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Santa Claus Illustrations & Animations

Santa Claus Illustrations & Animations

Today is Christmas Eve and we would like to wish everyone a merry Christmas so we selected some really cool Santa Claus illustrations and animations to get you on the Christmas spirit. Enjoy! by Steve Roberts by Oxygenna by Wanda Arca by thanks but no thanks by Andra Popovici by James Pierechod by Loris F. Alessandria by Maxi Albella by Not Flipper

Tiny Christmas Designs

Tiny Christmas Designs

It's that time of the year, we would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and happy holidays. To embrace the Christmas spirit we put together a nice selection of tiny Christmas designs. Enjoy!

Cute Christmas Pets Photography

Cute Christmas Pets Photography

Christmas is that time of the year when everything looks and feels better... a notion of nostalgia, with friends, families and, of course, pets getting together in a awesome time of celebration. So I took some time to search the cutest Christmas pets I could find, and I feel my mission is accomplished. Here you can see some super fluffy pets... so fluffly you might wanna die. But don't, because you gotta share your Christmas pet photos with us! We'd love to see them! And don't forget to visit each photographer's portfolio for more pictures simply by clicking each image! I hope you enjoy these as much as I did! Cheers. ;) Marc Dalangin Helene chromatophobe CK Man christilou1 Teresa & Steve Laurie Breton Pasi Koskela Deb Nika Gagarina houndstooth4 Jason Behr Alex McCranor Jeannine Trish Kevin W. Jerrell Ed Duncan ben mollica

Inspiring Ideas for a Crafty Christmas

Inspiring Ideas for a Crafty Christmas

If you're like us and have been a little tardy in getting those holiday decorations up find inspiration in this crafty post for simple ideas to bring the spirit of the season into your home. Whether you're short on time or on space or perhaps both, there's an idea in here for all of us. An added bonus, if you're empty handed heading to that holiday party, craft one of these up and you've got yourself a homemade gift that will surely delight any recipient. So, wait not a second longer to whip up a glass of grandpa's egg nog and get to crafting!

Abduzeedo 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

Abduzeedo Holiday Gift Guide

Tis the season to give good design. We here at Abduzeedo are getting into the spirit of the season and are excited to share our curated list of favorite gifts for those in your life who have a special appreciation for beautiful design. From splurge-worthy camera gadgets to the ubiquitous smartwatch, there's surely something here for every designer on your list. And we of course couldn't help but shamelessly feature some of our branded product for those Abduzeedo groupies in your life. Enjoy and happy holidays! Abduzeedo Gear Black on Black ABDZ Hoodie ABDZ Grey Tee ABDZ Cap ABDZ Mug Smartphones and smartwatches Apple iPhone 6+ Motorola Nexus 6 Moto360 Photography Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 Compact System Camera Fujifilm X100 12.3 MP APS-C CMOS EXR Digital Camera with 23mm Fujinon Lens and 2.8-Inch LCD (Special Edition - Black) Sony Alpha a7S Compact Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera Others Aether Cone - The Thinking Music Player Doorbot Wi-Fi Enabled Smart Doorbell LexMod Eaze Lounge Chair in Black Leather and Palisander Wood Eames on a budget Braun Men's BN0106SLBTG Prestige Digital Digital Display Swiss Quartz Silver Watch Torre & Tagus 901406 Colombo Ribbed Resin Gourd Vase, Tall, Brown How to Make Origami Airplanes That Fly Bell TT Adult Bullitt Sports Racing Motorcycle Helmet Field Notes Pitch Black Edition, 3-Pack Dot-Grid Memo Notebooks Wacom Intuos5 Touch Medium Pen Tablet Pantone Christmas Ornament 186 Ruby Red

Christmas Design Inspiration

Christmas Design Inspiration

Christmas is only 2 days away and the inspiration is everywhere on the streets, on the radio, and also on the web. I went on dribble and selected some of the best little shots to inspire you on for this Christmas. Enjoy! by Deuxtone by Adam Grason by Martin Schmetzer by Matt Chase by Jeff Rogers by Jared Simpson by matt mitchell by Rob Hutti by Marlene Silveira by Greg Perkins by Marco Goran Romano by Helder Oliveira by Roger Strunk by Dan Cassaro by Denis Sazhin / Iconka

