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Author Interview: BcreativeStudio

Posted: 14 Nov 2011 09:15 PM PST

Enjoying variety in his work, designing whatever comes to mind, watching Family Guy, and “there really isn't a hour that goes by that I am not designing”. This week we meet Paul Sandilands (BcreativeStudio) from GraphicRiver.

If you're an Envato marketplace author and would like to be interviewed for the blog, head over to this form. We'd love to hear from you.

You’ll notice in this interview we’re trying something new. There has been some discussion on the forum about how to make interviews more interesting and varied, and so far we’ve taken one idea from that thread: This interview includes a few questions asked by the GraphicRiver community on the forum. Hopefully this will add a welcome dimension to the interview – let us know in the comments!

Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from, what do you do for a living?

I am from the UK, currently living in a small town not far from Manchester. I work under my self as full-time freelancer. You can see my work over at www.be-creativestudio.co.uk.

There really isn’t a hour that goes by that I am not designing, whether it be personal or commercial there is always something in the works.

Which marketplaces do you belong to? What types of files do you sell?

At this time I reside on GraphicRiver. Hopefully I will move onto ThemeForest in time.

I honestly don’t have a type that I prefer to sell – I design what comes to mind. Lately the market does well with logos so I will work on a few from time to time, then move onto something else. In all I like to keep things fresh and to keep moving with new ideas.

How did you get started? Have you had any formal training?

I never even looked at design work like I do now. I worked in engineering for some time, then one day decided to go back to college/university, where I studied for around 9 years – which is a heck of a long time, but I did love the process though.

For most part of my career, I self-taught in most areas, basically once I started designing from my first year my new passion was to work for myself, which is exactly what I am doing now.

I'm always interested in what people do for customers as freelance job. So if you work also as freelancer, tell us what you did. :) (Survivor)

Hi Survivor. Working full time freelancing for me is a priority at this time, as I have a variety to work on. Hopefully I will get the time to get some work on GraphicRiver (which I must say is awesome – I can’t believe I only just stumbled acrosss it.)

I get a wide variety of requests these days from clients, which in all honesty is what I wanted. I never thought to myself that I would only work print or branding or even web – I love to work on all types of media no matter what it is, as it keeps things fresh.

I have a new site in the works which is way off, and unfortunately I can’t post my site here as it’s self-promotion, but you can visit my profile page were you will find a link to my site. :)

Describe your home workspace.

At the moment my office is my room till I can find a new home for my studio. This really is my next target for myself. As you can see from the photo, my space may seems messy but to me this is organized believe it or not.

I have a very fast PC, which these days you need when multitasking with design work.

Describe your creative process. What steps do you normally follow to create your files?

My main process would be research research and more research. This is priority for me as it provides a better result in the end.

Then its down to sketching what ever idea come to mind, any think! then its of to the scanner to refine them. then depending on the job send them to the client to be signed of or if they needed a much clearer idea start designing.

What is your advice to other authors regarding how to create a successful portfolio?

My advice is never give up. Keep designing and improving. Experiment a lot – you may end up finding a new style.

Secondly, try to be original as much as possible.

What do you do to market your files?

My main site would be deviantART, a great place to start. This will drive some traffic your way and may give you referrals as well.

What are your three favorite files, and why do you like them?

Firstly I love the turn out with this logo: Creative Solutions Corporate Logo Design.

Secondly is my abstract background. I love colors!

And last but least is abstract design. This was a design accident as I was aiming for some think else. I have this design on my desktop as it very soothing and relaxing to me.

Apart from yourself, who is your favorite marketplace author, and why do you like them?

I have so many favorites, firstly is “sevenstyles” There fliers are mind blowing love everyone of them. Here a few in particular:

Miriad Background:

Heavenly Background 9:

Another would have to be “ranfirefly“, has some great mock up work,

5 Realistic Logo Mockups – Smart Template V.2:

Do you like the work of your fellow British Authors…mainly Quickandeasy? Which Quickandeasy item would you recommend people buy? Lol jk… I always like to know what was the motivation for people to start learning Photoshop in the first place – it's something you obviously have to keep going at and can be very frustrating at times :) (Quickandeasy)

Hi QuickandEasy. You work is very outstanding, I really cant say what I like most as you have a lot of nice work and you seem to be doing great on here, well you are a forum star after all :)

I was driven into Photoshop a long time ago, I mainly believe it was the creativity people put into various printing materials that pushed me to do more.

What do you do in your spare time?

I have quite the spare time on my hands from time to time, especially the quiet season. I usually work on multiple things, design for GraphicRiver, I do a lot of personal projects as it keeps on top of my game, or work on my portfolio, at this moment I coding my new site which isn’t from strong suit.

The rest of my time relaxing spending time with the girlfriend, watching Family Guy. I love to play poker at home or the casinos from time to time.

Halloween Costume Winner

Posted: 14 Nov 2011 09:15 PM PST

After some careful consideration we have selected a winner for the Envato Halloween Costume Competition. There were some excellent entries and it looks like you all had a lot of fun dressing up!

The winner of the very scary Halloween badge is Palmtreep with his exceptional Ghost Busters costume!

I present me and my girlfriend with matching Ghostbuster costumes. Mine came complete with lights and sound, hers came with lights and a slime blower (which shot ping pong balls..makes sense no?). Enjoy :)

Congratulations Palmtreep! He obviously put a lot of thought into his costume and tried hard to get all the Ghostbuster gagets.

Head to the Halloween Costume Competition Thread to check out the other awesome costumes, there were some really clever and funny ones. Great job everyone who entered and start thinking about your costume for next year, you may just take the badge!

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