Featured Artist Of The Week – Octavi Navarro

 

Pixels Hu by Octavi Navarro features fun designs that drew me in because of the artist’s unique ability to draw from video games, and bring that inspiration to life in digital applicable art. I had a chance to connect with him over the last few days and allowed me share some insights into his work and life as an artist.

 

 

What is the main inspiration behind your art?

I don’t think I can point out just one source of inspiration. The ideas behind my works always come in a very natural way, sometimes while watching a movie, playing a video game or reading a book. It’s really important for me to tell an interesting story in my illustrations, something that feels touching to me in some way, so these kind of sources are always useful.

 

What are the techniques you use and why?

I try to get as close as possible to the classic pixel art feeling of the early 90’s video games, but mixed with my own painting techniques. I’m pretty obsessed with lighting and shadows so I use the techniques that allow me to achieve the effects I want, even if it moves away from the “purist” idea of pixel art.

This charming technique is actually one of the aspects that drew me to your art in the first place, so I think you succeeded with your mission. So, how did you get started as an Artist?

As far as I remember I’ve been drawing and painting all my life. I was a very shy kid so I always used my drawings as a way to express myself. While working as a graphic designer in a technology company, I started looking for illustration clients and that’s how I started my career as a freelance children’s books illustrator. I had lots of fun those years but at one point I wanted to make something more personal. Something that really talked about my personality and my feelings. Pixel art was the best medium I could think of to make that possible.

How can people get in contact with you?

I can be contacted from wy website: www.pixelshuh.com
Also, I try to be pretty active on the social networks too, so people can find me on Twitter (@pixelshuh), Facebook (www.facebook.com/pixelshuh), Behance (www.behance.net/onavarro), Dribbble (dribbble.com/pixelshuh), DeviantArt (octavinavarro.deviantart.com), Pinterest (www.pinterest.com/octavinavarro), and of course Redbubble (www.redbubble.com/people/pixelshuh).
Those who like my work can also support it on Patreon: www.patreon.com/pixelshuh

Thank you for taking the time to sit down with me today!

As always, please remember to support independent artists. Independent artists create a unique variety of creative art pieces, that are always worth a second look. You can find something for every taste and in every style. Thank you!

 

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Authenticity, Book Promotions And Sticking With My Own Darn Voice

The mask

looking honestly
at authentic reflection
taking off the mask

Have you ever done or written something because you think it would be what is expected? Something that might make for a good promo, but is absolutely not you? And has it left you with the same hollow feeling than it does when you go to regular nine to five, a feeling of obligatory motion, but no authentic connection?

That is how I have been feeling writing the A to Z challenge this month. Not the content, I love the content of herbs and spices, but I wrote all of these parts a few weeks ago, long before this challenge started. I wrote it in conjunction with my book, when it felt right, when it felt powerful.

But I do not think about spices every day. Once I make myself a mason jar filled with the mixtures I need, I pretty much forget about them. There are other things to think about. Like creating stories through words or images.

So copying and pasting the individual herbs for you here was a motion I went through, thinking about the result of it being a good book promo. And it bored me to death. Instead of showing you my face, my authentic self, I gave you what I thought was the right thing to do.

Well, guess what, it wasn’t. And it stops today. I will write again whatever feels right at the moment, allowing you to hear me speak through a day’s event, a thought about a book, an uplifting message. I abandoned the ship of A to Z Challenge and offer you instead, that if you want to read that guide, you can subscribe to me, and I will send it to you. Free, all of it, in a few days. No strings attached. We both benefit from that much more than if I continue to bore myself and my readers.

I think, I will benefit you more this way. Benefit you, by sharing a story as it develops, write about what moves me, shakes me, scares me, rather than give you something in a neat little-themed box.

Don’t get me wrong, I see the merit in a challenge like the A to Z Challenge. I just don’t see the merit in it for this space. And hope to give you something more valuable in return. Authenticity.

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