Here on Abduzeedo we always try to provide content from all parts of the world, not only inspiration but also good interviews. Today we had the opportunity to talk with the Instanbul based designer, Kutan Ural, well knowed for his typography work referencing the turkish culture. You can see more from Kutan on the following links: Website Twitter Behance Tumblr Facebook 1) First of all I would like to thank you for doing this interview, it's an honor for us to present more about you to our readers. I would like to start asking you about when your interest for typography and font design? Thank you so much, this honour belongs to me. As I am a graphic designer I have always been interested in typography and font design but for about 3-4 years ago, it became a passion for me. I am enjoying to play with words, letters, fonts. 2) Which artists do you use as reference? Actually, I can not give you specific names for references, I always take a look to the design reference sites and there are a lot of great artists, but apart from typography there are a lot of great and inspirational street artists, such as; Banksy, Obey, Eine, Blu, Ewol, etc. 3) Your style is quite influenced by classic and retro typography. How did you develop this style and how would you describe it? I love creating works related with typography. Everything began 4 years ago, these type of typographic works were not that popular at those days, I began creating some works, using retro style collating with my own culture. For example I chose some central points in Istanbul and created Istanbul Typography series, using the classical western style with Turkish culture or some quotes from Classical Turkish Music. 4) Describe us a bit about your creative process while creating a piece. Inspiration is the first and most important step, the things you live, listen, watch, read... When a good idea comes to my mind I begin working and mostly I finish at one night. 5)What's would you consider the best moment on you career till now? Please share with us more about your path. Well I have very beautiful memories. I created the Istanbul Typography series, shared it, and next day my phone was ringing all the time, had like 200 mails in my inbox. Another great moment I remember is, we had moved İstanbul two years ago, my first work was designing a book cover for April Publishing House, had only an hour, and I finished it in 50 minutes. The book (Good Daughters by Joyce Maynard) became a bestseller in Turkey. It was a great pleasure to see it on bookstores. 6) How do you describe your daily routine? My office is at the heart of Istanbul. I share an office with a publishing house and a production company. We have daily morning meetings, share ideas, chat and begin working. Mostly we make BBQ and all our friends, mostly artists and authors, visit our office and all these meetings give you new ideas, inspirations... 7) What's your favorite typeface and why? Well it changes time to time, design to design.. I think nowadays my favourite typeface is Novecento Wide. 8) Tell us five lessons you believe are really important for every type designer. I think for a type designer examination is the most important thing, examine the people, places that you live, books, etc. So I think the 5 lessons should only be examine, examine, examine, examine & examine. 9) Tell us five websites that you like to visit behance.net, mr-cup.com, fromupnorth.com, ffffound.com and of course, your site, abduzeedo =) 10) Thanks again for your time, please leave a final message for the ones who are starting out on this kind of business. Thank you for your interest, It's a pleasure to make an interview with you, My message to the newly starting fellows is 'work hard and good luck.' #occupyistanbul & #occupybrazil
I think that everyone into fashion art and design must know illustrator Raphael Vincenzi, probably one of the biggest name on the fashion illustration in the world, we already featured his artworks several times on Abduzeedo. Today we're lucky and glad to receive this written interview with him, hope you guys enjoy it. You can see more from Raphael on the following links: Website Behance Etsy Store Facebook 1) First of all I would like to thank you for doing this interview, it's an honor for us to present more about you to our readers. I would like to start asking you about when your interest for illustration and art? Yes no problem, thank you for asking me to do this. I always wanted to do something creative but I wasn't sure about what to do really. I discovered quite late in life that you could create art with a computer and I started to get interested in this. I worked my way up but I had to build some personal visual references and world and understand how to make an image. The ability to express myself in this field has been a blessing even though it is not necessarily easy. 2) Which artists do you use as reference? A lot. It is more often a loose inspiration than not. From Banksy, Chloe Early, Bouguereau, Klimt, Stina Persson, Daniel Egnéus, Illustrators from the sixties and so on. It's all on my tumblr... 3) Your style is quite influenced by fashion design and paintings. How did you develop this style and how would you describe it? I think it is still an ongoing process, I think at first I was looking for a way to connect my different interests in art, fashion, collages & graphic design. As I just work in digital I found a way to combine all of this but I don't pretend to have developped an unique style. As there is no chance I can become a fashion designer or a painter I think it allows me to do it in a rough DYI way. 4) Describe us a bit about your creative process while creating a piece Sometimes I have an idea that I think I will be able to realize and I start working on it before it goes away. It happens that I just start something for the sake of doing something and I manage to take it to the end. I mainly use Photoshop, draw stuff in there with brushes I made myself, then I start adding up textures that I scanned and created with watercolours, markers, paints and so on. I've got hundreds of them so I can pick and mix what fits the mood of the piece I am working on. It's quite an unconscious process with trials and errors. Usually my errors are way better than if I try to force it a certain way so I try to accept this as part of my process. I am building up the image bits by bits, going back and forth, adding elements, typography and so on. I trash a lot of unfinished pieces though but I suppose they help me to get to the next finished one. I don't have control over the whole process although I am trying to keep some focus in mind to finish it. 5)What's the best thing about working with illustration and what is the worst? From my point of view it is a creative job so nothing can beat that, the ability to share what I do with people around the world is really great. The worst is that I sometimes spend too much time in front of a computer. 6) How do you describe your daily routine? Do you have nay hobbies? Not very exciting, I wake up early drive my wife to work & child to school then I come home and start working. I live a dull life, the only way to be productive. I am not always very creative, sometimes I just hit a wall and it's the hardest part to get through, struggling for the inspiration to come back in every possible way by reading something, listening to music & looking for inspiring art on the web. I am dabbling a bit into music as a hobby but I am really bad at it, I have no rythm but I keep doing it anyway, I am really into dark minimal wave music and 80's stuff. I am always interested in how people can make great stuff with very few skills and just a desire to express themselves even if it's awkward. 7) You're a multimedia artist, but talking about techniques, what is your favorite so far? I am not sure I have a favorite technique so far, it's just the way I work, adding bits and pieces from different techniques and hope that I find interesting connections between them. I do like to create textures myself though, just enjoying the childish pleasure of slapping paint all over a sheet of paper. 8) Tell us five lessons you believe are really important for every illustrator. 1 - Keep doing what you do best but fail a lot by doing something else 2 - Put your works online 3 - Don't bother comparing yourself with everybody else 4 - Look for inspiration everywhere ( books, nature, music, cities, yourself...) 5 - Don't think that being recognized as an illustrator will solve all your problems 9) Tell us five websites that you like to visit Tumblr ffffound Booooooom graffart.eu & abduzeedo of course 10) Thanks again for your time, please leave a final message for the ones who are starting out on this kind of business. Just do your own thing, you never know where it might lead you.
