Some of you may know him as the CV for digital art, or for his iconic colorful gallery. Introducing, Thiefoworld!
For those of us who don't know you, please tell us a bit about yourself!
Hi! I'm Thiefo, I'm a graphic designer and a freelance illustrator. I like to draw, swim, eat and sleep. I love BBQ sauce, iced tea and rodents.
How did you find deviantart?
My very first touch with deviantArt was around late 2004 while searching for Lostprophets' wallpapers, I found DA and thought it was just another random wallpaper site. It was because of my friend Marira that I discovered it was actually a community in which you can share your art, so I opened an account to share some of my crappy drawings. I've been here since then!
In your opinion, what do find to be the best part of your job as a CV? The worst?
It's going to sound a little silly, but what I love the most about being a CV is the feeling of comradeship between the team. It's not always visible to the community, but there is a lot of communication between volunteers behind the scenes, in private forums, groups and skype chats, and trust me when I say there are some insane and silly people in the team! Not me of course, I'm the most sane there.
The worst? I guess the inevitable drama that can potentially arise with every move you make as volunteer, from a DD selection to expressing an opinion, and there are some people with a very antagonist attitude towards everything a volunteer or staff member has to say... good thing about it is that you get used to it
Why did you decide to volunteer?
Because ikazon made me. He's an evil monkey. That and also because I loved it the first time, when I was the volunteer for Comics & Cartoons a few years ago, so I wanted to do it again. It's a very rewarding experience all in all, and the feeling of leaving a mark in the community, big or small is definitely worth it, I want to believe I did it the first time and that I'll do it this second one.
What is the average amount of time you spend a day working for the community?
Depends, there are days when I'm working on a project so I dedicate several hours a day, there are other times when I need to focus on personal stuff so my activity level drops almost to zero. But I keep an eye on my messages, notes and emails everyday. On an average I would say maybe 1 or 2 hours a day, sometimes less, sometimes more.
Who is your biggest inspiration on dA? In life?
It's a very hard questions I've never known how to respond. There are many people who inspire me in different ways, so it's impossible to choose only one.
Within DA I would mention Moonbeam13, since I first knew about her some years ago she inspired me to get more involved in the community and more importantly, do it for the right reasons. I couldn't ask for a better boss.
Tell us a bit about your artistic work process.
Oh it's very simple... I don't have one hah! It really depends on the project or if it's something personal. Usually I leave everything for the last minute though, I know it's not the best way to go, but the last minute pressure can work wonders!
Do you have any advice for aspiring digital artists?
Open your eyes and your mind and be receptive. Good thing about the era we live in today is that we have the internet to our disposal which is an infinite source for everything. Get inspired on purpose, browse DA, follow artistic blogs in tumblr, look at amazing art but look at it intently. Pay attention to details, to how other artists work and try to learn from them. Then practice, a lot. There are no shortcuts to become a better artist you got to do it yourself. Btw, please notice I said "learn from them" not "try to imitate them", never compare yourself to others because you are your own person and there are going to be people who will love you for it.
What is your favorite piece of artwork? Is there a meaning behind it?
Don't know if you mean a piece of mine or others, but I'll assume mine. I would say my favourite piece is
Not that it has a deep meaning behind it, because it doesn't But it's special for me because I really think I pushed my limits with it, I completed it under special circumstances, (it was a contest entry and I did it in a single session just a few hours before deadline) was reviewed by great talented and important people in the entertainment industry and got selected to be published from among more than 2,500 entries. So wow!
On a less serious note, what is it you like so much about hamsters?
They're so cute! *-* and tiny and fluffy and... cute! I love how they keep their food in their cheeks, it's so adorable.
Anything else you would like to add?
Thanks for the interview! And thanks everybody for reading. Here, have a lollipop.