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Interview with Rafael van Winkel

Interview with Rafael van Winkel

Hi, everyone! Today we are going to meet Rafael van Winkel, a Brazilian graphic designer that works as Art Director at Art Machine, a Trailer Park company, based in Los Angeles. For those who don't know, most of Hollywood productions' branding (trailers and artworks in general) are done by Trailer Park. Rafael is originally from the state of São Paulo, Brazil, and has been living in L.A. for some time now, doing advertising material and package design. If you enjoy movies you most definitely have already seen some of his artworks, such as the Lego Movie and Pacific Rim boxes. Besides this interview, you may check more of his work at his personal portfolio and Twitter. Meet Rafael. 1. Hi, Rafael! I wanna thank you for taking your time to answer these questions. Abduzeedo's audience gets really inspired by designers that evolve and develop their skills to the point of getting acknowledged by the design community. First of all, how did the interest for design begin for you? Thank you for the opportunity! My passion for design started pretty early, probably when I was around 8 or 9 years old, even tho I had no idea what it was. I was always fascinated by CD covers and booklets. I would go over my parents CDs one by one looking at the art, noticing how the booklets extend and complement the main cover art. After I started playing around with image-editing softwares, I would try to design my own album covers. Eventually I started designing websites about the bands I liked. 2. How was your learning process in this field? Were you self-taught or did you go to school? It was probably 50-50. I was a very curious kid and I spent hours and hours every day clicking around in the computer trying to design things. I actually designed websites for companies as a side job prior having any web or graphic design classes. That actually encouraged me to pursue a career as a graphic designer. Those years of do-it-yourself definitely helped and gave me a good graphic design base and software experience. After I finished my BS in Computer Science, I moved to Los Angeles and did a graphic design course at UCLA where I learned more about design theory and started connecting the dots. While studying I created my portfolio focused on entertainment design. 3. How long did it take from the time you started learning until your first professional job? I actually focused on creating a good portfolio first. I spent two years creating different pieces for it (while in school) and then a few months after I graduated to organize it all together. I revised it a few times based on comments from colleagues, professors, people in the business, etc. Only when I was completely happy with it, I reached out to a few companies for job interviews. I got hired a couple months after. 4. How ideas for a specific project come to you? Describe for us your creation process. It's kind of a mixture of research and imagination. There are some tendencies in the movie industry we need to follow sometimes but we also need to put our creativity into it and take it to the next level, making it new and fresh. I like to take a moment and have a clear idea of what I'm designing before going to Photoshop or sketching. Once I'm set on a concept, I start a research process and go through the assets we have to see how I'm gonna execute. If you start throwing things on Photoshop right away it can take a while to form a solid concept and that can be frustrating. 5. As a designer, what are your greatest influences? What inspires you? I love looking at movie posters. I visit IMPawards.com at least three times a week to check what the studios are aiming for. I'm also a big fan of packaging design and how designers literally think outside the box. I'm constantly looking at special packaging, collector's editions, etc, for movies and TV shows. 6. From all your artworks, which one is your all-time favorite? Usually the ones you struggle with the most, end up being the favorites in the end. While I was working on "The Lego Movie" campaign, I had to digitally build a maze from scratch using Lego pieces for a children's magazine. It was actually like playing with Lego in real life, I had one lego piece image and I was placing it side by side, building the walls of the maze. It took me a long time but at the end I was really happy with it and so was the client. I also did a steelbook art for a "Kingdom Of Heaven" 10th anniversary release that is also one of my favorites. I re-created this shield from the movie with a cross in the middle, an iconic piece in the movie. They printed it in a metal case with metallic ink. I really like how it turned out. 7. What are your tools of trade, the ones that you don't miss a day without using? Most of it is Adobe Photoshop for me. I use Illustrator as a base for title treatments, logos and shapes and then bring them to Photoshop for textures, lighting, etc. I use a lot of InDesign as well. It's an important one to know if you're creating material for print. 8. Working abroad is the dream of many designers, even more for those whose home country doesn't offer much opportunities in this field. How was it for you getting to work abroad and how has your experience been until now? My dream was to work in the movie business and I knew I had to come to Los Angeles, the heart of entertainment design, to make that happen. I really wanted to be at the source and create art for the big studios. It's not an easy transition but I worked really hard to be where I'm at now and it definitely paid off. It's a big responsibility working with the greatest movie production companies in the world and very rewarding to see your work out there in stores all over the world. 9. If you could give an advice for those starting in graphic design just now, what would it be? Most of all, be creative. At the beginning it can be a bit difficult to develop your ideas and bring them to life. As great as they are, it may not look as good as you thought it would after you design them. Keep your mind open for criticism and reach out to learn how you can make it look better. A good knowledge of color, topography, design theory, etc, can go a long way. When it comes to mastering the tools, look for tutorials online, articles, videos, reach out to other designers, and actually click around and try to figure out how to get something done. It's one of the best ways to learn in my opinion.