It is time for a new interview presenting you talented people I had the pleasure to meet in San Francisco Bay Area. Today I will introduce you to Tais Horta Trovão, a super talented graphic and surface designer. And I'm also super proud to say that I got the chance to know even more about Tais' work and style because she is a good friend of mine. So from knowing her I can tell that Tais loves her craft and shows this love in everything she does. From wedding invitations to kids birthdays invitations to beautiful decor for an afternoon tea with friends (or 4th of July lunch or whatever event you may think of), she will always make sure you are surrounded by beauty. Tais is Brazilian, she was born in Rio de Janeiro, where she graduated in Design at PUC-Rio. Tais moved to the Silicon Valley in February/2010 and it is currently leaving in San Francisco. She has a really cool blog where she shows her work, inspiration and even some recipes, everything in both English and Portuguese, certainly worth a visit. Enjoy the interview and some of her inspiring pieces! Where to find Tais: Portfolio Blog Facebook Pinterest Instagram Twitter Tell us more about you, your interests and about the things you like. I'm a very curious person. I love to learn new things, explore new places, meet people, cultures and try different food. I think it is pretty interesting to see how other people think... this inspire me and makes me learn a lot! I always try stay in a constant cycle where I look "outside in" to improve what I can (and this is not easy, laughs). I'm also someone that adopts the "do it yourself" life style. Hands-on work and Google are my two best friends! When did you start getting interested in design, surface pattern design, wedding invitations, etc? Did you like drawing since you were a child? Since I was a kid, I've always liked creating things. My mom used to make the themes/decor of my birthday parties and I loved watching her create everything. Also, I've always preferred art, literature and history classes over chemistry or biology for instance. One day when I was finishing High School I attended some professional orientation lectures and then I discovered that graphic design was a real career. After that I had no doubts on what I wanted to do, I was thrilled! My interest in surface pattern design started after I graduated, when I was working for fashion companies like FARM and Maria Filó in Brazil. As for the wedding invitations, it is funny because I've never been that girl who used to dream about her wedding, but as a professional, this is the area that fulfills me the most. Was there a specific moment when you knew what career to follow? I was totally sure even before college, while I was studying for vestibular (in Brazil you have to study for a test to go into college, it is called vestibular). During college, in a few parts of the course, I thought I was in the wrong area, that I didn't have the profile. You know, we believe that to be a designer you only need to be creative or have talent, but this is not the truth. At least it is not only about that. You also have to learn to not be afraid of failing, to open up to critiques and understand how you can improve with them, instead of focusing only on the negative side. You have to know how to work in a team, have to know to share ideas without worrying that people will steal them, you need different inspiration channels. And mostly, you have to know how to solve problems in an straight forward way. All of this I notice during my years in college, and I have to admit it made me a bit unsure of my decision. But when I realized those were "internal" issues and not professional issues, I moved on and I don't regret it. And today I know for sure that I've chosen the right career, although I'm constantly learning. What inspires you? My husband, places, cultures, technology, artists, typography... it is a huge list. How did you develop your style? Those who know me well usually say my style has my very own personality, who I really am. And I like when I hear that because I agree that our style comes from the way we are. But it also includes our sources of inspiration and what we like in a specific moment. Putting in another words, I believe the development of our style is when you mix all of those things, as in a cake batter. Each ingredient has its right proportion and then you style is the result of putting all of them together. Do you have any specific artists/styles you like to use as a reference? I have a lot of them! I will summarize in a list of some designers, professionals from different areas and blogs that for some reason became a good source of inspiration lately. Chloé Fleury Seamless Creative Lisa Congdon Amy Moss | Eat Drink Chic Joy Cho | Oh Joy Jordan Ferney | Oh happy Day Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls Audrey Woollen Sara Tso How is your creative process? Do you have a step-by-step routine you like to follow or you do things as inspiration strikes? The creative process it is not only inspiration. I have to follow a certain methodology. I like to get know more about the interests and taste of the client, specially when I'm working in a wedding invitation project, which is something really personal. The ideal is to receive a good briefing, because from the briefing I understand where the client wants to go, what the product is, which concept they want to imply, where and which are the "problems" to be solved. Afterwards I do some research, both inspirational and visual, before I start ideating. This process is very important to me and I try to follow it in every project I take. The methodology is basically the same for every one of them. How long does it take for your work to get ready? Is it a continuos process or you do it in parts? The time to finish a project actually changes every time, it depends on the project itself, the deadline, the briefing I receive from my client, the time they take to give me a feedback, etc. What are your work tools? I work mainly with Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign (for editorial projects). But before I start in the computer I like to work with traditional stuff. Things like paper, textures, a little bit of caligraphy that I've learned and anything else I may find important. Do you have any for those pursuing this type of career? In this type of work or any other work actually, do something that you like and that will make you happy! What are your favorite books and websites about your area of work? Once again I have a huge list, but here are the ones that came to my mind first. Websites: Green Wedding Shoes Oh so beautiful paper Paper Lovely Beyond Beyond Poppy Talk 100 layer cake Myfonts Books: Creative, Inc.: The Ultimate Guide to Running a Successful Freelance Business Little Book of Letterpress Vintage Wedding Style: More than 25 Simple Projects and Endless Inspiration for Designing Your Big Day Where the magic happens? When I'm creating my home office is the best place. When working in research, organizing deadlines, developing proposals and writing my posts, I like to go to coffee shops because I can get way more focused than at home, it is impressive! What is your opinion about the design field today? Do you believe that artists are more recognized nowadays? I do. I believe that artists are being more and more recognized each day, but it is a field that has a lot of growth to do, specially in Brazil. Do you think that living in SF helped your career? Yes, it helped for sure, but not necessarily San Francisco. I believe it was the fact of allowing myself to live abroad, to get out of my comfort zone, to give myself time to think about what I wanted, to learn about new things and find myself again that helped my career. Of course the place makes a difference, but I think this is more of an internal issue than external. I've been learning a lot with this experience and this certainly reflects on how I position myself professionally. Do you think there is a difference between the design community here and in Brazil? In general, people here are not afraid of sharing their knowledge. People meet, discuss ideas and always want to get together to build something. I don't like to generalize, I'm comparing it by the majority. But the good thing is that I've been seeing people in Brazil changing their way of thinking, they are paying attention to what is happening here and how those things are happening (which is pretty important). People are starting to get things done there too, and I feel really happy about this! Do you believe that here in the USA designers are more valued? I think so, specially compared to Brazil. Where to find Tais: Portfolio Blog Facebook Pinterest Instagram Twitter
Since I moved to San Francisco Bay Area I had the chance to meet a lot of talented and inspiring artists. And the great thing about this is that I have the chance to share more about them here with you. Since Abduzeedo is all about sharing inspiration and introducing new artists, nothing better then interviewing the amazing people I got the chance to meet. Today I will show you more about a very talented illustrator from Barcelona, Cristina de Lera, which style is delicate, beautiful and packed with personality. Cristina is an illustrator from Barcelona that is currently based in San Francisco. She studied Art History at the Barcelona University (UB) and Illustration at the Design School BAU, also in Barcelona. Her work is super stylish and unique. The colors, delicate lines and cartoonish characters expressions in her artworks conquered my heart and will certainly do the same with you. Enjoy the interview and some artworks we will show here! Where to find Cristina: Portfolio Flickr Tumblr Behance Facebook Pinterest Etsy Want a Custom Portrait Illustration? Cristina can draw one for you, check out how to get one. ;) Tell us more about you, your interests and about the things you like. When I'm not drawing, I enjoy cooking, listening to music, writing, walking and taking photos, and traveling. I'm fascinated by history and other cultures. I always have the Why question in my head. Maybe that's the reason I studied Art History (you have everything I like there: traveling to other places of the world through their art!) :D When did you start getting interested in illustration? Did you like drawing since you were a child? I always liked arts and crafts. My first memories are making pottery when I was around 6 years old. I loved it! I was fascinated to make things with clay! That phase lasted around a year, I don't remember how it ended. But that moment is when I changed clay for color pencils and I never left them. I started getting interested more seriously when I was 14, and I've been self-taught until I began attending workshops by illustrators at Escola de la Dona in Barcelona, while studying the Art History degree at the university. Was there a specific moment when you knew what career to follow? After finishing the university degree, I realized that I wanted to work as an illustrator. In that moment, and thanks to the previous workshops, I was selected to course a Postgraduate Degree in Illustration at BAU Design School, where teachers are professional very talented illustrators, such as Berto Martinez, Conrad Roset, Chidy Wayne, Carmen Segovia. What inspires you? Everything inspires me! Most of all, I love to draw people, and I think a good definition of my style is a mix of cute and vintage. Since I was born in the 80s, I love the pop culture of that decade. I also have a strong influence by memories of my childhood, such as japanese manga and anime. I love the kawaii characters of Japan! And another huge influence on my work is Art History. It helped me to notice the structure in the paintings composition and the choice of colors. Do you have any specific artists/styles you like to use as a reference? The styles that influence me are related to children's picture books, where you can find a lot of color and a variety of compositions in the storytelling. I always have the art of the 19th century and the first half of 20th century as a reference: the Pre Raphaelite painters (John William Waterhouse, John Everett Millais), the French and Catalan impressionists (Edgar Degas, Santiago Rusiñol), William Turner, Vincent Van Gogh, Gustav Klimt, Alphonse Mucha, the Bauhaus, Pop Art. Some illustrators that I admire: Marc Boutavant, Aurelie Gillerey, Oliver Jeffers, Ben Javens, Gemma Correll, Julia Bereciartu, Natascha Rosenberg, Irena Freitas, Isabelle Arsenault, Amaia Arrazola, Phillip Giordano, Paloma Valdivia, Bubi Au Yeung, Carson Ellis, and Japanese illustrators and artists such as Hayao Miyazaki, Taro Gomi and Yoshitomo Nara. I can't say them all, it's a list that never ends. Literally! This is a board on Pinterest where I pin every illustration that strikes me for some reason: http://pinterest.com/cristinadelera/illustration/ And this is my own work board: http://pinterest.com/cristinadelera/my-illustrations/ How is your creative process? Do you have a step-by-step routine you like to follow or you do things as inspiration strikes? I don't have a routine when it comes to art. When I have an idea, I usually draw it. I always scan my sketches, so if I want to work later with them in Photoshop, I have them ready. Most of my work is not digital, so when I finish scanning, I take the sketch, I trace it on the paper with the help of a lightbox and a hard pencil, and then I ink in or I leave the pencil, depending on how I want the final result. Then I apply the watercolors. How long does it take for your work to get ready? Is it a continuos process or you do it in parts? As I usually work with watercolors and ink, I have to stop in different moments of the process to let the paper dry. I normally work with one illustration at a time, unless it is a series of illustrations where I use the same colors. What are your work tools? Pencils, markers (Faber Castell PITT Artist pens and Sakura Pigma Micron), watercolors (I use Winsor and Newton half pans), Escoda brushes (sable hair), Winsor and Newton black indian ink, Fabriano watercolor paper for the traditional illustrations. Sometimes I use gouaches (Talens). My digital tools are an iMac 27 inch 2.9MhZ, a Wacom Intuos 4 tablet, a printer with scanner (HP Photosmart 5520) and Photoshop. What do you like most about your work? About illustration I love to put into paper what it's in my head. Another thing is that it has never ending possibilities. I mean, always there are new things to learn and explore. About my particular work, I like to pay attention to every detail. I'm such a perfectionist! In fact, I never feel my illustrations finished, in some way I just stop adding details. I try to make my drawings in a way that inspire happiness. What are your favorite books and websites about illustration? One of the first illustrated books I bought myself was Around the World with Mouk by Marc Boutavant. Another great book is Up Above and Down Below by Paloma Valdivia. The city series "This is..." by Miroslav Sasek. Any book by Oliver Jeffers. "The Fairy Tales by the Brothers Grimm" with great illustrations, vintage and modern. Any book by Shaun Tan. I especially love "Eric". I check regularly Illustration Mundo, Illustration Served. Another great illustration blog is Pikaland. I also follow great illustrators and I discover new ones in Flickr, Pinterest and Tumblr. Where the magic happens? At my studio at home. Do you think that living in SF helped your career? I have positive thoughts that it will definitely help. I've been living here for 5 months and in this time I had 4 commissions. I've realized in San Francisco illustration is much more appreciated, art and creativity are more valued. Do you think there is a difference between the design community here and in Spain? Is soon to draw conclusions, but for now I've realized that there is more market here in San Francisco and that gives more opportunities. Also there is more public interested in illustration, although increasingly, in Barcelona (I can speak about my city) there are many illustrators, curators, journalists and galleries, a lot of young people, willing to change this situation. Where to find Cristina: Portfolio Flickr Tumblr Behance Facebook Pinterest Etsy
Davy Le Chevance aka. Short is a illustrator / graphic designer from Saint-Brieuc, France well known for his interesting and precisely crafted typography and characters. Today we're glad to receive this written interview with him, hope you guys enjoy it. You can see more from Short on the following links: Website Behance Facebook 1) First of all I would like to thank you for doing this interview, it's an honor for us to present more about you to our readers. I would like to start asking you about when your interest for illustration and typography? Thank you to you. I love the drawing / illustration forever. I started drawing at school and I never stopped. My interest in typography came later when I discovered the graffiti and also when I started studying graphic design. 2) Which artists do you use as reference? I like many styles and very different artists whether in comics, graphic design, graffiti. it would not be there instead of all the quote. 3) Your style is quite influenced by skateboard graphics and poster art. How did you develop this style and how would you describe it? I will not describe, I do not feel I have a "style". I just tried to make strongs pictures. 4) Describe us a bit about your creative process while creating a piece. The method is always the same, it consists of four steps. 1- Layouts sketches: I quickly drew several small layouts sketches from the idea or brief that I, the goal is to find the best composition. This is a very important step if you don't have in a good composition it is useless to go further. 2- sketches / Drawing: always with paper and pencil I add details to the layout sketches that I choose. 3- Inking / Vectors: I scan my drawing and I redessinne in Illustrator or parfais I inking a hand with a brush. 4- Color: I put the color most often with the computer. 5) What's the best thing about working with illustration and what is the worst? The best thing: be proud of the work that is done to. The worst: Don't like a piece that I done. 6) How do you describe your daily routine? Do you have any hobbies? I work an big part of the day and chill the rest. I play basketball weekly. 7) What is your favorite media so far? The textile. 8) Tell us five lessons you believe are really important for every illustrator. Work Work Work Work and Work again. 9) Tell us five websites that you like to visit. http://www.fffffound.com/ http://www.behance.net/ http://www.wall-mag.com/ http://www.basketsession.com/ http://www.mightyshort.com/ 10) Thanks again for your time, please leave a final message for the ones who are starting out on this kind of business. Just believe in yourself!
