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My name is Carlos Araujo. I’m an illustrator currently located in Brazil. I've worked as a freelancer since 2006 and have done work for the editorial market and for the web as well. My work usually takes a whimsical approach, using silhouettes and high contrasted figures. (in english)

When did you first decide to become a graphic designer/ illustrator? Was there a pivotal moment?

I worked as a graphic and web designer for about eight years and after some time I realized that the kind of projects that I really liked were the ones that required some kind of illustration… I enjoyed creating the illustrations so much that I decided to focus on being an illustrator.

Who or what inspires you?

I get inspiration from almost everywhere. It can be music, poetry, movies, comic-books…

Where does your training come from? Self-taught? College/Art School?

I’m mostly self-taught. (I went to design school but never finished the course...) Before working as a designer I did some comic books and for a brief time worked in the animation field (creating animation for TV ads) and I guess those experiences became a strong influence in my illustrations: A lot of them look like a scene captured from an animated movie. People say to me that my illustrations look like a part of a larger story.

How do you keep "fresh" within your industry?

Magazines and books about illustration are good sources of information. And the internet really helps me a lot. I try to get involved as much as I can, participating in discussion groups for example, and visiting illustration/art/design related web sites. Talking to and taking advice from fellow illustrators are two important things that I do as well.

What are some of your current projects?

Right now I’m working on a paper toy that I hope will be available at my web site before Xmas this year. I've done a paper toy before, it was a simple bookmarker that looked like play money, a currency called “Dollaritos” and the response was very good, people really liked it. This new one will be more of a 3d version of one of my previous drawings.

Which of your projects are you the most proud of? And why?

My favorite project was a big illustration (10 feet by 6,5 feet height) called “Cloud Station” that I did for a local business here in Brazil. Since I had so much space to work on I was able to add a lot of nice details that made the illustration very eye-catching.

Are there any areas, techniques, mediums, projects in your field that you have yet to try?

I always wanted to work with sculptures in resin. I would love to experiment and make a three-dimensional version of one of my crazy vehicles designs, like the carrousel-bus or the mechanical-camel for example…

Any advice to the novice designer/ illustrator?

I thinkwhat's most important is to try to find and develop your personal voice, that thing that makes your work unique.

What makes a designed piece or illustration successful?

A good illustration tells a story. It sells an idea or product.

What do you do to keep yourself motivated and avoid burn-out?

Well, I love doing illustration so that’s keeps me motivated. To avoid burn-out the best thing for me is to stay away for a while from the drawing table. I go for a walk or play with my nephews.

Finish this sentence. "If I weren't a designer/illustrator I would have been a..."

A chef. Or an octopus. Maybe an octopus-chef…!

And finally, what is the best thing on prime-time TV right now?

I don’t watch TV that much… I watched a couple of episodes of “Boston Legal”. It’s a good show.


Roger Olivieri said...

Cool jobs!!!



Roger Olivieri said...

Very cool jobs!!!


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