Where Are They Now? Catching Up With Veteran Tuts+ Authors

Design inspires us all, and you never know where it might take you.

Where Are They Now? Catching Up With Veteran Tuts+ Authors

Today, we’ll catch up with five amazing authors from ThemeKeeper Tuts+. In celebration of ten years of Design & Illustration tutorials here on the site, we’re looking into their first tutorials, original inspirations, and recent design adventures.

How did it all start for them? Let’s find out.

Fabio Sasso

Where Are They Now? Catching Up With Veteran Tuts+ Authors

ThemeKeeper Tuts+ Profile: Fabio Sasso

The gatekeeper to our inspiration, Abduzeedo may have been the first child of Fabio Sasso, but Fabio’s a proud papa now. His tutorials have helped our readers for years with their brilliant effects and helpful tips, and we’re happy to catch up today with the Brazilian designer.

See where it all began. Check out his first tutorial in 2007.

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    Effects
    Creating a Stunning Digital Smoke Effect
    Fabio Sasso

Here’s what he had to say on how he got into design:

I’ve always loved to draw and make things. Then, when I got my first
computer I was completely fascinated by it, especially after I
discovered some old graphic design software.

Where Are They Now? Catching Up With Veteran Tuts+ Authors

Originally from Brazil, Fabio used his own hurdles with language to encourage him to share his talents.

The hard thing for me was to
learn. Everything was in English which I didn’t speak and it was very
hard to find books. I think that was what made me want to
share the things I learned.

He now works for Google while still keeping up with ABDZ. And recently, there was another new addition to Fabio’s life.

I’ve just become a father. So now I am
trying to raise a little boy. I think that is, for sure, my biggest and
best project.

Fabio’s Tutorials

From light painting to text effects and more, Fabio has shared countless inspiring art, graphic design, and tutorials with us all. One of his earliest lessons on Tuts+ includes this Photoshop Vintage Collage that uses the Pen Tool, simple brush textures and more for a retro design.

Where Are They Now? Catching Up With Veteran Tuts+ Authors

Here’s what he had to say on what kind of design excites him now.

I am really into ways to improve
the communication between designers and engineers.

I think, thanks to the internet and sites like Tuts+, we all
have access to excellent content that helps us become better at what we
do, however when working with other people there are different social
aspects that are much more subtle and hard to learn than technical
skills. That is what really excites me today.

Congrats on the little one, Fabio, and we look forward to what the two of you have to come! Thanks for reminding us to be inspired by others every day.

Get inspired by Fabio Sasso’s lessons! Find him under Abduzeedo on social media.

And feel free to check out more of his tutorials on ThemeKeeper Tuts+:

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    Effects
    Seriously Cool Photoshop Explosion Effect
    Fabio Sasso
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    Designing
    Creating A Fantastic Fantasy Night Sky In Photoshop
    Fabio Sasso

Mary Winkler

Where Are They Now? Catching Up With Veteran Tuts+ Authors

ThemeKeeper Tuts+ Profile: Mary Winkler

Vector art is tricky, but then there are artists that make it look easy. Mary Winkler is one of them. With a specialty for colorful Kawaii art, Mary’s tutorials have introduced aspiring artists to new cultures and designs.

See where it all began. Check out her first tutorial in 2013.

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    Illustration
    How to Create a Colorful Stylized Portrait in Adobe Illustrator
    Mary Winkler

Here’s what she had to say on why she got into teaching design:

I
was in between gigs when I started teaching online. Soon it became most
of what I did for 3 years. I loved breaking down current
design trends or my own design styles so others could understand how
something could be made. It’s come in handy these days when writing or
illustrating toy instructions.

Where Are They Now? Catching Up With Veteran Tuts+ Authors

These days she works for Kahootz Toys as an illustrator. She says:

It’s an
amazing job with an amazing team. I design for toy
packaging, create instructions, and create concept art for toys.

Mary’s Articles & Tutorials

Apart from her whimsical tutorials and free resources, Mary has also handed us the formulas to many important aspects of design and design software.