Mixed media seems to be the future of the graphic area, even If you're a great traditional illustrator you should go learn some digital tools and vice versa. Saturno AGS is one of this prolific multimedia artists who can go from digital art to graffiti without too much effort. Today we're glad to receive this written interview with him, hope you guys enjoy it. You can see more from Saturno AGS on the following links: Website Behance Facebook 1) First of all I would like to thank you for doing this interview, it's an honor for us to present more about you to our readers. I would like to start asking you about when your interest for graffiti and illustration? Firstly thank you for the opportunity to spread a little bit of my work. As a child I was always a bad student and what I wanted to do and be was an artist. Always caught my attention the murals and graffiti I saw on the street. It was at high school when I started buying paint cans with the little pocket money that my parents could give me. For me it was the perfect occasion to give free rein to play to my artistic concerns. I always liked doing illustration,since I saw the first videogames covers and VHS films covers, it is a world that I love and being able to express things in a creative way, my point of view and add my personal touch is a challenge and something realy fascinating for me. 2) Which artists do you use as reference? When I started to paint graffiti the people that I used to admire are quite different from the interests that I have nowadays, but there´s one in particular that I always liked a lot and keeps on surprising me when he paints graffiti and as well as doing other kind of art or illustration: Ata Bozaci (TOAST One ). On the other hand there are some others that have marked my carrier in one way or another: Frank Frazzeta, Jim Murray, Simon Bisley, Adam Hughes, Alex Trochut, Stan Winston, Chiodo Brothers ... But it is impossible to just say a few names, as there are many more! 3) Your style is quite influenced by character design and realism. How did you develop this style and how would you describe it? My style comes from science fiction movies of the 80s and 90s and arcade games machines. When I was little, I lived on the second floor of a bar that my parents ran. The pub was placed between two video stores. The treatment they had with me was specially nice because I was the owner´s son of the pub and we were neighbours, so I could spend hours and hours looking at the film covers and posters in those two stores. Down in the same street, there was another costumer of my parent´s pub patrons were running one of the biggest arcade game store I've ever seen. On Saturday mornings the owner used to come for breakfast and then I used to go with him to his shop where he gave me 20 free credits for the machine I chose, always the same: SPACE INVADERS ... hehe. I could barely reach the controls and I had to use a chair. So I would say my style is dynamic and tells its meanings directly through each drawing, I consider myself more an illustrator than an artist who wants to say something using hidden meanings for not being so obvious...sometimes my illustrations are aggressive and other more naughty, but always it comes from those memories from my childhood. 4) Describe us a bit about your creative process while creating a piece. I start thinking about the main idea, then I see if I can add or remove items to make it dynamic in regards of composition or form. Sometimes it goes on the fly, but sometimes it comes to something more elaborate that needs to be preparing some sketches and color tests before the final design. I think that when the work of an artist is spontaneous is like the acoustic guitar of a musician, an instrument that you can play anywhere without guidelines, and that is in those moments when you really see the depth of the artist when it comes to express, the resources gained in other jobs and knowledge of how to mix the different techniques and media, are visible. I believe that an artist has to be like fighter expert in many different kind of martial arts (but always faithful for himself), to know how to handle different tasks when creating, knowledge is important, learning is important but what is difficult is to apply this knowledge at the certain time needed but retaining the personal touch. 5) As every artist, you've gone thru bad and good moments on your career, please share with us one of your turning point moments. I would not know specifically which points have changed my career, I could say that the daily effort makes you grow as an artist and gradually stand out from the rest. If I have to talk about my own career I can say it has not been easy as I always had to combine my artistic side with work with no connection to art for being able to survive. And continues to be difficult and in some cases disheartening, but as I said, it is a journey where you learn and constantly evolve if you work hard to finally get your own place sooner or later. 6) How do you describe your daily routine? Do you have any hobbies? I try to complete all the weekly targets, being on time with customers and dead lines and fulfill my own goals. One of my hobbies is making music (musical production) but lately I haven´t done much and in the little free time I can make I go out to paint, usually with other friends. I also love spending time with my 4 cats :) 7) We've seen a boom on street art and graffiti on the last 5 years, tells us your opinion about it. True, more and more people are interested in this medium, thanks to the internet people can see everything that happens in real time, and not like before it was something taboo and only a minority had the chace to practice it. In addition to very talented people who set the bar ever higher and the variety of styles is wide. I like it to be that way, so it means that many interesting things are to come. 8) Tell us five lessons you believe are really important for every artist. Be true to your work and what you are, do not fall into clichés and fads. Amaze, try to improve yourself in every job no matter how small and don´t settle for little. Nothing is for free so work hard and a lot. Think before you act, take your time, the result will talk for you. Evolves. 9) Tell us five websites that you like to visit http://www.behance.com/ http://www.xlr8r.com/ https://www.facebook.com/superani.jg/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/rabodiga/ http://disneyscreencaps.com/ 10) Thanks again for your time, please leave a final message for the ones who are starting out on this kind of business. Try to always be happy doing what you love and work hard and hopeful. Good things are achieved with effort, nobody said it was easy ;)
Some people might say that talented artists take a life-time to make great work and to be discovered, I quite disagree with that. As young talents as Tarin show us that it's really more about dedication and a bit of luck to be sucessful nowadays. Today we're glad to receive this written interview with him, hope you guys enjoy it. You can see more from Tarin on the following links: Website Behance Facebook Twitter Tumblr 1) First of all I would like to thank you for doing this interview, it's an honor for us to present more about you to our readers. I would like to start asking about how was the beginning of your career? Please show us one of your early artworks. Actually, it started in my high school time. When I was preparing for attending to a university. In that time, I was really free, so I always drew pictures in my classroom. Fortunately, back in 2009, I found Behance (an online portfolio site). I decided to publish some of my artworks there to get feedbacks. Moreover, Behance gave me opportunities and exposure. I had chances to work with people I did not even know for various projects. Personally, my career began from that moment. 2) Please share a picture of your workplace and tells us more about your daily routine. Currently, I am a graphic design student. Every work day I go to the university then back home in the evening, spend most of my free time at night on the internet like other people; facebooking, chatting, and listening to music or playing some games. Besides, I always check out fresh artworks, designs, and find a few hours to do my work every day. My weekend is mostly for sleeping(lol). 3) Beside your daily work, do you have any hobbies? Please share it with us. Of course, I play the guitar often, sing some songs, drawing picture (in relaxing way), reading books (rarely), and listen to music I like: from smooth Classical (especially piano instrumental) to Black Metal. 4) What you think are the next steps for you as a professional and as a person? And how do you see your creative area on the next 5 years? Improvement never finishes. There are so many things I have to learn about. In creative fields, I think am just a tiny point among a large group of points. Exploring new fields is always interesting for me. That is why I create illustrations, fonts, logo designs, and even write songs. In the next five years or a decade, the dots are connecting with each other gradually and keep growing. In my point of view, creative industries is needed for everyone. They are in our daily lives. 5) Please share five golden lessons you learned to this point. - Don't give up! - If you are not at the lowest point, do not cite any excuse. - Do what you love. - Be responsible. - Happiness is the most important thing. 6) What's the best thing about working on your business and what is the worst? Why? The best thing is definitely what I love to do. I can practice myself. It can help growing the creative community and furthermore let people realize about creative work that is surrounding them. On the other hand, the worst thing is: our community is like behind-the-scene people. Most of people do not know what we do. This is what I have experienced in my country. 7) Do you have any heroes? What make them your heroes? For me, my parent are my heroes all the time. They teach me many things about how to live and work. They are also designers--my mom is an interior designer and my dad is an architect. No doubt why I end up like this(lol). I usually like to watch beside them while they are working until today. I can learn something from it. 8) Tell us in one picture how you're feeling about your life right now. Now I feel like I am fine and happy with my life, but there are always things disturbing my happiness. 9) Now for some quick and short answers: - A Food: Noodles - A Animal: Snow wolf - A Color: Black & White - A Tool: Pencil - A Person: Myself - A Place: Home - A Song: Can You Feel My Heart by Bring Me The Horizon - A Movie: Spirited Away, The Omen, The Social Network - A Book: Making Ideas Happen by Scott Belsky - A Quote: "Imagination is more important than knowledge." - Albert Einstein, "The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it." - Michelangelo 10) Thanks again for your time, please leave a final message for the ones who are starting out on this kind of business, tell us something we should expect. Be confident of what you do and don't give up! Now I am working on scarf illustrations, an illustration for a magazine cover, and more to come! Please stay in touch, thank you so much! :)
