Many of us may have seen beautiful works branded as EIII in deviantArt, Behance and even in UK magazines such as ComputerArts and DigitalArts. Today, 10Steps.SG is proud to share an interview with Ee Venn Soh, the creator of these wonderful masterpieces. Also, you can check out his other works at deviantArt and Behance.
Hello Ee Venn Soh, thanks so much for sparing some time on this interview! To begin, how about telling us more about your design background and what made you become an artist/designer?
I am the person behind the creative identity of EIII. I work completely on my own, without any formal trainings. The only trainings will be late night experiments and tutorials. Currently I am studying computer science in University of Auckland, New Zealand. Now, I am under an international student exchange program with Nanyang Technological University of Singapore. I have the passion for arts ever since young. It just comes naturally. However I donâ€™t believe in studying formally. Designing is part of my life and I enjoy every moment of it.
You have a distinctive style in your designs with great uses of colors and 3D shapes. Where does your inspiration come from?
I started creating and having my own style after a experimenting around for some time. I keep a close watch to the latest happenings and works from around the world. It just inspires me how things can be done. Basically I just blend everything I like and create something that is tailored for my taste. It is constantly changing and I am still at the process of experimenting around.
How is your average day like?
Wake up around 9am. Take a bath. Check my mails and read some interesting stuffs around the internet. Pack my stuffs and go to school. Study the freaking whole day and when I really need time to relax I will just head back to my room and surf the internet for designing related stuffs. Chat around with friends on msn and sleep at 2am.
Do you have any favorite artist(s)?
There were many people that came and passed by my life. Each, differently instill different thoughts and insights for me that contribute to what I have today. I am greatly inspired by artists from the US, UK and European Countries. There are few names that I would like to mention. Benbo George, Peter Jaworoski, Pawel Nolbert, Ronald Ashburn, Chuck Anderson, Fiona Hewitt, Theo Gennitsakis and works from studio like Non-Format, Grandpeople, BigActive, Hort and Oh Yeah.
What are the pros and cons of being an artist/designer in your opinion?
Designing is something very subjective. If you make a living and enjoy what you are doing then I would say that is the best part of it. Unfortunately, when it comes to the commercial world you just have to deal with all sorts of clients. You have to produce something that can satisfy the clients and not actually doing what you feel the way it should be.
Among all your masterpieces, which is your favorite one?
Every single piece I have spent a great amount of effort and time. But if I really have to choose, I will say â€œThe Hidden Identityâ€ as it is something really personal and carry the message I really want at that time. It has incorporated all the elements and styles that I have wanted to try for long.
What are your tools of the trade?
Photoshop and Illustrator.
Are there any website(s) that you visit regularly?
I use RSS nowadays so basically I visit more than 40 websites each day. To list out those I personally like will be FFFFound.com, FormFiftyFive.com, TypeNeu.com, blog.ISO50.com, Ibelieveinadv.com, CMYKern.com.
Lastly, I will like to thank you once again for this interview. Is there anything that you wish to share with the designers at 10Steps.SG?
Be creative, be original and be resourceful.