Coca-Cola Iconic Santa Claus Ads by Haddon Sundblom

Coca-Cola's Iconic Santa Claus Ads by Haddon Sundblom

Getting into the spirit of the season, we felt timely to showcase Coca-Cola's vintage holiday ads. Coca-Cola's ubiquitous advertising has greatly impacted American culture and the seminal brand is frequently credited with inventing the modern image of Santa Claus. Haddon Sundblom, an American Artist who made an indelible mark on 20th century advertising art, is best remembered for illustrating the now iconic winter ad campaigns he painted for the Coca-Cola Company in the 1930s. Catching a glimpse of imagery that lives on in the minds of people of all ages, around the globe, we hope this post brings a smile to your face and evokes pleasant memories this holiday season. According to the Coca-Cola company "For inspiration, Sundblom turned to Clement Clark Moore's 1822 poem "A Visit From St. Nicholas" (commonly called "'Twas the Night Before Christmas"). Moore's description of St. Nick led to an image of Santa that was warm, friendly, pleasantly plump and human. For the next 33 years, Sundblom painted portraits of Santa that helped to create the modern image of Santa – an interpretation that today lives on in the minds of people of all ages, all over the world." Sundblom is recognized as a major influence on many well known pin-up artists, such as Gil Elvgren, Edward Runci, Joyce Ballantyne, Art Frahm, and Harry Ekman. In the mid-1930s, he began to paint pin-ups and glamour pieces for calendars. Sundblom's last assignment, in 1972, was a cover painting for Playboy's Christmas issue.

The Perfect Office - Darth Vader Flash Drive, Alienware Small Desktop and more!

The Perfect Office - Darth Vader Flash Drive, Alienware Small Desktop and more!

We've seen some great gadgets and equipment for designers. So many cool stuff, that we could actually assemble infinite perfect office spaces! Every week we'll assemble a perfect office, and we'd like you to help us. What equipment would the perfect office have? Today we've got some great stuff for you! There's the beautiful Vool Wooden Laptop Stand to give you office a super classy feel. There's also the great Sennheiser Headphones for your audio needs. There's the super useful ioSafe Solo G3 Hard Drive to protect your data, and more! Don't forget that you may suggest via twitter: @paulogabriel - I hope you enjoy these! Cheers. ;) Brought to you by: Cool Pencil sharpener A cool pencil sharpener that looks like a lighter. Cool! (at Like Cool) Darth Vader USB TymeMachines powered by Funko, standing at 3″ tall and made of sturdy plastic, this Star Wars Darth Vader 8GB flash drive combines a perfect blend of design and practicality into one. Need to store that important file, or clip of a movie? With 8GB of memory, can certainly hold it’s share of pictures, MP3s, or anything else you need to store on the go. This USB flash drive makes a perfect addition to any Star Wars fan’s collection. (at The Gadget Flow) Vool - The Wooden Laptop Stand Vool is a beauty of a wooden laptop stand brought to you by a member of Dopludo collective. Vool is made of pine "that is grown on an eco conscious farm near the Finish-Russian border". Beautiful. (at Like Cool) Sennheiser Headphones Premium Sennheiser sound delivered by miniture dynamic transducers featuring powerful neodymium magnets. Sophisticated design featuring metal alloy construction for improved durability. Durable cable features a unique rotating 3.5mm metal plug and in line volume control. 32-ohm impedance is ideal for use with portable media devices like MP3 players and “I” devices. (at 7 Gadgets) Classic Nixie Tube Clock The name “Nixie” was derived by Burroughs from “NIX I”, an abbreviation of “Numeric Indicator eXperimental No. 1”. Hundreds of Nixie tubes with size and display variations were manufactured during their lifespan. In 1970, the RCA introduced the Numitron tube with incandescent filaments arranged into a new seven segment styled display that emulated the numbers one through zero with various combinations of the seven illuminated incandescent filaments. While not perfectly rounded and formed digits, the straight segments of the Numitron seven segment display became the standard for all future numerical displays including the vacuum fluorescent display (VFD), LED, and LCD seven segment displays. (at 7 Gadgets) ioSafe Solo G3 Hard Drive Have some data that you need protected? Store it on an ioSafe Solo G3 Hard Drive. This external USB 3.0 drive is both fireproof — up to 1550º for 30 minutes — and waterproof — down to 10 ft. for up to 72 hours. It's also nearly silent, compatible with Kensington locks and padlocks, and includes backup and encryption software. But the real kicker is the ioSafe Data Recovery Service, which provides a one-time data and hardware recovery, no questions asked. (at Uncrate) Alienware Small Desktop Enjoy an immersive gaming experience with this Alienware AX51-2146BK desktop that features NVIDIA GeForce GT 545 graphics for powerful performance. Wireless networking allows simple connection to the Internet. (at 7 Gadgets)

