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Make It on Mobile

For this ongoing series of tutorials, we asked six amazing artists to show us how they’re using Adobe mobile apps—by creating works of art with the tools (and the workflows) of their choice. And we are inviting you to follow the tutorials for a chance to win a prize.

In April 2016, Adobe hosted the inaugural Make It on Mobile summit at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; at that event, teams of artists worked together on projects made with Adobe mobile apps (view the results of their creativity).

Equipped with Adobe mobile apps, 16 illustrators, photographers, and designers from around the world created unbelievable works of art. Click on the image to watch a brief video about the Make It on Mobile summit at the Cooper Hewitt.

We were so inspired by what they made that we wanted to see more! Over the next several months (starting in July 2016), we will ask six artists to create original works. Then we will share each artist’s process and invite you to follow the same steps in your own creation. Share the creation with us via social media, using the hashtag #MakeItonMobileContest, and you may win a prize!

London-based illustrator Dan Mumford works on the cutting edge of pop culture, creating illustrations for music album art, images for indie clothing lines, and new interpretations of classic film posters. In this simple tutorial, he shows how he uses Adobe Illustrator Draw to create an illustration in his distinctive style. (Read more.)

The Dan Mumford contest has ended—and we have a winner! Mumford selected Alistair Baxter’s image of Poseidon. Baxter shared a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of this image here; and don’t miss these additional editors’ picks.

Brooklyn-based designer, photographer, and artist Victoria Siemer (more commonly known as Witchoria) has a distinctive digital touch. Her trippy, evocative photographic compositions blur the edges between reality and fantasy. In this tutorial, you can follow along with Witchoria as she combines a photo of a model with public-domain NASA photographs. (Read more.)

The Witchoria contest has ended—and we have a winner! Witchoria selected Porsche Little’s image of cosmic bathers. “This is exactly the type of work I had hoped to inspire from the tutorial,” says Witchoria. “I’m sort of blown away…I can’t believe I’ve never thought to use underwater photos before.”

Visit this gallery of the winner and additional editor’s picks.  

 

Every August, tens of thousands of music lovers make their way to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park for Outside Lands, a multiple-day music festival. Among the music lovers in attendance this year were our six #MakeItonMobile artists: Dan Mumford, Witchoria, Andreas Preis, Elise Swopes, Gemma O’Brien, and Gyimah Gariba. The music, the setting, the food, and even the California state flag were inspirations for their amazing mobile creations. (Read more.)

We all take pictures with our phones, but Elise Swopes makes art — and a living — with her mobile photography. In this tutorial, she demonstrates how she combined two photos into a surreal image that both reflects her inner strength and renews it. (Read more.)

The Elise Swopes contest has ended—and we have a winner! Swopes selected Joel Gonzalez’s image, which was inspired by his experiences of being bullied as a young man, for being gay. Swopes said, "He had a wonderful personal story to go with his image, and it was very interesting to look at. Therefore, he is the winner to me." Click to enlarge the image, and don’t miss these additional editors’ picks.

The work of Berlin-based designer and illustrator Andreas Preis represents a unique take on the natural world. In this tutorial, Preis demonstrates how he uses Adobe Illustrator Draw to create an illustration and then uses Adobe Capture CC to add a vivid color theme to it. (Read more.)

The Andreas Preis contest has ended—and we have a winner! Preis selected Baz Sellers's image Octodad! Click to enlarge the image, and don’t miss these additional editors’ picks.

We marked the occasion of 2016’s Adobe MAX in San Diego with an Instagram mural that celebrates creativity and global collaboration—and that was made with Adobe mobile apps by six of our Make It on Mobile artists, led by art director Micah Milner. (Read more.)

Australian artist Gemma O’Brien specializes in hand-lettering and illustrated type in both digital and traditional media. In this tutorial, she demonstrates how she uses Sketch to draw an illustrated number, sharing some of her tips for creating balanced, dimensional forms. (Read more.)

The Gemma O’Brien contest has ended—and we have a winner! O’Brien selected Fiona Skipper’s illustration, saying, "Her ’29’ effectively uses the watercolor tools to create a beautiful piece. The shapes and the layout are well balanced. The use of illustration inside is intricate and detailed, and it complements the curves of the numbers. Amazing!”

Click to enlarge the image, and don’t miss these additional editors’ picks.

 

At just 24 years old, Toronto-based Ghanaian illustrator Gyimah Gariba is already making a name for himself as an illustrator and animator—he creates lively characters full of personality for a wide range of clients and personal projects. Here, Gariba demonstrates how he used Adobe Photoshop Sketch to draw an illustrated figure on top of a photograph, integrating the imaginary character into the real-world scene. (Read more.)

The Gyimah Gariba contest has ended—and we have a winner! Gariba selected Mohammed Fayaz’s illustration—click to enlarge. Congratulations!