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2016 did a lot for me… It created the bridge that lead me to finding myself and my passion and turning that passion into what I do today. A lot of the things I’ve learned throughout this year, whether it be professional or amateur, I’ve learned one very important thing. I’ve learned just how much you all sleep on the artists and graphic designers behind your favorite rapper/producers artwork. This year alone has been the rise of many different artists and creatives because they know their time to shine has come along. I mean think about it? Where would your favorite artists be without their vibrant, authentic, & artistic artwork to attract your eyes to their music? No where my g, your favorite rapper would be no where. As easy as it is for these musicians to make a name for themselves off of their music, over the years it has become increasingly harder and harder for the people behind the creative vision of such music to show themselves and gain the respect for their hard work. Well 2016 will stamp as the year that these artists put their foot down, came into the light, and proved to the world their creative talent and their true nature behind their artistic work. So without further delay I would like to introduce you all to the creative powerhouse with a roster damn near longer than that of the Senclaire team, the group consisted of all different types of artists going into all different creative fields. Today I would like to present to you all, creators direction®

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Delinda Arts

Next up is Matt aka Delinda Arts, by now you’ve probably seen a lot of Delinda’s work as he’s been doing a lot this year. With his abstract piece by piece style Delinda has made his talent known in the community through his pieces featuring artists, Disney characters, and images of his own choosing. I got the chance to speak with Delinda and talk idols and inspirations in this later day interview.

Who are you?

Delinda: My name is Matt but I go by Delinda Arts. The name for a company I plan to start in the near future to provide art and design for big corporations as well as  create amazing work myself through Delinda Arts. I wanna be able to help up and coming artist also.

How old are you?

Delinda: 23.

Where are you from?

Delinda: I’m from Trussville, Alabama.

What is it that you do?

Delinda: I create works with my signature style “Vibed Out” using a series of vector shapes. My go to color is pink. I really just like to make work that expresses the feelings I’m going through or the experiences I’m encountering like friendship, falling in love, daydreaming or overcoming a difficult situation.

How long have you been doing graphic work?

Delinda: I’ve been taking it seriously since 2013. Before then I was going to art school to study animation until I came across an artist known as KaCey Kal and his work inspired me to shift my focus to visual art and graphic design. He’s like the master Jedi in my eyes.

What was your old style like in comparison to your current one?

Delinda: My old style was very ass until my computer was stolen and I had no other way to make digital work so I just kept drawing and drawing in a sketch book and found my current style. When I got my new computer I started doing it digitally again. I’m so glad my computer was stolen.

Have you noticed your progression from when you first started?

Delinda: Definitely! When I first started I thought I was alright but now when I look at my past work I wanna vomit lol. I don’t mean to be so harsh on myself but I believe in pushing myself to keep getting better.

Do you have any favorite pieces you’ve made so far?

Delinda: The first is titled “Thank U For Being There” and it is really just a piece I made to show my admiration for the different people that helped me in my life. The second piece is the most recent Vibed Out CUDI piece and I finished this piece and uploaded it to social media precisely 2 hours before CUDI admitted to having suicidal thoughts and checked into rehab. It was very surreal. I’m glad he’s better now. The third piece is titled “the friend zone” and it symbolizes the feeling I feel currently because I’m friends with this girl and I REALLY like her but I’m choosing to stay in the friend zone so our friendship isn’t tainted. It’s really hard and I feel vulnerable with all my feelings draining out of my body because I wish I could tell her how I really feel. It’s kind of one of my more darker pieces even though it uses some bright colors. [Gallery of Delinda’s pieces below]

Do you have any other inspirations or idols as far as art goes?

Delinda: My biggest idols are Kanye and Cudi. My idols/inspiration in art are KaCeyKal, KAWS, Zach Thompson (VizualZMT),  Eartha Klitt, Bryant Giles, Aaron Draplin, MAL, Nico, Amber Park, FRKO, and Sakutaro

How often do you find yourself creating?

Delinda: I try to make stuff everyday. When I work on projects for myself I take my time but I also give myself checkpoints so I can get work done.

How busy would you say your work makes you? Do you find yourself constantly working on your art?

Delinda: Oh yeah it definitely keeps me busy. I’m obsessed with this shit I try to work on pieces everyday. I don’t even go out to bars or clubs or out with friends anymore. You gotta sacrifice somethings if you really want this shit. No other way around it. I want more time to make stuff so I don’t waste it doing things that don’t center around me create works.