The Perfect Office - Christmas 2012 Special

The Perfect Office - Christmas 2012 Special

We've seen some great gadgets and equipment for designers. So many cool stuff, that we could actually assemble infinite perfect office spaces! Every week we'll assemble a perfect office, and we'd like you to help us. What equipment would the perfect office have? Today is our Christmas 2012 special post! Today it's all about all kinds of gift suggestions... for you to give something special to everyone: from your dog to your little brother. There's plenty awesome stuff for you to check today. Don't forget that you may suggest via twitter: @paulogabriel - I hope you enjoy these! Cheers. ;) Brought to you by: Wanmokku Wanmokku is a minimal design created by Japan-based Torafu Architects. The initial inspiration for the design came from an informal encounter with a Jack Russell Terrier. Through careful observation, the designers noticed that the dog would always come into close proximity to the clothes of the owner – most likely due to the reassuring scent and pleasant touch of the fabric. Torafu decided to take this interesting observation a step further by creating a furniture piece which would use the owner’s old clothes as a foundation for where a dog could play and rest. The elastic nature of the clothes forms a hammock like surface when attached to the frame. Depending on the season, the user can also adjust the material of the clothing according to the temperature. The construction of this design is incredibly simple as well; the assembly involves attaching two pieces of plywood frame and a wooden deck. The hinge at the front of the design is necessary for the stability of the frame as well as acting as a tiny stair for the dog to step on. (at Design Milk) Tiny Tim Book Light 5.1 inches tall with an LED bulb and on/off switch. Clips to books/e-readers or freestanding. (at Like Cool) Alias Barbell You won't be using it to train for the World's Strongest Man competition, but if all you're looking for is enough weight to keep tone while you're sitting at your desk, the Alias Barbell is all you need. Available in 1kg (2.2lbs) or 2kg (4.4lbs) varieties, these sleek fitness implements are made from chromed casting brass, and feature thermoplastic rubber on the ends to keep your desk — and the weight — from getting scratched up. Designed by the one and only Philippe Starck. (at Uncrate) Custom Movie Action Figures Ever wish you could have an action figure for your favorite movie characters that fall outside the realm of kid-friendly films? Like, for instance, Travis Bickle, Michael Myers, or Mad Max? Now you can. These Custom Movie Action Figures are mostly custom-made and come in custom packaging that looks like something you'd buy in a store. In addition, some of your favorites that actually do have figures — like Indy and Darth Vader — get new packaging that makes it appear as if they'd been culled from the ranks of GI Joe. Perfect for decorating the ol' home theater entrance. (at Uncrate) Rifle Umbrella Bang! There goes the rain. We’d be surprised if it messed with you again, but if it does just pull the trigger and the canopy shoots out and into action. Perfect for the gun lover, NRA member, hunter and military collector in your life. The end even has a site on it! Metal shaft, simulated wood grip. The stock has been scaled down slightly to make this incredible umbrella more comfortable to hold. (at The Gadget Flow) Thermal Double Walled Glass with Stainless Steel Tea Filter The Libre Large double-walled 14 oz glass and poly bottle is perfect for enjoying high-quality, organic loose leaf tea on-the-go. Ideal for hot and cold drinks, the wide mouth accommodates ice cubes and makes clean-up easy. The durable polycarbonate exterior with glass interior withstands daily use and provides fresh-tasting water and tea. (at 7 Gadgets) Qlocktwo Watch Qlocktwo brings the ingenious concept of telling the time with words to your wrist. At first glance, it appears to be nothing more than a matrix of seemingly randomly arranged letters. Only the gentle touch of a button reveals it is half past eight. Words are displayed at five-minute intervals, while four small dots give the precise time in minutes: just like its award-winning predecessors, the legendary qlocktwo and qlocktwo touch. (at The Gadget Flow) Phineas and Ferb iPod Boombox Rock out to your favorite tunes with this EKids Perry-diculous iPod Boombox! You can play and charge your iPod at the same time with the 30-pin connector. Controls include power, play/pause and volume controls. This cool perry design has a tail that flips up to reveal the iPod docking station. You will love the high quality stereo sound! Plus it includes a line-input so you can enjoy your music with any audio player. (at 7 Gadgets) Jabra Solemate Speaker No, it's not a speaker for your shoes. Instead, the Jabra Solemate Speaker gets its name from its sneaker-like rugged bottom tread. Powered by a rechargeable battery good for 8 hours of continuous play, the Solemate pairs with your devices via Bluetooth 3.0, and features built-in DSP for optimal sound, three front-facing speakers, a 3.5mm input for non-wireless (dumb) devices, and an included sound bag for added protection when jamming outdoors. (at Uncrate) 16gb Minecraft Creeper Flash Drive SSSHhhhhhhhhh!!! WATCH OUT!! (at 7 Gadgets) Flatmate Desk Sometimes a living space just isn’t big enough to fit a desk in it but, boy, it sure is handy to have a workstation sometimes. The Flatmate aims to give you just such a spot without taking up the valuable floor space that most desks do. Designed by Michael Hilgers for Müller Möbelwerkstätten, the slim design barely sticks out from its spot against the wall but gives you plenty of room to attend to all of your desk duties when opened up. (at Design Milk) 4TB Mac External HD USB 3.0 My Book Studio desktop hard drive features blazing fast USB 3.0 performance, massive capacity, compatibility with Apple Time Machine and password protection, all in a premium aluminum enclosure that complements your Mac. (at 7 Gadgets) Technology Will Save Us DIY Kits Whether you're just getting interested in electronics or want to pass on your knowledge to others, these Technology Will Save Us DIY Kits are a great place to start. Each kit comes complete with everything — or at least nearly everything — you need to build a simple electronics project, from a sensor that tells you when your plant needs water to a basic synthesizer. If you're looking to dive in head first, though, you might want to start with the soldering and Arduino kits, which will give you a solid base to build on. (at Uncrate)

