Every month we select one member to be exposed on the homepage of the group and we will do a special feature and a short interview.
Special Feature and Interview with the incredible Mihaela-V
1. Can you give us a little insight as to what goes on in your mind when you create your pieces? Where do your ideas stem from?
I'm mostly inspired by my favourite movies, music and books. For example the Middle Earth movies, the recently released Crimson Peak and gothic literature like the works of E. A. Poe, Wuthering Heights, etc.
I also like creating my own characters, thinking about what their stories could be and what would they be doing. This also helps with building the world or scene around the characters.
2. Which of your pieces are you most fond of and can you tell us a little about them?
One of my pieces that I`m most fond of is The Elder Tales.
I have wanted to give up working on this so many times! I have used a lot of elements to make those trees and background that I wasn't sure it was worth spending so much time on it at first. But there was this magical place in my head that I wanted to create and I decided it can be done with a little perseverance. My hard work paid off as this piece was awarded a Daily Deviation which was so unexpected and I was so happy to receive!
Another piece that is very close to my heart is Beautiful Disaster. I've created it as an entry for a competition by Elandria.
She is so beautiful and has such amazing wardrobe and poses, I just had to do something for her competition! So I have started building the image around the model, wondering what I can add to her story and challenging myself to keep working on it even when I was happy with how it looked. My goal was to make a haunting gothic fantasy image and I have allowed myself to get inspired by my favourite movies and literature.
3. What advice do you have for the beginning photo manipulation artists?
I believe one of the most important things to do when learning a craft is to study it at first. And I don`t mean reading the biggest book that you can find (though it might have it`s own advantages) but training your eye by looking at a lot of visual art daily. Not just other photomanipulations, but photography and paiting (digital or traditional) too.
With photography you can see how light and color behave and interact with each other in the natural world and with paining you can see exactly how artists actually build that world from scratch.
As photo-manipulators we often have to match photos with different light sources and understanding how they should look is essential.
And the most important advice is PRACTICE. Because practice does indeed make perfect!
find mihaela v.
Stock account: Mihaela-VStock
Behance: Mihaela Voicu
Facebook: Mihaela Voicu Photography and Mihaela Voicu Digital Art and Retouch
Thank you for participating Mihaela.
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