When creating your pieces what elements do you pay the most attention to?

Delinda: COLOR. I mainly use black backgrounds because that emphasizes colors I choose to use. I feel COLOR can change someone’s day for the better. Pink is the best color ever found lol because it’s so welcoming and friendly. It’s happy and passionate. Intriguing composition also comes to mind.

Is there anything we should be expecting from you in the future?

Delinda: My mind is always racing with new ideas for pieces so I can’t really know haha but expect to see more of my work floating through art showcases and around the internet. I also want to do more album art for electronic music artists! I love working to that kind of music. I’m also going to do work with Soulection and boiler room in the future. I don’t know how yet but just know it’s going to happen.

Is there anything you want to say to the fans who’ll read this?

Delinda: Shout to Auri, Ahmeer, Hunter, Eartha Klitt, Keezy from Novice Mag, Josh, Darryl, The Art of Metanoia, all my friends who believe in me. Shout out to Kanye and Cud I’m going to do design for you both in the future. Lastly but not least shouts to my mom and sister!

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Shon Rosewood

Lastly tonight we present to you the mystifying art director, Shon Rosewood of creators direction®. Shon has made his imprint on the art game with his exquisite style as well. Using all types of different colors, images and mediums Shon has helped proved just how much he loves the design game and how he plans to take it over in the near future as his work continues to get better. Below you can read Shon’s interview and learn more about the art director and his origins.

Who are you?

Shon: I’m Shon Rosewood, a 22-year old graphic designer from Indianapolis, Indiana.

What is it that you do?

Shon Rosewood

Shon: I create amazing art for basically everyone. I do logos, artwork, draw, almost everything.

How did you originally get into drawing?

Shon: I got into drawing as a kid, back when I was in elementary school. I use to sit in my room and just draw random things while listening to some music. Art been in my life since I was born.

How long have you been doing graphic work?

Shon: Well I’ve been doing for awhile kinda. When I was first introduced to Photoshop, it was in high school when I took this visual communication class back in 2011. So I would do it at home as a hobby and just for fun. Then when I went to college, I never had the time to mess with Photoshop because of homework and other things. But last year while I was on winter break, I decided to take this graphic design things serious. So now I’ve been doing it for almost a year now.

What was your old style like in comparison to your current one?

Shon: My old style was a little simple. It’ll be just a solid color background and flowers and a object or a person. But now my current work is more detailed, colorful, and eye-catching. I feel like I get better and better every single day.

I was gonna ask have you noticed your progression from when you first started?

Shon: Yes, I sure do. Sometimes I look at my old work and my new work and notice some good changes. I’m really happy with how I progressed with my art.

Do you have any favorite pieces you’ve made so far?

Shon: Yes, I do have a couple of favorite pieces that I’ve made. The reason why these are my favorite is because of the colors. When I look at these, I get happy. These pieces show the progress and the style that I’m trying to create. It also shows me that I can go somewhere with this art. [Gallery of Shon’s pieces below]

Do you have any inspirations as far as art goes?

Shon: Yes, I have a a lot of inspirations to name including my favorite graphic designers like Trap and the entire Creators Direction team, Math, Raely, DeadMonBerns, Henock Sileshi, Bryan Rivera, Vr3tro, Brandon Cartier, and GEO.

How often do you find yourself creating?

Shon: Almost everyday, but whenever I can’t come up with anything, I just give myself 2-3 days to take a break and find some inspiration and go out and do something productive.

When creating your pieces what elements do you pay the most attention to?

Shon: I pay most attention to the fonts, the colors, and the picture itself. When it comes to fonts, I like them to be simple and let the art do the job. Also, when it comes to the colors, I like them bright and eye-catching. Good colors can bring out a good design.

Is there anything we should be expecting from you in the future?

Shon: Yes, there will be a lot of good things to look out for from me. I will be working on my website and merch and basically everything soon. I want to expand my whole brand. I want to do more than just graphic design. I want to direct videos, photography, and even try doing 3D art. Shon Rosewood is going to be an household name one day.

Is there anything you want to say to the fans who’ll read this?

Shon: I just want to say thank you all for supporting me and showing me a lot of love and also thank you all for motivating me to go hard with my art. Art is my passion and I know one day I’m going to become big with this. I truly appreciate it all.

You can follow Delinda and Shon on Twitter to keep up with more news on art releases and events by the two. Be sure to lookout later this week for more interviews from the rest of creators direction®! We hope you enjoyed these interviews!