Terrific Avengers Illustrations

Terrific Avengers Illustrations

The new Avengers movie, the Age of Ultron, is almost here and we are pumped for it! The trailer looks super good and to get you excited as well I went searching for super awesome illustrations featuring Marvel's A team. I've found some terrific artworks by some very talented artists. These are only a handful of their works... for more of it, please visit their portfolios simply by clicking each image. They'll definitely enjoy your attention. I hope you enjoy these! Cheers. ;) Craig Cermak George Kambadais John Staub Ris Nenuiel Hannah Friederichs fudin649 María Pérez Pacheco Vincent Rhafael Aseo The Phantom Lim The Phantom Lim The Fantastical Mister Mike The Fantastical Mister Mike Larry D Warren Jr. Hallpen Daniel Kamarudin Mike Mahle Marije Dudink Sean Galloway

The Same Man in Popular Movie Costumes

The Same Man in Popular Movie Costumes

I really enjoy small projects in which an artist uses a really simple idea and comes up with super witty, awesome results. It's the case of "The Same Man in Popular Movie Costumes" project by Italian artist Daniel Cuello. He came up with this man, an old chubby character and dresses him up in some of the most memorable movies costumes ever. Pretty awesome, and I really love his drawing style, kinda rough and sketchy. For more costumes, please visit his personal portfolio or at Behance. I hope you enjoy these! Cheers. ;)

Illustrated Movie Posters by Paul Shipper

Illustrated Movie Posters by Paul Shipper

It's awesome to see an artist rocking a badass style like Paul Shipper does. His style is awesome for making posters, and he's got a sweet collection of movie posters, from The Shawshank Redemption to Guardians of the Galaxy. Here's a selection of some of his pieces. For more of it, like TV show posters, please visit his personal portfolio. He'll definitely appreciate your attention. I hope you enjoy these! Cheers. ;)

ALIEN 35 Vector Poster Tribute

ALIEN 35 Vector Poster Tribute

Alien was one of, if not the most, terrifying movies of my childhood. I remember watching this movie in the 80s and getting completely traumatized by that alien thing. 35 years have passed since the release of Alien and it continues to inspire in a creepy way. Orlando Arocena had the chance to contribute with some incredible artwork to homage this acclaimed movie and lucky for us he shared some of the process behind it here. I can't believe its been 35 years...I am honored to contribute 3 new vectors for this PosterPosse creative tribute to the science-fiction horror film directed by Ridley Scott, and starring Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Ian Holm and Yaphet Kotto. And a creature design so horrific and sleek it launched the artistry of H.R.Giger into a household name. Remember, in SPACE NO ONE CAN HEAR YOU SCREAM...

Illustrated Movie Posters by Tracie Ching

Illustrated Movie Posters by Tracie Ching

I find really great when an artist does super nice pieces based on movies. Sometimes we get to see alternative movie posters that, if not equally good to the originals, might actually be better. Kudos for Tracie Ching for doing these. Here you can see some of Tracie's super awesome illustrated movie posters, from some of my all time favorite movies. These are beautiful, but a very brief selection... for more of them, please visit Tracie's personal portfolio. I hope you enjoy these as much as I did! Cheers. ;)

