Today, we’re going to have another interview for another great inspiration, this time I’m lucky that I’ve manage to have an interview with one self-taught designer coming from my country, Malaysia. I introduce to all.. the young talented Malaysian designer named Venn.
Briefly tell us little bit about yourself and what you do?
Hi, my name is Ee Venn Soh (1986b. Malaysia). I am a self-taught designer which I work under the creative identity of EIII. I just finished my university study in Computer Science and will be venturing into UX / Front-End, Interactive Designing and Software Development. At the moment, I will be doing an internship with a big advertising firm in KL and next year 2010, I will be working in one of New Zealand’s most reputable and high-awarded studio, Resn. Everything seems pretty smooth-sailing for me.
When you first started got interested into art and design?
I can’t really remember when I really start doing artworks.But I could remember I were inspired by the vast possibilities and imagination an artwork can bring to the audiences. I think it is really amazing how an artist can execute their ideas and concept within an image.
Describe to us briefly of what’s your typical day of work.
Study + Study + Study were what I have been doing before that. My formal education has greatly interfered with my learning. As a computer science student, a logical and analytical mind is a must. It is kind of hard to find a balance between computer science and my self-taught designing. However I do manage to squeeze some time for my passion. I will spend some time reading articles and design-related articles. Constantly absorbing what is happening around the industry and learning from the top leaders in the market. Once a while during the weekends, I will try my hand on some experimental pieces. But now university is over so do expect more works from me!
If you don’t mind telling, where do you usually source for good inspiration?
You may find these interesting.. ffffound, dropular, formfiftyfive, typeneu, typojungle, welcometohr, lovelypackage and butdoesitfloat
Can you tell us among many of your creative art piece, which are your most favorite one and why?
There aren’t any “most” or “less”. I love every single one equally. However, I could say the one that is pretty unique and fresh if compare with the rest - “Silver Maiden”. It is another collaboration between me and very talented Poland photographer Piotr. I tried to keep things small and minimal to prevent from overwhelming the main subject. I added the red lips to compensate the monotonous silver grey. It is always nice to work on nice photo. It gives me borderless creativity inputs.
Once you’re start working on a piece or design work, what’s your frequent working process like?
I would normally spend some time thinking and crafting my ideas for the piece. I will get the necessary resources needed for my execution. I start by cleaning up the photo and do some tones adjustments. Next, I will perform photo manipulations to get all my photo stocks in place. Followed by adding shapes, lights and colors around the piece. Lastly, with everything blend into place I will do some final detailed changes and an overall tone adjustment.
How did you improve your design work and techniques?
Constant experimenting and study across tons of different artworks with different styles and genres.
What are the softwares + hardwares you currently use to produce your such magnificent art?
Photoshop and illustrator. I am currently running on a 4GB ram, 256 mb graphics laptop. I will be getting another mobile monster soon with 8GB ram and 1 GB graphics laptop. I am a PC guy.
If you don’t mind telling us again, what are your coming projects? and what are your goals or future plans for your career?
Yup, as I mentioned earlier above I will be doing an internship in Malaysia and work in New Zealand. Preparing myself and dreaming of becoming the next digital superhero!
If you’re not a designer/illustrators, what will you possibly be now?
Most likely studying chemistry and become a chemist just like my dad and brother.
What sort of advice you can share to those young designers and illustrators out there that are just starting their carrier now?
Stay in love in with what you believe. Hold on to your ineffable feeling of affection towards arts. Stay hungry for knowledge.
Lastly, me at esharkdesign.com would like to say thank you very much again for this interview and wishing you all the best! to finalize, I leave the last words for you.
Thanks for the interview. “Being passionate in what you love.” It is the most powerful tool in everything and all aspects of life.
Those who interested to see more of Venn’s creative art piece, feel free to drop by at Venn’s Behance portfolio site, most of Venn’s artwork sure will break your jaw.. and wish you all having great time reading the interview.. more interviews coming soon. Those who missed previous interview with Ricardo Nobre, click here to read the full interview, those are newbie here, might just like to subscribe to my RSS Feed!..