the weekend starts here...dante terzigni

Today on the weekend starts here I'm pleased to be chatting to cleveland based illustrator and surface designer dante terzigni.  There are lots of things I like about dante's work, his colour choices and his use of texture to name just two.  So read on my friends and find out more...

dante terzigni

dante terzigni

patternbooth:  dante your work is really varied, from geometrics to florals and lots of things in between.  Where does your design influence come from?

dante:  my influences come from all over the place.  Good design is everywhere if you are looking for it.  Fashion, photography, architecture, nature, music, food, just to name a few.   Miro, Kandenski, Gotlib, Rauschenberg, are just a few of the many artists I gravitate towards.

dante terzigni

dante terzigni

patternbooth:  Is there a difference between you illustration work and your surface pattern work?

dante:  I don't really view the two as separate entities. My approach obviously differs between say a conceptual magazine illustration and a decorative floral pattern.  The end result for both is to make something visually appealing.

dante terzigni

dante terzigni

patternbooth:  what would be your ideal brief?

dante:  my ideal brief would be anything that isn't over analyzed from the beginning. And, of coarse with enough time to explore different solutions.
    

dante terzigni

dante terzigni

patternbooth:  what is your workspace like?

dante:  nothing special.  I mostly work out of my house in a studio I have set up in the den, or on the couch with my sketchbook and laptop.

dante terzigni

dante terzigni

patternbooth:  can you describe your design process?

dante:  first comes an idea. I’ll sketch little thoughts (images and words) usually on scrap paper, or whatever I can grab to draw on.  Once I think I have a solid idea I’ll either do more refined sketches or start right on the computer.  Really depends on the project.

When starting the final illustration, I usually figure out a basic color direction and start creating basic shapes.  Now that I have a very primitive view of how I want the image to look, I start in on the details.  Once finished, I do like to have at least a day or two to fine-tune things, unfortunately that luxury isn’t always an option.

dante terzigni

dante terzigni

patternbooth:  since leaving college in 2003 what has your journey been like as a designer?

dante:  after I graduated in 2003 I was set on moving to NYC to live as a freelancer.

About two weeks before I was ready to move to Brooklyn I was contacted by American Greetings for a job as an in house illustrator/ designer, who’s WHQ is ironically based in Brooklyn, Ohio. 

I ended up taking the job and actually falling in love with the city of Cleveland.  My freelance career started to get going around 2006/ 07.

When trying to hone in on my specific style, I started by forcing myself to make at least one new image a week. After lots of experimenting, and lots of failures, it finally started to click.  I then began talking with different agents for representation.  I liked how I fit with Frank Sturges’s crew (franksturgesreps.com). Check out his site if you aren’t familiar.

Since, I’ve been really fortunate to work with some great clients/ art directors, who for the most part, trust me to do my thing.  And  I'm still learning as I go.

dante terzigni

dante terzigni

patternbooth:  what is your biggest design achievement to date?

dante:   it's hard to say what my biggest achievement would be.  Not to sound cheesy but I'm honestly humbled by each new opportunity that comes my way.

patternbooth:  what would you say is your design ambition?

dante:  I think my ambition mainly comes from always wanting to learn and be better.  There are so many amazing talents out there to be inspired by. 

dante terzigni

dante terzigni

patternbooth:  finally, what would you say to a new pattern designer who is just starting out?

dante:  have fun.  It really shows in your work if it was forced.  Make mistakes.  Don’t be afraid to try new things, a lot of times accidents are the best part.  Be open-minded, embrace change, and trust your instincts.  Easier said then done, right?  Just work hard and make the kind of images YOU like to look at and the rest will follow!

dante terzigni

dante terzigni

Well I hope you all enjoyed dante's rather marvellous work; let me know what you thought.  If you want to see more then check out his website at www.danteterzigni.com - see you all next week.