My name is Gaetano, I’m from Naples, Italy and I’m 35 years old.
From how long have you been into this digital art. Is it a hobby or do you work professionally as an artist?
I think I started my first experiments with photo manipulation in 2008, and for a couple of years I made a few pieces that were basically ignored by everyone – they weren’t that great, to be completely honest So I took a little time off and then came back to it in 2010, trying to develop a more personal style with a little bit of technical improvements. It is mostly a hobby for me, because creating art just gives me joy and it’s often a way to express my feelings, to exorcise my fears, or simply to tell a story. That said, I also work as a freelance artist – mostly for writers in need of a cover for their books and musicians who search for an album cover.
What software do you use?
My one and only software choice to make art has always been Photoshop, it’s just the easiest tool for me and I think being comfortable with your tools is crucial when it comes to creativity.
How do you get inspired? Any favorite artists ?
A big part of inspiration comes basically from every other form of art: it can be a song or an opera aria, it can be a fairy-tale or a novel, or a movie. Anything with a story, I would say, no matter the genre. The other big part comes from the inside. Many of my pieces are expressions of my feelings, experiences, dreams, nightmares, and so on. It’s almost a sort of therapy and it helped me so much.
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