Catch up on the essentials with her A to Z learning guides.

Or learn about important Careers in Design & Illustration with these helpful articles.

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    Careers
    So You Want to Be a Fashion Illustrator?
    Mary Winkler
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    Careers
    How to Become an Art Director
    Mary Winkler

On what excites her now:

Since
September 2016 I’ve worked in-house at Kahootz Toys. I’m
sort of plugged into toys these days, especially getting inspired by
those from my childhood or a generation before me. There’s something so
rad about illustration in the toy industry in the 70s and 80s. It’s so cool to be able to share my
illustrations with a new generation in a way I didn’t think was possible.

Where Are They Now? Catching Up With Veteran Tuts+ Authors

Inviting and friendly, her teaching style gives readers room to experiment, leading to outcomes that are truly magical.

Get inspired by Mary’s lessons! Check out more of her tutorials on ThemeKeeper Tuts+:

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    Illustration
    How to Create a Beauty-Inspired Illustration in Adobe Illustrator
    Mary Winkler
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    Patterns
    How to Use and Edit Vector Stock Patterns in Adobe Illustrator
    Mary Winkler

Simona Pfreundner

Where Are They Now? Catching Up With Veteran Tuts+ Authors

ThemeKeeper Tuts+ Profile: Simona Pfreundner

Passionate people are the best teachers. Independent graphic designer Simona Pfreundner teaches students how to master essential tools and more in Adobe Illustrator.

See where it all began. Check out her first tutorial in 2008.

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    Illustration
    Illustrate a Vector Lifesaver From Scratch
    Simona Pfreundner

Here’s what inspired her to get into design:

As the cliche goes, I have always been drawing. Originally I wanted to study fine arts. As life went on, I
ended up studying graphic design.

During my courses, often students were
a bit behind and the teachers asked us all
to help with struggling students. It was
then that one of the teachers approached me and mentioned that I might
consider a teaching career. I wasn’t ready then—too eager to work as a
graphic designer, but when I met Sean Hodge, I knew vectortuts would become the
place to offer my teaching skills.

Now, Simona works as a freelance graphic designer who continues to teach students online. Her passion shows in her tutorials as well as her love for the program.

I have a small blog called Vectortwist where I offer free tutorials on Adobe Illustrator, my
favorite software for creating illustrations!

Where Are They Now? Catching Up With Veteran Tuts+ Authors

Simona’s Tutorials & Courses

Add Simona’s amazing resources and lessons to your collection.

Design an awesome Custom Skin for your laptop. Or explore fun illustration and 3D styles with these tutorials:

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    Illustration
    How to Create a Stylized Underwater Scene
    Simona Pfreundner
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    Illustration
    Create a Checkered 3D Chess Figure Scene
    Simona Pfreundner

One important tip from Simona? Practice makes perfect. She says:

I’ve always been an admirer of illustrations, so I try to make it a daily task to sketch, doodle and
illustrate.

Where Are They Now? Catching Up With Veteran Tuts+ Authors

Great advice, Simona! Follow along with her on social media for more great tips.

And get inspired by Simona’s lessons! Check out her tutorials on ThemeKeeper Tuts+:

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    Illustration
    How to Create a Medieval Paper Scroll
    Simona Pfreundner
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    Tools & Tips
    Illustrator’s Blend Tool: A Comprehensive Guide
    Simona Pfreundner

Jesse Hora

Where Are They Now? Catching Up With Veteran Tuts+ Authors

ThemeKeeper Tuts+ Profile: Jesse Hora Dot Com

Murals, meet your master. Jesse Hora’s wicked illustrative skills will make you want to pick up a pen again. He shared his passion for hand lettering with us and created easy-to-follow Illustrator tutorials.

See where it all began. Check out one of his earliest tutorials from 2009.

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    Illustration
    How to Create a Vector Hand From a Reference Photo
    Jesse Hora Dot Com

For Jesse, design hits close to home.

I come from a lineage of independent, free-spirited, creative people.