We already feature the outstanding work of Sara Blake on our blog, we have been watching her evolution during all this years on becoming a great illustrator and today we had the pleasure to make this interview with her. Sara Blake is a designer and illustrator based in New York city, USA, she is also know as ZSO. You can see more from Sara Blake on the following links: Website ZSO NYC Twitter Facebook 1) First of all I would like to thank you for doing this interview, it's an honor for us to present more about you to our readers. I would like to start asking you about when your interest for illustration and art? Thanks YOU so much! The honor is all mine. I guess ever since I was a little kid art was my main interest. I was always into playing outside, and getting dirty, and I have always been a big introvert so I liked activities that I could quietly focus on alone. My parents always encouraged me in the arts I think for 2 reasons: they knew that I was already very shy, and I also had eye surgery for a problematic lazy eye. I was very near sighted, and self conscious, and wore an eye patch for about a year, which I think probably made it a little harder to make friends when I was little. I always just liked making stuff, plain and simple. My parents always put focus on getting a good education, but never on an actual career, so I think I was able to find clarity in what I liked to do but not how to survive off of it. I had no idea how I would actually make a living doing illustration until pretty late in the game. It worked itself out later I guess. 2) Which artists do you use as reference? Lots of old nature study illustrations from Ernst Haeckel and Alberta Seba, and I also love ukiyo-e artists like Hiroshige and Utamaro. I'm also pretty in love with minhwa Korean folk art. It's so playful and naive. The distortions and abstractions make my heart do somersaults. 3) Your style is quite influenced by watercolors and realism. How did you develop this style and how would you describe it? It's always really fun for me to hear how others describe and see my work. For me, I actually don't feel like my art is very realistic at all, and I always really struggle when I get a brief asking for realistic representations. Over the the years I've gotten a lot of work doing portraiture where I have to capture a likeness, which is always a challenge. When I first started out I loved drawing girls as a subject matter, and one of the first portraits I ever did in what I consider my style now was of drawing of my sister. The likeness was close enough, but there was definitely an element of distortion—and the colors I choose are never realistic. The portraits I end up liking the most tend to be the most far from reality. I tend to pick a feature and really blow it out—for instance enlarging the eyes, tightening the mouth, or really abstracting the hair etc. In general I think my visual interests have become more about pattern, color, and texture, than subject matter. I've sort of realized this in the past few years by reflecting on my own personal art collection of other people's work. I have a lot of old folk art and abstract art. 4) Describe us a bit about your creative process while creating a piece. I tend to start just with blank sheet of paper, a rough idea of subject matter, and some good music, and I work out composition as I go by drawing very lightly and erasing. I generally don't feel a lot of pressure to have something perfect worked out on paper because all my work I then scan and ultimately adjust and color digitally. Here I can add a lot of depth and color that can help or rework things that may not have been successful as a pencil drawing alone. I like to document my process the whole way through as much as possible. Sometimes it helps to step away, then come back to look at your steps to tell you if you've gone too far and perhaps need to back up and simplify. 5) What's the best thing about working with illustration and what is the worst? Best thing is definitely the creative freedom. I've always made a point to have other design work that helps pays my bills and being able to draw what and how I want has become very sacred to me. I believe and have also been taught from my mentors that if you do the kind of work that you want to do, that's the kind of work you end of getting hired to do. Hmmm, a worst part? There isn't a worst part. I love illustration! I guess the worst part would be the inverse of the best part... when you have a job that turns on you, you no longer like the actual work, and you temporarily don't like to do illustration... 6) How do you describe your daily routine? I'm definitely a creature of habit and I have a pretty regular schedule. The hours of 9 - 6 I do graphic design for a digital agency I've been with for years, then I take a little break, get in a good workout (running or biking), grab my dinner, and then draw until bed, usually pretty late. I'm the kind of person where the busier I make myself, the more I actually get done. It's "the more you do, the more you do" outlook I guess. If I don't have a healthy to do list at all times and set of goals, I sort of lose my sense of purpose very quickly. With that said, I think I've also gotten a lot better at relaxing lately. I'm learning that taking breaks is JUST as an important part of the creative process. Naps. Reading books. Meandering strolls. Maybe I'm just getting old, but rest is important! 7) Tell us more about the idea behind ZSO-NYC. ZSO-NYC is my itty-bitty textile company that so far has only released and sold out of one scarf design, which was released this time last year. I manage the whole thing from the design to the production to the website and sales, so it's been a slow, laborious but also very rewarding project. It started just as a personal experiment to print on fabric to see 1) how my color translated to silk and 2) to see how once my patterns and textures were translated to a movable 3D surface, how it could sort of be reinvented with movement. It was also an exercise in getting away from commercial illustration, but still creating something that people could consume and interact with. It's still a very small project and I'm currently in the works of launching 3 more designs this year. It's going to have a pretty non-traditional launch which I'm pretty excited about... but I can't reveal much more than that! I also hear that Abduzeedo may be interested in a little ZSO-NYC scarf giveaway for the next release, so stay tuned about that!8) Tell us five lessons you believe are really important for every illustrator. 1) If you can let go of fear of failure, you are free. 2) Separate the kind of work you want to do from the need to make money. 3) Explore the world. Inspiration is hiding everywhere. 4) Sleep enough (I didn't learn this until pretty late, but now I'm loving it) 5) Collaborate with your peers. 9) Tell us five websites that you like to visit NY Times, Craigslist, Gus the Fox, The Fox is Black (two very different site with fox names hahaha!), Pinterest (I'm obsessed with Pinterest!!!) and then I like to keep tabs on a few artists who keep great blogs like Pat Perry, Teagan White, and Darren Booth, among many others. 10) Thanks again for your time, please leave a final message for the ones who are starting out on this kind of business. Do and make what you love, period. Work hard, work long hours, and make a lot of work because it's all about practice, and also don't get discouraged because illustration is a tough, inconsistent business. If you're not doing it because you love it, it might not be for you. I never thought everyone had to love their job—after all, they call it work for a reason—but I think illustration is definitely one of those careers you have to be in love with! Wake up with stars in your eyes and butterflies in your stomach!
I'm huge enthusiast of realistic artworks, don't know why exactly, but I think that the idea of imperfect and non-photographic representation really teases me. Although I must say that just being a representation is not enough to please people. It must have soul, as the artworks designed by our pal Alexis Marcou.. Today we're glad to receive this written interview with him, hope you guys enjoy it. You can see more from Alexis on the following links: Website Behance Facebook Twitter Tumblr 1) First of all I would like to thank you for doing this interview, it's an honor for us to present more about you to our readers. I would like to start asking you about when your interest for illustration and art? I would also like to thank you for your interest in my work. Although I started drawing when I was very young I became interested professionally around 2007. Alexis's earlier work2) Which artists do you use as reference? I use music as my reference a lot. Some of it includes Pink Floyd, Daft Punk, Mogwai and M83. 3) Your style is quite influenced by realism and graphic design. How did you develop this style and how would you describe it? The style was developed very gradually through practice and experimentation. I never describe my style as I wouldn't want to stereotype it. 4) Describe us a bit about your creative process while creating a piece. The research is the first step. I try to find a good photo to use as my reference if a given client hasn't provided one. I begin the illustration and get feedback at this stage as it is easier to make changes at this stage. once approved i move on to finalising the illustration. When I am done I scan the illustration into Photoshop. I digitally process it and in some cases I go back to the illustration again and rescan it on photoshop for a newer update. Photoshop helps me visualize the illustration as a final piece in many cases. 5)What's the best thing about working with illustration and what is the worst? From the many positives I think the most important is that it's not boring. You get to work with lots of different people who work for various companies and each project is unique. It is also up to the illustrator to avoid boredom by not being repetitive. Even if the client asks for you to almost repeat something that you have done before in the past you will agree but never 'listen'. An artist can never be completely controlled and that is why it never gets boring. The worst is definitely the very long hours spent in front of a computer screen. 6) How do you describe your daily routine? Do you have any hobbies? I would say it varies. Each day is different depending on what i am working on. Most days i illustrate either by hand or digitally and try to keep on top of my emails. I like listening to music, running, taking photos and I like watching movies. 7) You're a multimedia artist, but talking about techniques, what is your favorite so far? All of my work is based on graphite, so any technique that relates to graphite is a favorite. 8) Tell us five lessons you believe are really important for every illustrator. I will tell you five things that I do but this of course doesn't mean that every illustrator will find helpful. - Be organized. - Expose your work - not you and your personal life. - Listen to your client. - Do some research before starting a job. - Try running to get away from it all for a while. 9) Tell us five websites that you like to visit. 1. http://www.behance.net/ 2. http://www.ted.com/ 3. http://society6.com/ 4. http://www.yatzer.com/ 5. http://designcollector.net/ 10) Thanks again for your time, please leave a final message for the ones who are starting out on this kind of business. Risk!
