Artist in Res­i­dence

Dig­i­tal no­mad The Brazil­ian artist re­veals how the mo­bile way of life was a game changer for his cre­ativ­ity and pro­duc­tiv­ity lev­els

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Rafael Sar­mento’s stu­dio in a back­pack.

Be­ing able to carry your whole setup in your back­pack is the dream of many artists, es­pe­cially for those who like or need to work on the go.

Of course, the idea isn’t new, but Im­prove­ments in com­put­ing tech­nol­ogy have meant artists can carry enough power in their lap­tops and tablets to en­able them to de­tach from their desk­tops, which was al­most un­think­able 10 to 15 years ago. The dig­i­tal cre­ative land­scape is now an in­cred­i­bly ex­cit­ing place with the new gen­er­a­tion of com­puter tablets, such as the Mi­crosoft Sur­face and the iPad Pro, which pro­vide plenty of graph­i­cal power to ful­fil the needs of artists.

With the ad­vance­ment of hard­ware, a raft of new art soft­ware has been re­leased to match this mo­men­tum. Sav­age In­ter­ac­tive’s Pro­cre­ate app is caus­ing a real rev­o­lu­tion in the dig­i­tal art com­mu­nity, which pre­vi­ously was dom­i­nated by the likes of Adobe and Corel. With its out­ra­geous pro­cess­ing speeds, in­tu­itive UI and in­cred­i­bly in­no­va­tive brush mech­a­nisms, Pro­cre­ate en­ables me to do ev­ery­thing I used to cre­ate on a desk­top ma­chine, and more be­sides!

My main tools are an 12.9 iPad Pro (first gen­er­a­tion), the Ap­ple Pen­cil and my trusted stu­dio-grade head­phones. From time to time I carry some of my art books, es­pe­cially when I need them as ”mood boards” while work­ing at cer­tain jobs, but mostly my ref­er­ences are now on the tablet (along with that low-key in­ven­tion called the in­ter­net).

I use Pro­cre­ate for all my il­lus­tra­tion and con­cept de­sign works, with oc­ca­sional colour ad­just­ments us­ing apps such as Affin­ity Photo or the Adobe suite for iOS.

Stream­lin­ing my cre­ative setup has re­sulted in other ad­van­tages. One of the big­gest is that I no longer live in a messy stu­dio, which isn’t as ro­man­tic and artis­tic as some peo­ple might think! Re­strict­ing my knack of stay­ing dis­or­gan­ised to a few items in a bag

makes things a lot eas­ier. And I stay more fo­cused with­out the vis­ual dis­trac­tion of messy sur­round­ings. Also, be­ing able to work on pub­lic spa­ces is a great way to pro­duce ob­ser­va­tional draw­ings.

Since I started us­ing this mo­bile setup, I don’t usu­ally hook up at a par­tic­u­lar lo­ca­tion any­more, which makes my daily rou­tine al­most al­ways a nice sur­prise. I usu­ally go to places with good wi-fi and comfy en­vi­ron­ments, such as cafés and cowork­ing of­fices, and then I just un­pack my stuff at a ta­ble and start get­ting things done. All that I need for work fits on the iPad now, in­clud­ing not only art apps but also mu­sic apps (my hobby and pas­sion) and comics and art books, which I rely for in­spi­ra­tion and re­search. Now I can get work done lit­er­ally any­where! I use cloud ser­vices to back up all the work and keep them safe and avail­able for clients at any time. Rafael is an il­lus­tra­tor from Brazil, who’s also a cof­fee afi­cionado and cat wor­shiper. His clients in­clude Wiz­ards of the Coast, Volta and Riot Games. You can see more of his art at www.raf­sar­mento.art­sta­tion.com.

This is Deaddy, my loyal com­pan­ion on my gypsy cru­sade. It’s a play on ‘daddy’ with a side or­der of ‘dead’ thrown into the mix. I’m fas­ci­nated by old books, and this won­der­ful Ger­man ver­sion of The Three Mus­ke­teers caught my eye at a lo­cal an­tique book­store. It’s filled with amaz­ing engraving il­lus­tra­tions, and I like to keep it near me. This is a re­cent piece, that I first sketched in Pho­to­shop a while ago, and ended up fin­ish­ing in Pro­cre­ate. I’m not say­ing that I’m a repli­cant, but well… it’s up to you! I’m a Star Wars fan and this is my favourite T-shirt. I even wear it in client meet­ings. GarageBand is my favourite mu­sic app that I play with in my (rare) spare time. Here’s my work­ing tool, my mono­lith of cre­ative en­er­gies that brings any­thing I can imag­ine to life. I named my iPad ‘Monolyth’ for that rea­son. Some of my favourite artists are James Jean, Robh Rup­pel and Chris­tian Alz­mann, and I of­ten carry some of their books with me for in­spi­ra­tion.

I cre­ated this as an ex­er­cise to get the hang with Pro­cre­ate, right af­ter I bought the iPad Pro. It’s Lis­beth Sa­lan­der from the Mil­len­nium book se­ries. I cre­ated this piece as a con­cept art for an up­com­ing rac­ing/fight­ing game called Monowheels VR, by the Brazil­ian VR games com­pany IMGNATION Stu­dios. Moko Case Ap­ple Pen­cil iPad Pro 12.9 Nexus 5X Pi­neng power­bank Mole­sk­ine Pen­tel me­chan­i­cal pen­cil iPad charger USB-C charg­ing ca­ble Ancker charg­ing ca­ble Sennheiser 280H head­phones 3A toy fig­ure It’s such a plea­sure to be able to re­lax and kick back in cafés, and get lots of cre­ative stuff done thanks to my por­ta­ble art setup.

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