Project Educate: An Interview with =r0se-designs
How long have you been active as an iconist and what was it that first drew you towards the community and art form?
I've been an iconist for about 1,5 year now. What drew me in was that I really wanted to make an icon of my own. I made my first =r0se-designs-icon and that set me off. And then I thought why not share them with others? I started out with really bad quality and with time, effort and some wonderful tutorials on DA I improved with each new icon.
What do you draw inspiration from?
Anything really. Well anything cute that is. And I see cuteness in anything!
From the simplest thing to the most outrageous. If I look at a pillow and if it looks cute... I'll make a pillow! Oooh! Nice idea!
What are your tools when creating art?
Do you have tips to give or tricks to share for the particular programs you might use that could help beginners out?
Well I've worked with Photoshop and Gimp in the past but I use Macromedia Fireworks 8 for my icons. Unfortunately it's not a free-to-use program. However if someone does have it, it's really simple to use, layers are created automatically so it's very easy and generally it's a realyl good program. Also I work with a mouse and not a tablet. I find I can be much more accurate with the mouse, but I must say it needs more patience. Sometimes when I'm bored I might use a tablet.
Who is your "idol" within the community and why?
Oh, I couldn't choose from one. There are a few I'd like to mention: *MenInASuitcase, *staticwind, =firstfear, *angelishi and there are more. I just find that they have so much detail in their work and even the simplest thing looks amazing! That's what made me want to excell in my work too.