Can you give us a bit of a step-by-step of your editing process?
Yes. Photoshop, of course, is most important. Lightroom, not so much for my artworks. When I create my artwork, when I finish in Photoshop, I put it in my smartphone, which always looks different on the smartphone screen. I always work with these standards editing apps, like the VSCO app. There’s an app called Unum where you can organize your Instagram feed before you post something. So I see if the image and the colors and everything looks nice compared to other images of mine.
It’s quite interesting because four years or five years ago, I was featured in lots of media and press articles because I created my artworks with an iPhone. No one believes me that it’s possible, but I did. So that’s what everyone got excited about. Even now when I get interviewed, people say, “You’re editing your images with an iPhone, that’s amazing.” And I have to say, “Oh yeah, I did that four years ago, now I’m working more professionally. I have new equipment and everything so I can work in higher resolutions.” But, yeah, I actually started with apps and an iPhone.
When I created the artworks on the iPhone, everything was done with the phone, including the editing and the composition of the photo. It was like Photoshop in your pocket. The app is called Artstudio. Not a lot of people know about this app, but it’s so incredible, to be honest. There’s so much you can do. You can create your own brushes and you have all the settings like in Photoshop. You have layers, masks, everything you can imagine. In the past, I created the artworks with the Artstudio app, and then I edited colors and tones with the VSCO app and I put it out on Instagram.
Now I create the artwork in Photoshop and do all the colors and everything there. But I still always like to add a little bit of VSCO filter to it because it settles down the saturation a little bit sometimes.