Digital illustration is an art that has always enchanted me but unfortunately I lack (or maybe I have never cultivated it enough) that right manual touch more. My design stops at the essential static minimalism far from being able to create something like caricatures or drawings that look like paintings. This is why today I am happy to host one of the best Italian emerging illustrators on the blog. Domenica of breakLab that won me over immediately with its style and with a truly unique attention to detail. Let’s get to know her better.
Best emerging illustrators: who is Domenica of breakLab
Domenica is a graphic designer who for over six years has been involved in photo post production and layouts, creates blogs in her spare time and has only recently started to publish some of her illustrations. Following her for some time, I have seen well how she works and what she is capable of doing, for this reason I consider her one of the best emerging illustrators. Having many things in common with her, in addition to the passion of manga and Japanese 80s and 90s anime, drinking liters of coffee, spending hours in front of a PC monitor, we are two nerds who love the world of blogging and everything what’s behind it. In short, it was a little unlikely that we would not have found ourselves on the web to exchange ideas and opinions. His blog, breakLab is a real creative space where he shares all his passions and where anyone of us can draw inspiration.
For years I dreamed of a small digital version of mine and although I tried badly in the days of Una Mamma Snob I didn’t even find graphic designers who with their trait convinced me enough about a good success in representing me. Then it happens that a few years ago, among the thousands of emerging illustrators, the web makes me meet Domenica. I saw his talent grow and develop appreciating him every day more and when a caricature of mine came by surprise I was speechless. It’s true, he knows me a little, he knows that I love Sailor Moon and the tiffany color, but I believe that it is a dowry of few to be able to insert everything in an illustration through details designed ad hoc and at the same time to be able to capture from photos or online video my classic expression with a slightly crooked smile. I really believe in her talent and I wish her thousands of other people will fall in love with her.
But now no more talk, I leave this exceptional illustrator to speak directly.
Interview with Domenica of breakLab
1) HELLO DOMI, FIRST THANKS FOR YOUR AVAILABILITY, TO BREAK A LITTLE ICE WITH THE READERS DO YOU INTRODUCE YOURSELF AND TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT YOU?
With great pleasure! I am 33 years old and despite the fact that my life has often turned me away from being able to dedicate myself to my biggest dream for some time, exactly as you have noticed, I decided to go back to illustrating, adapting to new techniques and trying to do my best to to grow up. I would wholeheartedly hope to become one of the best emerging illustrators in a short time or at least to be able to convey what I feel through the lines and colors with which I fill a sheet that is paper or digital.
2) WHEN DO YOU THINK THE PASSION FOR ILLUSTRATION WAS BORN AND HOW DID IT HAPPEN? What made you fall in love with this art?
I really think I started drawing even before I wrote. I remember clearly that I was in kindergarten and returning home on my green sofa I started copying the characters from the Mickey Mouse comics. Sailor Moon arrived a few years later. I never really stopped.
Now let’s get more specific and technical to better understand who would like to become an emerging illustrator of what exactly it is.
3) HOW ARE IDEAS BORN? WHAT ARE THE KEY STEPS THAT LEAD YOU TO THE CREATION OF YOUR ILLUSTRATION?
Ideas, in my opinion, arise when you let your imagination take over. You cannot create them but they find you. A few months ago I was watching a movie (Tell me about a perfect day) and this ended with a girl in a red and white striped costume swimming in a lake, I saw my drawing at that exact moment, I just had to reproduce it. I put the freeze frame and pulled out what is now the cover of my portfolio. I see the images clear and sharp in my mind even before my hand realizes them.
4) According to you, WHAT IS THE RECIPE FOR AN EFFECTIVE ILLUSTRATION?
When you get your hand used to drawing exactly what your mind sees then you can communicate what you feel, you have to learn how to make your art speak and for this the only recipe is to practice a lot.
5) FROM MY POINT OF VIEW YOUR ILLUSTRATIONS ARE CHARACTERIZED BY A CARE IN THE DETAILS OUTSIDE THE MUNICIPALITY, THEY ARE COLORFUL, VIVACIOUS AND ALSO A PÒ POP. HOW DID YOU GET TO THIS STYLE? THERE ARE PRECISE ARTISTS WHO HAVE INSPIRED/INFLUENCED YOU OVER THE YEARS OR HAVE YOU ALWAYS KNOWED WHAT THE CAPACITY TO BE DISTINGUISHED WOULD BE?
I can’t pretend it’s all flour from my bag, my illustrations are evidently influenced by Walt Disney, Rumiko Takahashi and Naoko Takeuchi. I copied an infinite number of their designs and this has defined my style over the years. They are three artists who never spared themselves in detail in their works. I recently discovered new artists, such as those who draw comics that I read and there are many, such as those of Giulio Macaione. You must always be hungry for inspiration and look for it everywhere.
6) I HAVE SEEN ON YOUR INSTAGRAM PROFILE THAT YOU ARE ABLE TO DRAW VERY WELL ALSO IN PENCIL AND WATERCOLORS, AS NEVER HAS DECIDED TO EXPRESS YOU MAINLY IN DIGITAL WITH PHOTOSHOP AND ILLUSTRATOR? ARE THERE OTHER TECHNIQUES YOU LOVE?
The technique I prefer will always remain paper and pencil, but I adapt easily. I would be able to draw even with the edge of a monetize on a wall. I love to do it even with my fingers on the sand at the sea. Digital preference is simply time saving. I don’t have to sharpen any pencil, nor wait for a certain layer of color to dry. The Illustrator sheet does not fear the skirt and its pages do not tear if you make too many mistakes.
7) DO YOU HAVE A MESSAGE THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO VEHICLE THROUGH YOUR GRAPHIC WORKS? IF SO, WHICH ONE?
Yes. You don’t have to be stopped by anything or anyone if you want to make a dream come true.
8) IF YOU OPENED IN FRONT OF PHOTOSHOP WITH A WHITE PAGE AT YOUR FULL DISPOSAL, JET, WITHOUT THINKING TOO MUCH, WHAT WOULD YOU ILLUSTRATE?
Now I believe a beautiful sea landscape.
9) FINALLY, WHAT TIPS WOULD YOU GIVE TO THOSE WHO WOULD LIKE TO START ENTERING THE WORLD OF ILLUSTRATION?
The illustration is tiring and often heavy. Your wrist always hurts, you always have dark circles and tired eyes. Do it only if you really love it. So much commitment and dedication, however, give their results.
Thank you so much Domenica for being a guest and letting us discover something more about her wonderful artistic world. Anyone who needs a personalized illustration should not hesitate to contact them, I am sure they will be able to leave you speechless as it happened to me.
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