Whenever I visit websites and watch tutorials I always hear about Deviant art. I Always see quotes such, “It‘s always a great place to view quality art and get inspiration”. So I always visit the website. I always wanted to create an account but I was so reluctant in doing so. The quality of art always discouraged me. So I didn’t really create an account until in late 2015. I submitted some of my amateur works that day, but Deviantart was such a big pond with some very large fishes. I try to swim around, but I found out there were even larger fishes than those other big fishes… and when comparing my art to theirs it really gave me a smack in the self-esteem. I persevered and in 2016 I started to familiarize myself with the website and got the feel of it. I met some very amazing artists and made some pretty cool friends. The manipulation community here is really amazing; they are always encouraging each other. That’s what I really love about DA. Even amateur artists can feel welcomed and don’t have to feel discouraged. We were all amateurs at one point, right?
My favorite work is Bring Me To Life
. I Spent a lot of hours on it and was it really fun working on it. It was inspired by the song - Bring me to life by Evanescence. With its contrasting meaning, I really wanted to depict an angel being taken over by darkness. Creating the darkness around the angel was my favorite part to do. This was done by painting over sky stocks by, adding highlights and shadows. The Darkness grabbing his was done by smudging to get those hair-like strands.
I’m Romario, my nickname is Cjay, but I prefer being called Jay (That sounds a little bit too confusing). Well, that’s where JayGraphixx comes in, the artist guy who has an obsession for bright lights in artworks.
Could you tell us a bit about your start in Photoshop and DA community?
I got introduced to Photoshop in late 2013 - a copy I received from my brother’s art teacher in high school. I started to familiarize myself with the software by watching some tutorials the teacher sent with the copy. Watching those tutorials, I got fascinated by the editing aspect of it. I mean, removing the background of an image was a “wow” moment for me, and when I tried it for myself I had no idea what I was doing, it was a very complex software.
I started to do some research about photo editing with Photoshop to get a better understanding of, and by early 2014 I started to do digital art. In that time I learned a lot about Photomanipulation, it was really captivating; I really fell in love with it, and watching tutorials about it was really amazing. But I was really Impatient, I got frustrated a lot when editing… I even stopped using the software for months, but I got around that. So In that year I learned a lot and started to do manipulation without tutorials.
These manipulations took hours, with less than 20 layers and a bunch of adjustments I didn’t know how to use. They were not very pleasing to the eyes and very cringe-worthy, but I’m proud of them though. I keep them as a reminder to show how far I’ve come.
Deviantart has been great so far, and ironically those top artists work have now been pushing me a lot, they are such an inspiration, I really don’t get discouraged anymore. One thing that I’ve also seen that can really get the best out of an artist is contests and challenges. It’s not always about winning, but you want to do your best to place well so that always pushes you to create amazing stuff.