Today, we are joined by Mirko Càmia, he is a Illustrator. You can view his portfolio here.
Firstly, I’d like to thank you for the interview. We’d like to understand how your interest for illustration and Typography started shaping up. Tell us a bit more about what made you go this route!
It all started in the 80s, I was in love of the vinyl illustration and cardboard box games for amiga and atari. I remember there was a time that I drew only trucks, I do not know why!
I am completely self taught, so I chose the schools that have not been part of the art world. In the mid 90s, however, things have changed when I had the opportunity to work for Microsoft, although I wasn’t dealing with graphics, I’ve learned so much. In 1999 I was lucky to get into a design studio where I work today as a senior designer. From there I started to get interested in typography and illustration. About 6 years ago I decided to work also as a freelancer.
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?
As I said before I am self taught, so I worked hard to learn drawing and use 2d and 3d software even if you never stop to learn. Tutorial Tutorial Tutorial!!!! Surely internet helps me a lot, and the artists’ communities like behance or similar as well, but also a daily newspaper is an inspiration to me every day. In recent years, many things have changed, the techniques used are always best and the degree of skill is getting higher.
What does your creative process look like?
I usually start drawing on paper, I make several mockups. I am confronted with the agency or with the client, after which development work in low resolution. If approved, I make the final product in 2d or 3d. Very simple! Then it always depends on the type of illustration.
Do you have any recommendations in terms of good books, programs you use, or media choices you’re willing to share with us?
Replace the books with internet. I believe that every illustrator or graphic designer etc … has its own software! I’ve tried a lot of different applications, now I mainly use illustrator, photoshop, cinema 4d, paper and pencil. I forgot!I mainly use a graphics tablet
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?
I have two places. The bed, because the night before I fall asleep I think a lot, so when I wake up, I’m full of ideas. And then when I drive my car in the early morning. I do not know why, but in both cases I’m really relaxed maybe because I isolate myself from everything.
What was one of the most challenging typography problems you have ever had to solve?
When I can’t find the inspiration or when I have to develop something new in 3d, fortunately it happens rarely to me. Lately I’ve been drawn in 3d many cookies for a big advertising campaign. I had never designed cookies in 3d, I had some problems. Now I don’t want to eat cookies for a while.
Where are some of the areas where typography is improving and where do we need to see more growth?
There are more forms of typography concerning the 3d graphics for example, in recent years typography has improved exponentially in the various sectors as adv or specialized design magazines. Even in areas such as gourmet restaurants, bars etc.. now it works hand made style.
I wish that there was more space in publishing, for example in the daily magazine.
Could you describe how a productive day would look like from your point of view? Which are the most important hours for you?
In A productive day for me, I wake up around 8:00, I read the email and start working until lunch. I have lunch with some friends who are as well illustrators to discuss and exchange ideas.
In the afternoon start personal projects and in the evening I spend my time with my family. Unfortunately this is happening quite rarely because most of the time
I wake up every morning at 6:00 am. I have breakfast and my day begins. I answer to my emails and I begin to develop new jobs or work on the pending ones
Normally I’m working untill 18:00 pm) but quite often until 24:00) even on Saturdays and Sundays.However, the most important part of the day for me is between 17:00 and 24:00 pm
What would you prefer: a steady, well paying job in a local agency, or the freedom and often stressful life of a freelancer? Why?
Having experience of both cases, I can say that working as a freelancer is much better. You do not have schedules, you manage your own time, the quality of living is higher, and finally you’re totally free to work wherever you want.
How would you describe “the ideal project”? Did you have any recent opportunities to come close to this?
In a nutshell, an ideal project should be be completely free. With a reasonable delivery time, without an agency that continuously calls to put you in a hurry and have enough freedom on everything. I recently worked for 2 customers: Kraft and Galbusera; they were two projects very challenging, the first much more free and close to my ideas.
Thank you very much for this interview and for giving me the opportunity to share a part of my life.