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7 of My Favourite Blogs. The Summer Series Part 2

By Magoz
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This article is part of The Summer Series. Short list-style articles with 5-10 resources, apps or tips that will enhance or ease your experience in summer activities.

I love reading blogs; it’s something that I’ve been doing daily over the last 15 years. In the summer, I have more time and I can review and organise my saved for later articles on Feedly and Pocket.

In the second part of The Summer Series, I’m sharing my favourite blogs about general topics. It doesn’t include illustration and art related blogs or any other blogs about my particular tastes that might be too technical or uninteresting for you.

The list includes a short description and 3 of my favourite articles of each blog.

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Apps, Resources and Tips for Travelling. The Summer Series Part 1

By Magoz
7 min read

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The summer time is time to relax, to think, to travel, and to spend time with your friends and family. It’s time to slow down and enjoy.

I want to transmit this mood with the articles I publish during the summer, so I’m starting a new series called The Summer Series. Every week, I’m going to publish a short list-style article with 5-10 resources, apps or tips that will enhance or ease your experience in summer activities. Let’s keep the summer spirit alive!

The first article of the series is about travelling.

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How Playing Chess Has Improved My Skills as an Illustrator (and in Many Other Ways)

By Magoz
10 min read

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I started playing chess when I was a kid and as I get older I’m becoming more and more fascinated by the game. I just play for fun online and over the board with friends, when I have a chance. I try to get better, and I even study some theory, but I’m not a great player, and I don’t have any aims to become a Master. I play because it’s fun and it’s a great exercise for my brain.

After playing regularly, I’ve noticed a lot of improvements, not only in my chess skills but also in other areas, like my skills as an illustrator or my day-to-day life.
Chess is a mental exercise (and a sport) that helps to improve many cognitive skills and mental abilities.

In this article, I share all the similitudes between playing chess and being an illustrator, and how playing chess regularly improves my skills as an illustrator.

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Your own boss

By Magoz

Magoz illustration - Being your own boss

Being your own boss.
For CPA Canada.

I’m Working on an Online Workshop for Illustrators and I Need Your Help

By Magoz
2 min read

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Since I started this blog, I’ve always tried to keep it useful, sharing my workflows, tools, discoveries and thoughts.
Every week, I receive emails from some of you via the Ask me anything section with lots of different questions. I try to be as helpful as I can, but sometimes the questions are very complex to answer with an email or an article.

I decided to create an online workshop for illustrators where we can go deep on those questions. It’s called Illustrator’s Essentials, and it’s going to be about business, management and organisation. All the aspects of a professional illustrator.

I want to make the best possible course, so I want you to be part of the creation process. I’ve created a new email list (you can subscribe here), and I aim to get feedback and share the progress with you.

I would be very grateful if you could help me answering the following questions. It will take you less than 2 minutes.
Please, leave your email at the end of the questionnaire if you want to receive future updates about the workshop.

I’m very excited about this new project. It’s a great opportunity to try new formats and new ways of interacting with you.
If you have any questions, please let me know in the comments.

Thanks in advance!

If a man does not know to what port he is steering, no wind is favourable to him.

— Seneca.

I Switched from Photoshop to Illustrator. Part 2: A New Sketching Workflow

By Magoz
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That’s the second article of the series where I share my journey switching from Photoshop to Illustrator for creating my illustrations.

After the first weeks working on Illustrator, I realised that I was still tied up to Photoshop to develop the sketches. I’m not up to sketch using Illustrator directly because I prefer to draw. I found that drawing was my natural way of bringing ideas to the reality. Illustrator is not related to drawing, but more to composing using Shapes, the Pathfinder and the Pen tool.

My previous workflow consisted of sketching in a notebook using a pencil and then creating the final sketch from scratch in Photoshop using a Wacom Cintiq 13HD.

As I switched from Photoshop to Illustrator, I thought it was a nice opportunity also to question my sketching process and a good chance to improve the whole workflow.

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Future Without Bars Animation

By Magoz


30 second animated spot for for St Giles Trust
Illustration: Magoz
Animation: Jose Lorenzo
Agency: Mulme
Art direction: Magoz, Jose Lorenzo, Mulme

Forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you’re inspired or not. Habit will help you finish and polish your stories. Inspiration won’t. Habit is persistence in practice.

— Octavia E. Butler.

I Switched from Photoshop to Illustrator. Part 1: Reasons and Challenges

By Magoz
5 min read

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Since I became a professional illustrator, I always used Photoshop as my main drawing app. I developed a solid workflow in Photoshop that allowed me to work for newspapers where you need to work very fast and be effective.

Last year, I started to work with Jose on animations. It required vector illustrations and that changed everything.

That’s the first article of the series where I share my journey switching from Photoshop to Illustrator for creating my illustrations. I will share with you the whole process, including the reasons, the challenges I faced and also how I feel about it.

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