We already featured the art of Fabian Ciraolo on our blog and today we had the opportunity to have a little conversation with this artist. So please take a sit and enjoy the interview, hope you guys get some good tips and insights from this. You can see more of illustrations at his Official Blog, his Behance Profile or you can also follow him on Twitter. Some of Fabian artworks.1) First of all I would like to thank you for doing this interview, it's an honor for us to present more about you to our readers. I would like to start asking about how was the beginning of your career? I´ve been around painting/art all my life, my father was the person that took me been very little, to different art shows, was interesting to me looking at amazing works been so young; artists like Goya, Frida, Dalí... This changed my mind. I sold my first work at the age of 10, It was a portrait of a family friend. Didn't understand why someone could give me money for something I was doing since I have memory, so natural for me. This episode give the thought that I want to do this for the rest of my life and get payed for it, been really little. I always have in mind that I want to draw what I want to, how I want to, this is my main speech till these days, but first, I have to make people crazy for my art. 2) Please share a picture of your workplace and tells us more about your daily routine. Luckily, I always wake up with some new ideas, so my mornings usually starts with a lot of drawings and puttings new ideas on paper, lot of coffee and loud music. I try to make all my days different, not much fan of routine, try to make my day interesting to myself. Anyway, my days/nights involve: a lot of drawing, lot of coffee, drums, music and friends. 3) Beside your daily work, do you have any hobbies? Please share it with us. I play drums in my band, called OH MARGOT, we are working now in our first big album, hope it sees the light in the middle of this year. 4) What you think are the next steps for you as a professional and as a person? And how do you see your creative area on the next 5 years? I think the most exiting part of what I do is not knowing what I will be doing in the future, that keeps me interesting in this. As a professional; this year is with a lot of projects, lot of album covers (with I love to do), but mainly, taking my exhibition to different countries, take my art from the web and let people see it hanging on a wall. As a person; I just hope to be alive in 5 years. 5) Please share five golden lessons you learned to this point. 1- Work your ass off for what you want. 2- Make mistakes, make a lot of mistakes and learn from them. 3- Draw for yourself, not for what you "think" people want to see. 4- If you copy, do it a hundred times better. 5- Never underestimate the value of your work, for anyone. 6)What's the best thing about working on your business and what is the worst? Why? The best thing is the daily freedom, the pleasure of doing what i love most in life. Waking up everyday to explore new things. The worst; the "business" 7) Do you have any heroes? What make them your heroes? The only heroes in my life are my parents, I am and I do what I do today just because they have always believe in me no matter what. 8) Now for some quick and short answers: - A Food: My girlfriend´s homemade Hamburgers - A Animal: Dalí rhinoceroses - A Color: Black - A Tool: My right hand - A Person: Can´t pick just one. Impossible. - A Place: My studio - A Song: Friends - "I'm His Girl" - A Movie: Miyazaki´s Spirited Away - A Book: I am a really bad reader. I prefer to look. - A Quote: "Good artists copy, great artists steal" - Pablo Picasso 9) Thanks again for your time, please leave a final message for the ones who are starting out on this kind of business, tell us something we should expect. If you are starting in this, take your time, work hard, make mistakes, work HARDER, be your own judge, get obsessed with your art.
If you're updated with the digital art world you certainly already know the illustrator and designer Gabz, we featured his artworks several times on Abduzeedo. Today we're lucky and glad to receive this written interview with him, hope you guys enjoy it. You can see more from Gabz on the following links: Website Behance Facebook 1) First of all I would like to thank you for doing this interview, it's an honor for us to present more about you to our readers. I would like to start asking you about when your interest for illustration and art started? I'm the one who should thank for the interest in interviewing me. I'm that type of guy, or a geek if you prefer, that always was very much into drawing and basically everything image related, so it's hard to point out a particular moment when it all started... To make things easier, I can say that I started thinking about doing this for the rest of my life somewhere around the end of primary school. I knew by then I had some unpolished talent and that it wouldn't be smart to waste it. I was very much into comics back then. Well I still am. Later in high school I discovered Renaissance and other all time masters and knew exactly what I wanted to do in future. Then came Academy of Fine Arts in my home town Poznan where I did my first steps in printing techniques such as dry point, linocut, serigraphy among others, and mediums like painting, sculpture, book illustration, poster and so on. I guess you can say "the rest is history":) 2) Which artists do you use as reference? There is quite a number of artists, designers and finally design studios I follow. I believe one cannot really improve without looking up into people whose work you appreciate and admire. Getting more and more involved in poster print community, I have a huge respect for Martin Ansin's work among many other great artists (Tyler Stout, Jay Shaw and more). His style, compositions and approach to both detail and typography is highly inspiring. Other great illustrators I greatly enjoy are Jesse Auersalo, Von, Mario Hugo, MVM and Alex Trochut to name the few. They are all original in their own way, constantly producing great and inspiring stuff. Hats off to these guys! 3) Your style is quite influenced by movie posters and realism. How did you develop this style and how would you describe it? Indeed, I'm very much into realism and figuration in general. If you mean the style I use in the poster prints I produce: it all started with some experiments I did in Illustrator using Pencil Tool. I discovered that spontaneously created shapes over the reverence photograph found on the web, can give some really rich and original effects. It was in 2008 when I created a personal project titled Vector Movie Posters, which was the first time I have officially used those vector based portraits while creating a series of posters for my favorite movies. Luckily, it got recognized and people seemed to like what I did there. Two years later a gave the project a second go, with the style being more polished and detailed, and the posters much more thought through. Some time later I have quit using Illustrator and started using Lasso Tool in Photoshop instead, which made creating highly complexed artworks easier and more efficient. Recently I have been developing yet another adjustment to this style by applying dissolved gradients among some simplification to the main line work. I hope I'm moving the right way... 4) Describe us a bit about your creative process while creating a piece. Collecting some reference pictures and ideas is always a good start. When it is a movie related artwork, I do browse search for images related to the particular title, including main characters and often huge number of screen grabs I find a possible perfect fit for the later artwork. It wouldn't be much though if I didn't make some rough sketches and initial concepts first. They are usually highly simplified and not really worth sharing I'm afraid. I then bring the process to Photoshop where I try to make the digital sketch as attractive and finished-looking as a sketch can be. Only when I feel the sketch is looking sharp and original I send it to the client for approval and proceed with the finalization. The delivery process depends on the technique, while the pencil based artworks may seem time absorbing, in fact come to life in a week or so, those that are to be screen printed and need a color separation may take up to 3 weeks tops. Final typography treatment always come at the very end, and includes either browsing through the font library and picking a perfect fit or designing a custom font from the scratch. It's the hardest part of creating process for me and I often catch myself on regretting not having spend more time on that or doing stuff differently. 5)What's the best thing about working with illustration and what is the worst? In illustration only the subject if commissioned and your imagination is the limit. There is nothing else between you an an empty sheet of paper or your screen canvas. You can stick to one or mix styles and mediums. Create abstract or realistic forms, or do both at a time. Create simple or complex compositions, by combining different elements and applying digital objects. Play with plenty of colors, or use a monochromatic palette. I mean what's here to hate? 6) How do you describe your daily routine? Do you have any hobbies? My daily routine isn't anything special I suppose. I start off by browsing through sites that inspire me. Then I answer all emails and start the work, which includes either sketching or finalizing ongoing projects. With a lunch break in between I work up to 10 hours per day usually, though tight timeline commissions do happen every now and then. If necessary, I don't have any problems with working very long hours. When the work is done, I try to spend as much time as possible with my wife or my family and friends. Cinema and basically movies are on my priority list, when it comes to what I enjoy doing in a free time. But I also find time for reading and occasional live concerts. Finally, I feel obliged to mention my slight gaming addiction: I highly enjoy playing first person shooter games on PS3. 7) You're a multimedia artist, but talking about techniques, what is your favorite so far? I do operate in various mediums ranging from pencil and acrylic paint for example to fully digital or vector based artworks. But I can easily name two styles that I find most enjoyable for me at this point. First one would be a mix of traditional pencil drawing with digital remastering, including coloring, filters, textures and all sort of other effects applied in Adobe Photoshop.My second favorite style is precisely described above. 8) Tell us five lessons you believe are really important for every illustrator. These tips are pretty similar for all creative fields and I know I'm not discovering anything new here. Here goes: 1 - Stay inspired! Follow other peoples work, experiment, learn and improve your skills wether in traditional or digital mediums you're using. 2 - Try working only on the projects that excite you and allow you to improve your skills and push forward. Your work will be just as good as how you feel about doing it. 3 - Don't try to be good at something... try to be the best! Instead of doing a lot of different things unremarkably, stick or find that one or those few that you rock in. 4 - Let the world see you - create a simple and user friendly online portfolio with selection of works that you find best - After all, you want your future clients to see only the works that you are truly proud of! 5 - Work hard. Cause hard work pays off. Period. 9) Tell us five websites that you like to visit I visit plenty of sites daily, among those viewed randomly, there are at least a couple I visit everyday: 1 - Ffffound - Site with loads of new images added everyday is a huge inspirational boost. 2 - September Industry - Unfortunately this site is no longer updated as frequently as it was, but it still remains one of my all time favorite when it comes to graphic design inspiration sites! Brilliant selection of projects, studios and graphic designers all around with an easy to find sections on top of that. 3 - It's Nice That - Design blog, with interesting news from design/art community and often great selection of artists to follow. 4 - Expresso Beans - Though in my opinion this site isn't really an example of a strong web design, I still visit this one pretty often: Mainly, to keep up with the newest trends in the so called poster community and of course to know what other artists produce. I have been following some of them for a while now. All members are allowed to comment newest releases, so it's also pretty interesting to know the feedback form art collectors. 5 - Last but not least, one of my favorite agencies Hort. Ok, so I do not visit their site everyday, nor they need any more recognition, but I just love what these guys do and how they manage to combine creative freedom with client guidelines and expectations, and in the end, deliver brave, strong and awesomely executed stuff. 10) Thanks again for your time, please leave a final message for the ones who are starting out on this kind of business. Summing up: Stay inspired, experiment, always improve, work hard, share your work and good luck!