Abduzeedo Gift Guide 2012

Abduzeedo Gift Guide 2012

It's the most wonderful time of the year... and it's time to buy gifts and we want to help you. We know that lot's of websites are doing their gift guides but we decided to suggest products that we really wanted to have. From affordable umbrellas to amazing AR drones, we hope you have fun with our list. Kikkerland Samurai Umbrella With a Samurai sword handle, you will be begging for rain with our awesome Samurai Umbrella! Unlike ordinary umbrella's, this one kicks ass as you strut down the street with it strapped to your back, ready to whip it out at the very site of a grey cloud. Use your cunning and stealth-like Ninja instincts to detect moisture in the air. Glide your Samurai Umbrella out of its sheath and save the world/ your coat from impending doom/ getting wet by Ming the Merciless/ rain. Fascinations Levitron Revolution Platform With EZ Float Technology Discover the secrets of levitation with Fascinations Levitron Revolution Platform w/ EZ Float Technology. This levitating magic kit comes with a magnetic hover disc that can hold up to 13 oz in midair. Levitron is an attention grabber in all parties as it can levitate models, jewelry, memorabilia and other collectibles. Sony NEX-5RK/S 16.1 MP Compact Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens and 3-Inch LCD Shoot and upload DSLR-quality photos directly to Facebook®. With built-in Wi-Fi, the NEX-5R even lets you download camera apps for endless possibilities or even control the camera from your smartphone.4 All this and more in a camera that’s about half the size of a DSLR. Case Scenario - iPhone 5 Case - Crimson USB Film Roll The legendary Braun travel alarm clocks were loved by many long after original production stopped. Braun's decision to reissue the clock and watch collection met with the approval of Dietrich Lubs, co-designer with Dieter Rams. The Braun reissue of the AB1A Alarm Clock, originally designed by Dietrich Lubs in 1994, is a pared down, very small but reliable clock. The AB1A had no snooze function, but a clear crisp crescendo alarm, and runs on one AA battery (included). High precision quartz German movement. Easy to read dial. One-year warranty. Dimensions: 2.25" square, 1" deep. The 2011 alarm clocks are based on the original designs with slight modifications, bringing them into the 21st century. Black Ninja Dagger / Knife Magnet Strong magnet in a Ninja dagger shape. Detailed finish with a key hole at the tip. GoPro HD HERO2: Outdoor Edition Born from a passion to capture your love of sport from your perspective, the HD HERO2 is a feat of engineering. Wearable and gear mountable, waterproof to 197' (60M) and boasting an immersive 170° wide-angle lens, the HD HERO2 has ushered in a new era of image capture. Professional quality 30 fps 1080p and 60 fps 720p video, combined with 11 megapixel still photo capture that has landed magazine covers, HD HERO2 has stoked out more professional and amateur athletes, adventurers and filmmakers than any other camera in the world. GoPro gives you the ability to capture and share life's most passionate experiences. This is your life... GoPro. Bose® QuietComfort® 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling® Headphones They're the best Bose headphones, period. QuietComfort 15 headphones feature exclusive Bose advancements in noise reduction technology. You hear less noise and more of your music and movies-with quality sound and a long-lasting comfortable fit. You won't find this combination of benefits in any other headphone. Satechi Compact USB Surge Protector for Charging MP3 Players, iPhone, Blackberry, Android, and Windows Mobile Phones Satechi USB Surge Protector provides protection from electrical spikes and surges that can be devastating to both expensive electronic equipment and valuable data. It includes a single power outlet and additional USB charging port that delivers enough power to charge most devices including the Kindle Fire, iPhone 4S, Samsung Galaxy S3, and various other tablets or smartphones. The LED indicator near the top of the unit illuminates green to indicate when the surge protector is providing sufficient protection to your equipment. When the protection circuitry has been fully consumed by power and current spikes, this LED light will no longer illuminate, indicating that the surge protector should be replaced. Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Quadricopter Controlled by iPod touch, iPhone, iPad, and Android Devices -Orange/Blue The Parrot AR.Drone is the first quadricopter that can be controlled by a smartphone or tablet. By tilting your device, you control the direction of your AR.Drone, and by releasing it, the AR.Drone is instantly stabilized. Thanks to the AR.Drone’s autopilot feature, anyone can be an expert as the AR.Drone allows for an easy take-off and landing. Image courtesy of Shutterstock: Simple vector christmas gift made from paper stripe - original new year card by Petr Vaclavek