Growing
up in a small lake town, the mix of rural and beachy
vibes ingrained a blue collar creativity within me. Having
the opportunity to help and share with other creatives and designers just
came naturally.

Currently Jesse works for MAKE, a creative studio with a talented team of designers.

From large-scale art installations to directing brand campaigns we always have lots of
fun!

Where Are They Now? Catching Up With Veteran Tuts+ Authors

Jesse’s Tutorials

At the center of his tutorials is a focus on basic Illustrator tools and functions.

Create a vector trace from a photo, for instance.

Or master hand lettering techniques with these tutorials.

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    Text Effects
    Learn to Create a Variety of Script Lettering
    Jesse Hora Dot Com
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    Designing
    Create a Variety of 3D Lettering Effects for Poster Design
    Jesse Hora Dot Com

But Illustrator wasn’t his only love.

Variety
has always been the spice of life for me creatively. So diving deep
into a plethora of projects, and learning new nuisances of each, keeps
me excited!

We think so too! Follow along with him on social media for more incredible inspiration.

And check out more of his tutorials on ThemeKeeper Tuts+:

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    Illustration
    Make a Fun Holiday Reindeer Illustration
    Jesse Hora Dot Com
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    Designing
    How to Create a Vector Texture From Scratch
    Jesse Hora Dot Com

Martin Perhiniak

Where Are They Now? Catching Up With Veteran Tuts+ Authors

ThemeKeeper Tuts+ Profile: Martin Perhiniak

Certified Adobe Expert Martin Perhiniak was voted one of Adobe’s top 10 instructors around the world. His tutorials have introduced designers of all levels to new and exciting features of some of their favorite software.

See where it all began. Check out one of his earliest tutorials from 2010.

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    Photo Effects
    Create an Artistic Portrait From a Photograph – Screencast
    Martin Perhiniak

Here’s an inside look into his greatest inspiration:

My greatest inspiration has always been nature.
Nothing can beat the variety of shapes, colors and textures of our planet.

And like many of our authors, he also enjoys helping others. From design tips to photography and more, Martin has always enjoyed teaching:

Teaching came quite
naturally to me from a very young age I loved showing people how to
do things.

Getting my first Adobe Certified Expert qualifications propelled me towards teaching even more. Tuts+
was a great platform to establish myself as an international speaker
and instructor, for which I’m still very
grateful.

Where Are They Now? Catching Up With Veteran Tuts+ Authors

Today, Martin continues to teach the world about design. He has worked with major companies like Google, Disney, and Cartoon Network and tackles a variety of design and illustration projects.

Martin’s Tutorials

Learn essential tips and tricks from this helpful instructor to feel more confident.

Try a fun Cinemagraph tutorial. Or check out Martin’s comprehensive guides on video and color:

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    Tools & Tips
    Comprehensive Guide to Color Settings, Color Profiles and Proofing
    Martin Perhiniak
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    Tools & Tips
    Comprehensive Guide to Working With Video in Photoshop: 3D Animations
    Martin Perhiniak

And now he’s on YouTube! Exploring new ways to reach his audience, Martin performs regular live streams on YouTube.

My channel is playing an important role
in reaching people who are interested in graphic design. Recently
I started doing Live Streams on YouTube, which is an exciting new way
of teaching. Hundreds of viewers are attending and chatting
with me. I’m planning to keep sharing my knowledge and experience with people from around the world.

Where Are They Now? Catching Up With Veteran Tuts+ Authors

Need some inspiration? Learn more about Martin’s creative journey through his channel.

And check out more of his tutorials on ThemeKeeper Tuts+:

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    Graphic Design
    Comprehensive Guide to Color in Adobe Photoshop – Spot Colors
    Martin Perhiniak
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    Tools & Tips
    10 Things You Need to Know About Smart Objects in Photoshop
    Martin Perhiniak

Thank You!

Here’s a huge thank you to all the authors for sharing your stories with us. We’re excited to bring more helpful content to our readers for more years to come!

Celebrate design! To see more from these authors, visit their portfolios below: