Interview: Igor Ventura
Meet the wonderful and talented designer Igor Ventura. Igor hails from Brazil!
1. When did you first discover your creative talents?
I’ve always liked to draw and have appreciated art in general since I was young, but I think it’s been just a couple of years since I felt I’ve really been doing original and unique things, with my own style, other than “copying” someone else’s work. I think it’s natural to have influences and to search for references, but it’s only when you start to put your heart into something that you’re really being creative.
2. How did you get your start in design?
I graduated in advertising in college. In the first couple of years, I thought I wanted to follow a marketing career, but when I got in touch with art direction, I decided that it was what I really wanted to do.
3. Did you go to school? Where and what for?
I studied at ESPM in Sao Paulo. Some say that it’s the best Advertising and Marketing college in Brazil, but I feel like most of what I’ve learned was from working, rather than in a classroom…
4. How would you describe your style?
Hype and humorous.
5. What sparks your creativity? Where do you come up with your best ideas in general?
Paying attention to the real world. It’s pretty obvious, but my best ideas always come when I least expect, so I try to be aware of things all the time. I try to be as crazy and nonsense as possible, but there’s always a meaning behind what I create… even if I have to explain it!
6. Who is your favorite artist?
I love osgemeos, a brazilian graffiti duo of twins. Their style is unique, funny, but at the same time have a very strong social appeal. I also love Stephan Doitschinoff, Gary Baseman, Huck Gee, Tim Burton…
7. What do you do to get past creative blocks?
The best thing is not think about it. Let your brain work by itself, on the backstage, and the answer will always come when you least expect it.
8. What have you stolen/learned from another artist lately?
I think my biggest influence is from my partner Sergio Mancini. I’ve learned a lot from him, not only painting and airbrushing techniques, but also to develop and improve my own style… and specially, to be always open to criticism. Huck Gee is also a major influence for me, in a way he creates his characters in a world that makes sense with all of them together, with the same feeling and mood in common…
9. How does it feel to have a design selected by the Aarting community?
It feels awesome! It was my first produced piece, and I can’t wait to see my little fella in my own hands!
10. Describe yourself in 5 words.
Funny, easy-going, curious, passionte, critic
11. Can you describe your normal day?
Try to get up at 8am, actually getting out of bed at 9am, working at a video studio as a video designer till 19pm (sometimes a looooot later, depending on the deadlines), hitting the gym 3 times a week, and trying to work on my side projects till 2am, with some TV in between…
12. Share with us something funny that has happened to you recently.
My last creative block was when I was trying to come up with an idea for the Munny Munth Contest. I thought about it for a couple of days, and one day before I went to bed, I thought to myself: “I won’t think about this anymore. I want to have a great idea. Ok, brain, time to work!”… Then I finally slept, wake up at 4am with a spark, wrote it down, and that was it… 3rd place!
13. What wouldn’t you do without?
Food. I loooove to eat. Music, films and art play a huge role in my life, too… and air as well!
14. What have you been doing lately?
Working on lots of customs, designs, contests, and learning how to work on a Mac at work!
15. Any upcoming projects?
I’ve been submitting lots of designs for different toy companies and contests, so I hope it’s a matter of time to have somethings concrete soon. Other than that, I will be at the CLEA2010 expo in Thailand in September, with my good buddies PO! and JPK, so that will be a pretty decent thing in the immediate future!