8-Bit Ghibli Fan Art by Richard Evans

8-Bit Ghibli Fan Art by Richard Evans

It's not been a long time since I became an appreciator of Studio Ghibli's animations. I've recently watched Princess Mononoke and it's pretty impressive how great the visuals look like. Great landscapes, great heart-warming stories. Richard J. Evans, an English artist, has done some super amazing 8-bit fan art pieces paying homage to Mr. Miyazaki's works. These are super great and you can even see some making of pieces at Richard's portfolio. I really recommend you to visit his portfolio at Behance. I hope you enjoy these, and if you've never seen any of Studio Ghibli's movies, please, look into it! It's really worth it. Cheers. ;) Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984) Castle in the Sky (1986) My Neighbour Totoro (1988) Porco Rosso (1992) Princess Mononoke (1997) Spirited Away (2001) The Cat Returns (2002) Howl's Moving Castle (2004) The Secret World of Arrietty (2010)

Splendid Illustrated Movie Posters by Justin Van Genderen

Splendid Illustrated Movie Posters by Justin Van Genderen

Back in 2010 we featured some of his amazing Star Wars posters. He kept doing amazing art, illustrated movie posters that anyone would love to hang on their wall. I'm talking about Justin Van Genderen. Justin is an American artist with an amazing good taste for illustration and movies. His style is super great and I'm thrilled to show you more of his art. For more of it, please visit his portfolio at Flickr. He'll definitely enjoy it. Cheers! ;)

The Karate Kid: Final Fight

The Karate Kid: Final Fight

Karate Kid is a classic from the 80s, with memorable passages like the training Karate by polishing cars, or catching flies with chopsticks. Besides that there was Cobra Kai and their sensei. So many memories and inspirations from that beautiful decade. PJ McQuade captured that amazingly well in his illustration titled The Karate Kid: Final Fight. Wax On, Wax Off. Show me paint the fence. Mercy is for the weak. What is the problem Mr. Lawrence? I want him out of commission. Sweep the Leg. Finish him! You're all right, LaRusso! The Karate Kid is a classic. I recently created a print for the Bottleneck Gallery's It Came from 1984 show depicting the final fight between Johnny Lawrence & Daniel LaRusso. I wanted it to convey that dramatic hold your breath tension of the moment. For more information check out http://www.pjmcquade.com/ Via Behance

Godzilla Posters Collection

Godzilla Posters Collection

Godzilla 2014 will be released in a little more than a month now and we are so pumped for this new movie of the King of Lizards that I thought it would be awesome to show you guys some Godzilla history. This year's Godzilla has got some super nice posters as well fan-made ones! Here's a set of every Godzilla poster ever made (official ones) and some of the coolest fan-made ones you'll find out there. For more movie posters, visit IMP Awards! They got tons of movie posters there. Also, let us know which one is your favorite! I hope you like it. Cheers. ;) Godzilla, King of the Monsters! (1956) King Kong vs. Godzilla (1963) Godzilla vs. the Thing (1964) Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster (1972) Godzilla vs. Bionic Monster (1977) Godzilla vs. Bionic Monster (1977) Godzilla: 1985 (1985) Godzilla (1998) Godzilla 2000 (2000) Gojira: Fainaru uôzu (aka Godzilla: Final Wars) (2004) Godzilla (2014) Fan-made for Godzilla (2014)

Movies in Color

Movies in Color

Movies in Color is a site featuring stills from movies along with their corresponding color palettes. Curated by graphic designer named Roxy Radulescu, the site Movie in Color is updated daily. It’s a beautiful tool that shows the relationship between color, cinematography and production design. The idea started when I was watching Skyfall. I was taken with the cinematography and use of color more-so than the story itself. I wanted to find out what colors made up certain stills and after making a few color palettes for Skyfall, took it a step further by extending it to all films and starting a blog. Links More info about Movies in Color : http://moviesincolor.com Follow Movies in Color on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/moviesincolor Follow Roxy’s Work: http://www.roxymakesthings.com

Captain America: The Winter Soldier Vector

Captain America: The Winter Soldier Vector

Orlando Arocena put together an amazing vector tribute for the 2014 release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier in his Behance profile. The level of details is simply incredible and definitely inspiring. Feel free to check out more of his work as well. It's definitely worth it. For more information about Orlando visit https://www.behance.net/orlandoarocena

Roboco Classic vs Modern

Robocop Classic vs Modern

Robocop is one of the most iconic movies from the 80s. I remember watching it so many times and I also remember the scene where Murphy gets shot, it was probably the most violent scene I had seen in my whole life. Robocop became a classic and last friday the remake was launched and with it a lot of changes especially in terms of the design of Robocop. Marco Hernandez and Dan Mora put together some really cool infographics illustrating the differences between the classic and the modern.Marco Hernandez and Dan Mora are designer and illustrators from San José, Costa Rica Via Behance

