A little conversation with Aldous Massie

A little conversation with Aldous Massie

A little conversation with Aldous Massie. We already featured the amazing skills of Aldous Massie on our blog and today we had the opportunity to have a little cconversation with this awesome 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 Aldous Massie 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. Thank you! It's an honour to be asked to do an interview. I'm not exactly sure when my "career" began, or if you could even call it that. I won't say that everything happened overnight, but working as an illustrator (and sometimes a graphic designer) never really felt like a conscious decision—it's something that slowly consolidated itself over time. I've been drawing for almost as long as I can remember, and it's something that I haven't stopped doing.  2) Please share a picture of your workplace and tells us more about your daily routine. I don't really have a daily routine. This will sound a little strange and obsessive; but when I have a project, I'll dedicate a big portion of my life to it until it's finished. This isn't to say that I'm particularly driven by money (which isn't completely untrue), I just enjoy what I do. I really want to make a project as good as it can be, so everything else is temporarily put on hold. So, sometimes I'll stay up late to work. Sometimes, I'll wake up early to work. Sometimes I won't sleep at all. The day's activities will be influenced by the particular project and I don't mind one bit. I work from two different desks; one's for traditional mediums (drawing, painting) and the other is for digital (Photoshop, InDesign, porn).  3) Beside your daily work, do you have any hobbies? Please share it with us. Skateboarding! This photo of me doing a Seagreen Clarence was taken by my friend Kiernan Smith. 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 I'll just keep going with the flow and see what happens. Lately, I've been taking this whole illustration business a little more seriously and I've been actively (consciously) taking steps to improve, but I'm still far from being a professional. Also, I'm not exactly great at predicting the next week, let alone the next five years, so I have no idea where I'll be in five years. Outside of work, my next steps are to eat healthy and to get better at maths. 5) Please share five golden lessons you learned to this point. From the top of my head in no particular order: 1. Don't take things too seriously. 2. Keep track of what's coming up. 3. Be professional. 4. Take the tomato out of your burger. 5. Praise the Sun. 6) What's the best thing about working on your business and what is the worst? Why? The best thing is working from home. I mean, I'm at work, "working", right now. I've got a big bag of delicious apples next to me. Actually, the best thing is being completely ignorant of the "worst" things unless they're presently happening. For me, every project has difficult areas where I'm not agreeing with my mind; I'll start to doubt my ability, or have internal battles about whether a concept (with a lot of time invested in it) has to be scrapped completely—but this conflict is a part of every experience, not limited to the "creative" world. To be honest, I have no idea what I'm doing all of the time, and most of the time I'm completely comfortable with this. I guess the other times are when business is "at its worst". 7) Do you have any heroes? What make them your heroes? I've got a lot of heroes, and I'm very lucky to be friends with them! The first person that comes to mind is a friend/fellow graphic designer Laura Mayhew. You can Google her. We met while studying Design together; she's a talented graphic designer that's extremely generous. I feel like I owe her a lot but have nothing to offer (yet). This drawing is of her: 8) Tell us in one picture how you're feeling about your life right now. The Laura image sums it up pretty well. 9) Now for some quick and short answers: - A Food: Apples! - A Animal: A little cute cat. - A Color: PANTONE3420934 (Just kidding, I don't have Pantone's memorised. Blue.) - A Tool: Protractor. - A Person: Alison Groves. - A Place: Hyde Park. - A Song: Happiness, Child — ULTIMATE SPINACH. - A Movie: Paprika. - A Book: Dune. - A Quote: An apple a day keeps the doctor away. 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. Make as many mistakes as you can, and expect to spend a lot of time in your inbox, ha ha.

A little conversation with Tarin Yuangtrakul aka. Tab

A little conversation with Tarin Yuangtrakul aka. Tab

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! :)

A little conversation with Alexis Marcou

A little conversation with Alexis Marcou

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!

A little conversation with Sakke Soini

A little conversation with Sakke Soini

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!

A little conversation with Lauren Nicole Hom

A little conversation with Lauren Nicole Hom

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.

A Little Conversation With Mister Frivolous

A Little Conversation With Mister Frivolous

A Little Conversation With Mister Frivolous We already featured the stunning talent of Mr. Frivolous on our blog and today we had the opportunity to have a little chat with this misterious artist. Besides all technical aspects on his work, making miracles with simple marker pens and pencils, we're hungry for more ideas and information about him and so we bring this funny and cool conversation to you guys. You can check more from Mr. Frivolous 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 (please send us the picture). No problem. Thanks for asking me. When I first started I didn't really know what I was doing and didn't have a 'Frivolous' style . I was just mixing all types of creative mediums which also included graphic design. As well as being frustrated and very anxious when I first started out (not much has changed) it was also a lot more fun. I think you can get away with experimenting when you haven't yet developed a style. 2) Please share a picture of your workplace and tells us more about your daily routine. I don't really have a photo of my workspace so hopefully this image will do instead. My daily routine: Wake up, Think, brush teeth, jump on net, Facebook, emails, think about life, Tumblr, Facebook, research images, think about life, Facebook, Facebook for another 7 hours and then sometimes I find time to draw. 3) Beside your daily work, do you have any hobbies? Please share it with us. I cant really think of any other hobby but drawing. If you count going out and boogying on the dance floor like a fool as a hobby then I suppose that would be it. I used to really like reading comic books and have a huge collection at home. And fashion magazines too! 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? The next 5 years? Wow. I haven't really thought that far ahead. Maybe the next step would be to start using different mediums instead of just marker pens. Some of my friends keep telling me to do t-shirts. Who knows. Maybe I'll get into that. Or maybe I should find me a Mrs. Frivolous and get married... 5) Please share five golden lessons you learned to this point. 1- Dont try and argue with an angry woman. Just run. 2- Mixing milk with orange juice is a stupid idea. 3- Being beautiful can never disguise an ugly fart. 4- If you really want to make progress, then go for it and don't wait for anybody. 5- Your mind is a very powerful tool. So if believe that your not good enough, then you won't be. 6)What's the best thing about working on your business and what is the worst? Why? The best thing is that there is no boss telling me what to do and I can draw when I feel like it. The worst is that I am very easily distracted and some times a little lazy. 7) Do you have any heroes? What make them your heroes? (please send us pics just in case they're not popular) The first people that poped into my head were Eddie Murphy and Bill Cosby so I think I will go with those two for now. 8) Tell us in one picture how you're feeling about your life right now (please send us the picture). Confused. 9) Now for some quick and short answers: - A Food: Rice - A Animal: Cat - A Color: Black - A Tool: Pen? - A Person: Natalie Portman - A Place: New York - A Song: Smashing Pumpkings "1979" - A Movie: Coming To America - A Book: Choose Your Own Adventure - A Quote: "After Hardship Comes Ease" 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. I would say to just do what you really love doing. Dont try to please anyone else by pursuing something you know you dont really have an interest in . And also be very patient and persistent.