Jan 04

Author Interview: EAMejia

Tue, 01/04/2011 - 12:16 — julie

Today we meet Eduardo Mejia (EAMejia) from GraphicRiver.

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

Hi, my name is Eduardo Mejia. I live in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, located it in Central America. I work at a local advertising agency as a web/graphic designer. I have four years of experience and very proud and happy with my job.

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

I’m very much in love with GraphicRiver and I feel like I’m married to them. In my personal portfolio you can view a variety of items from web buttons, flyers, banners, backgrounds, web elements, and email templates. Through the years we have established a good relationship. ;)

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

Since I was a child I have loved and enjoyed drawing and was always involved with different design activities. I studied computer engineering at our local university, and right after finishing my studies I was able to get a job with a local agency without any experience in graphic and web design.

I remember thinking, “What am I doing here?” and was very surprised that I was hired by the owner right away. I have to say that I did not have any knowledge of Photoshop. How did I learn to use it? I was sitting next to my co-worker and watching how he was doing it, asking him questions, and searching for tutorial sites, especially PSD tuts.

Describe your home workspace.

It’s very small, and is not fancy at all. It’s a mess with a bunch of magazines, books and other work supplies. Honestly I’m not very organized – I’m the kind of person that can work in a very small workspace without being bothered.

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

I don’t really have a creative process, but I do the following:

  1. As soon as I get an idea, I start sketching my my way around it until I’m satisfied with the overall draft.
  2. I visit some sites for inspiration.
  3. I get myself ready to work! (It’s a cooking process a.k.a. listening-to-my-favorite-music-while-working time.)
  4. I look at the final results, make some nips and tucks, and it’s ready to go!

If for some reason I feel stuck, come across to any difficulty, or I just go blank, I take a break and step out to get some fresh air, and make a personal call to give my brain a break. Then I go back to work with a whole new persona and with fresh ideas.

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

First you need to believe in yourself, in the marketplace and in the buyers. Be creative and create unique pieces. Step out of the box – in the end everyone will appreciate the quality of what you’ve done.

Think and plan before you get your hands on the project, and always keep up to date with all the new trends of upcoming designs. And always give very strong feedback to your buyers. In the end is quality and not quantity that matters.

Envato will change your life if you let it. I was able to buy my first car, take my family on vacation, and now I am visiting the US on my own for the first time.

Besides it’s a good way to get extra income to help you pay rent, go shopping, and be able to do things that I wouldn’t be able to do if I only depended on my daytime job – luxuries! It’s very cool to see the balance of my credit card every month.

What do you do to market your files?

Not much. I have a signature in some design forums with an external link to my portfolio. I need to work on marketing.

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

Space Web Backgrounds

BIGIdea Power Point Presentation

Electro Party Flyer

I think these files make a difference in each category and served as a reference to other authors. I’m very glad to see that my work inspired similar and sometimes much better files!!

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

I have lots of authors I look up to:

  • Art Bees has amazing items that always have a refresh and special touch.
  • My second favorite author is Fet – his illustrations are incredible and very unique. I promise to buy his archives to decorate my apartment walls.

What do you do in your spare time?

I play soccer, go out with my closer friends to local sport bars, spend quality time with my family, and watch good scary and funny movies. Every once in a while I attend to our local stadium to watch our local soccer team play, and of course travel!

Thank you sincerely for taking the time to read my interview and mostly thank you to the site manager for giving me the opportunity, best wishes to all the members!




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