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Caroline Gariba: Illustrator interview


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Date Added: 6th October 2015

Freelance illustrator and cover artist for Digital Painting Techniques vol. 7, Caroline Gariba shares her top techniques and favorite software...


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3dtotal: Hi Caroline! Thank you for talking to 3dtotal.com. For those who aren't familiar with your work, could you start things off by telling us a little bit about yourself?

CG: First of all, thank you so much for the invite, I really appreciate that! I was born in a small coastal town called Laguna, on the south of Brazil. Instead of being in the carnival or at the beach, I used to replace both activities with paper, pencil and eraser. Since I was a kid I knew that drawing would walk besides me for the rest of my life. I always wondered how it would be to work with what I love to do most.

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Fields of Arbötren - Personal work

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Hiro 50 - A gift for a friend

3dtotal: You have been drawing since a really young age, but what was the moment you knew that you wanted to become a professional artist?

CG: At first, I thought my destiny would be to be a designer at some advertising agency; I was in college studying to become one. Then I discovered a magical product called a ‘tablet' (I mean those pen tablets, like Wacom ones, not iPad tablets) and started to make little digital paintings for fun. I discovered how to use Photoshop, and I became curious about this new world.

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Hunting with the spirits - Personal work

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Lily's Lullaby - Personal work

I started to post my stuff on internet, got some good feedback and realized that people really liked it! One day I received an email with an opportunity to produce illustrations for a Brazilian magazine. I took a deep breath, accepted the job and thought ‘Okay, now this is for real'.

3dtotal: How did you find the transition from traditional art to digital art? Did it just come naturally or were there challenges?

CG: Actually, it was the inverse! I've literally never stopped drawing on paper, but when I was younger, it was gradually becoming less common in my routine. As I've said, when I was in college I discovered the digital painting and ran for it, without looking back. Just a little bit later I realized that I needed to get back to the traditional and study anatomy. I needed to learn to firm my hand, to become more confident with my lines, to understand the traditional process and be able to apply it on digital. Nowadays, both digital and traditional are comfortable to me, including oils! Understand how the ink works on canvas has helped me ALOT to ‘level up' when I'm painting in Photoshop too.

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