We're currently running a contest with the awesome folks at GelaSkins to see who will join them as their next artist. Earlier this year, we ran a similar contest and the talented COLOURlover that won was Sylvie Demers. Since her winning design was selected, Sylvie has become an artist with GelaSkins, and you can now buy her designs on their website.
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She was kind enough to answer a few questions for us and we're excited to share our conversation with you guys. Thanks Sylvie!
How has the experience been as an artist for GelaSkins?
Exciting for sure! I was so surprised to win this contest. I didn't know what to expect. I can say, couple of months later, that working with Gelaskins is smooth and easy. Every one of the team has been so nice and helpful. They took me by the hand and took care of every detail. The only thing I had to do was to propose some patterns, let them choose what they thought was more likely to sell and wait for the royalties!
Where do you go to find inspiration?
First, within! I meditate every day to let the creativity flow, and then, seeing beauty around you comes easily... Books, magazines, and Pinterest are part of my daily routine for inspiration. Travels also help. I was in Nevada two months ago and the colors and textures of the desert are still in my mind.
What are the apps and/or tools you can't live without?
I'm in love with my new Bamboo tablet from Wacom. I use it with Inkscape (a free program that allows you to draw directly in .svg) or Corel draw. The Seamless Studio is so convenient, too, for creating patterns... inexpensive and user-friendly!
How has the COLOURlovers community helped you as a designer?
It keeps me going! The instant feedback that is given when I put a new template online is priceless. People are so generous. Comments, "likes" or "faves" give me the pulse about my creations. I'm sure that I'm not the only one having experienced the addictive nature of COLOURlovers! I crave for people's reactions... I like to make the other COLOURlovers enthusiastic when they play with my templates. Thanks to everyone who makes this community so vibrant.
What most excites you about what you're working on right now?
I've always being attracted to colors and forms... I've experimented with acrylic painting since summer and I'm having so much fun! After working with watercolor for a long time, I found a new way to express my love of colours! When I sell a painting and see happiness in the buyer's eye, it fulfills me completely.
Creating new patterns for Gelaskins after Christmas will be a lot of fun too.