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Interview: Jonathan Wong

We've seen some works from depthCore already, a great group of designers. One of them is Jonathan Wong, a great designer living in Ireland. He gently answered a few questions for us, and now we got a great interview for you guys! 1. First of all we would like to thank you for taking the time to provide Abduzeedo with this interview. Please tell us more about your art and design background and what made you become an artist and designer? You're welcome, Abduzeedo! Anyway, my name is Jonathan Wong. I live in Ireland in a city called Limerick. I've always had a passion for art. Ever since I was young, I would draw and paint a lot. I never really saw it as a possible career for me. It was not until I discovered digital art that I realised that there was a big opportunity in designing. With this realisation, I applied for art college in Limerick and got in. I am currently going into my second year in Graphic Design. 2. Which tools do you usually use? Both "traditional" (pencil, markers...) and digital. Traditionally. I use a lot. Pencils, paints(acryllics and oils), Pitt Pens, biros etc.. Anything that makes a mark really, I'll try. And digitally, I use a Wacom drawing tablet and a big ol computer. 3. Do you work in a office? What is your routine like? What are your research resources? I don't work in an office. I freelance from home for the most part. I wake up. Catch up with some friends during the day and then burn the midnight oil with my art at night. For research, obviously the internet is something I use but I also like to read books. Not really if I want to research something for a commission but just to get inspiration for myself for my own personal work. 4. Could you describe for us your typical 'start to finish' workflow when working on a design? Typical start to finish. It goes from my mind to some paper to my computer. Or sometimes I may just skip the middleman and just go freestyle on the computer. It all depends on my mood. 5. What, for you personally are the pros and cons of being a designer? Well at the moment, I am a freelance designer so I'll tell you about the pros and cons about that. The cons for me personally is that there is never a steady income. Sometimes you may go through patches where there is not many great offers to take on that you want to pursue further. Deadlines can be very tight at times for clients so that is also a con, though it must be said, tight deadlines come with the territory anyway. However, there are many positives. The fact that you can work at home, that you are your own boss. You also get to freely decide what projects you want to take on as opposed to being an inhouse designer where you have little or no power over what projects you take on. 6. How does your job as an artist and designer influence your life? Do you feel that you see things around you differently for example? I think as a designer, I feel I have a greater appreciation for design in general. Where some people may take everyday designs for granted, I don't. Designers work in visuals everyday too. We have to work in images, so when I see things that may seem banal to an ordinary personal, I don't see it for what it is but for what it might be. 7. We like to know what artists do in their spare time to get some fun. What do you do? Sports, television, movies? In my spare times, I love spending time with my girlfriend and my friends. I love football so I'll watch that when it is on. I don't watch television that much because I will normally have whatever TV series I want to watch on my computer. I'm a big movie buff also. 8. What are your favorite 5 websites, and why? http://www.depthcore.com - Great people, great art. http://www.evokeone.com - Been a member there for quite a while. Still really enjoy being there. A lot of nice artists there too. http://www.youtube.com - Who doesn't love youtube? http://www.artofwong.com - What is an interview without a shameless plug? http:/www.imdb.com - Awesome movie database (And of course Abduzeedo, an awesome sourse of inpiration and design news!) 9. Once again , thank you very much for the interview. As a final word, do you have any tips for upcoming artists and designers? You're welcome again! A final word? Hmm, just enjoy what you do and the rest will fall into place.

Inspiration: Dvein

Dvein is a motion and interactive studio based in Barcelona. They make some awesome stuff, and you can see that in their portfolio. Some of their work I can't even tell whether it's real or not. Seriously. Besides that, their portfolio is one of the most stunning portfolios I've ever seen. They have taken the 'interactive' beyond and made and awesome showcase of thei work. It's really worth a visit. Enjoy a little selection of their work! Cheers! ;)

Inspiration: Sophie Griotto

Born in 1975 in Alès (South of France), Sophie Griotto is a designer whose artistic path began through applied arts at Nîmes, Toulouse and Paris. Since then she's been able to work with illustration story board for some arts agencies. She makes beautiful art portraiting women, and reminds a lot of Robert McGinnis. Her focus is at the contemporary urban woman, and researches her accesories and attitude, which makes her personality a lot more original. Even though she doesn't use much lines, Sophie compensates using lots of colours in her designs, what makes her work really stunning and vivid. Her tools of trade are the graphic stiletto, pencils and pastel crayons. Sophie's favorite artists are René Gruau, Tadahiro Uesugi, among others. I really recommend that you visit her portfolio, she's got a lot more beautiful works there. And if you notice, I kinda tried to translate her french about me. lol Cheers! ;) photoback

Inspiration: Mathiole

Mathiole is the flickr code name of Matheus Lopez, a brilliant Brazilian graphic designer, who's been doing some absolutily cool t-shirt designs for a few sites, such as Camiseteria and my favorite, Threadless. In his flicker stream there's plenty of his work. There's all kinds of themes, from political satire to soccer. I don't need to tell you how much this guy is talented, just take a good look at his designs and enjoy! Cheers! ;)

Inspiration: Adam Spizak

We begin this week with fresh works from a polish designer named Adam Spizak. He's got great pieces and I would like to share them with you. Adam makes cool compositions, using pictures, vectors, making awesome, colorful illustrations. We'd love to get this dude interviewed! What do you guys think about it? Anyways, have a wonderful week, you all! Cheers! ;) You may also visit his portfolio for more great work!

vector arts from ID deviant artist

Hai everybody, this is my first post for this blog. For this time, i just want to greet everybody by showing some vector arts from here (vector arts from Indonesian Deviant Artist). Hope you enjoy this n_n Lately i've seen many great vector arts from my country. Most of them inspired me, some of those looks funny with a nice composition, the others are nice with a few color. . For me those arts are cool and give me unique sense when see it,, wish you too :)

Inspiration: Gustav Balderdash

We've already featured Gustav Balderdash's work in Wallpaper of the Week #8, and he's such a nice talented artist that we've asked him to write a little bit about his latest work, the Natural Selection mixtape. The author says: Natural Selection is a mixtape that I have been working on with drum n bass producer friend of mine NLB for the last two or three months. I chose to name it after the most important idea anyone has ever had. The name also suits the way that out of the tracks that I had chosen for the mix, only a few fitted together in tempo and feel, so it almost made istelf. I have been into Hip-Hop since I had a music taste and I love the way it can mix with drum n bass, so originally I just wanted to put together a few of my favourite instrumentals and acapellas into a single mix that I could give to my friends for the summer. I have recently become engrossed in the work of Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Daniel Dennett, and Sam Harris, all of whom have transformed my world view within the last 6 months. I decided to sprinkle the music with snippets of their wisdom, amongst others like Charles Bukowski, and Sir David Attenborough. I am pleased with how Natural Selection has turned out, but there are still plenty of leftovers from this project and I have found quite a bit of material since finishing this, Nuff respect to NLB for his technical expertise on this project, the next one is going to be twice as nice! You may download the mixtape by clicking HERE. Other works.

Inspiration: Illustration Master Robert McGinnis

For the last few weeks came to my knowlegde an artist that gotta be the Jedi of Illustrators. His name is Robert McGinnis, and you might know him by his 007 vintage posters. Today, I'm gonna pay a little tribute to this man, who made superb illustrations to book covers, paperbacks, posters and etc. He portraits women like no one, and his designs are really sexy, no wonder he was the man to picture 007 posters for so long. Well, just enjoy these eyecandies. ;) Some sources besides Flickr: American Art Archives, Stainless Steel Droppings, The Pinguin Blog.

Print Design Inspiration

Lately I've been doing some research on prints: magazines, booklets, brochures and stuff like that. I'm a big lover of fanzines... or any kind of zine actually, and there are a lot of great stuff around to look at. Here in Porto Alegre for example, we have 3 big, famous zines that have cool designs Solto, Noize and Void. And besides that, in the internet, we get to find awesome articles about prints. Here are some of them: Otaku Kaidan Magazine Beautiful Brochures and Booklets Excellent Book Covers and Paperbacks Well Done: cook first What will your book be?

Interview: iLK

iLK (www.ilkilkilk.com), is a french graphic designer who has a really unique and creative style. I discovered his work thanks to an article of Computer Arts, and then immediately added his website to my bookmarks! He accepted to share with us his experience. To see more of his artwork, visit his website: www.ilkilkilk.com 1) First, welcome to Abduzeedo iLK! Glad to see you here. Would you tell us a bit of you? Where are you from, when did you start drawing, for example? I was born in 1982, in the Seine Saint Denis (in the northern suburbs of Paris). I have been drawing since I was a child, because of "Club Dorothée" (a french programme of the 90's, where were broadcasted mostly mangas such as Dragon Ball Z, or Ken the Survivor, for instance) 2) How did you find your own style, full of strange characters, monsters, and above all full of bright colors? Do you first draw your pictures before working in your computer? I don't know precisely where all this stuff comes from... From the music I listen to, I think, which is not very cheerful : Metal, Hardcore, Death, Hip Hop... I'm also a great fan of Tim Burton. Probably the one explains the other! Almost all my illustrations are hand drawn with felt-tip and paper!!! Then I scan the drawing and I colorize it with my computer. 3) How do you work? What is your typical day of working? And what websites do you usually visit for daily inspiration? I start working as soon as possible, often about 8 a.m., and i usually stop between midnight and 4 a.m when I'm late in my work. I work with many agencies, in particular Pubicis Net (a huge french communication agency), but also with a lot of different customers. Every day is another adventure! My Netvibes is full of interesting websites, including the excellent www.glltn.com , www.cpluv.com , www.badbadblog.com ... Too long to mention them all! 4) What are your tools of work? A mac, a graphic tablet, and above all paper, felt-tips, rules, etc...!!! The software I use are the well-known Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, ... 5) What is your best / worst memory in your career? I don't have any particularly bad or good memory. Each project is different, with its good and bad sides, its doubts and its successes. But finally, there's only good times. 6) Is your work changing or influencing the way you live, or the way you see the world around you?What is graphic design bringing to you personally? Maybe a kind of serenity, maybe i'm more open-minded. Working with so different people forces you to be tolerant, and to be interested in the project and people who have it, in order to lead the work to his final result in the best way you can. 7) What pieces of advice would you give to someone who want to be a graphic designer? I think working first in an agency is indispensable, to know that the workflow is many more important than they tell you at school... It's the end of your xBox360 afternoons with your friends! Being a freelance is a dream for most of us, but it forces you to be well organized, to take care of the bunch of papers, to pay an accountant for your annual balance sheet : working as a freelance is not always very funny! I advise to the future graphic designer to try to find their own style, and not to try to mimic what they see in the web. With a huge proportion of motivation, and it will be ok. Thanks again for the opportunity to have you here in abduzeedo. And keep the good work! For more information visit his website at www.ilkilkilk.com

