Today, we are joined by Ooli Mos , she is a Graphic Designer . You can view her portfolio here.
Firstly, I’d like to thank you for the interview. We’d like to understand how your interest for illustration started shaping up. Tell us a bit more about what made you go this route!
Actually I consider myself more a graphic, I always write “Graphic designer, Illustrator” in my profiles. These disciplines often go together, after all. I never thought of being any kind of so-called “creative professional” when I was a child. I always wanted to have profession like biologist, or palaeontologist, or dolphin trainer, or something like that — working with animals. But somehow I started to draw — and yes, this is true, my way started from drawing. Now I try to combine both disciplines by using accuracy and logic’s of design in illustration, and emotionality of illustration in design.
Tell us a bit more about how you learned it all. What changed in the last few years in terms of ease of expanding your skills and knowledge?
The best way of expanding skills is to apply them to practice. You will never learn something deeply until you don’t really need it. But as soon as problem arises, it becomes much easier to learn, because you simply need to apply your skills. At least, this is how it works for me.
What does your creative process look like?
I like making sketches and writing down ideas and it really helps. My own sketches always look awful, because they are just for personal use. That’s why I hate to show sketches to client and try to avoid it when possible. I better do a lot of drafts, than make my own selection and show it to a client. Sometimes, than I feel that a client trusts me, I even can show the work already finished.
Do you have any recommendations in terms of good books, programs you use, or media choices you’re willing to share with us?
Maybe this sounds a little bit weird, but I’d recommended designers and illustrators to limit surfing on design platforms and boundless collections of must-see designs. That can be useful, when you are looking for references for a current work, in other case that is just a distraction, even if you’re telling yourself you’re just looking for inspiration.I’m not absolutely against it, it just should be limited. As for books, the more the better.And this not necessarily should be books on design theory. Useful and inspirational information could be found in any field which interests you .
Do you have a special place or object that boosts your inspiration and helps your creative drive? What is it like and why does it have this effect on you?
No special object, as for a place — I prefer to work outside (I’m talking about freelancing). I suppose the home is not the best place for work.
Could you describe how a productive day would look like from your point of view? Which are the most important hours for you?
I cannot write a formula of the best working day, there are too much factors… Sometimes it is easier and more productive in morning, sometimes at night. But anyway the morning hours are the best ones, when you feel good and have the right mood. When I start working from the early morning, it is usually more productive.
What is your stance on today’s ever growing opportunities enabling artists to take on remote design work?
I find it simply great. I cannot imagine how people worked before, how they communicated, now it is so easy. It opens many ways for you to do what you want and show what you can.
What would you prefer: a steady, well paying job in a local agency, or the freedom and often stressful life of a freelancer? Why?
Well, I’ve tried both freelancing and office job, and can say, it depends. Both have they own advantages and disadvantages, like the most of things in life. Freedom of freelancing is great, but the most dangerous thing here is not instability, but the hardness of self-control. I myself worked with other freelances and can say, they are often very bad organized. And there’s nothing you can do with that. On the other side, working full-time in office can also be very stressful:) But by giving up some freedom, you can get up some experience.
How would you describe “the ideal project”? Did you have any recent opportunities to come close to this?
An ideal project is the project you are making for yourself (self-initiated) or for friends, for free. If we are talking about conceptual, not financial side. And yes, I think my best projects were self-initiated, for friends and for free. I cannot name them “ideal”, however, but for me they were a success.