Publicado originalmente en: http://storychicago.com/updates/resourceful-illustrator
March 6th, 2014
By Stephanie Gutierrez
“Don’t use what you don’t have as an excuse to not create. What are you waiting for?”
Emanuel, better know as Emarts, is a freelance illustrator, graphic designer, web designer, videographer and photographer living in Lima, Peru. STORY sat down with him to ask where he gets his inspiration and learn more about his creative process.
Growing up, what most influenced you to pursue a creative career?
The Lima I live in now is incredibly urban and packed with [9 million] people, but I grew up as an only child in an area where there were few people, lots of cats, a house full of old junk, and a local supermarket that gave me all their old boxes. That combination, when added to my intense curiosity, proved to be the perfect breeding ground for my creativity. Boxes, old furniture and knick-knacks became my best friends, and I created everything imaginable out of them. Who needed toys when I could make my own? I even painted the cats. I learned at a very young age that everything was fodder for my creative projects and that I never needed to wait for the right conditions, the right tools or the right time. The world was mine to create… mine to explore and discover.
What project are you most proud of?
A project that I’ll never be able to forget was one I created for a couple who was adopting a child. They were asked to write a letter to the child, introducing themselves and telling a bit of their story. Instead, the couple asked me to make them an illustrated storybook, and together, we created the story of their family to welcome home their new daughter. The second project was a board game that the Peruvian government contracted me to make for them. The game was created to teach children how to recognize institutional corruption, and I designed an entire city, which is one of my favorite things to draw. You’ve got to love a project as unique as an anti-corruption board game for children.
What advice would you give to other creatives?
First, become a lifelong learner and discoverer. Anything you see, anything you hear, anything you smell or taste or touch is potential inspiration for your next project. Secondly, don’t wait to create. I often hear people say “when I get that new MacBook, then I’ll have what I need to properly create” or, “I’m just waiting for an open, stimulating workspace to get my creative juices flowing.” Don’t wait. The conditions will never be just right. You’ll never have all the tools you need. I come up with some of my best ideas while riding the crowded, noisy buses of Lima, sketching on a notebook I made out of old cardboard with paper sown in. Sure, I love creating in my office and the focus that a well-organized workspace gives me. But I don’t have to have it. Yes, I love my Mac and digital tablet, and I use some great tools that add new depths and dimensions to my illustrations. But I never wait until I have them to create.
When I use what I have, it eventually leads to me getting what I need next. Don’t let what you don’t have limit all that you can do. Rather than wait, just create.
You can see Emarts’ work at his website: http://pro.emarts.tv
Stephanie Gutierrez is a writer, editor and marketing communications director. You can find her on Twitter at @slgutierrez.