Work by Emi Haze. Based in Italy.
What style do you prefer?
Before working into digital art and illustration I begun with drawing, painting and later graphics. I always loved the gesture and the warmth of the sign in a sketch, in stroke with acrylic or oil color, in the splashes of watercolor or ink. So today when I start developing an image I try to include my manual skill in the sign and in the use of color digitally importing it into my artwork. I combine in a single image hundreds of Photoshop layers with many and many graphic elements and textures. All the Photoshop tools I use, make the starting image less digital and more similar to a painting or a drawing. This phase of manual elaboration is then merged with the strictly digital one. Selecting parts of different photo images I try to blend with the double exposure technique the human body with nature and its four elements, fire, air, water and earth. The result is the vision of an imaginative world hanging between reality and fantasy, dream and utopia and in which color and sensitivity have the predominant role.
How do you get your inspiration?
In my opinion everything in every moment has an artistic side, the aesthetics of things, people around me…
For me everything has its own importance, images, textures, sounds, fragrances, my creativity is constantly stimulated. All the art world is the fundamental source of inspiration in the creative process, and I’m referring not only to pictorial art but also to music, film-making, photography and fashion.
What kind of tools do you use?
Adobe Photoshop, Wacom Cintiq, Watercolors, Acrylic / Oil paints, Ink
What advise can you give to people?
Have patience but be persistent, have an open mind and try to constantly inspire your creativity.
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David Mahoney is British freelance illustrator based in Edinburgh ever since 2010 David has worked for clients both nationally and internationally. He specializes in monochromatic illustrations using squid ink and Photoshop. While being a freelance illustrator he too is an Community Professional for Adobe. David has had his work displayed in numerous publications and has spoken at events in both the USA and UK. David will share some tips and tricks of the trade in order to help you guys out. Here are 4 awesome tips for David, use them well!
Quality of quantity is what most people tend to be preaching about portfolios, most of my friends would agree but also add that showing the work you want to be hired for does really help. A friend Tom Watkin’s portfolio is a great example of a portfolio with diversity in skills but also showing his strengths in Art Direction and Vector illustration and his love for photography. Keeping the number of projects down and curating your best work like an gallery is great especially when clients wont have time to look through entire portfolios. A good piece of advice to help further with portfolios is to set up a portfolio review with peers or attend a local one set up by Behance members, this is a way to get critical feedback from industry members who can shed some light on the best way to present work. https://www.behance.net/tomanders
Domains & Emails:
Its one of the more boring pieces of advice that I can offer in terms of professional practice and getting your work noticed, but setting up your website and email address can be really valuable, receiving an email from a email@example.com is a great start in making a first impression, these are only about $10 to set up depending on how popular your website is! Not many people do know that they’re domains do normally come with a email address so its worth investigating.
Many people have mixed opinions about joining associations or design guilds. As an illustrator I am part of the AOI (Association of Illustrators), the DOI (Directory of Illustrators) and a few others, they do offer plans for joining and have their benefits. What has helped is the collateral that is created by having my work on these websites but these often are the primary places Art Directors will visit along with places such as Behance to scoop up talent. These services tend to also include the option to share media on their social networks and newsletters.
Creating a Mailer can be a real hit or miss depending on who your sending the work too, sadly most times they can get lost in a blackhole or end up being shelved but delivering something that will stand out besides a cheap envelope is a great start, by sharing some illustration work/ some other goodies can get clients attention or even if your work doesn’t fit their current projects you can count on the fact that your work will be at hand when something appropriate does show up. There is a wealth of great examples online, it really comes down to how much time and money you can afford to spend on a mailer so make sure to work out those costs first before committing to crazy merch and swag deliveries that could break the bank!