Hey Mates, my Co-Captain for the second crate – Ahoi! My name is Josilix. I’m a 23 years old designer and traditional illustrator from Berlin, mixing realism and comic style.
Ever since I was able to hold a pencil, I got creative. I always loved to draw and really got into it at the time Sailor Moon was big in Germany. I was always recreating Mangas and Animes and got my first professional art supplies roughly 10 years ago. Since then, I always tried to improve my skills (but never got a good grade in art class). Almost 2 years ago, I decided to become a freelance illustrator and designer. Drawing is like a creative therapy for me. When my days are packed full with classes and work, I find some peace in doing art. It is a great way to relief some stress for me. As a gamer, I always get inspired by video games, but also the internet. Websites like Pinterest are a great way to make moodboards and get inspiration for new projects. As a designer, every visual thing, like a font, a pattern or a color scheme can be super motivating. I take picture or screenshots of everything I feel looks nice, like an ad or a book cover, and have a huge gallery of random inspirational bids on my phone. In this crate, there are some cute specials. Washi-Tape is great for clean lines, but also as decoration. You can remove it from the paper without any trace, as long as you are very careful pulling it off. Also, the white pencil can be used to make colors lighter and to blend them together. You can also use the graphite pencil or black to make a color appear darker. Draw a grid and try mixing all the colors, including the white, with each other first to see how many colors you can get out of the set. Swatching (making a color chart to see what you can work with) is super helpful to pick the right colors even before coloring in. I love the community concept behind Upcrate and the Art Crew. An art crew is a big „family“ of creative people who inspire and support each other. Always remember: Do not get discouraged by artists you think are better than you. There is no rivalry in art. Let‘s inspire and motivate each other, no matter the skill, experience or follower count, to get the best out of us! Let‘s focus on the good about looking up to someone rather than feeling bad for not being there YET. We all have our own pace. Making friends in the community is super important and helpful, to not only get feedback but also grow together.