Creative Interview With Elio Moavero

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Do you love seeing new artists and designers?

Want to discover their working processes and get some inspiration?

Following on from our recent t-shirt design winners over on our voting platform, who’ve created some inspirational and excellent pieces of t-shirt designs, we’re really excited to showcase a brand new Creative Interview with Elio Moavero.

Elio has created the design ‘Misbehaviour’, who has been one of fastest winners over on our voting platform.

Created digitally, Elio has illustrated a dramatic, eye catching and highly attractive piece of illustration, which is exploding out of this universe! Incorporating vivid details, colours and something that looks great on t-shirts, we’re really pleased Elio is our newest member of Graphic Tide’s community, and we can’t wait to showcase their work to you!

We conduct Creative Interviews with all of our winners on the voting platform, and showcase them to our growing and active audience, and help reach more of an audience of their work.

If this interests you, and you’ll like commission on every t-shirt sold in our store, free blog posts and emails about your work, and the chance to get your work within our store, then please do submit to us for free, we’ll love to see what you’ve got!

But let’s get into this Creative Interview blog post with Elio Moavero!

1. Tell us a bit about yourself. What’s your main discipline?

Hello, my name’s Elio. I’m an illustrator and designer living in Johannesburg, South Africa. I majored in Illustration and have a degree in Visual Communication.

I’m currently living the freelance Illustrator life, and I’m trying my best to start up a couple of my own businesses and establish a bit of a name for myself in my area of expertise.

Elio Moavero Illustration

“Work smarter not harder” has always been my motto, although it’s much easier said than done, but when you enjoy the work, it’s not really work is it?

If I were to describe my style, it’d be ‘Real deal rock n roll hot sauce’. Do with that what you will. I’ve also recently been illustrating on walls at bars and restaurants. Basically I like to create as much as possible. I also play bass, though I’m not sure that has anything to do with t-shirt illustrations. It just sounds cool huh?

2. What are your biggest influences or inspirations as a creative?

My influences include comics, cartoons of the 90s (Ed, Edd n Eddy, man!), rock n roll and gig posters of the 60s and 70s. Tasty stuff.

Elio Moavero Illustration

Elio Moavero Illustration

I’d really like to make my own comics, as I’ve made a story and everything; it’s just finding time to put that pencil to paper that’s stopping me. Although that’s not really an excuse, I need to get it together already. I’m very inspired by people who get to do what they love everyday and make a great living off of it. That’s the dream.

I’d very much love to get involved with cartoons in some way or form. Animation perhaps, even children’s stories. That’d be great. I’ve a sort of dry sense of humour and I like to convey that in my illustrations where possible.

Artists that I’m inspired by include Michael Hacker, Jason Ford, Brayn Lee O’Malley, Stevie Gee, Ornamental Conifer, Jim Phillips and many more. Lately I’ve been very much inspired by psychedelic rock poster art of the 60s and 70s. Anything old that’s better than the generic droll of today. I really enjoy doing album artwork and posters for bands.

3. Tell us about your t-shirt design.

I guess it’s a metaphor for rock n roll and just generally doing what you want. Adolescent rebellion and all that.

Misbehaviour T-shirt Design

I wanted to create a lot of movement and energy, hopefully that was conveyed. I used ink and brush and then coloured it on Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.

4. Can you tell us about your creative process? How does your day shape up?

The creative process of Elio Moavero starts off with finding references and inspiration, it’s the coming up with the idea for the job that takes me the longest. But once I have some ideas in mind I’ll start doing some preliminary sketches until I’ve settled on one idea. Sometimes there’ll be more than one, and it’ll only be at the end that I choose which I like best.

I try keep my work as traditional as possible, only using illustrator and photoshop later on. I sketch with a 0.5 2b Rotring clutch pencil. Next I’ll ink the drawing with a brush, and a fine liner for the smaller areas.
I like the line quality you can get using a brush. After this I scan my freshly inked drawing in, and take it into Adobe illustrator where I fix what needs to be fixed and perfect what needs to be perfected.

Elio Moavero Illustration

After this I open it in Adobe Photoshop to begin colouring it. I find Photoshop a lot more user friendly than Illustrator. After I’ve figured out the colour scheme I begin filling the colours in and adding shadows and highlights etc. After this I add extra stuff like textures until it looks as close to what I had in my head as possible. I also use a lot of tracing paper to add things in. A light box would be a lot easier, but for now it’s good ‘ol tracing paper for me. It works well when I’ve done a lot of erasing on a design and want to ink it cleanly.

My day starts off with me waking up as early as I can so as to get as much work done in the day as possible. I normally have quite a full plate of work, so I’m busy from 7 in the morning ‘till midnight on most days. It’s great work that I enjoy doing though. I also have a strict no work on the weekends rule, unless the work is urgent of course.

5. Tell us something which we might not know about you.

I very much love fashion, and I’ve been working on a couple of my own brands that should be launching sometime this year. Stay tuned. This may have been a better place to tell you about my bass guitar playing, but I’ve made my decision and I’m sticking to it.

Elio Moavero Illustration

6. Where can we get in contact with you?

You could send a dove to my home address?

But if that proves to be a little tricky; you can drop me a message on my facebook page;
Facebook : Elio The Illustrator (there are other contact details there too)
Behance page: Captain Elio

Many Thanks Elio!

Thank you for your fantastic answers Elio, we really enjoyed finding out about your working processes, inspirations and daily routine, we’re all inspired here!

If you like Elio’s work, be sure to check out their online portfolio, it’s quite something, or to support Elio by getting your hands on their brand new t-shirt design – ‘Misbehaviour’. It’s a rather cracking (pun intended) t-shirt design, and make sure you don’t miss out on the great t-shirt design!

So thanks for visiting today, be sure to leave a comment below, as we would love to hear from you. Be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr, it will be great to see you on there. Thanks again, and have a great day!

About the author - HKJS


I'm an Illustrator, Designer & Animator from Hampshire, United Kingdom, and have been illustrating for a number of years. I have a wealth of experience within editorial, maps, posters and book covers. Having a firm interest in the creative industry and everything that revolves around it, I want to share what I've learnt to you. From this, I have a keen passion for t-shirt design and how illustration can become a part of something you wear.

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