Living in Romania, defending the world from viruses, mocking up computer tablets, and combining intelligence with creativity and thousands of pixel bending hours. This week we meet Paul Flavius Nechita (NechitaPaulFlavius) from GraphicRiver.
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Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from, what do you do for a living?
Hello. I am from a small city in Romania called Piatra Neamt. I’ve recently moved to our lovely capital Bucharest (best decision ever).
I work as a UX Designer for Bitdefender, a Romanian company that develops an antivirus solution at a very high level.
Which marketplaces do you belong to? What types of files do you sell?
GraphicRiver is the place for me. I started selling icons, business cards, some UI packs, but my pride and joy are my latest submission, graphic and computer tablet mock-ups. It was really fun working on them.
How did you get started? Have you had any formal training?
I first opened Photoshop a few years back. I played a little with the tools, moved some layers, applied some effects and I was king of the castle. The downside was that that was only in my mind. In time, with practice and dedication I learned that there is more then meets the eye. Combining intelligence with creativity and thousands of pixel bending hours, the results that you can get are amazing.
I graduated from an art high school in my home town, then I moved to another to get my BA in Graphics. Now I am just a few steps closer to getting my MA also in Graphics.
Describe your home workspace.
My workspace is rather simple, but perfect for what I need. Two 24″ Dell, ISP’s that are just amazing, and a powerful PC behind them to get things done.
Describe your creative process. What steps do you normally follow to create your files?
This process is a little weird. I don’t write anything down (not a great thing to do I know) which isn’t a great way to do things, but I’m lucky because most of the time I don’t forget them.
Everything begins with some research hours, inspiration, anything to get the things moving. After I get my Zen together I create a new canvas, start putting some basic shapes in there, erase everything, redo the whole process, add details, stop working for a day because I want to make sure that I will like the design that I’ve done even after a day or two when I’m not “Design-high”. If everything turns out OK, I continue working on it until I am happy with the final result.
What is your advice to other authors regarding how to create a successful portfolio?
Concentrate on being special. Concentrate on doing what you love in a productive way. And most important, stop thinking about the money, be yourself and design things that others haven’t.
What do you do to market your files?
I try to be as much as possible active on any social media sites, and expose my work.
What are your three favorite files, and why do you like them?
I love my mock-ups. I love them because I know how much work it is to create a pack, and how much time it takes.
So, my number 1 file is :
I like this the most because it is an unique pack in every way. Although it contains the most popular computer tablet on the market, what makes my pack special and different from all the others are the angles, and the Smart Cover concept designed to help when you want to show only a sneak peak of your work.
Number two is:
Number three is:
This pack is something that I am pretty sure comes in handy to most digital artist. Having a sleek graphic tablet to use with your digital concept will offer a plus.
Apart from yourself, who is your favorite marketplace author, and why do you like them?
I love all the designers that form this great community. I don’t have a favorite designer.
What do you do in your spare time?
I travel, play games, watch movies and from time to time just relax. Unfortunately I don’t have as much spare time as I would like but I am pretty sure I’ll get there soon.