If you were following me on facebook, this would be familiar to you.
This was intricately drawn by Yza, a good friend from college whom I shared my first bucket of tears with because of ADPRINS (my first advertising subject major).
*insert nostalgic background music*
( When I first saw this, I went completely WIDE AWAKE like this @_______@ )
Je m’appelle Yzabelle!
1. Kindly give a brief introduction of yourself. :blush:
I’m Yzabelle Wuthrich, a passionate individual who loves to illustrate things. I graduated with a degree in Advertising Management but decided to pursue a career in the world of art and design. I am a self-taught freelance illustrator and graphic designer and currently accepting commissioned artworks and specializing in identity design.
Aside from art, music has always been one of my first loves, and in my free time, I make cover songs and play them on the piano or guitar.
I also have an unhealthy obsession with rocket ships and matryoshka dolls.
2. When did you discover your love for graphic design? Also, what are your “weapons” (software programs that you specialize in)?
I was more into traditional art before, and Graphic Design is something I learned and loved later on. With my knowledge in advertising, graphic design is not new to me, since it is a form of visual communication that sends a message to a specific audience—and print advertising and brand identity actually use graphic design (Okay, enough with the technical terms. Haha!).
My interest in design started when I attended last year’s Graphika Manila—an annual graphic and multimedia event wherein I got to know a lot of local graphic artists and designers. I saw how their works lead them to worldwide success. Believing that I can be like them someday, I thought of trying out graphic design and digital illustration. I set aside my paintbrushes and colored pencils for a while and started practicing how to use photoshop and illustrator as tools in creating digital designs and artworks. Since then, I immersed myself in the world of digital arts and this interest turned into a passion. Although not confident enough, I took a risk by showing my very first digital artwork online and got a lot of positive feedbacks. I didn’t stop creating digital art and designs since then, and the rest is history.
3. Where does your inspiration come from?
What you see in my works are products of my surreal imagination and random things I find interesting.
I’m not the kind of person who would stare at the ceiling, forcing myself to think and wait for an inspiration to come. It’s a waste of time. So I take action. Inspiration comes eventually anyway. Picasso once said, “Inspiration exists, but it has to find us working.” I always describe my works as doodles but taken to the next level. My artwork process is very random—from the subject I choose to the execution. I start out by drawing simple shapes and lines and go wherever my imagination takes me. For example, in my “Nothing beats the analog” piece, I started out by drawing a mix tape and then an idea would pop in my head like “Hey, that mix tape also looks like a turntable! Why not incorporate the two?”
At times, I also illustrate based on my own interpretation of films I’ve seen, books I’ve read and songs I’ve listened to. I love creating minimalist movie posters (which is very evident in my body of works).
Like Crazy movie poster
4. What do you call your design style?
I have always been a fan of Salvador Dali’s out-of-this-world works. His surreal style has a great influence in my illustrations and designs but I keep mine a bit minimal.
Steve Jobs (1955-2011)
A mixture of minimalism and surrealism is evident in my works especially in my versions of movie posters. My style is pretty similar with those illustrations you see in childrens’ books—I inject a bit of fun and humor in my works. I also love taking two ideas and merging them into one subject.
5. If you ever you will be required to make a portfolio only containing 5 of your best works, what would these be?
6. How much time do you devote for an artwork? What was the longest time you had in creating an illustration?
It takes me 3 to 5 hours (sans the procrastination time) to finish an artwork…and one additional hour to just look at my work and make some minor changes before I declare it final. However, it took me 3 days to finish “Opportunities” (The house of doors) wherein I have to painstakingly draw the details on each door.
7. Who are your inspirations when it comes to illustration and graphic design?
As mentioned in my answer to question number 4, I am a fan of the great Salvador Dali but aside from him, I look up to a loooot of artists and designers of today. I feast my eyes on the works of illustrators Stanley Chow, Matthew Hollister and Noma Bar. Each of their artworks is very clean and minimal yet it tells stories not enough to fit in a piece of paper. When it comes to graphic design, pioneers of modern design like Alvin Lustig and Paul Rand will always be my idols. I also look up to local designers/artists like Dan Matutina and Isabel Gatuslao—their works are world class!
8. Any message to those who would also try to pursue their love for art / graphic design?
Art and design have always been a passion and I know in my heart that this is the only thing that would keep me going. Without it, I’m going nowhere so I never let go of that passion. I pushed my limits and kept on educating and improving myself in the field of art and design everyday…and so here I am, making a career out of it.
If you believe that you can contribute something in this world thru art or design and it simply makes you happy, then go for it. Don’t be afraid to showcase your works. Find your own style and never compare yourself to other artists. And, don’t get too intimidated with the successful artists as it leads to discouragement. They once started like us and are equally passionate.
Surround yourself with creative people—exchange insights. It’s going to be a fun journey so enjoy!
(she did this without using a pen tablet :blank: )
Thank you Yza for letting me feature you and your awe-inspiring works on my blog.
Keep it up, rocket launcher! :hihi:
P.S. Newest fans of Yza, please stalk her on twitter here.
Also, you may breathe now.
(If she happened to take your breath away while you were scrolling down. ^^)