AN INTERVIEW WITH AN INTERNATIONAL MOTION DESIGNER DIANA PAEZ
Here I’m Back with yet another Motion Graphics Designer’s Interview, her name is Diana Paez; she is from Miami, Florida. A 25 year old Motion Graphics Designer, who is graduated from the Art Institute of Miami in 2006 with a bachelor’s in visual effects and motion graphics. She has been working primarily as a Graphics designer and a motion graphics artist for more than five years now. Since the time this prodigy was old enough to hold a crayon, her life has been revolving around Visual Arts. Her journey from Crayons to capturing a passion in design and animation has indeed been fascinating. She has particularly specialized in Commercial and Artistic Work. Presently, she is indulging in a family owned business which offers environmental solutions. Being the creative director of the marketing department, she is involved in a high end visual collaborative project with a group of extensively talented artists. The aforementioned project sounds highly exciting owing to the photography and the design. Also, she is a talented freelancer. Having worked in the commercial wing of the Industry for a few years now, she has found to her joy that though did she did enjoy it but not as much as inventing with her own imagination. Her goal is one day have all the time in the world to create experimental animation and visual arts projects that she wants to. Here is one motion graphics artist…destined for the pinnacle.
And here from I shall be asking her certain questions pertaining to her work and the industry that she is passionate about.
Q.How did you discover you wanted to be a motion graphics designer?
A. Well, I was initially interested in graphic design since I started taking graphic design electives in high school. Then when I went to the university to find out more information about the Graphic Design program, admissions showed me a new program called VFX & Motion Graphics. I was very interested in that as well, so I had to make a decision. What’s better, design, or moving design? I had to go for Motion Graphics! I was told this skill has lucrative compensation in the industry, and also I felt that I already had a natural talent with design, it was indeed a better idea taking on a bigger challenge.
Q.Seeing how much motion graphics and music are tied together, how important is it for a motion graphic designer to have a sense of timing and rhythm?
A. Timing and rhythm is crucial for any video production, whether it’s editing or animation. Typically, I always need to know what the sound will be first before moving forward with any animation project.
Q.You mentioned this very interesting project that you shall be working on. Tell us a little more about it?
A. The collaborative project is kind of under wraps right now, it is a very unique concept and we’re keeping it to ourselves until we launch it. However, I can say that it involves still and video photography, set / props design, and female models. My role will be graphic design and compositing. It is more VFX-oriented rather than motion graphics. The amount of people working on this project will be about 5-7 people, not including the 12 models. This will be the first big collaboration project I will be directing. We are estimating to launch this in about 15 months from now. It will be big and buzzworthy! I’m very excited about it.
Q.What did you do as a kid? Toys? Movies? Games? Home life?
A. I had a great childhood. I wasn’t the outsider kid though. I am lucky to say that my parents have always supported my love for the arts and they always gave me the tools I needed to develop as an artist. I would draw and paint a lot until I discovered computers. This was in the early 90’s, so computers were a big thing for me back then. Funny enough, I would love playing around with Microsoft Paint. You can see how I got into graphic design! I would also play a lot of computer games. Other than this, I loved reading too. I read a lot of Roald Dahl books. He was my favorite author back then :)
Q.Where did you grow up? Has that influenced you as a designer?
A. I grew up in Miami, FL. I think Miami has had a lot of influence in my work. Miami is a well known city due to it’s culture in arts, fashion and print media. It is very international so I find many colors and tastes all around me. Downtown Miami and Miami Beach are good examples of these traits, with many art deco buildings, modern architectures, a lot of street art, wild interior and exterior designs, and bright, funky hot weather fashions. It is very green as well, there are many areas where one can get in touch with nature in this city, and I think that’s evident in my designs. I love organic textures, shapes and colors and I find a lot of that in my work.
Q.Of all your work/project, which is your favorite and why?
A. I’ve always enjoyed working on the intros / outros to my reel the most. It is a great opportunity to express my identity and the way I want to be seen graphically in the world. The best part of it is that the concept and outcome is totally up to me. I am in total creative control and there’s nothing that can stop me!
Q.How do you keep your ideas staying fresh?
A. Inspiration! I’m constantly looking at other artists’ work for inspiration. There’s a website I love for motion graphics called Motionographer.com. If you’re a motion graphics artist, you should always visit this website! There’s also a great blog called Yay Everyday ( yayeveryday.com), it’s great for design inspiration. Also, learning new techniques is very important. Following tutorials and keeping yourself updated with new software versions and plug ins is a must! A great tutorial site for AE is ae.tutsplus.com.
Q.Any tips and tricks for newcomers?
A. Give your design work just as much importance as your animation work. Work on developing a good composition in every frame. Pay attention to details! Detailed work = great execution. Keep yourself inspired, find artists and work that you love and dissect their work - try to figure out how they executed their concepts and pieces. Also, always listen to yourself and get to know what type of job makes you happy. Also, please don’t sell yourself short, this skill is rare and very demanded.
“Time is gold and great work can only be achieved with full passion and time.”
Thank You So Much DIANA For Giving Your Valuable Time For Me , Really It Is An inspirable Interview For Me & Good Luck For Your New Show Reel & A Special Thanks To My Dear Friend SHREYA , Who Really Make This Interview Pretty Kwel.