Years ago the design community saw I rise of 80's inspiration on many designers and illustrators porfolios, you may know the work of Sakke Soini from this time. From that time to now, Sakke got more and more involved with a retro aesthetic, but at the same time tried to learn new skills and references.. Today we're lucky and glad to receive this written interview with him, hope you guys enjoy it. You can see more from Sakke on the following links: Website Behance Facebook Twitter 1) First of all I would like to thank you for doing this interview, it's an honor for us to present more about you to our readers. I would like to start asking about how was the beginning of your career? Please show us one of your early artworks. My pleasure! I started making digital art with my Commodore Amiga 500, with a program called Deluxe Paint in the 90s, when still in elementary school. But after awhile that it sort of faded into the background and other interests took its place. In around 2005/2006 I started learning Photoshop more seriously, I had done website layouts and smaller stuff before that, but not illustrations. I was experimenting with a lot of many different techniques like the picture attached here. This was actually my first print job and it was in the beginning of 2007. As for actual projects, like everyone else I started out small, making websites for my friend’s bands and flyers for parties and slowly bettering myself. While I was practicing and making these small commissions I had to make ends meet by working as a bartender. I would say that I started making a living, although not a very good one, doing solely this in 2008. Let's just say I was close to going back to school and finishing my Master's Degree on International Business. 2) Please share a picture of your workplace and tells us more about your daily routine. I share a workplace with a few other freelancers here in Helsinki, Finland. This place actually used to be an old wrestling hall with sauna. Wrestling hall is replaced by a photo studio, I have my desk where the showers used to be and the sauna is a chill out place. Atmosphere here is really relaxed and I have spent countless nights here meeting the next mornings deadlines. My daily routine pretty much consists of me taking my bike (when the roads are not covered in ice and snow) and leaving my place around 8-10, hitting the gym on the way to my studio and staying there until about seven. I usually try to do the little things out of the way before noon, then having lunch somewhere near by and then focusing on the bigger projects. Also the occasional small nap after lunch. I mean, what's the point being a freelancer if you cannot take a small nap every once in awhile! 3) Beside your daily work, do you have any hobbies? Please share it with us. Like I mentioned above, I like going to the gym and riding my bike. I love video-games particularly games like Dark Souls and Demon's Souls. I VJ a couple of times a month, plus I run a few club nights with friends here in Helsinki. And who doesn't love travelling? I take a month off per year during the winter time and go travelling in places like India or Thailand. Next I think I would like to go South-America. 4) What you think are the next steps for you as a professional and as a person? And how do you see your creative area on the next 5 years? I am always trying to improve and starting to learn 3D in 2011 has really changed the way I work. I love to always improve and get better. Also I have been moving towards video work and motion graphics more and more (new video we made just released this week: http://vimeo.com/64530681), but I still like doing graphic design and illustrations the best. As a person I have been making a huge leap towards more healthier lifestyle, working out, eating better, cutting back on the nightlife. I ain't getting any younger! As for the future it will be quite interesting to see what is going to happen in 5 years. Technology is moving so fast. A lot of my work is magazine based at the moment, but we all know that printed magazines are slowly making the switch into the digital domain. Of course there will always be a need for graphic design, but it is only a matter of time when advertising illustrations for example will switch from static posters into moving images. We will have to see how that will play out. Also I am very excited to see what kind of possibilities 3D printing bring. 5) Please share five golden lessons you learned to this point. 1) Learn to say "NO" 2) Slow down. Work is not everything. You need to find balance between work and personal life. I have been in the verge of a burnout and it ain't no joke. 3) You can't polish a turd. Sometimes you just have to let go and start over. No matter how frustrating that is. 4) Learn about freelancing rates. Don't sell your work for too cheap. 5) Don't work at home. As soon as it is possible get a work space. 6)What's the best thing about working on your business and what is the worst? Why? Best thing is being your own boss and doing what I love. There always has to be a flip side though, the worst thing is the uncertainty that comes with running your own one man business. I have been very lucky to have worked with so many great clients, but there is always that fear in the back of your head that what if one day the clients just stop calling. What then? Going to work for someone else? Change careers? That uncertainty is the price every freelancer has to pay. 7) Do you have any heroes? What make them your heroes? There are many artists and people who I admire and who inspire me. If I had to pick one artist, I would go with the late Jean Giraud (Mœbius). I enjoyed his works immensely growing up, and still do of course. The colorful dreamlike worlds he created were straight out of my own sub-conscious. I would get lost for hours in his works. Also I adore the works of Takashi Murakami, he is definitely one of my favourite contemporary artists. 8) Tell us in one picture how you're feeling about your life right now. 9) Now for some quick and short answers: - A Food: Some of my favourites are: Gai Pad Graprow (stir fried chicken with holy basil and chili), and new potatoes, pickled herring and eggs. - A Animal: Otter - A Color: I never had a favorite color. I love all of them. - A Tool: Akai LPD8 - A Person: Girlfriend - A Place: Anywhere by the sea really, especially during dusk. - A Song: Talking Heads - This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody) - A Movie: Office Space - A Book: Necronomicon: The Best Weird Tales of H.P. Lovecraft - A Quote: "If less is more, then think how much more more would be!" - Frasier Crane 10) Thanks again for your time, please leave a final message for the ones who are starting out on this kind of business, tell us something we should expect. No problem! I would have to say: stick to it! I know it may sometimes seem bleak, especially when you are first starting up, but if you are working hard and giving your best eventually it will pay off. Also a good tip would be when going into full time freelancing, be sure to have your finances covered for at least the next three months. This way you aren't immediately thinking where's the next months rent is coming from and you can concentrate on getting clients and getting your name out there. Good luck!
