Interview of a web designer
Do you think that creativity involves putting your heart and soul into your work? Or is it more like letting your mind flow freely to witness the surprising results of your actions?
I think it's a mix of everything, you have to put your heart and soul into work and there are moments that you have to let your mind flow freely. Of course I'm talking about creativity when it comes to design and not art. I think that is a very important point because designers always work with goals and target audiences in mind, while artists are expressing themselves. So you will have to work to understand what you have to do and for whom you will do it for and then let your mind flow freely trying to come up with the most creative solutions.
What in your personal life has influenced you to choose your career?
I really don't know, it's a tough question, but since I can remember I was always drawing and sort of "designing things". Then when I got my first computer and discover softwares like Photoshop, Illustrator I knew that I would like to work with that.
Do you strive to be unique in your creative endeavors? Please explain.
I don't care about that anymore, I believe as a designer you have to be versatile because we have to come up with creative solutions for different audiences, I can do a design for MTV that will be totally different than another design for a business site for example.
What do you do to keep yourself motivated and interested in your work?
I'm always learning new things and following what other designers are doing, that really motivates me. Also the challenge to get to do projects for different audiences with different needs and expectations.
Were you ever discouraged? If so, how did it it affect your creativity?
Yeah sometimes the fear of failure and the lack of knowledge of the project that might be a problem and affect in the creative process.
If you had to start over, would you choose a different path in your career?
No, I wouldn't.
If you could become one of your characters/works of art, which one would you choose? Why?
I don't know
In thinking about the things that you have created, is there something that you hated but the public may have loved - and perhaps purchased? How do you explain this?
Only with personal projects and that's why for my personal projects I'm my client so I have to please me so some works I really liked them but people didn't and also the opposite.
What is your favorite color? Does this color describe your as a person? Please explain.
I like black, don't know why but I like it.
What is the best advice that you have been given?
To keep practicing, learning and trying to do your best on everything that you love to do.
by: Fabio Sasso
How did you get into what you do creatively?
I have drawn my "characters" since I was a child. My Grandmom drew fashion girls really well, and I learned by copying off her sketches. As I got older, I just sort of developed my own look. I love creating new things...it is so fun!
Do you think that you would be able to teach what you do?
I think so...I have a lot of practice with my little girl...I think teaching your craft to someone can be very fulfilling. Just takes some patience:)
What inspires you?
Art-wise, I have always loved the vintage pinup artists, especially Elvgren and Varga. (I would have loooved to have painted pinups on the old warplanes!) I also love a bunch of fashion illustrators. Also inspired by music, situations in life, and my kids:)
What do you do to get into your creative zone?
I like to listen to some good music, visit my fave blogs, flip through fashion mags...I usually do my best work late at night when everyone is asleep in the house...It's just me and a huge coffee:)
What is your favorite accomplishment?
I got my civil engineering degree while I had a two year old and a four year old at home. Art has always come easily...the ideas just sort of flow in-- but engineering classes gave me a huge run for my money!!:)
Do you ever create hidden meanings or messages in your work? Explain.
Oh, yes...that is the fun behind the art...and everyone can make up their own little ideas. That is interpretation...and it is my favorite thing about art as a whole. I love to put expressions on character's faces...build a story in the work. I don't like a whole lot of background-- just my little characters and their story is enough for me. The Wicked Witch notecards are a good example...who wouldn't grow up pissed off if rain actually hurt your skin!!...And that wasn't even the worst of it-- she was freaking green!:)...I love her and imagine that at some point in her life she was probably very pretty and interesting...so that was my feeling behind the little cards.
Do you enjoy sharing your work with others or do you prefer to go unnoticed? Why?
I looove to share my work! I am a really shy and quiet sort of person, so I like to just put it out there and then sort of slip behind the scenes:)...I feel uncomfortable with people ohh-ing and ahh-ing over my illustrations when I'm right there:)
Do you pay attention to others' strong reactions to your work? Does that affect what you create?
I like to create things that others will enjoy...but that is not the dominant force behind what I make. I put on paper what I'm feeling and figure there is at least one other person out there that will "get it" :).
Who do you define as a visionary?
I love the Indie artists out there who make a living off believing in their art and what they have to offer others.
If your creative work were edible, what would it taste like?
Butter cream donuts and green tea lattes!
Have a fabulous day:)
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