name: David “Deiv”
surname: Villegas “Calviz”
year of birth: 1989
Q1: When did you start making art?
I believe I started the first time I held a pencil. My aunt actually has a few copies of my old drawings when I was very young. They looked like pretty much any child’s drawing.
I guess the difference is I never really stopped drawing and making art. When I was in school, I was the guy who had a lot of random scribbles at the back pages of my notebooks. Eventually, when I got into high school, people noticed my interest and started asking me to make school posters. This made me decide to choose an art related course for college but to be honest, I graduated not knowing what field I wanted to work in.
It was probably just pure luck that I ended up in a game development company now doing the things I like.
Q2: What does inspire you?
Inspiration should come from anything. A lot of times, the best ideas come to me when I’m doing something not related to art like walking around, waiting for food at a restaurant, taking a bath, etc. The important thing is to keep your mind active and constantly observe your surroundings and be inspired by anything.
Q3: What are your techniques?
Well, I believe I’m a very technical kind of guy. I use a lot techniques to make my life easier like custom brushes, layer masks, filters, etc in Photoshop. Although these things speed up my workflow, the most important thing in creating art is to know the basics and to see the pictures as a whole. It’s very easy to fall to the trap of jumping into details as soon as you can. I highly recommend stepping back first and visualizing your work as a whole in terms of values, colors, etc before doing any of these fancy techniques.
Q4: What is the main idea or feeling behind your works?
I try to keep doing different stuff as I easily get bored with repetitive stuff but I noticed that I still end up maintaining a feeling that it was made by me. I’m not so sure about this but I think my works are usually playing safe. I tend to render too much or give it too much of a cinematic feel most of the time. I feel like I need to explore a more traditional approach soon.
Q5: What is the main color of your art and why?
Main color? I tend to use a lot of dark saturated colors because I just like them. I tend to stay away from palettes which are too gray or too bright. I feel like having dark and saturated colors make the piece more powerful maybe.
Q6: What would you improve about your work and why?
Like I said, I would like to go back to basics and approach my digital art in a more traditional approach. This enables me to focus on what matters and leave the unnecessary clutter.
I would also like to try more conceptual artworks and step out of my comfort zone.
Q7: Do you have any project for the future?
I plan to make my own fantasy IP. I still have a ton to do but I guess I should start by doing some conceptual work and writing that will eventually fill in the blanks.
Q8: Describe yourself with 3 words capturing the essence of DeivCalviz.
Life is art?
Q9: Show us (link) your very first work. Describe it from techniques till feelings.
I don’t think I have my first work with me. I only knew pencils back then so it should look like a childs drawing maybe of a cool dinosaur with guns or something.
Q10: What did change from your first work till now?
Everything I guess. I’ve done scribbles, lineart, anime, 3d art, motiongraphics, logos, webdesigns, illustrations, etc. All of these contributed to what I know today and it won’t stop. Being an artist is like being a student for life. Keep learning and changing.
Q11: What is art for you? Escaping from reality or the essence of life?
Art is everything.