Meet Our Authors: Danjazzia
Envato Elements Author Danjazzia has attracted a following for his colorful, abstract graphics and illustrations. Featuring a bright and bold color palette, surreal scenes and geometric shapes, Danjazzia’s work is instantly recognizable.
We chatted to Danjazzia to learn how he creates his unique work, where he gets his inspiration, as well as his top tips for aspiring other artists and designers…
Tell us about Danjazzia and how you got into digital art.
I studied programming and web design and attended many boring lectures about vector graphics. When I first tried drawing with Bezier curves, I hated it so much. I actually decided that I wouldn’t ever do it again! But the more I practiced, the more I liked it and now, here we are – I’ve been creating illustrations every day for 15 years and I love it.
What inspires your work?
I like to portray the uniqueness in people’s faces. I love combining people and objects, but I usually don’t have a plan or a sketch – I just sit down at the computer and start drawing, and the illustration creates itself. It’s like playing jazz, I just feel the rhythm and improvise.
Danjazzia’s designs are very unique! How would you describe your creative style?
I would define my art as digital painting rather than commercial illustration. I can’t even imagine where my artworks would be featured, but people continue to download and buy and use them and I’m happy about that.
How has Envato Elements helped you grow your career as an artist?
Elements allows me to do what I love, and at the same time keep my freedom and not be chained to one workplace.
For me, Elements is the number one stock site – both in terms of earnings and the number of people who order illustrations from me via my Elements portfolio.
How do you create items for Elements?
I first make the base in CorelDraw, then work on the colors, gradients and finishing touches in Adobe Illustrator. I save and export the layered file in various formats so that my client is able to use the artwork both as a whole illustration and as separate elements. Usually, my zip archive includes seven options for both raster and vector graphics, including files that can also be processed in video editing programs. I also still create my illustrations using my computer mouse – I tried using a tablet, but it turns out that I’m a creature of habit!
What main programs, tools or techniques do you use to create your work for Danjazzia? Do you have any expert tips?
If you do something for long enough, your imagination begins moving in that direction. You start to see what others don’t, which helps to solidify your style and set your work apart. Just allow inspiration to come to you and let the artistic process happen – you need not interfere.
Name one thing Envato has enabled you to achieve…
Envato has helped me to improve my technical skills (such as making layers, using fonts, creating gradients, experimenting with effects, etc.) Developing as an artist has enabled me to create and sell better illustrations on Elements.
Do you have any words of advice for Envato Authors who are just starting out?
If you’re selling your work on Envato, then you’re already making something of yourself. Just do what you like and try not to copy anyone – be unique and interesting. As Danjazzia, I simply do what I love, even though many of my illustrations (which I consider to be some of my best artworks) remain unclaimed. People aren’t always going to like everything you do, but don’t let that stop you.
Feeling inspired by Danjazzia? Head over to Envato Elements and start creating today! Or, for more creative inspiration, check out some of our other Q&As with talented designer M-e-f and video whizz FrameStock.