Ele.Zissou on discovering a renewed love for artwork, creating vibrant murals, and powering by means of imposter syndrome

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Artistic careers, identical to the inventive course of, typically aren’t simple. However in a world the place individuals current their finest angle to the world by way of social media, generally it could possibly appear to be everybody has their life all discovered. That is why it is one thing of a aid and an encouragement to listen to that Ele.Zissou, aka Elena González, has taken some twists and activates her journey to grow to be an illustrator and mural painter.

Having been excited about artwork from an early age, thanks partly to watching animated movies, Elena adopted this inventive itch by initially learning graphic design and dealing in that trade. Nonetheless, it wasn’t lengthy till she realised it wasn’t for her and he or she wanted to alter. Since then, she pivoted to her first loves, illustration and animation, though her design background can nonetheless be seen in her vibrant, stylised work.

Elena’s creative world these days is populated with cheerful and pleasant characters, together with people, animals, and mixtures of the 2. Located in a magical world that sits between our personal and a fantasy land, these characters specific Elena’s love for nature as they rush round with completely satisfied plant pots and proudly wave flags from the edges of buildings.

However how did Elena get out of a creative funk, discover a renewed curiosity in artwork and pursue her goals? We caught up along with her to search out out and likewise find out how you may comply with in her footsteps.

© Ele.Zissou / Elena González

© Ele.Zissou / Elena González

© Ele.Zissou / Elena González

How did you get began in your inventive journey?

I studied graphic design and labored for just a few years as a designer, but it surely was at all times a world the place I did not really feel very snug or motivated. I began drawing extra after ending one among my final jobs as a graphic designer, the place I did not have a great expertise, and I used to be a bit burnt out. I used to be fortunate sufficient to have just a few months to assist myself with out having a everlasting job, which I took benefit of to do issues I had at all times needed to do, like drawing.

I began illustrating with out actually figuring out what I needed to do or the place I needed to go. I’ve at all times favored watching cartoons and animated movies. I cherished that complete world. Generally I drew monsters, however just for enjoyable. Because of the Pictoplasma animation pageant and one among its Open Calls to attract characters, I had my first contact with the world of character design. From then on, I began drawing increasingly more, particularly characters. A yr later, I studied a personality design course the place I may be taught extra about this subject and animation, and now I can proudly say that I work as an illustrator for animation.

As for portray murals, city artwork was one thing I had at all times admired, however I by no means thought I may ever paint a mural. I’ve a great buddy, a muralist, who inspired me sooner or later to color a mural with none pretence. It turned out that I cherished the expertise, and I made a decision to maintain portray murals and utilized to some open requires Avenue Artwork Festivals. Little by little, I painted increasingly more murals. I really feel extra snug doing it, and now I can say that I am additionally a muralist.

What made you realise you most popular illustration over design?

What I like most about illustration and drawing is the liberty in the case of creating. It is having the ability to make actual every little thing that involves my creativeness and create vibrant, distinctive and playful characters with their very own persona. It is a lot enjoyable, and I actually take pleasure in it.

© Ele.Zissou / Elena González

© Ele.Zissou / Elena González

How does your design background inform your work as an illustrator?

One factor I nonetheless have in my head – which I’ve carried out routinely since I labored as a designer – is to take particular care with spacing, margins and composition once I draw. All my illustrations’ parts and hues should be in good concord.

Generally I wish to eradicate this ‘obsession’ with every little thing being good in composition and go wilder when creating. Generally I am an excessive amount of of a perfectionist and do not let myself go an excessive amount of, however I am engaged on it.

Who’re your largest creative inspirations, and why?

I really feel impressed by many up to date artists (so many who I could not inform you one specifically) who come from illustration, animation, city artwork and ceramics. Assembly different artists and seeing their superb work evokes and motivates me to continue to grow my craft. And it permits me to experiment and check out new mediums and methods. Because of this, I additional discover drawing, portray murals and making ceramics.

How did you go about getting your first commissions?

I bought my first commissions, eliminating my fears, insecurities and impostor syndrome (which I nonetheless have immediately) and despatched my illustration portfolio to many locations: animation studios, magazines, and a few publishers. I nonetheless did not fairly know what I needed to do, so I despatched portfolios to all of the locations the place I assumed my type would match. For a very long time, I didn’t obtain many commissions till sooner or later, I utilized to an animation studio that was in search of an illustrator. Because of my expertise on this studio, immediately I obtain extra illustration initiatives for animation and different fields.

For my first murals, I did the identical. I despatched my portfolio to many road artwork open calls till I used to be chosen for a few of them, and I began portray increasingly more murals.

© Ele.Zissou / Elena González

© Ele.Zissou / Elena González

What are your favorite issues to attract and why?

I like to attract characters, animals and every little thing associated to nature and fantasy worlds. After I was a toddler, I lived in a village, in a home on the outskirts. I spent my childhood surrounded by nature and animals, which has made me develop a particular sensitivity for nature, so it’s a recurring theme in what I draw.

Then again, since I used to be a toddler, I’ve watched plenty of cartoons and animated fantasy movies, which have additionally influenced me when creating characters and imaginary worlds.

I feel my childhood experiences have influenced me in some ways and nonetheless do immediately; in the way in which I see life and in the way in which I draw. I strive by no means to neglect that infantile a part of me.

How does it really feel to see your vibrant, vibrant murals in public areas?

I really feel very proud once I end a mural, particularly an enormous one. Portray murals permits me to carry my work to a residing space in a public place the place everybody can see it. It feels superb to have the ability to do this. I nonetheless cannot consider I’ve painted such large murals!

© Ele.Zissou / Elena González

© Ele.Zissou / Elena González

© Ele.Zissou / Elena González

© Ele.Zissou / Elena González

What would your dream mission be?

I do not assume I’ve any dream initiatives. I simply wish to maintain engaged on what I like (illustrating, portray murals, and making ceramics) and be capable of assist myself with it. A number of years in the past, once I began drawing extra significantly, I by no means thought I may make a residing from drawing, and immediately I can say that I’ve achieved it, so I am very completely satisfied about it.

If I needed to say one thing, I’d say that my dream initiatives would encourage me artistically; ones the place I’ve inventive freedom and may take pleasure in and have enjoyable doing them.

What recommendation would you give to aspiring artists?

It took me a very long time to search out my approach and uncover what I favored to do. What has helped me discover myself is making an attempt new methods, making new contacts and difficult myself on a regular basis.

I might advocate contacting different artists and attending illustration festivals and conferences to see what’s occurring within the inventive world and get inspiration. Draw, draw, attract private initiatives to develop your type. Take pleasure in and be your self in what you do; it is going to mirror in your work and make it distinctive and particular.

And when you end up caught with an thought or mission, take a relaxation, go for a stroll, exit into nature, eat nicely, and do issues that make you are feeling good as a result of inspiration comes when you find yourself good with your self and rested and clear-headed, no less than for me.

© Ele.Zissou / Elena González

© Ele.Zissou / Elena González


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