The Sunday Times - Icons

The Sunday Times - Icons

When I saw this video I was so impressed that I had to post it here on Abduzeedo. The video is titled "ICONS" and it was created for the Sunday Times with the goal to illustrate iconic images from movies, music, street art and more. With all shot in what seems to be one take, the video is simply amazing, check it out. The Sunday Times 'ICONS' - This is all about those iconic cultural images that we pin to our walls and stick in our minds. We all have our favourites. Heisenberg, Kraftwerk, and Banksy’s kissing coppers all featured in early scripts, but we wanted to take a snapshot of what’s making the headlines in 2014. Daft Punk winning big at the Grammy's, The final series of Mad Men, and Tarantino are all over the media right now. These people and their work have left an indelible mark and we’ll probably still be talking about them in ten, twenty maybe even a hundred years years time. The TV spot is a respectful nod to it all. Directed by Us. Agency Grey. Website built using Fabrik. The Sunday Times - Icons from Us on Vimeo. Stills For more information and to see the full making of visit: http://makingoficons.com/

Awesome The Hobbit Fan Art

Awesome The Hobbit Fan Art

Since the release of the new trailer for the sequel of The Hobbit I think any J.R.R. Tolkien fans are just dying to see it. But since we gotta wait till December to see the rest of Bilbo Saga, let's sit, relax and appreciate this awesome fan art that we found through the Web. I think we haven't done many Lord of The RIngs related posts before, so I was really glad to do it for you. Just in case you don't know what The Hobbit is about, here's the Lord of the Rings Wikia. All images and authors on this post are linked to the original source, I'm not owner so If you got interested just click right on the image. Gigei Pervandr toerning yinyuming yinyuming ryky madbatter s-u-w-i ringbearer80 O-b-s-e-s-s-e-d Feyjane Pervandr S-von-P maril1 juliedillon juliedillon hobbit Barukurii Art-Calavera maXKennedy IrenBee asiapasek Mxi665 LordMishkin RinGreen

Excellent Collection of Blade Runner Artworks

Excellent Collection of Blade Runner Artworks

Blade Runner it's considered one of the top science fictions movies ever made and the father of the future noir movie genre. Almost 31 years after its release, rumours about a sequel or prequel are still hot, besides the fact we probably won't see Harrison Ford as Deckard again, let's wish for the best. Enough talking, here are some amazing collection of artworks inspired by this classic movie. Just in case you don't know what Blade Runner is about, here's the Wikia. All images and authors on this post are linked to the original source, I'm not owner so If you got interested just click right on the image. Dani Blázquez Vlad Rodriguez artificialdesign Grzegorz Domaradzki Kako AlexAmezcua guang2222 Lisatz AnnaWieszczyk Ent4ry mygrimmbrother revans239 Rockomics Smolb Mag3llan JacobCharlesDietz alicexz AshcanAllstars Harnois75 Laggyzaki

Robocop Redesign Illustrations

Robocop Redesign Illustrations

Robocop was definitely one of my favorite movies growing up. Being such an ultra-violent movie, I was pretty stunned by the story of a dead man coming back to life as a machine, and it seems the idea is being freshened up with the release of Robocop's reboot by José Padilha. One of the main things that got fans mad is the fact that Robocop's classic design has been changed for a black one, but it seems that during the movie we'll actually see homages to the classic body. Although people are still pissed about it, it's clear that some fans would rather have their Robocop redesigns in the movie, and man, they should. I've picked some pretty cool examples of fan-made redesigns for the Robocop body. Some of these are pretty fantastic, some trying to maintain the classic look, others going outside the box and doing something completely different from source material. Pretty solid effort here. For more of the work of these talented artists, check out their portfolio simply by clicking each picture. Also, tell us which one is your favorite. Cheers! ;) Thomas Wievegg Josephine Ash The Phantom Lim Yanni Davros Lee The Phantom Lim Mark Henry Bustamante Carlitos Salazar Edward Jason Alexandre Morsilla Jason JasonKang Dante Corvus Gerald Parel Alexandre Morsilla