Maebh Costello is a designer from the Republic of Ireland. She specializes in Illustration, Graphic Design and Web/Email Design and produces a tremendously inspiring work. This interview will highlight her background, personal work and inspirations so be sure to read through!
First off, we’d like to know more about you. Can you tell us more about yourself?
Wow, I guess we are starting with a hard question. Well, I am a female designer based in Ireland. I have travelled all over the world but Ireland is where my heart is. My family and friends are here and they are the main inspiration in my life.
I thrive here and enjoy making digital artwork – I cant resist.
My friends describe me as ‘passionate, mischievous and very in independent’ (direct quote XD ). I suppose I can’t argue with that account. I guess you could say I am a quirky mix.
As a computer based artist I’m definitely not anchored to my Mac. In my opinion any excuse to be outside is a good one – especially if it involves water sports. I absolutely love surfing. I get out on the water most weekends.
I also carry my camera everywhere so I can mix my two favorite pastimes, the outdoors and art.
When did your love affair with digital arts and illustration begin? Have you always been into art?
Art is something that I have always done, it is just part of me. Since I was a child I have been obsessed. I couldn’t imagine my life without it.
Digital Illustration is where my passion lays though. I absolutely love chilling out and creating Art in Photoshop. LOL, I hate to admit it but I can even get irritated if I don’t get to spend quality time with Photoshop. I can’t explain it but creating make me feel good.
Do you consider anyone as your mentor? What other digital artist inspires you?
Oh, there are so many artist our there that inspire me. I couldn’t really say that there is one individual who I consider to be a mentor.
However I do constantly follow others artistic work. It pushes me to enhance my skills.
I keep a close eye on digital artists such as Phil Dunne, Alexis Marcou, Matei Apostolescu, Ehren Mikeal Kallman, Sara Black, Diego l Rodriguez…I could go on and on there are far too many to mention.
What tools/apps do you usually use in creating your artwork?
I am evolving my style at the moment so my repertoire has changed a lot over the last few months. Right now I am using a diverse mix of tools ranging from Pencils, Paint, Camera and Photoshop. Or basically anything that will help me create the effect I am looking for!
In the past my camera has been the main aspect to my art work. At the moment I am aiming to merge this with more tradition sketch work. Keep an eye on my twitter for previews.
In your experience, were there moments that you have struggled or had difficulty in coming up with a concept? If there are, what are these and how did you overcome/cope?
There are definitely times when I have found it hard to get into a project. I always pick up a pencil when I struggle with a concept. If anything scribbling down ideas or even just doodling helps me to clear my mind. Its almost a Zen like process! I would definitely recommend it to your readers.
My key to avoiding creative block is to relax. I am a very calm person and rarely get stressed. On the occasions when I am feeling pressured I simply take a break and get outside in the fresh air.
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