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The power of brushes and textures

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Interviews, by Mark White
December 8, 2017

Carolina Rempto tells us her biggest influences, how she became interested in art, and how she creates her stunning digital paintings

With work featured by TheStudentShow along with Behance’s Photoshop and Illustration galleries online, Carolina Rempto is a digital artist who’s already seen critical acclaim for her work, not to mention thousands of views. As someone deeply passionate about digital painting, Carolina is constantly undergoing exciting new projects. We asked her about her favourite ones, and what tips she has for beginners.

Have you always been interested in art and design?

I’ve always been the kind of kid that was quiet and drawing something. At first I was drawing dresses and princesses, when I grew up a little I started to copy the comics that I read in my favourite teenage magazines. When I was about to begin a Graphic Design course, I started to learn Photoshop and it soon became essential in my life. Now I work with it every day.

Who are your biggest influences?

Well, I think my biggest artistic influence is Mary Blair (the artist who produced concept art for such films as Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Song of the South and Cinderella). I’ve always loved Disney movies and when I finally discovered the artist behind some of them, I fell in love with her art. I didn’t start to create like I do now, though I’ve been in a lot of places when it comes to creation and creativity, but the more you know about art, about yourself and your tools, the better you get. You never stop developing!

Would you describe your artwork in a similar way to how one might describe Disney art?

I would describe my work as colourful, whimsical and cute. It is a result of everything I love and I think that is how I would like the world to be: so similar to Disney in that sense. I observed a lot of illustrators that create similar art and tried to absorb the aspects that I like in their art to create something unique, that is truly mine. For me, it is super important to keep an eye on what illustrators that I like are doing. It seems like the more you see, the more you learn and apply it to your own work.

What are your favourite tools and features in Photoshop?

My favourite tool is the Brush, I use it all the time, but I also love the Magic Wand as it saves me a lot of time. Another great thing is that you can add masks to the layers, which is magical! My creative process usually starts with some options I’ve created as digital sketches in Photoshop, then I start to separate the shapes of the drawing by using layers and flat colours. After that, I test a lot of colours, and when I decide that I like the combination, I add some textures and details to finalise it.

As a digital artist, and someone who uses brushes a lot in their work, textures must be really important to you, too.

Yes. Textures are really important in my work, as I think they bring life to the illustration. My favourite adjustment is Hue/Saturation, because it gives me the chance to change the colour of the work without really altering it too much. It allows me to try new combinations of colours on a project, which is great.

What tips would you give to Photoshop beginners looking to achieve results as good as yours?

Tutorials are great, they help a lot. But don’t limit yourself to it. Try new things, try to discover what each tool does and use it in unexpected ways. You’ll find that the way you use Photoshop is always a little bit different from the way others do, so I would say to find your way to use it, learn your favourite shortcuts (you’re going to save a lot of time using them!) and focus on doing your work. Photoshop is a great tool to achieve your final result, so focus on that.

Which projects have you worked on that you’re most proud of?

I recently did a comic about a girl that was seeking the truth, it was called Azul and it was truly a life-changing project. I never tried to do comics before and I absolutely loved it! It pushed my limits and made me discover sides of my work that I never saw before. Another project that I’m really proud of is the special edition plate I’ve illustrated for a national chain of Italian restaurants here in Brazil, that was sold for a short period of time all over the country. I’m really hoping to work with concept art somewhere in the future, so I might invest some of my time studying more about that subject so I can achieve these goals.