Graphic Designer Maria Spada #interview

Please give a warm welcome to graphic designer Maria Spada

Tell us a bit about yourself

Hi, my name is Maria, a 28-year-old graphic designer from the tropical island of Cebu, Philippines. I’m also a book and music collector, and a lover of green tea 🙂

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Have you always wanted to become a designer/artist?

I knew I had it since I was a child. My father was a very good watercolor artist, and my mother is a grade school teacher, so I was lucky enough to have the resources and materials needed to develop my talent. I joined a lot of art competitions, until my interest in art just slowly disappeared. It wasn’t until 2005 when I discovered Photoshop by accident. I learned by myself, and then used the knowledge and skill to support my local arts and music scene, made invitation cards and posters and other stuff for friends and family. In other words I only considered it a hobby. After college (I took Political Science), I landed a part-time job at a publishing company where I learned a lot about book cover design. I found out that I could make a living with my skills so I decided to become a full-time book cover designer. 🙂

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Where do you find inspiration for your work?

Fantasy movies and TV shows, children’s books, folk and symphonic black metal music, and Asian myths/folklore

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What are you working on now?

My website, and a couple of fantasy covers that has dragons in it 🙂

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Do you have any quirks while working?

I don’t know if listening to metal while working counts. It gives me energy X)

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Do you have any advice for new artists about the publishing world?

It takes a lot of effort and patience to develop a skill. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, to try new things–experiment, and don’t be afraid of failures. Learn from them instead. Also in the publishing world you must pay attention to details and be informed with the technicalities and legal stuff, including copyrights, etc. I know it’s boring, but it’s a must.

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What are your hopes for the future?

A better world where there is equality, and love, and new inventions are more helpful than destructive.

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Do you have anything to say to your fans?

I have fans? Hehe. Hi! I love you!

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