I'm tumblr addict and other day I just stumbled with a blog called Daily Dishonesty, a parody of quotes we use for ourselves day-by-day. For my surprise the owner of the blog is Lauren Nicole Hom, a young graphic designer and art director from NY, USA and also one of the main speakers of Montreal Meets 3. Today we had the opportunity to have a little conversation with her, so please take a sit and enjoy the interview, hope you guys get some good tips and insights from it. You can see more from Lauren at the following links: homsweethom.com laurennicolehom.com Daily Dishonesty 1) First of all I would like to thank you for doing this interview, it's an honor for us to present more about you t. I would like to start asking about how was the beginning of your career? Please show us one of your early artworks Thanks for having me! I guess it's easy for me to talk about the beginning of my career because that's exactly where I'm at. I'll be graduating from the advertising and graphic design program at the School of Visual Arts in about a month, and I couldn't be more excited. I began my freelance career about two years into school, designing vector art and wedding invitations. Most of my first design jobs I found on Craigslist actually haha…everyone's got to start somewhere, right? 2) Please share a picture of your workplace and tells us more about your daily routine. Well, I'm a part-time freelance designer, so I work from my little desk at home. I always start the day with a cup of green tea and a smoothie. I keep a pretty tight to-do list on my desktop that's organized by the day and week. If there's any sketching, drawing, or hand lettering work to be done, I do those things first. There's something nice about starting the day with a pencil and paper, since I spend so much time staring at a computer screen. My daily routine is mostly made up of designing, corresponding with clients, and eating haha. I try to leave the apartment to get some fresh air and walk around as much as possible too. The streets of New York are much more inspiring than a computer screen will ever be. 3) Beside your daily work, do you have any hobbies? Please share it with us. When I'm not designing, you can find me in the kitchen. Cooking and baking have always been favorite hobbies of mine. I've found that I'm happiest when I'm creating, whether it be a poster or a chocolate cake. I'm also equally as happy when I'm eating that chocolate cake. 4) What you think are the next steps for you as a professional and as a person? And how do you see your creative area on the next 5 years? Professionally, the next step for me will be finding an agency or studio that I want to work for full-time. Or there's always the possibility of freelancing full-time. I'm completely open to all the possibilities that lay ahead. You could say that my personal goals are intertwined with my professional goals, because I want to follow through on a bunch of personal design projects this summer. It feels like there's never enough time to do all of the things I want to do; one of the gifts/curses of being creative is that it never shuts off. As for my creative field, I'm sure there will be new innovations and trends over the next five years. However, I think that at the core of every great design is an even greater idea, and that will never change. Designers were coming up with just as many great ideas 50 years ago as designers will be coming up with in the next 50 years. 5) Please share five golden lessons you learned to this point. - The internet is AMAZING. Get your work out there. No one cares if you're brilliant if no one knows who you are. - Find inspiration away from your computer - read books at the library, walk around and study signage, go to a concert. That's where the good stuff is, not in pixels. - Make business cards and always have a few with you. You never know who you're going to meet. - Try to only work on clients/projects that get you excited. It'll help steer your portfolio in the right direction, and you'll be a happier and more sane designer. - Work hard. Snack often. 6) What's the best thing about working on your business and what is the worst? Why? The best thing: being able to work in my pajamas. The worst thing: I'm always wearing pajamas. Just kidding…my best thing about working as a designer is that I get to be creative and pay the bills by making beautiful, fun things. Honestly, I can't think of a "worst" thing about the business. I really do enjoy it all…the process, the clients, everything. 7) Do you have any heroes? What make them your heroes? My design heroes are Louise Fili and Gail Anderson. I took Gail's communication design class during my third year at SVA, and it was one of the best decisions I ever made. She introduced me to Louise, and I interned for her for a semester. They've both accomplished so much, and it's because they've stayed true to what they love. Gail does a lot of playful work with type, found objects, and illustration. Louise works heavily with type and creates beautiful identities for restaurants and gourmet brands, all with an Italian touch. When looking at their work, you can see what they're passionate about and feel their personalities, which is what I aspire to achieve. Gail AndersonLouise Fili8) Tell us in one picture how you're feeling about your life right now 9) Now for some quick and short answers: - A Food: grilled cheese - A Animal: chow chow - A Color: chartreuse - A Tool: my trusty Wacom tablet - A Person: Julia Child - A Place: underneath the covers - A Song: happy birthday to you... - A Movie: Totoro - A Book: High Fidelity by Nick Hornby A Quote: "It doesn't matter if the glass is half empty or half full. There is clearly room for more wine." - a very wise person 10) Thanks again for your time, please leave a final message for the ones who are starting out on this kind of business, tell us something we should expect. It was my pleasure! My last message to designers who are starting out is a silly, but true one: Think of your design as a person you're going on a date with. If they're very attractive but have no substance or personality, you won't be interested for more than a night. If they're very smart and interesting but you're not attracted to them, you probably won't call them again. However, when you meet that person who's got the beauty and the brains…that's when you'll stick around. A beautiful design without a great idea won't be remembered, and a great idea without a beautiful design won't be noticed. My point is this: Design things you would want to date. Hell, make designs you'd want to put a ring on. That's what you should aim to do.
You probably already stumbled with the amazing movie posters of Tyler Stout, If not you should see what this guy is capable. Today we had the opportunity to have a little conversation with this illustrator. So please take a sit and enjoy the interview, hope you guys get some good tips and insights from this. You can see more from Tyler at his Official Website Some movie posters designed by Tyler.1) First of all I would like to thank you for doing this interview, it's an honor for us to present more about you to our readers. I would like to start asking about how was the beginning of your career? Please show us one of your early artworks. I started off doing 11x17 black and white flyers for some local music venues in seattle and portland, oregon. it kept going from there. 2) Please share a picture of your workplace and tells us more about your daily routine. I get up, say hello to my family, walk out to my studio (which used to be a garage), do some work, watch some movies, return some emails. at dinnertime my kids come get me and tell me its time to eat, I go back inside and eat dinner with them, hang out with family, then go to bed. 3) Beside your daily work, do you have any hobbies? Please share it with us. I’m not sure I really have any hobbies. I do things with my kids. I read books, comic books and regular books. I play video games. 4) What you think are the next steps for you as a professional and as a person? And how do you see your creative area on the next 5 years? I don’t have a long term plan really, I just do one job after the next, as they come up. hopefully in five years I’ll still be making a decent living doing what i do, still able to provide for my family, and be in good health. 5) Please share five golden lessons you learned to this point. - Don’t put work in front of real life moments. - Don’t put work in front of taking care of your actual real life physical body - Don’t put money in front of making work you’re proud of - Don’t be afraid to turn down jobs you’re not sure of - Don’t sweat the critics, do work you believe in and it’ll work out. 6)What's the best thing about working on your business and what is the worst? Why? I like having my own schedule and being my own boss. unfortunately I am terrible at keeping a reasonable schedule and I am not a good boss. 7) Do you have any heroes? What make them your heroes? My grandparents. they loved me unconditionally and kept me from being a complete psychopath. 8) Tell us in one picture how you're feeling about your life right now 9) Now for some quick and short answers: - A Food: Sugar - A Animal: Bugs, bunnies - A Color: Black on black - A Tool: Maynard James Keenan - A Person: Louisa May Alcott - A Place: Brush Prairie, WA - A Song: Good Old Days - Weird Al - A Movie: Deep Rising - A Book: Gremlins by George Gipe - A Quote: “Not a woman?” - Llug 10) Thanks again for your time, please leave a final message for the ones who are starting out on this kind of business, tell us something we should expect. Let’s see....my final message for the ones who are starting out on this kind of business....would be....a picture of a small cat suspended by some sort of string or rope-like apparatus, and engraved underneath, written in an elegant, Future Condensed font (or possibly Avante Garde Medium Italic), would be this simple phrase - “Hang in there”.
We already featured the amazing talent of Yu Cheng on our blog and today we had the opportunity to have a little cconversation with this skillfull illustrator. So please take a sit and enjoy the interview, hope you guys get some good tips and insights from this. You can see more of Yu Cheng illustrations at his Official Website. 1) First of all I would like to thank you for doing this interview, it's an honor for us to present more about you to our readers. I would like to start asking about how was the beginning of your career? Please show us one of your early artworks I remember I have been passionate for drawing since being a couple of feet tall, but started my design career about 9 years ago when I graduated from university school. My first job was at a cartoon animation studio in New Zealand, I've worked as a 3D modeler and sometimes help doing some animation clip. When work for a while, I found my passion is working for concept art and more realistic art style, so when I back to Taiwan, I try to find a concept art job in games and jump into game industry to start my illustrator and concept designer life. 2) Please share a picture of your workplace and tells us more about your daily routine. Daily Routine: Wake up, check emails > Doing research reference > Communicate with client > Go to CG resource website to see other people artworks > Drawing practice on paper > Work illustration for clients > Jogging everyday (when not raining) > Eat dinner > Still working > Take bath > Practice > Sleep…..Zzzz. 3) Beside your daily work, do you have any hobbies? Please share it with us. (Send us a picture of you while doing your hobby). Play games…. I guess….. 4) What you think are the next steps for you as a professional and as a person? And how do you see your creative area on the next 5 years? Hmmm……. I really don’t think that so far, I think I will still practice and paint more artwork , and hopefully I can have my art book and sell over the world to people who like my artworks. 5) Please share five golden lessons you learned to this point. Keep healthy, do more painting. There is no start or stop, only doing. Wisdom is practice and doing You always need to practice, leave in this moment, not in the future or in the past. Be passionate, be patient. 6)What's the best thing about working on your business and what is the worst? Why? Best thing is the clients give me a lot space to doing what I want to do. Worst thing is the deadline is very short. 7) Do you have any heroes? What make them your heroes? Bouguereau William , he's my favorite artist, I really really like his paintings especially his color. 8) Tell us in one picture how you're feeling about your life right now Practice, Practice, Practice. 9) Now for some quick and short answers: A Food: Strawberry A Animal: Lion A Color: Black A Tool: Pencil, Digital pen A Person: Parents A Place: Taipei A Song: Coffee Break A Movie: Jurassic Park A Book: To many A Quote: Doing what you love 10) Thanks again for your time, please leave a final message for the ones who are starting out on this kind of business, tell us something we should expect. The practice makes it perfect !
