This will be my last post on this blog. It was fun over the last four years but a lot has changed in my work flow so I’m retiring this blog and the domain will point to my new web site coming out in the next few days. Thank you for all who read this site and enjoyed the posts. I’ll continue to share the same type of information but will do it via other portals such as:
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Sharpen your pencils, get your cup of pens in order and get ready to draw!
Take “The 21-Day Drawing Challenge” here. Each of the 21 days you’ll be given a different daily drawing challenge to complete.
It’s a fun way to flex your creative muscles and improve your thinking skills as well.
”The 21-Day Drawing Challenge” title screen.
Drawing is creativities best friend. So I encourage you to join in on this new type of course. You can find this course and all my
Sample from my book “Take and Make Art.” …I’ve been busy.
All my spare time this summer has been devoted to drawing out hundreds and hundreds of spot illustrations for a new book I’m working on called “Take and Make Art.” It’ll be a new resource book designers can use for anything and everything.
Once done the book will contain over 1,000 pieces of artwork that can be spring boarded from to develop concepts and ideas for your designs. I can’t do this book alone though. S
”Stay Hungry” limited edition t-shirt.
I’ll be sending off a promotional t-shirt to a handful of AD and CD’s I’ve worked with over the past year. The package will include the following:
- 1 limited Edition “Stay Hungry” t-shirt* (You pick your size) - 1 “Stay Hungry” sticker - 1 “Stay Hungry” quote card - 4 Additional Stickers
I have exactly “15” additional t-shirts I’ll be selling for the first “15” people to order them as well. Each person will get
Hand Lettered “G.”
Let’s Get Ready to Rumble!
I was invited to compete in a “Type Fight” over the letter “G.’ My worthy opponent is the talented Graham Erwin.
This letter form battle royale was a challenging project for me. I’ve explored the letter “G” in a lot of various ways working on my own personal branding over the years. I could have recycled one of those iterations for this, but that didn’t feel right so I set out to create something that pushed my design aesth
Sometimes I just like to let my mind ponder on things. Doing so tends to generate all kinds of seemingly random thoughts that cascade my conscience. At times I’ll sketch out something that peaks my interest during these moments. A while back I was thinking about how busy our lives can get. We’re so determined to move from one task to the next that we miss life in between.
That was the genesis of my thinking behind this illustration. Someone who in the
Client: Self Promotion
Art Director: Von Glitschka
Inspiration is a selfish muse. At Glitschka Studios we always try to embrace those fleeting moments of inspiration so they can soar freely. So at times we create for no other reason than to be creative.
This illustrative design is a good example of letting an inspired idea come to full creative fruition. The result is a fun design using custom hand lettering and a colorful charact
Project: Digital Illustration Course Client: Lynda.com Art Director: Von Glitschka Over the past year Glitschka Studios has developed a series of skill based design courses for Lynda.com. The latest course is called “Drawing Vector Graphics: Color & Detail.” This course covers color theory and exploration, lighting, shadow and highlight detail, additional detailing methods, style selection […]
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Project: Brand Identity Client: Deluxe Brewing Company Art Director: Von Glitschka Deluxe Brewing is a new small business that needed a strong brand identity that would enable them to compete in the competitive market place that is microbreweries. They hired Glitschka Studios to creatively brew up an effective visual identity that would lay a firm […]
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Project: Creative Spark Video
Art Director: Candace Schermerhorn
Over this past year I’ve been developing skill based design courses for Lynda.com. Last spring they sent a small documentary video team and shot a small video in my studio and the surrounding areas of Salem, Oregon.
The good folks over at Lynda.com have made my “Creative Spark” feature available to watch for FREE now via Vimeo.
Project: Brand Character
Client: Kiero Patata
Art Director: Von Glitschka
Glitschka Studios was contacted by the owner of a small chain of restaurants in the Dominican Republic called “Kiero Patata”. (I Like Potato) The base ingredient on all the dishes served at this restaurant are fresh made curly fries.
The owner wanted a fun monster character that aligned with his established brand aesthetic which used a simplified color palette of black and gold.
