You live on the West Coast and I’m on the East Coast, so we have never met in person,but somehow we managed to get together. Do you recall how that happened?
I believe we connected through Dan Poynter and his logo I did for him.
Tell us about your background. Did you get training as a graphic artist or are you self taught?
I have always had a thing for art and drawing/sketching. I completed art classes throughout middle school but actually did not take any art classes in high high school. Going into college I still didn’t know what I wanted to pursue. I was artistic and loved art so I tried a basic graphics course and fell in love with the computer programs and their abilities. Some of it was self taught, but mostly learned through school projects and experience. I studied graphic arts at Santa Barbara City College for several years then went on to complete part of Brooks Institute’s graphics program.
What particularly attracted you to the field of graphic arts?
The visual communication aspect of graphic design, whether abstract or not, the options you have while creating something , are truly endless. Successfully sending a message to your viewer can be very satisfying and to communicate a meaning just by a few simple focal points is what it’s all about. What also attracted me was the art of Typography, and how every font carries a different personality and feel to it. It’s an art by itself! I love every aspect of design. It is everywhere we go and all around us.
Aside from book covers, what other types of graphic arts work do you do?
Logo creation or branding is one of my favorite things to do. I have done several posters and flyers (marketing material) in the past, but nothing crazy. I’ve also made a couple websites in the past and would like to get back into website creation and hopefully add it to my book of tricks.
You have now created four book covers for Tales2Inspire. Do you have a favorite one, and if so, which one and why?
I have two favorite covers, Topaz and Sapphire. Topaz offers great contrast throughout, and the Sapphire carries such a calmness with it. Both different and beautiful!
Which one did you find most challenging and why?
I can’t remember which one was most challenging in particular, but I think the Sapphire was tricky. I remember finding the natural color of the gem was hard to work with and alter.
Sean, in all the time we have worked together, you always seem unflappable. Do you ever get frustrated when the finished product isn’t quite finished and needs to be edited?
I sometimes get frustrated with clients but not often. It can be tough at times where you go back and forth for a while for small corrections, but all in all it’s not bad. I try and be patient and give the client exactly what they want.
What do you hope to accomplish in your future?
I hope to continue to achieve success and recognition in graphic arts and even branding. I get my most satisfaction when I work with clients who appreciate what I create as a designer.
Do you have a website or other places people might be able to view more of your work?
Yes, my personal site is somicsdesigns.com and offers most of my earlier works and lets you understand my style and objectives within each piece of artwork. I also have some photography that I have done in the past, as it is one of my main hobbies when not designing.
You can see more of Sean’s work at: somicsdesigns.com
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