I stumbled across the work of the impressive visual artist Raku Inoue through our editor's event, Montreal Meets. Raku it's a Canadian multi-media artist with a beautiful skill with sculpture. Today we had the opportunity to have a little conversation with Raku, so please take a sit and enjoy the interview, hope you guys get some good tips and insights from him. You can see more from Raku at the following links: Official website: www.rakuinoue.com Behance: www.behance.net/rakuinoue Facebook: www.facebook.com/rakuinoue Raku's Sculpture artworkRaku's Sculpture artwork1) First of all I would like to thank you for doing this interview, it's an honor for us to present more about you to our readers. I would like to start asking about how was the beginning of your career? Please show us one of your early artworks It’s an honor to take part of this interview. Thanks to you guys for thinking of me. So let’s get it started! Before I started using clay as my primary medium, I really didn't have a preference. At that time, my focus was into discovering new things. I was constantly switching between art forms like paintings, pencil art, photography, paper art, digital art and sculpture to name a few. But, in order to make a living, I knew that I had to see myself, to a certain degree, as a product for sell. Earlier Raku's artworkI am not talking about selling your soul to the devil for the fame and glory, but rather finding an identity and promoting it. If someone saw a beautifully wrapped box of milk chocolate next to an more than ordinary nameless one, I am pretty sure that that someone would choose the first box even if what’s inside are exactly the same. I needed that identity but the constant drifting between media made it hard for me to choose one. Until one day, clay found me and we’ve been together ever since. Earlier Raku's artwork2) Please share a picture of your workplace and tells us more about your daily routine. My routine consists of: getting up, eating breakfast, taking a shower, and start working. There is no time frame…sometime I get up early sometime not and other time, I don’t sleep at all. The advantage of working as a freelancer is that you have the total control of how to manage your schedule. But the downside would be that it’s easy to lose sight of your personal life so my golden rule is to take at least 2 days off during my week. But more than often I end up working over night after my girlfriend is sleeping. It’s not because I need the money or that I like to overwork, it’s because I LOVE what I do. 3) Beside your daily work, do you have any hobbies? Please share it with us. I love to eat. Anything from gourmet foods to fast foods and I will even accept leftovers. I like to hit the gym as well. Creating is for the mind and the exercise is for the body. You need to take care of both in order to feel total harmony. 4) What you think are the next steps for you as a professional and as a person? And how do you see your creative area on the next 5 years? There are just so many things I want to achieve but developing and directing a music video is on the top of my wish list. I always push myself to do more and this kind of project is certainly a welcomed challenge. I am really into web designing as well. My interest in designing websites is a fairly recent discovery: when I teamed up with one of my good friend Glen Maruska from The Web Tech Guys to program my new website which I designed it myself, I realized how much I loved the process of creation. Again, it is the challenge that gets me into this kind of projects. There are so many things to understand, as many things to implement and capturing the delicate balance between functionalities and the visual become almost addictive. One thing I can say for sure: I will never stop evolving as an artist and as a person because for me, it is the key to longevity. People might get tired my work if I re-do the same thing over and over, but if I keep evolving, they will never feel that way. And if I can help a single person to evolve along my side, then I think I have achieved part of my goal. 5) Please share five golden lessons you learned to this point. LEAVE YOUR PRIDE AT HOME and be open-minded to comments. There is no such thing as a negative comment if you can learn something from it. LOVE WHAT YOU DO but don't love it to death…nothing should worth that much. BE ORIGINAL! AND BE CREATIVE! don't be a sheep…Its ok to inspire yourself by other’s work but make sure to put your personal touch into it. Have some self-respect. IT’S A SERIOUS BUSINESS. Expect to work hard if you want to succeed. Be organized and be professional, keep in mind that no one wants to hire a newbie. EVOLVE CONSTANTLY. If you are painting the same thing using the same brush over and over, then I recommend you to get out of the cave and search for what else’s out there. If you don't evolve, people might get tired of your work and eventually you will be a thing of the past. At that point you will be forced to re-invent your artistic identity. 6)What's the best thing about working on your business and what is the worst? Why? Obviously the best thing about my work is that I love what I do. Honestly, I don't consider it as work. The worst part is the economic instability that freelancing can cause at times. Save and stash some dollars for the rainy days. 7) Do you have any heroes? What make them your heroes? I really admire the pure-hearted good people who do things even when they’re not obliged to. I, myself, am the kind of person who does things for a reason. Don’t get me wrong; I am not a bad person. If someone needs my help, then I will help out but I will know exactly why I’m helping so pretty much everything I do, has a reason. So I am, in a way, fascinated by those kinds of people who do things just because. 8) Tell us in one picture how you're feeling about your life right now Tried…but I am feeling really good right now. Many projects on the way, moving into a new house, re-launching my new website, preparing my speech for the upcoming Montreal Meets 3 event which I’m sure you guys heard of from one of your editor, François Hoang and I also have collective projects on the way as well: development of the new website of the “The Web Tech Guys”, launching of the blog-site “Ah-futé!” which should be ready later this summer and some other projects, with my friends from “Tout’nou” creative. I love to work with other creative because the experiences I get out of it are so enriching. This might be a good timing to introduce my creative happening “I Want You For Collabo”. It is a platform where I invite artists to collaborate with me to create a piece of art. You can see what it’s about on my website or you can visite the “I Want You For Collabo” Behance page. 9) Now for some quick and short answers: - A Food: shoyu ramen (Japanese soy-sauce noodle) - An Animal: -on my plate: duck / in the wilderness: shark - A Color: it depends of how I’m feeling that day but usually aqua blue - A Tool: No, I’m not! - A Person: Morgan Freeman (seriously, who doesn't like Morgan Freeman) - A Place: Hino (my birthplace in Japan) - A Song: I like when birds sing. - A Movie: The Matrix - A Book: Art books…ex: the Art of Avatar, The Art of the Matrix…etc - A Quote: “You turn on the water, the water goes down.”(It’s about making peace with what you cannot change.) 10) Thanks again for your time, please leave a final message for the ones who are starting out on this kind of business, tell us something we should expect. For those who create as a hobby, I suggest to you to always follow your heart. Whether you do it to relief stress by taking a break from the normal weekly routine or just for the fun of it, do what you feel like because the feeling you get from what ever you’re doing is what counts. For those who want to make it a living, I suggest to you to strategize the way you approach the business. You MUST find something unique to offer the world. Whether it’s your medium, your subject, your style or your color palette, anything that will separate you from the rest. I will never tell you to sell your soul and go POP but you must see yourself and your work as a product from the moment you want to make ends meet. Be creative, be original and stand up to be somebody. But in both cases, be sure to evolve constantly. Don't be shy to try new medium, new methods and keep searching for a way to out do yourself every time. And I would like to add one last thing, persevere. Don’t expect people to hand you anything. If you want it bad enough, then work hard for it because if you don’t, I will and I just might get it instead.
We already featured the amazing talent of Gerhard Human on our blog and today we had the opportunity to have a little cconversation with this interesting illustrator. So please take a sit and enjoy the interview, hope you guys get some good tips and insights from this. You can see more of Gerhard Human illustrations at his Official Website. 1) First of all I would like to thank you for doing this interview, it's an honor for us to present more about you to our readers. I would like to start asking about how was the beginning of your career? Please show us one of your early artworks. My first attempt at a music video for my friend's band. I think it was 2003 or somewhere around there. I did all the drawings on paper and scanned them in individually... then painstakingly layered it in photoshop haha. I had some basic after effects skills... which didn't help much! Was a fun project but I had a lot to learn. 2) Please share a picture of your workplace and tells us more about your daily routine. I get up very very early to go to work. I work in Cape Town and stay all the way on the Cape Peninsula, so traveling takes a while. Driving along the beautiful mountain passes more than makes up for it though. I work at Masters & Savant, an animation studio. We do a variety of work, mainly advertising and TV. After work, twice a week I go for a climb or a run (if it's raining) in the mountains. I usually only get to drawing and working on my own projects quite late after my son goes to bed. I don't have a formal studio or work place, so basically just draw where ever I get a space... 3) Beside your daily work, do you have any hobbies? Please share it with us. I never liked the term "hobby", kind of feels like something you do to kill time... I hope I never get to a point where I have to kill time. I do enjoy lots of stuff though; Rock climbing, Downhill mountain biking, mountain climbing and trail running. The best thing about living on the peninsula is being surrounded by mountain reserves. I go exploring by myself at least once a week, running, bouldering or just scouting for new routes to attempt. I also enjoy tending to my bonsai trees and other plants in the garden. And of course watching films and reading books! 4) What you think are the next steps for you as a professional and as a person? And how do you see your creative area on the next 5 years? I would really love to do more of my person work. I'm working with brushes and ink on large water color paper now, love working on paper again. And I've always loved the finality of putting ink down on paper. There's no room for error and also no room for doubts. I really want to do an exhibition or 2 overseas, I'm searching for some galleries where my work will fit in. Would also like to do more animation projects, character based short stories or a music video... it's important to link up with the right artist though... 5) Please share five golden lessons you learned to this point. 1. Very few can relate to what I appreciate 2. Don't ever think you're good enough. There's always more to learn. And someone better than you. 3. Do epic shit. 4. If you can't do something original. Do something AWESOME. 5. Surround yourself with inspiring people. 6)What's the best thing about working on your business and what is the worst? Why? The best: Telling stories and portraying my thoughts. The worst: Having to do commercial work to pay the bills haha 7) Do you have any heroes? What make them your heroes? Yes, there's lots of people that inspired me along the way: Bob Dylan, Jean Giraud, Katsuhiro Otomo, Philip K Dick, Tom Waits, Frank Zappa, Wes Anderson, Jim Jarmusch, Quentin Tarantino, Thom Yorke, Haruki Murakami... My friend Daan du Plessis inspired me a lot with his amazing comics and wisdom. 8) Tell us in one picture how you're feeling about your life right now 9) Now for some quick and short answers: - A Food: My wife makes the most amazing pasta - A Animal: Weazel. They're awesome - A Color: blue - A Tool: Swiss army knife - A Person: My son Edzard, such a rad dude! - A Place: Rocklands, Cederberg, South Africa - A Song: "Gun street girl" by Tom Waits - A Movie: AKIRA by Katsuhiro Otomo - A Book: Man in the high castle by Philip K Dick - A Quote: "He not busy being born is busy dying" - Bob Dylan 10) Thanks again for your time, please leave a final message for the ones who are starting out on this kind of business, tell us something we should expect. Everyone experiences it differently. The creative community is growing with the help of the internet, so that's a good thing. It means there's now a larger audience for alternative media. Hopefully the days of relying on gallery curators and TV networks to promote good work is coming to an end :)