A while back I was trying to find some news about Alex Solis and also came across these really talented illustrators who create t-shirts designs that are full of humor and cuteness. Pandemic is a duo – Eddy and Mishan – which has collaborated with LaFraise, tee shirt Woot!, A better Tomorrow and Loviu.com. All sites I am sure you are familiar with. It is time you met Eddy as well, so here is a short interview he was great enough to give us. You can find their entire graphic portfolio here.
Tell our readers a little about yourself: where are you from, where do you reside and what is your main profession?
Hi, I am Eddy_cz, I am from Hradec Kralove in the Czech Republic and I live regularly in home town. I’m still a student, so my time is derived from it and I study advertising and marketing, but soon I will complete in high school.
And I want to be a designer.
GardenerWhy did you decide to become an illustrator?
Because I love of making people smile with my illustrations and love of making designs for t-shirts too.
It’s amazing feeling to enjoy how someone wear my work on own shirt.
Which was your first professional design and who did you do it for?
My first professional design I created for www.shirt.woot.com. It was a design called The battle of the Bottle.
I hope that will soon be on sale.
How do you technique a project ? Do you work 100% digital or is there paper involved?
Yes, I always create a quick sketch on paper then make in-depth sketch and finally I create it in digital form by using the tablet.
Because I like manual work. I did a sample about process of my design The tradition of ALIENs:
Oana: How would you describe your style?
Pandemic: My style is based on my own idea, because I think that terrific idea is in the first place.
I like comics and a lot more pleasant style but often I want to create a lot more complex out of my routine, because I want learned something new.
There is no escapeWhat do you think makes your style of illustration distinctive?
That’s a hard question :). I think that is hand made work and cartoon facial expressions. and recently I observed that my characters I draw with naked socks ?
Where is the South Pole?What’s one source of inspiration that never failed you?
Still I can’t find my main source of inspiration. I take inspiration from everything around me.
Have you experience any bad cases of designer’s-block? how did you surpass it?
Yes, I get this very often, when people don’t like or don’t get my design. right away try to learn from this mistake and create an image that might take pleasure in it.
This is the best way for me.
Is there anything that you’ve never quite been able to depict?
Fortunately I managed to get rid of all obstacles but once it took me several hours, maybe days to get rid of the problem.
I try to fix every problem because I can’t continue with another projects.
As far as your work is concerned, which would you say is your favorite design and why?
My favorite design is There is no escape, because it is my best idea. Zombie cherry is that tries to pass the worm which got to a healthy cherry.
From a distance it looks like an common cherries but close to see what’s going on. This is basic graphics and idea and I like this way. My fans also liked this joke.
I think that is a horrible situation which everybody faces in their life:)
How much of popular culture do you absorb in your works?Can you give us some examples?
I think that topic does not appear much in my designs. but I found some. There they are:
What are you working on ideal now?
I create new designs for e-shop with tees and I prepare for final exams in the school.
What would you say are some of the most crucial lessons you have learned and are learning from designing?
For the author of designs it is crucial to find a target group for which the form. Our humor and graphic’s style are not for everyone.
I think that a good idea is a lot more than good graphics. but it is too tough bring some new idea, when it is so much designers.
Second lesson is find own style in graphics. contests like on Threadless.com helped me a lot to form my ideas and graphic’s style. You get there very good feed back of another artists and fans of page.
Light of my heartArtists you admire?
There are lots of artists that I admire, but I love the most work of four very popular designers authors, all of them find their own style of graphics and have a special style of humor that makes me laugh.
There they are: Alexmdc, Naolito, Glennz and Walmazan.
Other passions other than designing?
My greatest hobby is to spend time with my girlfriend:) A another hobby is playing videogames and I love every kind of sport.
I wouldlike to try all of them.
Thank you Eddy, keep up the terrific job!
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