Uncovering Artists Through Windows Themes – Georgian Constantin
Not many people know the name Georgian Constantin. But some members of the DeviantART community have heard about Another Outsider - his community member name - and have him in their watchlist. He is 25, worked as a DTP in a well-known branding agency, but now he's in search for a job. He also worked as a graphic artist, a junior art director, a marketing assistant, even HR assistant and PC operator. In this interview he reveals some interesting details about himself and shares some of his digital paintings through a Windows theme that you can download and use on your computers.
Introducing Georgian Constantin
We asked Georgian a few questions, to give you the chance to learn more about him and his work:
I design because I can. And it took me awhile to understand that not everybody can. Actually, I think everyone can do design, but few have the necessary determination and brilliance to create good designs. I was related to design even before I was born. Given the fact that my entire family has been involved with visual arts in some form, it was only natural that I would inherit some of their talent. I started drawing when I was a child, with little talent. Later, I discovered the Internet - the great inspiration resource center for all artists evolving in this technological era we are in. Later on, I discovered photography and Adobe Photoshop. After a while, I was forced to learn Corel Draw and then someone told me that Adobe Illustrator was even more awesome, so I tried it. Then, I realized that Adobe InDesign is another excellent tool.
As you can see, I have a pretty complicated relationship with software of this kind. Lately, I re-took digital painting so, from time to time, I fire up Painter and Artrage to create new paintings.
What tools do you use?
I use a PC, a graphic tablet - Wacom Bamboo Fun A5 and lots of software: Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Painter and Artrage. I forgot about Corel Draw and I think I am not the only one who has, even though, I admit, it has some good features.
Besides all this software, I always found 2B pencils, rollers, fineliners, multilinkers, very thin markers (the thinner, the better) very useful. I did use some unconventional tools as well, like lipstick, make-up, flower petals, toothpicks, napkins, and other weird things.
What do you recommend for beginners?
It depends on what you want to do. For print or online design I recommend Adobe Creative Suite. It is simply excellent. For digital painting, use Adobe Photoshop. If you consider yourself to be the "artsy" type, use Painter. Something less complicated to use for illustration is Paint Tool Sai.
However, Adobe Creative Suite offers you pretty much everything you need (lately it has added 3D and video editing). It’s the best you can get.
What other artists do you follow?
I follow many artists. I have a DeviantArt account for five years now and in my inbox there are around 1.500 works on a daily basis. Usually, I never delete anything without looking at it first. There are many other websites and blogs, next to DeviantArt, that I follow. On a regular day I look at about 2.000 works created by many people. Therefore, it is hard for me to recommend a specific artist.
What do you like drawing most?
Lately I have discovered a passion for portraits. But I also like to paint trees, clouds and deer. As long as I am not frustrated because the outcome is not as good as I imagine it, I can draw pretty much anything and enjoy it.
What’s the next step for you?
I don’t have a clue. I like to do painting in my spare time. And I generally do it for myself, to surprise people or to give someone a cool present. I would like to exhibit my work at some point in the future. Or maybe paint a whole bar or any other place where people go to relax, and have them see and enjoy my work. I also hope that more people will contact me to paint a portrait or a book illustration for them. Together with the line: "I will pay you good money for it". I am pretty easy to satisfy. :)
Enjoy Georgian’s Work Through a Windows Theme - Download Links
Georgian shared a few gorgeous works with us and we set them up in two Windows themes, one for Windows 7 and Windows 8. The theme is the same in both operating systems.
COPYRIGHT: Georgian Constantin. If you plan to use the pictures included in this theme for something other than your desktop backgrounds, you need written permission from their author.
We thank Georgian for this interview and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors.