Andrea Austoni
Andrea Austoni is an Italian graphic designer currently living in Krakow, Poland. He specializes in icon design and illustration. He runs his blog and portfolio Cute Little Factory, which features Photoshop and Illustrator tutorials and icon, vector and wallpaper freebies. He's also the Chef at Icon Kitchen.
Latest Posts
  • Design & Illustration
    Illustration
    Create Abstract Landscape Art From a PhotographPreview
    Photographs are excellent tools to show you how something looks. Tracing photos to create artistic pieces however doesn't teach you much about shape, volume, lighting, and color. Today, I would like to demonstrate an alternative way to create abstract artistic pieces using a photo merely as inspiration. We will start by choosing and simplifying its components and then proceed to apply a retro-futuristic look. Let's get started!Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Drawing
    Create a Textured Female Robot in PhotoshopPreview
    Photoshop is great for creating resizable, realistic, characters. Thanks to its basic support of vector shapes, its amazing layer styles and the endless possibilities offered by textures we can create compelling vector characters with complex shading while keeping file size to a minimum and performance to a snappy level. In this tutorial we will create a female robot made of simple vector shapes, we will use layer styles to lay down convincing metal shades and a few textures to add a final layer of realism.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Illustration
    Dress Up Your Desktop with a Sharp Dual Screen WallpaperPreview
    These days you'd be hard pressed to find someone in the creative industry who doesn't use dual monitors. If you're one of these people, why not dress your space with a custom made wallpaper? It's easy to do and proudly claims your desktop as your very own. In this easy to follow tutorial, you will learn how to make a dual screen wallpaper and how to use cel-shading illustration techniques to bring a hand drawn image to life.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Photo Effects
    Create a Retro Urban Gig Poster in PhotoshopPreview
    Digital graphics are largely dependent on the software used to create them. Given the clean, pixel-perfect nature of Photoshop, artworks always risk looking too perfect therefore it's important to learn how to bring nature's random variations into our digital creations. In this tutorial we'll create an atmospheric poster for a dance party using the textured, retro look that's so popular nowadays.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Painting
    Create Character Driven Book Cover Art Using Illustrator and Photoshop - Part 2Preview
    In this two part tutorial on creating the "Let's Go To Monster School!" book cover, I'll show you a complete process from initial sketch to the final artwork, using an Illustrator to Photoshop integrated workflow. We employed Illustrator in Part 1 to trace our hand drawn sketch, lay down the shapes and define the basic colors. Now we'll take the vector drawing into Photoshop where we will refine the shading, add some textures, and complete the book cover with the appropriate typography. Let's continue on with Part 2 of this series.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Character Design
    Create Character Driven Book Cover Art Using Illustrator and Photoshop - Part 1Preview
    In this two part tutorial on creating the "Let's Go To Monster School!" book cover, I'll show you a complete process from initial sketch to the final artwork, using an Illustrator to Photoshop integrated workflow. In Part 1 we will employ Illustrator to trace our hand drawn sketch, lay down the shapes and define the basic colors. In Part 2, available on Psdtuts+, we'll take the vector drawing into Photoshop, where we will refine the shading, add some textures and complete the book cover with the appropriate typography. Let's get started with Part 1.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Interface
    How to Create a Shiny Paint Bucket IconPreview
    Learn how to create a simple three-dimensional icon of a paint bucket, complete with paint splotches, with this colorful tutorial. Harnessing the power of paths, layer effects and consistent lighting we'll obtain an effective, shiny icon.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Icon Design
    Creating a Set of Digital Painting Icons Part 5 - Cityscape Display IconPreview
    Welcome to the fifth and last tutorial in the "Creating a Set of Digital Painting Icons" series. We will end with an icon that depicts both a tool and a typical application of digital painting: a large display with a finished matte painting. The screen will be drawn in a few easy steps using familiar Photoshop tools. We will then employ techniques and workflows utilized by professional matte painters to create a finished cityscape. Far from being an exercise on matte painting, this tutorial nonetheless gives us a peek into this fascinating branch of digital arts.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Illustration
    How to Create a Curious Owl in Illustrator CS4Preview
    One of my favorite TV shows of all time is Twin Peaks and one of its most memorable lines is "The owls are not what they seem." Inspired by that ominous truth I decided to create a little illustration. I chose a rather non-spooky scene set at dusk, with a curious owl sitting on a branch and some scenery in the background.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Icon Design
    Creating a Set of Digital Painting Icons Part 4 - Digital Tablet IconPreview
    For this forth installment of the "Creating a Set of Digital Painting Icons" series we will create a pen tablet from scratch, specifically the Wacom 12" Cintiq tablet. This model combines touch and pressure sensitivity, which allows users to draw directly on the screen. These capabilities make it a favorite for illustrators. Let's get to work.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Icon Design
    Creating a Set of Digital Painting Icons Part 3 - Paint Brush IconPreview
    Welcome to the third tutorial in the "Creating a Set of Digital Painting Icons" series. In this installment we will create a paint brush icon, complete with wooden palette and paint dollops. We will employ textures, layer styles and a good sense of lighting to create a fun looking icon.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Icon Design
    Creating a Set of Digital Painting Icons Part 2 - Camera IconPreview
    Welcome to the second tutorial in the "Creating a Set of Digital Painting Icons" series. This time we'll create a digital SLR camera, a tool digital artists often use to take pictures to create textures or for reference. We will construct a rather simple camera, but we'll make it interesting through judicious use of brush strokes and shadows. Let's get to it!Read More…