Friday Fresh Free Fonts - Christmas Card, Kingthings Christmas ...

Friday Fresh Free Fonts - Christmas Card, Kingthings Christmas ...

Friday fresh free fonts is a series of free fonts posted every Friday, this friday I selected some christmas theme fonts so you can use to create a holiday image or a card for the holidays coming up. Enjoy! Click here to view all Friday Fresh Free Fonts Christmas Card by Harold Lohner Download Christmas Card LL Xmas by Markus Schröppel Download LL Xmas Kingthings Christmas by Kevin King Download Kingthings Christmas Candy Cane by Michel Bujardet Download Candy Cane

Vintage Christmas Ads

Christmas time is a great opportunity to find time and enjoy the holiday with family and friends. Every time, there's Christmas, there's just ads everywhere we look. It got me inspired to look and share this collection of vintage Christmas ads, what really stroked me is the ads were so simple and yet so informative. Also it's also great to see the needs of people really differ from our present time. Christmas gift suggestions: to your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect. - Oren Arnold You can find more vintage Christmas ads by visiting this Flickr.

Merry Christmas from Abduzeedo

We here over at Abduzeedo wish you a Merry Christmas to all of you. We know that it's last minute but just in case you haven't sent a greetings card to your beloved ones we are sharing an artwork created by Amanda Macedo. Download the artwork in Illustrator Download the illustrator file

Inspiring Shots of Christmas

Christmas is in the air, so I went to dribbble to select the best of what the design community is sharing about Christmas. Still time to make something nice for this Christmas. Enjoy!

