Ben Mounsey
green glasses, aka: Ben Mounsey, lives in London, working freelance in both the animation and illustration industries, his work varies from print media to design for animation. His client list includes the likes of Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon and ITV, with his work shown on Cbeebies, and published in Computer Arts Magazine and numerous children's books. Showcased in his work is a love of 50's retro, humour and big characters...and hats. You can find out more, and see his work, at:
  • Design & Illustration
    Create a Retro Style, Airline Destination, Travel PosterTravelposterpreview
    This tutorial takes a look at the design and style of 1950s air travel tourism poster design. We'll take a look at the typographic qualities and composition of late 50s posters, and then utilize modern digital rendering techniques to create an illustrated Australia tourism ad campaign.Read More…
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    Create a Vintage, 50’s Style Auto AdvertisementDesign and illustration
    This tutorial takes a brief look at the quintessential aspects of 1950's automotive advertising, the aesthetics of the cars and the portrayal of their owners. Then taking what we've learned to create an image that embodies the spirit of the bold 50's auto ads.Read More…
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    How to Create a Captivating, Self-Promotion KitDesign and illustration
    This tutorial looks at the way in which self promotional images can be used flexibly and powerfully to talk to your clients and with any luck get you some work. Step by step I’ll guide you through an iterative promotional design, and show you some top tricks with texture along the way.Read More…
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    Core Art Skills: Part 6, Bringing It All TogetherPreview img6
    This is the final part of the six part series "Core Art Skills". Ben Mounsey will show you how to use texture, dimension, figure and visual reference as a basis for creating a final piece of artwork. This tutorial is broken down so that the workflow follows stages that replicate the order of the course and reinforces the value of each skill. The final image is the culmination of all the practices covered previously in the series. Read More…
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    Core Art Skills: Part 5, Traditional Media TechniquesPreview img5
    If you've been following the course you've hopefully been using your sketchbooks more and have have tried your hand at clay. If so, you should now be happy to get your hands dirty and make some textures. In this Session Ben Mounsey will continue on with the core art skills and show you different methods for creating textures. You will learn how to add texture to your digital artwork, and the most striking ways to use it.Read More…
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    Core Art Skills: Part 4, Working in Traditional 3DPreview img4
    By now you should be feeling supercharged with creativity and ready to unleash your ideas on a new project. In the fourth installment of Core Art Skills, Ben Mounsey will be showing you the benefits of getting your hands messy and developing a feel for 3D! You will learn how working in 3 dimensions can be used as an outlet for creative exploration and how it can help you better understand your two dimensional work. Let's get started!Read More…
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    Core Art Skills: Part 3, Life and Figure DrawingPreview img3
    The study of the figure is the corner stone of art skills, its disciplines trickle down into all areas of work. It's also the area that takes the most effort to master. In part three of Core Art Skills, Ben Mounsey will show you how to confidently draw from life. You will learn about the key concepts of figure study and how to draw what you see.Read More…
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    Core Art Skills: Part 2, The SketchbookPreview img2
    The humble sketchbook is greatly underestimated as an integral part of a designers working practice, certainly with those using a predominantly digital workflow. This old favorite shouldn't be overlooked, it's a great tool for any process. In the second installment of Core Art Skills, Ben Mounsey will show you why, and how to get the most out of your sketchpad.Read More…
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    Core Art Skills: Part 1, Welcome to the CoursePreview img1
    Vectortuts+ is excited to bring you a new five part series on core art skills. In this series, Ben Mounsey will be sharing in-depth knowledge and analysis of the skills required to become a better illustrator. Ben will be outlining four main skills; using sketchbooks, life drawing, working in traditional 3D and using traditional media techniques for your digital work, culminating in a professional tutorial that will knock your socks off! This series is great for all skill levels and you'll be surprised how a solid understanding of traditional methods can greatly improve your digital workflow. Let's get started!Read More…
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    Holistic Character DesignPreview
    Cartoon characters are everywhere, from advertising to film, and the ones that stand the test of time all share something in common. They have substance over style. It's all well and good designing innovative, cool looking characters, but if they're only skin-deep, that's where they'll come unstuck. Great characters like 'SpongeBob Square Pants' have much more than just a unique look, they have several key elements that are instilled in the very core of their design. Over the course of this article, I'll show you what they are and how to use them to create your own lovable characters.Read More…