Today we meet Anand (Raincutter) from GraphicRiver.
Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from, what do you do for a living?
My name is Anand and obviously I’m the real face of Raincutter. I’m 19 and currently residing in Ahmedabad, in the state of Gujarat in India. I’m a student, a freelancer and of course, a GraphicRiver author.
Which marketplaces do you belong to? What types of files do you sell?
At the moment I only create files for GraphicRiver and have 38 items in my portfolio. I’ve always indulged in creating backgrounds and business cards. My portfolio features a variety of other stuff as well. Recently I also started taking interest in bigger items such as flyers and Powerpoint presentations as well as many other categories I didn’t tried out before.
How did you get started? Have you had any formal training?
I don’t have any formal training. I was interested in art since I was a child. I guess that influenced me over time and made me take interest in designing when I got PC back in 2005. It wasn’t too long when I found myself amidst a crowd of teens who loved creating forum signatures and similar small stuff. That was perhaps the beginning point to develop my skills in this particular field. So my first pieces of graphics were actually some shiny and brushy forum signatures.
After sometime I started dealing with it seriously and took some technical knowledge behind print, web and graphic designing through various resources on internet. I joined GraphicRiver in August 2009 but couldn’t really concentrate on my work seriously until March of 2010. The awesome GR reviewers, community, and the encouragement of our Site Manager Amanda and Scott helped me further in understanding the standards and needs of design industry eventually leading me to freelance internationally after two years of local work.
Describe your home workspace.
Sigh… My workspace isn’t really that great at the moment and not as professional as other authors. It’s kind of congested due to the fact I had to recently change my monitor with a new one. My stuff has really been good value for me. I have an Acer v173 monitor and CPU with following basic specs:
- Intel Core 2 Duo E7500 @ 2.93 GHz
- 4 GB of RAM
- Nvidia GeForce GT 240 video card
Also I have my plastic lizard companion which soothes my soul if my items get rejected.
Describe your creative process. What steps do you normally follow to create your files?
It usually starts with some random idea popping in my head. It can be at anytime. It might either be while browsing inspirational work or even on my regular hike. Inspiration for me is something which stirs my creativity with awe. It forces me to try creating an item of that high quality but not necessarily the same visual style.
After I get hold of what I really need to create, I quickly open Photoshop and save a basic layout of the idea. I usually remember my ideas so whenever I feel like the atmosphere is perfect, I sit down in front of my PC and begin to give final shape to it. This is perhaps how I go basically creating files for my beloved marketplace.
However, if it’s some new category I’m trying, I create basic items for it first so that I can understand the technical and aesthetic standard to pass it through the queue. Apart than that, there are times when your surroundings just aren’t right to innovate anything at all. At that time, I shut down my PC, and either go out to take some fresh air or just take a little nap. The latter seems best though.
What is your advice to other authors regarding how to create a successful portfolio?
That’s kind of really heavy question. I’d just state it as my opinion because I’m myself trying to stick to these points as much as I can.
- First and foremost, quality beats quantity. No matter what, try to make quality and unique items. It will eventually pay off.
- Constantly update your existing items and keep adding new ones to your portfolio. Exposure on the front page is a must if you want buyers to keep looking for your items. Eliminate unneeded items from your portfolio from time to time if they make it look poor. Think of Envato as a base to your future portfolio rather than just an earning machine.
- Be active on the forums. You can gain a lot of knowledge about design trends and what’s hot and what’s not.
- Give proper support to your buyers. Buyers at GraphicRiver don’t need much support if you have good documentation with your item and they can mostly be resolved in item comments. Remember, your buyers can be your potential clients.
What do you do to market your files?
I haven’t really put much effort in marketing my files till now, but since my studies are almost over I’m heading towards its beginning. Presently I use Twitter to promote my files. Other than that I don’t use any big medium except for the presence on marketplace forums.
What are your three favorite files, and why do you like them?
It’s really hard to choose from my own files because I don’t know which of my files do I consider my favorite. Anyways here are some which I really like:
Glowing Abstract Background: It’s my top selling item. The reason for choosing it is whenever I see that preview, it just seems really cold and smooth with that blue version on the top.
Fusion Vibrant Flyer: It’s my recently produced flyer and I love it because of the vivid colors and the way it went out in the end. I also love the glasses on this flyer.
Creative Pro Mega Pack: It’s one of my ‘most worked on’ product and the reason I included it is its flexibility to suit any business or work field. It has a corporate plus a stylish look. It was also included in the birthday bundle of Envato.
Apart from yourself, who is your favorite marketplace author, and why do you like them?
Once again it will be really hard to choose from such a talented mass of authors.
If I talk about from overall marketplace, I particularly love the hellicious style of devilcantburn. The way he use dark color themes with beautifully carved web elements make his items really awe-inspiring and professional.
If it’s particularly for GraphicRiver, then Sevenstyles is someone who has inspired me a lot lately. He produced some really great flyers and posters. Once you look at his work you probably cannot stop yourself checking out his portfolio every few days.
There are probably hundred more but I can’t list them all here now, can I?
What do you do in your spare time?
I usually spend my spare time reading quotes. You can often find me playing RPG or RTS on my PC or either watching action/fantasy movies or listening to music.