Create a Merry Christmas Zombie Poster in Illustrator

It's almost Christmas time and so we decided to make a cool Illustrator tutorial as a gift for you guys. Today we are going to learn how to make this Zombie Santa Claus Christmas Poster using some simple tips. I hope you like it. Step 1 First of all, open Adobe Illustrator and create a new document ( ctrl + N / command + N ) with 21 cm width and 29.7 cm height. Now, using the Rectangle Tool ( M ) create a rectangle that fills the entire canvas, then using the Gradient Tool ( G ) create this green/blue fading to black gradient. Download this grunge texture here open it in Illustrator and place it a layer above the gradient rectangle. Go to the Transparency panel and choose the Blending Mode called Multiply. Create a rectangle on the left side using the Rectangle Tool ( M ) and access the gradient panel and choose the Fade to Black option Then access the Transparency panel and choose the Blending Mode called Overlay. Duplicate this rectangle and do the same procedure on the right side of the canvas. Finally, create another rectangle with the Rectangle tool ( M )and place it on the top of the canvas. Using the Eyedropper tool ( I ) copy the same gradient of the other rectangles, then go to the Transparency panel and select the blending mode called Multiply. Step 2 Now we have to create some light lines, so create a rectangle with the Rectangle tool ( M ) and adjust it using the Direct selection tool ( A ) to look like this. Create a light gradient fading to white, like this, then choose Transform > Rotate to 40 degrees. Repeat this procedure until you have shapes like these, then make a Group (ctrl + G / command + G ) with them. Access the Transparency panel and choose the blending mode called Overlay. You should get this final result for the background Step 3 For the font I chose The Misfits font (the same from the Punk Rock band), you can download it here. Create a new layer and write "Merry Christmas" like the sample below. Create Outlines and using the Gradient tool ( G ) create a red gradient like this. Access Object > Path > Offset Path and choose a 0.1 cm offset, miter joins and 4 miter limit. Then add a silver gradient and you should get something like this. Finally, send the letters to back and it should look like the sample below. Step 4 Now let's make the little stars, it's pretty simple, first choose the Star tool and by clicking on the canvas once you'll access its panel, then choose Radius 1 with 0.1 cm, Radius 2 with 1.76 cm and 4 points. You should get a thin 4 point star, duplicate it, rotate it to look smaller, like the sample below. Duplicate this little star using the Selection tool ( V ) + alt how ever many times you want, resize it and distribute it along the "Christmas" text. Now group all these stars ( ctrl + G / command + G ) and duplicate them by using the Selection tool ( V ) + alt and access Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur set 10 pixels blur, you should get this result. Finally, place this group above the other stars group, you should get this. Step 5 So let's begin the main illustration, first create a circle using the Elipse tool ( L ), create a rectangle using the Rectangle tool ( M ) and place it above the circle. Then go to the Pathfinder panel and choose the shape mode called Minus front. You will get this mid circle, duplicate it by using the Selection tool ( V ) + alt. Using the Gradient tool ( G ) create a gold gradient like this with the darkest part on the top. Duplicate it using the Selection tool ( V ) + alt, resize it and send it to back, than change the gradient direction using the Gradient tool ( G ) so the dark part is on the bottom of the shape. Using the Ellipse tool ( L ) create these shapes and duplicate them like the sample below. Using the Pen tool ( P ) make sharp shapes around the eyes to make them look tired. We're going to make some hachures to give some depth, create a triangle using the Polygon tool and duplicate it using the Selection tool ( V ) + alt. Make a line of it, resize it and put it above the eye to look like an eyebrow. Step 6 Let's create the nose. Make two circles using the Elipse tool ( L ) and create a purple/pink gradient. Than duplicate it Selection tool ( V ) + alt and change the gradient direction using the Gradient tool ( G ). Step 7 Using the Ellipse tool ( L ) repeat the same procedure you did on step 5, make the shapes with the ellipses and triangles, make a clipping mask ( command + 7 / ctrl + 7 ) on it to fit on the shape. Step 8 The first thing you should do in order to draw the brain is drawing these circles and lines with the Pencil tool ( N ), they don't have to look very detailed. Well, then using the Pen tool ( P ) outline these shapes and make a part more sharper to look like a broken cranium. Also add a pink soft gradient and black stroke to it. Using the Pencil tool ( N ) again, draw these cracks with a white stroke. Step 9 Make the flies by using only the Ellipse tool ( L ), choose white fill for the wings and a black fill for the body, it's quite simple to do. Draw some line around each fly using the Pencil tool ( N ) to give some movement to them. Finally, again using the Pencil tool ( N ) draw circles and vertical sinuous lines to give impression of smell and movement to the flies. Step 10 The beard can be made by many ways, I prefer to draw a shape using the Pencil tool ( N ), then duplicate it usingSelection tool ( V ) + alt, reflecting it vertically. Access the Pathfinder panel and choose the shape mode called Unite to make these two pieces one, use a light gray gradient to add some depth to it. Draw some blood using the Pencil tool ( N ) with a red gradient fill, duplicate the beard shape, bring it to front and make a clipping mask with the blood shape (ctlr + 7 / command + 7 ). After, draw some shapes to look like drops on the beard, you should get this result. Step 11 There's not a short cut to do the Christmas hat. Being an illustrator I'd rather draw first the shapes using the Pencil tool ( N ) and then make the fill separated, but feel free to do any way you want it. Now draw a circle using the Ellipse tool ( L ) and select the Crystallize tool panel and set width to 3.53 cm, height to 3.53 cm, angle to 0º, intensity to 50%, complexity to 3 and detail to 2. You should get a sharp ball. Finally, using the Pen tool ( P ) make the contour along the lines you drew and fill it with a red gradient. The zombie Santa is done. Step 12 To make it look more cool, I added once more a grunge texture, but you can add the texture you want on it The final result Here we tried to make this illustration the easiest way, but talking about creative process there are plenty ways to do it. Try to find the one that better fits your style. I hope you liked this tutorial. Download the files CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD ALL FILES USED FOR THIS TUTORIAL

