Other stuff... on the internet

Some people say that a links page is old fashioned & irrelevant in this modern world, but we rather like them here.

It's our chance to share some of the great stuff that's out there on the net & we can't help but feel slightly nostalgic whilst putting ours together.

Pikuseru on the internet

Pikuseru on Facebook - Our Facebook page

Pikuseru on Linkedin - Our page on Linkedin

Flickr - Our homepage on the world famous photo sharing site

istockphoto - Our Home Page on the Stock Photo Library mentioned above.

 

Forums

3D For Games - Great forum for anyone interested in creating 3D content for games. Very welcoming, with users of all skill levels, regular competitions and updates.

How to Cheat in Photoshop - Very friendly forum with regular updates, advise & challenges from the author.

C4D Cafe - Arguable the best resource on the internet for anything Cinema 4D

 

Inspiration

Artists, designers, websites etc. that are so good we just want to share them with you.

kozyndan - LA based illustrators. What can I say, we just love these guys.

Tim Clapham's HelloLuxx blog - Tim is a multi-disciplinary animator and compositor. An industry recognized expert in Cinema 4D and After Effects, and a renowned trainer with a meticulous attention to detail.

Hillman Curtis - Not only great inspiration from a clean modern design point of view, but great tutelage on the design process & offering of a professional service.

Steve Caplin - Author of How to Cheat in Photoshop (see below) and general Photoshop Wizard / Guru / Expert.

Jamie Hewlett - Most famous for the artwork of Tank Girl & Gorillaz. One of our favourite artists.

Shift - Japan-based e-zine "for digital generations". Features interviews and articles on art, design, fashion and new media.

Jon Burgerman - UK based illustrator, famed for his doodling, drawing, scrawling and illustration.

 

Resources

Tenfold Ltd. - Nottingham (UK) based print specialists that have always delivered on quality and support. If your project involves print, these are the people to speak to, unless you want us to of course.

Namesco - Our trusted internet service provider. If you do not wish to host your site through Pikuseru we recommend using these guys.

istockphoto - Huge selection of stock images, and the opportunity to contribute to this every increasing resource

 

 

Some recommended books

We've amassed a small library of all sorts of books learning this trade. Here's a selection of some that we've found the most useful, or inspiring, over the years.

How to Cheat in Photoshop CS5: The art of creating realistic photomontages - Fantastic book for the novice or expert alike. A tome of time saving tips and inspirational techniques that just show how powerful Photoshop is.

3D Automotive Modeling: An Insider's Guide to 3D Car Modeling and Design for Games and Film - Great book for anyone interested in getting ito automotive modelling.

How to be a Graphic Designer, Without Losing Your Soul - The closest thing to a career manual for the budding graphic designer.

Matchmoving: The Invisible Art of Camera Tracking - Written by a matchmoving expert, this book is much more than a technical primer. It helps you think like a pro so that you can find the right solution for your matchmoves.

The Art of Looking Sideways - An absolutely extraordinary and inexhaustible "guide to visual awareness", a virtually indescribable concoction of anecdotes, quotes, images and bizarre facts that offers a wonderfully twisted vision of the chaos of modern life.

The Essential Guide to Dreamweaver CS4 with CSS, Ajax, and PHP (Essentials) - A book that helps unlock the powers of using PHP and Ajax in Dreamweaver.

MTIV Process Inspiration and Practice for the New Media Designer - This beautifully written and designed book unveils the methods behind Hillman Curtis' phenomenal success as a new media designer.

Designing with Web Standards (Voices That Matter) - Best-selling author, designer, and web standards evangelist Jeffrey Zeldman has revisited his classic, industry-shaking guidebook.

Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects, 5th Edition: Essential and Advanced Techniques - Trish and Chris Meyer share fifteen years of real-world film and video production experience with this critically acclaimed book.

The HDRI Handbook: High Dynamic Range Imaging for Photographers and CG Artists +DVD - A very comprehensive book on the subject of HDR image capture, and its uses.

Graphic Japan:from woodblock and zen to manga and kawaii: From Woodblock to Superflat, Hypermodern, and Beyond - Graphic Japan goes beyond this well-known territory to reveal the myriad styles of design produced in Japan today, from packaging to posters, typography to new media.

 

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