30 Days of Shapes by Maximilian Bolduan


a layout study


After last months 30 Days of Illustrations challenge, I was actually quite pleased with all the content I put out in a short amount of time. While it being extremely time consuming and stressful as well, the positives outweigh the negatives. 


So this month I was paying homage to Isabella Conticelleo's #ageoaday challenge. I really admire her work and her skill.  She is it amazing when it comes to designing a variation of different layouts and compositions. If nothing else you REALLY should check out her work. 


This felt like the perfect opportunity to really make incredible layouts. While designing layouts for the 30 days to really get a feel for the balance and weight of objects and the right composition. Bottom line, getting better at making layouts in general. When presented with the opportunity to design "anything" you like with a certain toolset it actually becomes harder then to just design a specific thing. I liked this Project for multiple reasons. The biggest one for sure was to a new layout everyday & try to find the right balance of tool and assets to create a unique (visual pleasing) piece of art. 



30 Days of Illustration by Maximilian Bolduan

there ain't no rest for the wicked


During the month of April I took on the challenge of everyday creating a new piece of art for an entire month. This was extremely exhausting, but satisfying as well. It was the perfect exercise in time management, layout, composition and artistic brainstorming. 


The month went by in flash, due to the fact that aside from my regular job, assignments and other things, I had to focus on this challenge whenever i could. This pushed me to my limits, but gave me even more incentive to finish the challenge. To create art I really can stand behind and be proud of.


So with no further ado, I give you my 30 Illustrations.

the DAZE alternative by Maximilian Bolduan

These are the alternative images for the DAZE.

Before I applied the final touches (Duotone). I really do hope you are enjoying the imagery. 


If nothing else, leave a like (appreciation) or a nice comment ;)

Free Me alternative 'look' by Maximilian Bolduan

Here is a little weekend treat. Free Me was actually quite a hard post. Since the 'look' was pretty much determined by the footage. The effects we all manually applied, so there was not much to be done. This image is one of the alternative directions the post could have gone. 

Through the Static by Maximilian Bolduan

Here is alternative artwork that came out of the Constellation shoot. Rather then using the pixel sorting technique to distort the whole image and re-structure it into a composition, I use the scarf a medium for the glitch effect. By combining the model itself with the glitch effect entirely new compositions and structures are possible. For instance the glitch is now more then just a waterfall of pixels. The structures created out of it remind of statures of 3D objects. 

Simplicity by Maximilian Bolduan

Good Design Manifesto

A couple of weeks back I discovered the “Good Design Manifesto”. At first I was not quite aware of the fact what treasure I was reading at the time. With time passing I learned to love it, every step and the never ending circle of design was fascinating me. But just applying the rules the best way I translated them just was not good enough for me, I wanted to make it my own or give it a personal touch. 

  • #01 Good Design is Less
  • #02 Less Design is Bold
  • #03 Bold Design is Experimental
  • #04 Experimental is Fresh
  • #05 Fresh Design is Creative
  • #06 Creative Design is Smart
  • #07 Smart Design is Communicative
  • #08 Communicative Design is Simple
  • #09 Simple Design is Aesthetic
  • #10 Aesthetic Design is Good

That is exactly how I came up with the concept of applying the whole structure on a photo series as was planning. I used a model for the photography part and then in the post production I basically went crazy. I figured out a certain concept for each step with attention to detail and a personal ambition to make it look like every step is depending on the last and it turn into a full fledged circle in the end of the day. 

However, I got admit that with time I got a certain feeling for the design of this project and just by looking at the newer results I redid the old one and made them “better”  or rather intruded them to final cop orate design I was going for. In the end all of them looked like I wanted them to look and I got the strong impression of one whole thing. Not just additions but depending parts that just fit perfectly with the basic idea of the Design Manifesto. Even though they were all design with the thought of using a redline throughout the photography/ design every image is unique in its own way and the name is program. 

I really you will enjoy as much as i did making them, all my hard work and an effort did not went to waste and I am quite proud of the results. So take care and if there is anything I could help with just use one of the many ways of getting my attention (Twitter, Facebook,…)


Geomerty 0 by Maximilian Bolduan

As mentioned before there is only so much space available on my website and sadly this project was cut in favor of newer and more complex structures in the geometry line. The project started out as fun little exercise for me in how to rebuild architectural structures in Illustrator and soon became a challenge in which picked more and more complex structures and how they work with each other. 

Since the project is not features in the main line series anymore it can live here. 

Pra/ey by Maximilian Bolduan

As before, here are a couple little treats and background info for the Pra/ey project. So as explained the idea was to create a collection of illustrations that tell a connected story that the viewer is free to interpret him/herself. 


But how to show them was never perfectly clear from the beginning on. One of that major problems was always how to highlight specific parts of each drawing that are key to the story. Moreover, the world in which they are living in was crucial. As you can see in the pictures below I went through a multitude of variation, with a couple of them shown here. 


In the end I settled for blurred backgrounds that show blurred bodies with the same poses are the illustrations to make the connections easier for the viewer, but not to break the visibility of the line art itself.    

Constellation by Maximilian Bolduan

Here is a little more footage from the post production on Constellations. The project started actually quite dark and ominous. It later became much brighter and pink'ish. What I really love to do is not shoot messy shoots. Do not get me wrong. I love to get my hands dirty as seen in other projects already, but what i mean by messy is shoots that do not feel self contained and random at best. I love contained messiness that work in favor for the shoot. 

Illiusive poses that reflect the mood of the images. Basically the images show here are in order footage fro the shoot, the selection process, a first take on the 'look' and then the logical continuation of the post production to the final images.