Getting into graphics at the age of twelve, learning Photoshop by playing around, having a love for simplicity, and encouraging new authors not to quit when they are rejected. This week we meet Eli Isakov (Studio9Resources) from GraphicRiver.
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Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from, what do you do for a living?
Hello my name is Eli. I was born in Azerbaijan, in a little place called Ramani Safxozu, Sabuncu Rayonu. When I was nine years old, we moved to Israel. I lived in Ramle for three years, until we decided to move to Canada to be near our relatives. It was a long journey.
I currently am a freelance student attending college for web designing. Once graduated I hope to stay constantly active on the community and provide new high quality files.
Which marketplaces do you belong to? What types of files do you sell?
I definitely belong to GraphicRiver. I love to make business cards and photo effects. I am hoping to move on to 3DOcean/ThemeForest/Tuts+ in the future.
How did you get started? Have you had any formal training?
I started at the age of 12 with small forum tags. In fact, my first piece of work was just two images overlaying each other, which I thought was amazing at the time.
Now I’ve improved a lot with my seven years of personal experience. I haven’t had any training as I am not that big on following tutorials. Everything I do is me playing around with Photoshop until I get better at it.
Describe your home workspace.
Well I could only snap a picture of my laptop that I do most of my work on, in my living room. I do own a 27″ iMac that I do all my projects on, mainly web designs for my clients.
Describe your creative process. What steps do you normally follow to create your files?
Making my business cards is an easy process. I sit down in front of my laptop, and randomly start wire framing my ideas. Then I start putting everything together and making them look nice.
For my effects I like to watch movies and try to make effects similar to Hollywood effects. I always test my effects on different images to make sure they work nicely on all kind of situations. This really helps you get better and tweak your effect before finalizing it.
What is your advice to other authors regarding how to create a successful portfolio?
My Portfolio is not that successful just yet as I recently got started. The main thing I can suggest to other authors is, keep doing what you’re doing and you’ll get where you want.
The main problem with new authors are that they quit once their first items get rejected. In the long run the reviewers really do help us out improving our files, so keep fixing your items, don’t quit.
What do you do to market your files?
I mainly use Facebook, Google + and Twitter to market my files. DeviantArt is biggest role in my file marketing. I post all of my designs there which really helps me out with my sales.
What are your three favorite files, and why do you like them?
Creative Business Card
That business card really shows me how simple creativeness can be. Its one my favorite files that I’ve created. Simplicity is what I like to do. Keeping simple, can be easily understandable by everyone.
La Royle Business Card
Yellow and black (dark) is my favorite color mixing in making business cards. I am not a huge fan of white (light) business cards. This card of mine shows me how everything could be positioned nicely to look really professional, without any special effects.
Hollywood Photo Effects 1
When people look at photos taken by professionals, they think its really nice. Until they find out how it’s done and they can do it easily with their own photos with just a click. This shows how Hollywood effects are really simple, and impressive.
Apart from yourself, who is your favorite marketplace author, and why do you like them?
My favorite marketplace author is UltraDesigns. His business cards are truly amazing, and I like them a lot. He really does show that simplicity is still the best design style.
What do you do in your spare time?
In my spare time, I like to go out with my friends to club and just have fun. I also like to say “I love you” to my fiance Zohre Huseynova.