Since the first moment, I was hooked into his wacky illustration style. Googling some research on him, I found out that he was also really professional... his work and website we're always inspirations for me; about the way one should relate with the clients, about design methodologies, service, etc.
Some months ago, Von started creating self-owned websites everywhere with design and illustration as his central subject. He is a defender of creatorship (is there such a word?) on Bad Design Kills. An suddenly... I was REALLY hooked into his updates and news. I was a Von-addict! He created a website that serves as an extension to his college illustration classes at illustrationclass.com
Now, then... I thought I was a Freehand wizard, 'till I watched tutorial after tutorial how he quirked his vectors and made all this things I have never experimented with. And man, was it fun to make fun of Tonatiuh, who is a long time Illustrator user (and also Von admirer) showing him what Von had did that week that Illustrator couldn't... ha ha ha... until Von switched to Illustrator, becoming even part of an Adobe CS2 campaign. :-P
I've had the chance to get a major influence on the work of Phil Yeh, also, a California-based comic book artist after meeting him through Oscar.
And some weeks ago I got in touch with Von Glitschka who started making tutorial Spanish translations at illustrationclass.com but I noticed that Babel Fish was not accurate enough for design terminology; so I offered to help Von out with this from now on.
It is strange to be friends with someone who is really far away from you, whom you have never met in person. E-lationtips they call it. He he he...
We have also put Von in touch with Sergio Aragonés so he can be interviewed in Von's Podcast. And in the near future we'll be contributing for an illustration class tutorial ourselves! I look forward to contribute and team-up with him in other projects! It's been a blast!
Our first "joint venture" aired today on illustrationclass.com and is about a project Von has developed for the last year: Keyboard Characters, which are these way cool illustrations that you can place in the last row of your keyboard... they will watch you over while you work, blog and go through your e-mail.
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And if you're a designer, illustrator or just one creative-craving soul get over to illustrationclass.com to get covered in the stuff that real design is made of!