Leonardo Dentico is a unique artist with a strong passion for his work. An up and coming artist with a great set of skills and strong beliefs that he represents in his art. In this interview Leonardo talks about his two best illustrations, how he made them, and what their intended message was. Along with that Leonardo also gives us some of his favorite websites, and insight on why he wanted to become a designer.
1. Welcome to Psdtuts+, please introduce yourself. Could you tell us where you're from and how you got started in the field?
I'm Leonardo Dentico, better known as leox912 on the web. I'm 17 now and I'm from Rome, Italy. I started getting into graphic design with some Italian forums, really it was an anime-based forum with some competitions. I wanted to understand how people could make avatars and signatures so I started to practice.
2. Who, and or what made you want to become a graphic designer?
After the competitions on the forums I started to expose my works on some international websites, and everyone told me that I was original, but my technical skills were poor!
So I decided to learn all the Photoshop functions and I tried every time to be better. I was inspired by microbot, norbi, he1z and lot of other artists that gave me something like a target, that I have to center, and even now I want to make my art better every time. Now I'm into SlashTHREE and my opportunities to improve my art are more than before. This art group is totally awesome.
3. Lately the majority of your art seems to end up being primarily black and white. Why are you taking this route instead of experimenting more with colors?
Well, that's a hard question, I start my pieces every time with the colors, but after some work I understand that the concept might be expressed in a better way with desiderated colors. Many times my concepts are not simple, they have serious meanings and only, and few times can you express something important with flashy colors, look at "dominant species" as an example. I just couldn't use a red-orange-yellow gradient scale to represent something like that, don't you think so?
4. "From Chaos to Order" is a design you created that recently got featured in Slashthree's latest design pack. Walk us through how you made this illustration as well as how you came to the idea.
I could choose to use order or chaos as a principal theme, but I used both of them, because one doesn't have a meaning without the other one. I decided to explain what chaos and order mean in my life. All chaos is just something that's moving into something that doesn't change something immutable, the order.
First of all, I had to show chaos and I chose a face, with a crazy aspect. I painted the whole face by myself because that was the only way I could give it the impression I wanted. The background is the universe, what else would be better, it's chaos and order together! All the roads finish at the stop. So all the chaos becomes order; also the type has a meaning, the "order" word is created using domino pieces. If you pay attention, the last number of a domino piece is the same of the first number of the piece near to it.
5. Give us a look into some of your favorite websites you visit when you are about to start a new project. Whether they are for inspiration, stocks, or anything else you look at.
6. XX Century is a stimulating illustration that also serves to show political symbolism along with a mesmerizing design. What exactly does this design represent?
Well, on DeviantArt I explained all the symbolisms of this work, but the design of the central structure is of course the most important part of the work. I wanted to show in some ways the instability of our world and the politics of it. The structure gives an insecurity feeling, it seems like it might collapse in any moment, and that is what I wanted! Modern architecture really helped me to create this piece!
7. What is the most important lesson you have learned since you started designing?
About the concept, never be influenced by technical problems you might have in representing something. If something comes to your mind just try to paint it. Don't worry about the technical problems you can have about technique. Don't spend 6 hours in a day. It's better if you make a work 2 hours per day for three days. This will assure it's way better.
8. Thanks again for providing Psdtuts+ with this opportunity to interview you. Any final thoughts for our readers?
Thanks to you and Psdtuts+ for giving me the opportunity to expose my works to a larger audience! I have 4 finished works that I can't expose because of some limitations and I'm working on a 5th piece, so expect lot of updates to my portfolio. Bye and thanks again!
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