Can you describe your professional background to us? What led you to become a graphic designer?I started graphic design when I was 16, so I was still in high school. After the baccalaureate I wanted to go to art schools but as I didn't take myself seriously in what I was doing, I told myself straight away that I didn't have the level. So I enrolled in an information communications degree at university, but it wasn't what I originally wanted, I did it out of spite. As I was at university and therefore not overloaded with work, I continued doing graphic design on my own with lots of YouTube tutorials, I took it more and more as a passion. I created “salucv” in 2020 so I was already posting some of my work there. Then at the start of the 3rd year of my bachelor's degree I stopped and had an interview to go to the art school I wanted after high school, I was accepted and now I'm in the third year of my bachelor's degree graphic design. Next year, God willing, I will go into graphic design 100% and independently.
And the important point in all of this is that I started to really like it when I linked graphic design to rap. There I started making lots of fictitious album covers, until the day I got my first order for an “official” project, since then I haven’t stopped.
Top ! How did she make the connection with Losboi for the creation of the cover?
The connection really happened a bit randomly on my side, I continued to work on my fictitious covers, I received a DM on Instagram. It was @los6boi, a big s/o to him by the way. I was really happy because creating visuals for a real release was what I wanted for a while at that time. Today I'm still extremely proud of this visual, it's rare that I still like a work so much after almost 3 years. Especially for my first order I said to myself “oh yeah it feels good to work for someone else”, that a third party sends you their own ideas and it’s up to you to calibrate with them.
What are your inspirations and influences?
I take my inspiration from lots of things, first of all it's what I experience, like the fake metro tickets that I got, I really hate Paris and I thought it was cool to work a creation that would highlight this feeling. I reclaim everything I experience, especially what I endure in real life: once alone I talk about it in a creation, it's a kind of outlet. Otherwise I am inspired and draw a lot from brutalism at the moment, from Swiss design, from the work of Dora Lazarevic, WWWESHSTUDIO....
What do you do when you lack inspiration?
When I lack inspiration, and this is what I advise everyone, I close Photoshop immediately. When I create it is because I feel the need, in the past I have wasted too many hours in front of the computer forcing things and trying to create only to end up frustrated. So I often leave myself 2-3 days to see something else, less open Instagram so I don't have to hear the little voice in my head telling me "You see, they're achieving things, they're working there, you should get going.” It's so important to know how to recognize the moments when you need to rest.
What is the project that you are most proud of?This question is too hard in reality. My favorite projects change depending on my moods but if I had to pick just one I think it would be the campaign I launched to help Algeria. I created a t-shirt that I put on sale and all the profits were donated to a fund to bring medical equipment to Algeria during the health crisis. We were able to send €450 in the end, I was proud to see that my work could also help others. Above all, it was the first time I talked about it to my family, when they understood that it worked really well, they were proud of me.
What software do you use the most?The cursed software, Photoshop. This is where I spend most of my time for my creations. I remember that at the time when I was on Photofiltre 7, I managed to get a crack of Photoshop and the software really scared me. On Photofiltre I had all my habits, I knew everything by heart. Then over time I said to myself that it would be good to get started with real complete software, so I forced myself and I ate YouTube tutorials galore. I also really like InDesgin, which I use a little less, too practical when you start to master it. I'm on it at the moment to prepare a personal project, I'm allowing myself to tease a little.
Do you plan to learn other skills like 3D, motion design?I already started a bit of 3D, I must have done 3-4 Blender renderings in my life, the very last one was the one that I used to promote my posters, I was proud of it dead because I'm not at all about that, I wanted to get out of my comfort zone and I really liked it. I would love to be able to delve deeper into all of this and learn more. Otherwise the rest of the practices like motion design etc., I don't want to stick my nose into it for the moment.
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