Logo Design: Christmas

The Logo Design series is up and running! We're thinking ahead and we want to find new ways to sort these listings. Last week we had a post on CMYK logos... today it's all about Christmas logos! As usual, we'll search for logos in these galleries: Logopond, Logo Faves, Logo Moose, Logo from Dreams, Logo Gala, WS Logos, The Logo Mix and Wolda. We hope you all enjoy our selection! Cheers. ;)

4th Birthday, Christmas Giveaways & AbductedDeals

As you probably guessed from the title of this post, Abduzeedo is coming up on its 4th Birthday. Which begs the question, “What are you doing for your birthday Abduzeedo?!” Good question. But before we talk about the future, lets remember the past. The Founding Back in 2006 Fabio Sasso, Co-Founder of Zee (a web design studio), went to lunch. While at lunch everything from the Zee offices was stolen. Yes, everything. From that day on Fabio decided to post everything he was learning about design on a blog so that he would always have a copy “stored in the cloud” in-case something as tragic as the robbery ever happened again. Over time, those tutorials got pretty popular and early readers started asking questions like, “Hey Fabio, what inspires you?” So Fabio started posting that stuff too. He even had to recruit a team of friends and family to help keep up with demand! Fast-forward 4 years, and now, the Abduzeedo Team posts inspiring stuff, strange stuff, fun stuff, educational stuff, all kinds of stuff! In fact, if you have asked for it, we have done our best to make it happen. With good reason too! We have found that throughout the years, if we respond to the needs of our readers, we are always met with good results. Which is why for our birthday we would like to once again, collaborate with you our readers, to take Abduzeedo to a whole other level. The Future From the beginning Abduzeedo has always been about offering up knowledge, inspiration, and community - FOR FREE. And we have no intention of changing that. In fact, we want to make those offerings even better by re-thinking what we already do, and attempting to do it even better. Which brings us to the first of several new beta experiments to come... Introducing, Abducted Deals (beta) This beta is designed to expand the reach and effectiveness of Abduzeedo Giveaways (and maybe once and for all, make all those annoying ads on our front page, a thing of the past). With all the hub-bub around group buying these days we got to wondering if we could provide awesome deals in the range of 50% to 100% off on stuff you want/need as a designer, in a win-win-win model that everyone from the reader, to us, to our partners enjoys. That’s a tall order, but we think it is at least worth a try. I mean, how cool would it be if your new workspace was on us? Or you got a master creative suite from Adobe for 50% off? Or better yet, what if you gave us a wish-list and we tracked down partnerships that got you those things for free or at a heavily discounted price? We think it sounds pretty sweet! But what do you think? This next week leading up to Christmas we will be running a series of Christmas Giveaways where we will test this model and invite you to give us feedback on how we can make it better, or if you even like it at all. If you are interested in learning more and making sure you get a great new deal close to every day next week, head on up to the top right corner and spend a few seconds signing up for an Abduzeedo account. We will be following up with a more in-depth email tomorrow or the day after to give you a teaser of the Christmas Giveaways and explain how the new model will work. Any feedback you can give will be much appreciated and we will definitely take it into account for the next test we run :) Looking forward to your thoughts! - The Abduzeedo Team P.S. Not to be too much of a tease, but signing up for an account now could be a big bonus for you in 2011 - wink, wink... ;) Also! Stay tuned this Saturday for our traditional Anniversary Poster Giveaway! This year's design was done by Rik Oostenbroek