2008 at 10.39 am posted by Veerle Pieters
Our next guest is somebody who has developed a new approach to the whole hot babes/vector art scene.
Hi, my name is Alberto Seveso, I was born in Milan 30 years ago, but I have lived for more than 20 on the marvellous Sardinia Island. Today I live in Rome, where I work as a freelance Illustrator. I didn't study design and took no classes. I personally think this job doesn’t require a degree even when design schools are very important.
My passion for graphics was born about 15 years ago when I had an Amiga 1200 and Delux Paint that I loved very much. However I switched to PC when a friend showed me the potential of photoshop: I was astonished and I understood the power of that software (I know what you’re thinking right now, but no, this isn't a commercial, I actually switched to PC because of photoshop). From that moment on I started the basics of what I still do today.
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Alberto is using a layering technique on photos of people and faces in a very recognizable and original artistic style. The photos are his medium and become an important part of the whole artwork. Swirly patterns are definitely his thing. They add an elegant and sometimes sexy flair to his subjects. He's constantly playing with the idea of what to show and what to hide which adds some kind of mystery to each piece. I find his work definitely artistic and suitable for advertising and magazine covers.
You seem to have developed a new approach in applying vector graphics onto pictures. Can you tell us a little bit about how you came up with the idea and if it took long to master it?
The style used in the series "a me mi piace la gnocca!" was born for a joke about one year ago. The title says everything about the sense, the rough translation from Italian to English would be "I like the pussy". Personally I wouldn't have spent a "euro/dollar" for this collection but people seem to like it. I don't know why to be honest… I guess that's the mystery of inspiration, some things are born by chance.
I always had the objective to unite vectors and bit-map in a harmonious way, but it took me many years to reach this result :) The name "sperm shaping" is derived from the form of some of the vectors that are very similar to sperm :)
Example of a work in progress
The technique you use seems very complex. Can you reveal a bit about your working process?
Well, I usually begin my artwork within illustrator, where I create some vectors (all vectors are drawn by me, I don't buy these vectors). When done with this I place the vectors into a photoshop document where I start assembling the many vectors an giving them more depth and realism. The technique itself is not difficult but it needs patience, passion and taste. The assemblage is meticulous, I try to follow the curves of the body or the face with the vectors to give greater realism to the photo and to make the fusion between vectors and bit-map harmonic.
How to kill a man
Do you take the photos as well or do you work with a photographer?
Both things, some photos are shot by me, and others are done by various photographers. I also sometimes use photos that are purchased from various photo-stock sites.
Has this technique opened many doors that otherwise would have stayed closed?
Yes, this technique is well liked so far and I believe that me or other creatives will revolutionize it or even apply it in different ways than me. Personally I hope that this happens, that it evolves even if I don't love my clones I still prefer that people open new doors departing from my original.
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How do you keep your eyes on what's happening right now in the illustrator scene?
Through books, magazines, looking at blogs or e-zines or exchanging opinions and links with friends.
Prototype for a show
Did the Internet influence your work?
The Internet is a dangerous place :) It is a danger because there are so many good illustrators and creative people online! That way it is easy to become demoralized when looking for a job.
Sketch without a sense