Joaquin Acevedo is a digital illustrator. They call him “joaco” and his full artistic screen name on DeviantArt is Joacoful. Joaquin is 19 years old, and he lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is currently obtaining a technical secondary degree with the guidance in advertising. Joaquin likes to spend time with his friends and go out to have fun. It has been a great pleasure for us to take an interview with Joacoful and we wish you a pleasant reading of his incredible story.
The First Steps in Digital Art
AP: Joaquin, thank you very much for finding the time to give us an interview. It is a big pleasure for us, and we hope you will enjoy our questions that we have prepared for you today. So let’s get begin our journey. Please tell us how it all got started?
Joaquin: Since my childhood, I started to draw and I liked it a lot. I drew in class, in my house, in any place where I hang out, at the seaside, in parks, in a waiting room, etc.
One day, when I was 16, I downloaded the video game called League of Legends and I was completely devoured by it. I kept playing it all the day and night long until I started to fall in love with some characters, with their stories, their personalities, their voices, their appearances … with everything! Until one day I asked myself: “Where do those character images come from?” Being called “Splash Art,” I really had no idea until one day I watched a YouTube video where the splash art writings of some characters were being painted.
From that moment I started to investigate more and more, what software those artists used and whether they used some special drawing tools. Soon, I learned that they used graphic tablets to paint the illustrations. On the eve of my birthday, I asked my parents about a graphic tablet, and they presented me one. Since that day I started to draw digital illustrations.
AP: What a wonderful start! Do you have any formal education in visual arts or were you self-taught?
Joaquin: Since I was young, I liked to draw everything that I saw. What I liked the most were the characters of Cartoon Network. I also had a great time in the matter of art in the elementary school: I was always invited to do fragments of the scenery such as backgrounds, cardboard trees, paper masks, etc. I loved that work!
While I was in high school, a friend of mine recommended me to transfer to Fernando Fader Fine Arts High School. There I kept learning some new techniques. Since I was continuously drawing to complete the assignments for the artistic subjects, this helped me to perfect my drawing technique in proportions of bodies, faces, details, etc.
I am very observant, and I like to notice the details, the lights, the shadows, the positions, the perspective of the objects and their strokes. Thanks to this personal quality, I obtain new knowledge.
AP: This is really great that you keep developing your techniques and continuously self-improving yourself. What genre are your illustrations?
Joaquin: I think the genre of my illustrations is Fan Art. I was drawing a lot of characters from video games and movies. I would like to draw a lot of original and authentic drawings created by myself and not from video games, but the problem is that people would not be able to come across them frequently on the Internet just because they are fictitious and not that widespread. I think I won’t be able to attract so many fans if I leave the Fan Art genre.
AP: We wish you best of luck in finding the right way to attract as many fans and followers as possible. We really like the way you draw your characters and your technique. How would you describe your artworks? Can they be characterized as unique or unusual?
Joaquin: It can be said that the illustrations are unique because I always look for the way to make them distinctive and exclusive. I want them to transmit love and make people falling in love with them.
Equipment and Technique
AP: What kind of equipment and techniques do you use to create such amazing illustrations? Describe us a bit of your creative process.
Joaquin: At first, I used an easier and more comfortable technique: I drew an illustration sketch on paper, then scanned it, and exported it to the computer. Over time, I started to make sketches directly in Adobe Photoshop with a graphic tablet. I used Pinterest and Google for reference.
AP: What is your latest project you’ve worked on so far? What inspired you to start working on it?
Joaquin: My latest project uploaded to my DeviantArt page was called “Passion.” It is a portrait of an image that I once saw on Pinterest. I made certain modifications to it and added some details. When I draw portrait illustrations, this helps me a lot to try new techniques and to learn something new.
AP: Your latest work looks incredible. What is the formula for success in your activity? Do you participate in contests or exhibitions?
Joaquin: I do not think I have achieved success yet. However, if I recognize that, that would be thanks to the support of the community of DeviantArt, Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube. I always like to participate in contests to showcase the part of my world. Most of all, I participate in the contests of the League of Legends community since due to this game gets going.
AP: Who is one person you would like to see interviewed on Astrum People?
Joaquin: I would like you to take an interview with Sakimichan.
AP: Thank you, Joaquin. We will do our best to contact Sakimichan. Is there someone who supports you in your creativity?
Joaquin: In addition to support of family and friends, my primary support is me. It is challenging to stand out among so many good artists that are on the Internet. Only those who go through this can 100% understand why one can be proud of each step of achievement in this sphere since it is very challenging.
AP: Please tell us three lessons you believe are really important for every artist?
- Be yourself
- Draw what you like best
- And never give up!
Joaquin, it has been a great honor for us to take an interview with you. Thank you so much for sharing such an interesting story with us. We wish you continued inspiration, more creative ideas, and brilliant success. To learn more about Joacoful illustrations feel free to visit his DeviantArt page.
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