Who is Emi Haze?
I’m an Italian digital artist and illustrator with a strongest passion for art and painting connected to technology. My digital works are a mixture of graphic elements and hand-drawn ink marks, acrylic or watercolor stains. Photoshop gave me the chance to combine drawing, painting and photography together to make my dreams and ideas come true. In my works the human being melt with nature and its four elements to give birth to my inner world, ethereal and imaginative, hanging in balance between reality, dream and fantasy, in which color and sensitivity have the predominant role. Harmony that binds man and nature in a perfect way and which unfortunately nowadays seems to be a utopia. Piles of tree branches, clouds forming hair, faces that melt with air and sky, human silhouettes that arise from expanses of earth and roots… this is my visionary world. I’ve worked for several clients and big agencies like Adobe, Wacom, Penguin Random House, Microsoft, Getty Images. Recently, I collaborated with the agency Goodby, Silverstein & Partners of San Francisco and Adobe to be part of the Adobe Photoshop 25th anniversary “Dream On” Oscars Spot which was featured during the Academy Award Oscars 2015 ceremony and was part of an international bigger campaign.
What tools do you use?
Photoshop is my main working software. If it hadn’t excised my works wouldn’t have probably been real and would have existed only in my mind or, at least, they couldn’t have been as they appear today. I use an iMac with an external display in my studio but my favorite and best tool is the Wacom Cintiq. It’s my digital canvas, the place where my ideas come true, drawing directly on a display makes a more natural and speedier workflow. Before working into digital art and illustration I began with drawing, painting and later graphics. 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. Using the blending modes, layer masks, adjustments layers the starting image becomes less digital and more similar to a painting or a drawing.
Where do you get your inspiration?
I love Impressionism for the use of colour and Surrealism for the subjects. I could name many artists, painters and digital artists that have influenced me, at first in my painting and later in my digital art. Mentioning only a few of them would be reductive, because 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, filmmaking, photography and fashion. 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. Music is one of the keys of my creative process. Listening to my favorite artists like Sigur Rós, Radiohead, Bjork, helps me to immerse myself in my creative world and to have a right inspiration mood to develop a new work.
Any good advice?
The advice I would give is to have patience but be persistent, have an open mind and try to always inspire your creativity.
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