As you probably know, illustration is a big trend now. We see them every where from fashion design, print media to web design. Here is a nice collection of over 30 sites that demonstrated excellent use of vector illustration. This set of site has proven that illustration is suitable for all type of sites — from personal blogs, to designer showcases, and even professional or corporate sites. Not only illustration can set the mood and characteristic of the site, but it can also establish an icon (branding) of your corporate image. Here are some good examples…

Since 2001, Jonathan Moore has worked in the interactive design field with clients such as Disney, Lexus, Ford, Infiniti, Chevrolet, Adobe, Motorola, Capcom, EA, and Adidas. Currently Jonathan is working as a Senior Art Director at 2Advanced Studios with an amazing team. The title of Senior Art Director does not really cover jack-of-all-trades approach that he has towards projects with a skill set ranging including art direction, flash motion, flash development, motion design, 3d production, web-standards build, and a working knowledge of development languages.

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Urban Dirty is a regularly updated online photo library featuring hundreds of grimy, slimy, gritty and grubby textures (managed by Paul Burgess). They range from crusty concrete to mysterious splats, all intended to bring a bit of dirt to your designs. Images are available in various sizes and offered free for any purpose. They’ll come in handy when creating Photoshop brushes or something like the Deep & Moody tutorial.

by: Neil Duerden

Right time to go into Photoshop and create a "simple" moody image using loads of simple effects to create an image with depth and composition. This is simpler than you think but can demand a lot from your system. You will be switching between Illustrator, Photoshop, Painter and throwing a few hand rendered elements in just for good measure so put the kettle on, sit back and get ready to begin!

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