A short while ago we interviewed talented Russian designer Vladimir Tomin. Vladimir specializes in motion graphics, a skill which can take years to master. He seems to have found his calling with After Effects, as his work is fast paced, visually stunning and it never misses a beat. Below is our interview we conducted with Vladimir, then check out his personal website where you can view his entire portfolio. First up is Vladimir’s latest reel for MTV Russia. *WARNING – audio is not safe for work and contains explicit lyrics*. Thanks for doing the interview Vladimir and keep up the great mo- graph!
Website: space-jump.com – portfolio site.
Thank you for taking the time to participate in this interview, why don’t you start off by telling us a little about yourself.
Thanks for inviting me! I was born and still live in Khabarovsk, Russia. I love my wife, cats, TV series, icecream, good design, good motion.
Many people believe that you have to know how to draw to be a graphic designer; do you believe that is true?
If you can’t draw it limits your artistic arsenal, yes, but I believe you can be great graphic designer even without drawing skills. To tell more, I believe, anyone can actually draw. For someone teaching process is harder, for someone it is much easier but really, anyone can draw.
What is the story behind the name of your branded site, Space-Jump?
It was more about process of picking name for a site. I first planned space-jump as cool name/platform for t-shirt brand, but later I stepped away from t-shirt idea and just put my portfolio there.
What suggestions or tips can you give someone who is aspiring to become a graphic designer?
It is really simple:
1. Do your own thing, DO NOT COPY.
2. Do what came out naturally.
Before you begin working on a new project, where do you draw your inspiration?
Coffee+my head. I believe best ideas are from God. And coffee+my head helps to hear ideas better.
When you are in the process of creating a design, is there something you do that saves you time?
Thinking ahead safes a LOT of time.
In your daily process of being a graphic designer, what are a few websites that you frequent?
What computer program do you find yourself in most?
Adobe After Effects hands down.
What are some strategies you can offer that you used to grow as a designer?
Develop sense of beauty.
Accept other peoples critique and be grateful for it.
Try new stuff.
Always do something.
Do cool stuff only.
Desire to grow.
Be COMPLETELY honest with yourself.
When not staring at a computer, what do you like to do for fun?
TV series, plasticine, xbox, private time with my wife, traveling, eating, reading. Something like that.