Nacionale

Yes, the brazilian both designer and illustrator Doug Alves from Nacionale hasn't updated his site for awhile. But if you don't know his works already, please check cause it's awesome!

Inspiration: Diego Zambrano

Diego Zambrano is a Brazilian designer who's been doing some great work. He's worked with big Brazilian companies, such as Skol, Claro, Sadia and Fiat. It's just great to see some awesome designs such as these... and I wonder how many people have visited the sites he developed. Probably millions. That's freakin' awesome. Visit him at Work for Food.

Inspiration: Jasper Goodall

It's great to see our fellow designers hitting the jackpot! Jasper Goodall is one of those guys. Looking at this work is very inspiring, and it's a reminder that anyone willing to go down the path of design, will, someday, make freaking awesome works to freaking awesome clients. Jasper made the cd cover for a couple of Muse's singles last year, and it was pretty cool. Hopefully we'll get to see more of his work out there soon!

Inspiration: Changethethought

Last week I've found this website, where there are awesome works, and now I'm sharing it with you guys. Christopher Cox is a designer full of quality and power, and we can see that mainly in the Print and Personal sessions of his site. Changethethought is an American studio located in Denver, Colorado. Was found in 2001 by Cox, and since then, collects great works that have been awarded many times and was mentioned by Computer Arts, Design Taxi, Webby Awards, Pixel Surgeon... To get to know more about him, visit www.changethethought.com. Author: Fabiano Meneghetti | If you want to write an article and have it published here send it via email to abduzeedo[at]abduzeedo.com

Awesome Pin-Ups Vintage Inspiration

Who doesn't love Pin-ups? These pretty ladies have been out there for over 50, 60 years, and still look fresh and awesome. And they are great source of inspiration! Vintage posters will rock once you fix a pin-up in it... but first you must find the right theme... and boy, there are a LOT of themes for this pin-ups. Hope you find the one you're looking for! ;D Author: Paulo Antunes | If you want to write an article and have it published here send it via email to abduzeedo[at]abduzeedo.com

Opera78 by Fiodor Sumkin

Fiodor Sumkin is a guy that actually knows how to go beyond with typography. His words show us an amazing creativity with shapes and a lot of harmony between fonts and elements within his design. He shows us references such as patterns, book from the 60's and 70's, typography, art, design, architecture, photography and along with that, elements that came out of an insane mind, full of alternative design and high quality. "Everything I do starts with just pen and paper; I only use the computer to piece everything together at the end. I spent endless hours drawing fonts and trying out new ways of creating type. This laborious trail and errors approach really helped to shape my style." -Fiodor Sumkin Opera78's headquarters are in Amsterdam, but you'll get to see more of his work at opera78.com. You might even buy some great pieces directly from his portfolio at opera78.etsy.com. Author: Fabiano Meneghetti | If you want to write an article and have it published here send it via email to abduzeedo[at]abduzeedo.com

Pepper: Illustration Phenomenon

DeviantArt is the ultimate space to get illustration inspiration. There are a whole universe of artists there that will actually blow you mind with their works. One of those artist, Artgerm, has created a character called Pepper, who is this absolutely beautiful girl, that any geek would fall in love in a blink of an eye. She is a total phenomenon, because other artists over deviant actually started doing Pepper fan illustration, hundreds of it. And you'll probably figure out why right now: Artgerm Work: And the most impressive, is that there are actually more Pepper fan art than there is original Pepper illustration. Here are some of the fan art: Author: Paulo Antunes | If you want to write an article and have it published here send it via email to abduzeedo[at]abduzeedo.com