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Artist Feature -Simone Gumilar

I’ve been looking for someone to feature on our platform, who’s work really shows how the different creative elements work together and how everything is linked. Because well, everything IS connected when it comes to putting creativity to work.

That is why this artist is so amazing for this feature.


Simone’s profile really shows how she can bring design to life and how staying creative really has an impact on your work and her website shows it. I highly recommend you visit her website, linked at the end of the article for a full showcase of her work.

Enjoy the read and if you need any work done for your brand – give this amazing artist a shout.

How would you describe your work to a stranger on the street?

I create moving pictures for businesses to promote themselves or explain concepts to their employees.


How did you find your way into your career?

When I was younger the world of film and visual effects really captivated me and I decided that I wanted to work in the film industry. The next step was finding a university that would give me the skills needed to be a visual effects artist or animator. I enrolled at AFDA in Johannesburg and majored in Visual Effects. In 2013. I decided to do my honours in Digital Art at the University of the Witwatersrand where I also did experimental film as an elective. After various digital creative jobs, I evolved to be more occupied with corporate work as there was a greater need for motion design and explainer videos. I now do freelance compositing and vfx when the opportunity arises but 2D animation is where I spend most of my working hours.

What would you do if given the chance to do anything else, other than what you are currently doing?

I love doing any form of art so anything involving images, moving or static, I enjoy. I want to keep on learning and hone my skills. I don’t think I would ever move away from this field of work. I am currently doing courses in 3D modelling and eventually want to work in the games or animation industry as an environment artist. As a Digital Artist you are constantly challenged to learn new programs and be on top of new technologies, so it’s an ever stimulating and rewarding field.


What’s your favourite food dish?

I love a good old toasted peanut butter and jam sandwich or a toasted almond butter, honey and banana sandwich.

Have you encountered a severe drop in your career that made you feel you are going to give up and how did you overcome that obstacle?

Yes, there was a time where I felt I was just doing other people’s projects and really needed to do more creative projects for myself. It came down to making time for what I wanted to work on and what I found interesting as well as doing my day job.


What is your best go-to breakaway from your workstation to unplug for a few minutes?

go outside and take a deep breath. Making a cup of tea and sitting in the grass for 5 minutes can make all the difference.


What is your favourite way of finding inspiration?

I really do get inspired by what others have created. It makes me realise that anything is possible. The #drawthisinyourstyle challenge was really inspiring to take an artist’s image and recreate it in your own style.


What do you enjoy most about your journey so far?

Working with many different companies both business to business and business to consumer clients. No job is the same and being a freelancer I can plan my schedule accordingly and have a fun day if I really need it.

Have you got any special shoutouts to anyone who you feel made a significant impact on your skills and that helped you reach this point?

My parents! They let me study what I wanted and never made me feel like pursuing a job in a creative field was a wrong choice. They always supported me and my dreams.


If you could be any superhero or superheroine, who would you be and why?

I would be Catwoman because I love her personality and feline charisma. She is on the fence between doing good and committing crime but she is still a good person deep down. Also I love Batman and the DC universe, I admire ordinary people that don’t have superpowers but are still heroes.
If I could have any superpower it would be to have infinite luck. I want to have close by parking spaces and always have a good hair day.


What do you think, is the most important discipline to develop, that will help carry you in any of the career paths available to you?

Time management and knowing when to take a break. I’m still working on this but when I get in the zone I can go for many hours without getting up. I wear a fitness tracker that tells me to get up every now and then.


What would you say is the most important thing an artist should do, when they approach you for portfolio feedback?

Only display your best work, even if it’s a few it’s better than showing mediocre work you did. Rather create specific portfolio pieces that you spent time on.


If we want to find you online and follow your work, where can we look you up?


Written by Neal Strydom

Co-Owner of Pixelsmithstudios. Specialising in creating content for digital platforms Working fulltime in marketing & Advertising Always meeting new talent

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