Welcome to Mad Skills Monday, where we will showcase top work from young artists and designers to bring some creative inspiration to beat the post-weekend blues. This week we have some fantasy CGI artwork from Nicolas Delille and a range of slick graphics from James Addison.
Power tool: Photoshop, Zbrush, Cinema 4D AR/Vray, Realflow, Vue and AfterEffects
Power song: While My Guitar Gently Weeps by The Beatles
Power snack: Cola and pizza
Nicolas Delille is a 3D artist who creates fantastical, surreal and humorous images for clients and personal work. He also makes visualisations for architectural and packaging designs.
In this crazy ad concept for Lipton Iced Tea, he works with the slogan ‘Everyone’s Invi-tea-d’ to show the arms of several unusual dinner guests enjoying their tea using Zbrush.
Nicolas’ ‘Oppression’ series are pretty self-explanatory, where swarms of faceless, plastic-like zombies drag unwilling participants into their worlds of consumerism and gender conformity.
‘Visions’ is a series representing iconic figures from history as statues whose ambitious visions are still very real.
Animals feature frequently in Nicolas’ work, their appearances ranging from realistic interpretations to witty, outlandish characters.
James Addison is a very talented graphic designer whose work demonstrates sleek typography skills and presentation but always includes lots of imagination and spirit. His BA final project, ‘Save Yourself’, explores memory in the digital age and how we no longer keep our memories in physical form but on online databases, social media websites and hard drives.
Another project of a similar theme is ‘An Album of People We Do Not Know and Never Wish to Meet’. This is a personal collection of photographs and postcards found in junk shops that unfortunately had no details written on the back, documented into a book.
James recently designed a beautiful set of wedding invitations, hand-drawing the typography and pattern and then digitally redrawing them. These were printed on GF Smith paper and were nominated for the Wedding Invitation category of this year’s Fresh Awards!
James currently works as part of the integrated Poole agency Bright Blue Day. Here he created this 12-page brochure to promote Victoria and Albert baths to interior designers and architects.
Finally, James has some branding for Novtech, a small business specialising in installing machines that make microchips across Europe.
James studied BA Graphic Design at the Arts University Bournemouth, and stayed in the Poole area after graduating to work for Bright Blue Day. You can view more stunning images and projects at his official website and follow him on Twitter.
Want us to show off your mad skills? We’re always looking for young creatives, students and graduates to showcase for our Monday feature, so send us an email with some samples or a portfolio link with the subject line “Mad Skills Monday” to email@example.com and we’ll check you out!