Graduated from Animation Department, Anadolu University/Faculty of Fine Arts.
Focused on Concept Art and Visual Development, Illustration mostly. Working as an Art Director/Illustrator recently.
- Tell me a bit about you and your background: where are you from/ where did you study?
I am Ipek, I’m 28 and I was born in Turkey. Studied Fine Arts during high school and then studied Animation-Cartoon at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Anadolu University. Graduated in 2013, started working right away, worked with clients such as Google, Apple, Oxford University Press. And I’ve been working as a freelance artist for 4 years.
- When did you start to dedicate yourself to the world of illustration?
Well, for me it was a goal as I started studying animation, I always wanted to be at the concept art-visual development parts of the animated projects and make illustrations besides that. During my studies, I had classes for different fields such as 3D Modeling, rigging, 3D animation, compositing, 2D animation, writing for comics, comics, illustration, concept art, character design, etc. It helped me make my decision clear.
- What are your top tools to work?
My top tools are iPad Pro, my MacBook Pro, and Wacom Intuos Pro. The top software is Procreate and Photoshop.
- How would you describe your illustration style? Does your work represent your personality?
I think it does represent my personality, I try to use a lot of colors, different shapes, make clear statements, and hope the viewers get the story behind them, sometimes they are very personal and I like seeing people getting involved and sharing their own emotions and experiences. It creates a connection and I really like that.
- what would you say is your strongest skill?
I think it would be my passion to explore and observe. I seek inspiration in everything and everyone. I try my best to be open-minded.
- What challenges do you expect in this job?
Well, since I am working as a freelancer, sometimes I experience difficulties while trying to keep the balance between communication and the work itself. You have to basically run a company on your own; Connections, mailings, schedules, taxes, regular mails, meetings, and producing the projects of course. So it can be challenging as if you feel ill or you have a situation, all of these stop until you’re back in the game.
- Which one do you prefer, personal projects or ones for publishing houses and magazines? Why?
I like them both because sometimes personal projects can be trapped in the safe zone and professional projects require you to take a step out of this zone. So they both complete each other and help me improve my work.
- what are you currently fascinated by and how is it feeding into your work?
I am currently too into watching cool music videos. I love music and it has a big part in my life. And watching inspiring, artsy videos keeps me motivated and inspires me. It also helps me escape the art block I sometimes struggle.
- How do you think online design resources have influenced the art being produced today?
It had a big impact for sure. I think it helped art get even more global and universal than it already was. The artists are communicating through online platforms using online tools, producing their art at the quality they prefer via those online tools. Being up-to-date about recent events and products. This is a great ease for the art community.
- Do you feel social media is an important tool for illustrators?
Does having a social media presence really change an illustrator’s ability to get commissions?
I think it’s one of the most important tools in these times. As the world’s focus is mostly on social media for many topics, art is one of them, too. It makes you available to work with companies in countries you have never been to. Your artworks can travel more than you; it can be a book published in a country you’ve never been to. Designs you made for an event in a different country etc. In my case, Behance and Instagram helped me get the most projects.
- What are some trends or visual styles you appreciate in contemporary illustration?
I like minimalistic but bold designs usually but the priority for me is the concept or the idea of the illustration.
- Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?
Hmm, I hope still freelancing but also having an online artsy merchandise store!
- What is your dream project?
I do not have a specific one, but ideally, I am always fascinated to participate in projects involving a social message, especially about women’s, children’s, and animal rights.