation Product manager blog, views on the graphics world, Gérard Metrailler, on worth reading. Many tips, but also that behind the scene feeling. Fun and informative reading.

Stefan Lindblad
Illustrator & Artist

Friday, November 14, 2008

See me drawing live on ZTV

Sometimes it happens. Someone calls you up on the phone or send you an email and ask you to be part of a "poplular culture" TV program. It happened to me. ZTV a Swedish/Scandinavian TV Channel have a program called Streetsmart. Its about fashion, art, music, culture and so on. It was broadcasted yesterday, the 13 november. Here is the whole program. Viewable via streeming video from their channel. And my link of course is legal. The whole program is 24 minutes without advertizing, but if you only like to watch my segment, when I actually draw a illustration being filmed , then just drag the slider in the player to 18:06 minutes. Thats when I start to draw, and Swedish documentary filmmaker Tarik Saleh talks in the background. While the camera is constantly on me drawing.

The TV production is made by the Swedish ad, fashion label, film production company ACNE. For those who wears ACNE jeans, yes its the same company.
Hope you enjoy it.

Stefan Lindblad
Illustrator & artist

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Great drawings by Illustrator Paul Madonna

As an illustrator & artist myself who dont go outside the door without my sketchbook (Moleskine for the moment) and pens, drawing people and surroundings while sitting at cafés and other places, I really appreciated the works by Paul Madonna. The San Francisco based illustrator, who got a book published by City Lights Books, showing his great drawings, illustrations originally published in the San Francisco Cronicle, Sunday Datebook Section. If you havent seen Paul Madonna´s works yet, try look for them in the newspaper or maybe even better buy the book. "All over Coffee". I saw on his website that he also sell some of his originals. Click here to look and buy his originals.>>
And if you like to have the same book as I bought at Borders bookshop at Union Square in San Francisco, USA, when I was there with my girlfriend Mia in 2007, then click here "All over Coffee">>
I havent seen the book sold in Swedish bookstores yet, but one could probably buy it via a "neighbourhood" online bookstore where you live. I have my signed copy in our bookshelve and love it.

Stefan Lindblad
Illustrator & artist