Project: Brand Iconography Client: MediMedia Art Director: David Senior Complete Healthcare Communications (CHC) has the capability to go into any healthcare business and evaluate, identify and develop customized solutions that include scientific metrics to track them. Our challenge was to design a simple iconography system that aligned with the new brand aesthetic, while still strongly […]
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Project: Coffee Packaging Design Client: Landor Associates – Gevalia Kaffe Art Director: Ryan Green Landor Associates client Gevalia is one of the largest coffee brands in Europe. The company is based out of Sweden and Landor hired Glitschka Studios to create packaging concepts for a line of seasonally themed coffee. Each seasonal SKU would be […]
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I’ll be launching a brand new re-designed website very shortly. Just waiting for a few things to officially launch than the site will go live. Access to content will be easier. The site will be lean and mean and organized far better.
I’m happy to announce a new plugin for Adobe Illustrator called VectorScribe. Developed by Astute Graphics out of the UK I was happy to be part of the beta testing and was tasked with creating the branding for the new plugin.
In my book Vector Basic Training I talk about the BetterHandles plugin, Astute Graphics bought the IP for BetterHandles, renamed it, and created a new more powerful set of tools that make vector creation more flexible, easier, faster, and with more precision. It’
A good design friend of mine by the name of Stefan Mumaw was authoring a new book called “Chasing the Monster Idea” and asked me to illustrate a monster character he could use on the cover of his book.
This tutorial takes you through the entire creative process from thumbnail sketch to final art in the process to create the character that would be used on the cover of a book. Methods and terminology from Vector Basic Training (VBT) are covered in this tutorial.
I’ve been brainstorming this book for well over a year and have been in production mode writing, editing, re-writing, editing more, creating content, and recording screencasts for the past six months. Needless to say a lot of time and energy has been invested in this exhaustive tome that thoroughly takes you through a systematic creative process for building precise vector graphics.
If you like IllustrationClass.com (Over three million of you do) you’ll love this book. I document crea
Designing a character can apply to both personal and professional projects and the character can be a mascot that works in context of a multi-national brand or it can simply be inspired by a well-known character within pop culture. The later is usually referred to as “Fan Art.”
This tutorial takes you through the entire creative process from thumbnail sketch to final art.
(Tutorial Includes Notes in both ‘English’ and ‘Español’.)
Keywords: Character, Mickey, Fan
Many times an agency will mock up a design direction in order to get a client to sign off on it. Once they have it approved they’ll approach me with their rough idea and want me to flesh it out into it’s final form. This type of project usually means I’ll be leveraging both my design and illustration skills to pull it off.
This project will take you through the entire creative process I used to pull off this illustrative logo design, from shooting my own photo reference material to re
A New Format Offering This first collection was derived from our top “25″ downloaded tutorials. Each tutorial comes in an easy to access multi-page PDF file format. Each PDF tutorial includes creative process images and exhaustive text embedded with links to referenced software, books, and resources. You’ll be able to view and read them on-screen or print them out for hands on reference purposes. (PDF tutorials are available in English only)
Moving forward as the content on Illu
We’ve taken the top “25” tutorials and created our first set of mult-page PDF tutorials for easy printing and referencing of each projects creative process.
For more information click here.
I enjoy creating patterns. When I started developing the patterns for my book “Drip.Dot.Swirl” I became immersed in this art form for over two years solid. Every where I looked I would see inspiration for a new pattern.
When I was approached by the publishers of the “Adobe CS4 WOW!” book and asked to contribute to it I decided to create a new pattern to use as the background for my final artwork.
This tutorial documents this patterns creation and will show the fundamentals whe
This tutorial isn’t your traditional step by step process. There is no systematic path to achieve the effects since the creative process is exploratory in nature you’ll have to deconstruct the included files so you can see how I achieved the visual effects in the final art.
I’ll go over some key points within this tutorial, but most of the valuable content and information that will help you do it yourself will be gleaned from turning on/off layers and clicking through the settings of