Monday, October 31, 2011

Down the Foxhole - ActiveDen

Down the Foxhole - ActiveDen

Link to Envato Notes

Meet the Staff: Constantin Potorac

Posted: 30 Oct 2011 10:17 PM PDT

Like Dracula, he is Romanian, seals himself inside from the sun, and is most active at night. And those with files in the GraphicRiver queue might say he inspires just as much fear. This week we meet Constantin Potorac, regular writer for Psdtuts+ and reviewer for GraphicRiver.

What is it like working for Envato, and what are some of the jobs you’ve had with us?

Oh Gosh, working for Envato is something I was dreaming about a few years ago and look at me now. It’s almost two years now since I became part of the staff and I can never take it back. The greatest thing about working at Envato is that you get the chance to be a part of such an amazing team of talented and great people and at the same time make friends all over the world.

I’ve been working for Envato since January 2008 actually, writing Photoshop tutorials for Psdtuts+ and sharing my knowledge with the new young designer wannabes. After a while of constantly submitting tutorials and providing totally different techniques every time I managed to become a Regular Tutorial Writer. Writing tutorials is not an easy process and it takes quite some time and experience but I love what I am doing and for me this has been a great road. Still writing Photoshop tutorials while teaming up with with friends to provide more unique techniques and also provide tutorials for other Tuts+ websites.

After seeing the success authors have on the marketplaces I wanted really bad to get into that and not to mention how bad I wanted to get myself a new position into the Envato team. After a while GraphicRiver is born and that was my chance to prove myself and also to start selling some graphics. A while later, as my portfolio grew, a position in the GraphicRiver Reviewer Team opened up, and I applied for it in the hope that I would be lucky enough to take another step further into my dream. It’s been almost two years since I started working as a reviewer, and these two years have been the best years of my life.

I remember back when Collis was looking through my tutorials and approving them, and now I’ve had the chance to meet him and the team in Chicago and chat while enjoying a refreshing beverage. Dream came true. ;)

What projects are you working on at the moment?

Oh I’ve kinda taken it a bit easy lately as I recently graduated the University of Arts, and even before I knew about Envato I was working my hair off (as you can see in the image above) with freelance projects and stuff. Right now I am actually planning a lot of projects that are about to take place like marketplace items and personal illustrations as I really miss doing those.

Right now other than reviewing files over at GraphicRiver I have started reading through and planning to submit some photographs for the newest marketplace PhotoDune as well as preparing some new items for GraphicRiver as I’ve become insanely addicted to this particular marketplace.

I’ve been preparing a few tutorials for Psdtuts+ and also Webdesigntuts+ that are actually looking for some regular tutorial writers.

Describe your workspace.

In comparison with Drew and his “man cave” I keep myself sealed from the rest of the world, the noise that comes from outside, and I also cover the windows to block the sun from coming in. So I guess I am some sort of a vampire. “Dracula” since I am from Romania. :D

I work best when I am alone and there is only the sound of my music around and nothing else. I plan to move soon so hopefully this will all change.

My workstation is a 27 inch iMac. It helps a lot as before this I was struggling with PCs and it was just a pain having to deal with all those viruses and components dying on me when I needed them the most.

Whenever I work on some more complex projects that require all my speed and attention, I get out my digital Cintique Wacom Tablet for precision work. I couldn’t live without it. I also get out my MacBook Pro 13 inch to keep contact with emails, team and tweets. And when designing for iPhone or iPad apps it is always great to have one around for testing.

I love keeping the desk clean and PS3 close for those relaxation moments.

What does your average day look like?

Lately I’ve been staying up late every night working on side projects, preparing new items and such and because of this I wake up pretty late but I am used to it. :)

First thing I do when I wake up is to turn on the computer to check emails, especially support tickets. After sorting the emails I open up GraphicRiver and check the queues out so that I can schedule my day.

In case the queues are awfully huge I jump right into reviewing before I do anything else but usually this never happens as I make sure they are at a low level before going to sleep.

Reviewing takes about two to three hours, and after that I can continue with other projects or free time until later at night or the next day. Each day is different because queues differ each day.

After taking care of the queues I sometimes go into the forums and read through and offer some help wherever I can.

I spend more than 14 hours a day in front of the computer working or if I am not working I am still at my desk chatting or listening to some music while playing around with Photoshop till late at night when I go to bed before I watch a movie.

What do you do when you’re not working?

When I am not working I am usually finding some other activities in front of the computer too like watching a movie, looking through inspiration, art and other stuff on the internet. Play on my PS3 but I also get out. Whenever it’s dark outside I put on my “Dracula” suit and go clubbing with friends or just go for a drink or just find a party somewhere.

I also love photography so whenever I get a change to go somewhere or also travel which I love the most, I always take the camera with me and create.

Other than this I also pose for some friends of mine on my spare time. Love it. ;)

Thank you for interviewing me for the Envato Notes!

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