Apr 28, 2008
This week we have an interview with Guilherme Marconi, a Brazilian designer who has created some amazing designs for companies such as Absolut, Vodafone, Havaianas Brasil, Itau, among others.
1- Guilherme, welcome to Abduzeedo. We’ve posted an article last year and listed some of your work as source of inspiration, and now we have the opportunity to interview you, really cool. Well, talk a little about you, where you from and how you began working as a designer.
First of all, I’d like to thank you for the opportunity to be on Abduzeedo once more. I’m a self teaching artist, born in Nova Friburgo, in the State of Rio de Janeiro. I love my work and colors, this passion for colors comes from culture (folklore) and from my country’s weather, it’s pretty hot around here :)
Along with that, I really enjoy cartoons and tv series, I never miss episodes of Heroes, Lost, Prison Break, Smallville, Naruto, Avatar and Stargate Atlantis. And the most important is that I love Japanese food. That’s me…
I began working as a webdesigner, but passed some time, I’ve realized that I loved to illustrate, and that’s when came the opportunity to work at Flair (www.flairbr.com), and since then, things just start coming pretty well…
2- Tell us about your creation process, we’ve noticed that your images have a great quantity of elements and besides that, it’s all really colorful. How do you come to develop these images?
First I come up with the theme I’m going to work on and make a little sketch in my head… after that, I start drawing all things that will be inside my composition, I sketch about 12 illustrations, then I generate 4 or 5 color variations of each element and begin the process of duplication, scaling, moving, until I reach the result I like. Then I export the image from my vector software and start painting shadows and light effects. That’s basically it.
3- Like I said before, your works were a big source of inspiration in 2007, and now we’d like to know what inspires you, how your routine is like (if there is one). What sources of research and sites do you usually visit?
Some traditional artists are really important to me. I love Van Gogh, his yellow have always influenced me so much. I can’t forget Romero Brito (www.britto.com), and I really admire Chuck Anderson (www.nopattern.com). And I usually visit Cpluv (www.cpluv.com) and Uailab (www.uailab.com) and his blog.
4- And about your tools, what softwares do you use? Is there any special effect that you usually use or any hints or tips that you might want share?
I basically use Corel for vectors and Painter when I want to color anything, it’s pretty much really simple tools. These softwares and my Wacon Intuos 3, I pretty much can’t live without it...
And I guess that the big secret is to have patience that I got, along with love for what I do... all this makes me spend sometimes over 15 days to finish a piece :)
5 – And what about your hardware, what do you use?
I use a PC, but that is pretty much a secret, people usually laugh about it... :)
I have a Quad Core 2.4 with 4GB of RAM, Geforce 8800, 1TB Hard Drive. But that’s only because I’m also addicted to games...
6 – One characteristic that pops out on your work is your use of colorful vector elements, what also became a notorious characteristic of brazilian design. Who do you see this brazilian design identity?
I guess that when we talk about colors, this goes really natural, since we live with it daily through our culture. I don’t believe vectorial language can be taken as identity. There’s so many people who fight for our culture in so many different ways, like Will Murai (www.willmurai.com) who paints pieces that mantain our characteristics, like Carmen Miranda, and I just love that… Rodrigo Rezende (www.rwr2.com.br) is another one who produces pieces that remind a lot of Brazil... and I guess Brazil is this great mix...
7 – Thanks a lot for this interview. Do you have any tip for the people who might be starting to design now or anything you might wanna add?
I guess the great tip is to love what you do, and all things will just happen... I’m searching for a gallery on the USA to expose the new series I’m producing. Anyone who’s willing to help, will be really welcome... :)