Featured Designer: Eric Minella
Contact Information: [email protected]
Eric Minella has been doing graphic design for 12 years, 8 years as a professional. He got started in 1997 when a good friend who knew computers and was familiar with Eric’s art said, “You’d be good at graphic design, get a computer made for design work.” So Eric bought a computer with Adobe PhotoDelux and within a year he purchased Photoshop. The rest, as they say, is history.
His favorite medium is Photoshop. He recently created his first food labels and though daunted by the prospect, was very pleased with the results. He’s also done a great deal of historic (1800s) design work, which he loves. Eric feels best suited to projects that allow for artistic freedom, such as the CD cover and insert project he finished not long ago.
Eric is a multifaceted musician (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandolin, octave mandolin, and bass guitar), digital graphic artist, interpreter of natural and cultural history (creating opportunities for people to discover meaningful personal connections to nature, culture, and history), 2-D & 3-D artist, audio engineer, lyricist, performer, dreamer, fantasist, visionary, philosopher, and a father.
Eric has been writing and recording concept albums for over 20 years. It all started in the summer of 1976 when he was about to enter 5th grade. He was introduced to the band Kiss, and quickly became obsessed. During 5th grade Eric and three of his friends performed an air guitar show at school dressed in Kiss costumes. Soon thereafter, he discovered bands like Rush and Led Zeppelin, and developed a preference for musicianship over image-oriented glam-rock. Nonetheless, it was still some years before he abandoned the air guitar for a real guitar.
NDF: Where do you find your inspiration?
I’m not sure any human can truly answer that question — that’s what makes inspiration so profoundly magical. As an artist I’ve developed the ability to slip into “the zone” fairly easily.
NDF: Do you have central themes in your work?
Music, history, and a wee bit of marketing.
NDF: Any advice for other creatives?
– Follow your passion.
– Abandon your ego when it comes to design work!
– Don’t underestimate the value of learning graphic design withOUT a computer. The computer is just a tool.
You call Whisperwood your Life’s work. Please tell us more about it.
Eric recently completed what he considers to be his life’s work – a 2 hour progressive acoustic fantasy narrative called Whisperwood which evolved every year between 1990 and 2008 with the other Whisperwood players. This epic event takes the listener on a “musical, spiritual, and emotional journey.”
The Whisperwood Story:
Elvin brothers Elric and Lokai are opposites, yet counterparts. The brothers become traveling minstrels whose music has the power to heal others as well as themselves. Whisperwood is ultimately the story of Lokai’s redemption from vengeance to compassion.
Currently Eric is working on bringing Whisperwood to the stage as a rock opera.
“The single most significant thing you can do to benefit yourself, those you love, and indeed all life, is to explore and discover personal connection to the natural world.”
Check out some of Eric’s designs on Next Day Flyer’s Products:
4” x 6” – food label – Illustrator
33” x 23” – historic store front sign hand-painted on wall – Illustrator
19’ x 3’ 6” – vinyl historic event banner – Illustrator
4.5” x 10” – magazine ad for restaurant in historic park – PhotoShop
4” x 6” – postcard for show at historic park – PhotoShop
4” x 9” – rackcard for business in historic park – PhotoShop
36” x 47.75” – wooden historic store front sign – Illustrator
54” x 26” – wooden historic store front sign – Illustrator
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