Dimitra Adamopoulou by Panagiotis Gournis

About you

-Location: Athens, Greece
-Primary media: Pens, pencils, photoshop
-Education: Athens School of Fine Arts, Ornerakis school of applied arts
-Major projects: Dracula, True Story, The Coldest Summer
-Web site: dimiadam.daportfolio.com, toomanycherries

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ART

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Gournis: What is art?
Dimitra Adamopoulou: I think no one can ever answer properly to this question. But if I had to, I would say that for me it is a way to make new realities. To manifest the nonexistent.

Gournis: Your influences?
Dimitra Adamopoulou:  Although I paint and make comics, I would say that my major influences come from cinema and literature.  But I do not copy, it’s more like an influence in my way of thinking, rather than the style in which I paint. I am sure though that a thousand little drops of my favourite artist show every now and then in my work, subconsciously.

Gournis: Any project you wish to have been involved?
Dimitra Adamopoulou: The making of Blade Runner. :D

Gournis: How you manage to develop your own style?
Dimitra Adamopoulou: Actually I have many styles, and this is something I struggle a lot with. I know at some point I ‘ll have to find something that is like a trademark… I think there comes for everyone a moment when they say “that’s it”. For me, it’s just a lot of experimenting so far. I just let it flow and see what happens.

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EDUCATION

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Gournis: The most important lesson in your education.
Dimitra Adamopoulou:  For me it is open-mindedness. Never shut your brain to new things. Never judge art too quickly. Because you can always learn from even the things (or people) you hate.

Gournis: Skills do you wish you had been taught earlier in your career?
Dimitra Adamopoulou:  Good composition!

Gournis: The most valuable piece of artistic advice you have ever received?
Dimitra Adamopoulou:  A girl in my school told me once  about the much needed “professional calmness”. The essence of it is that  are going to do your best and eventually something good will happen. The world is not going to crush if you don’t make something perfect.

Gournis: Skills that you believe is most important for illustrators?
Dimitra Adamopoulou:  Composition.  For me, it’s the alpha and omega of good art. If it doesn’t have that it must have spirit, fire. But this is something that can’t be taught, unfortunately.

Gournis: Which you personal weakness that had caused you the greatest difficulty in education or at work?
Dimitra Adamopoulou:  Lack of patience. I can easily get bored. This is not good when you are in the middle of learning something. Throughout the years, I’ve learned to master patience a bit, and it has helped me a lot actually.

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LIFE

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Gournis: Why it’s important to you, to be in this field?
Dimitra Adamopoulou:  So far, it’s the only profession that makes me happy. Also, I don’t have to get up early in the morning and I work at home, which I love!

Gournis: Tell us your best story from the field.
Dimitra Adamopoulou:  It’s a funny moment that has to do with the fact that money for me is a blurry subject… I was doing a comic for an institution about the true stories of refugees and I was so into it, I really wanted to do it, to help, you know! So I thought that since it was for a good cause etc that I was not getting paid, that I would do it  for free. So when they told me my fee, I shouted “What? I’m getting paid???”

Gournis: Any words of wisdom that you like to share with us?
Dimitra Adamopoulou:  I am not at all wise, so no. :)

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 CAREER

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Gournis: Choosing a career as illustrator was an easy decision?. How you decided it, and how did you pursuing it?
Dimitra Adamopoulou:  It took time, but a career in illustration/art was always in my mind even when I was doing something else. So not easy exactly, but inevitable. I came to a point that I realised that if I didn’t do that I wouldn’t be happy. So I dropped everything, went to stay with my mom and started lessons at the Athens School of Fine Arts. The rest came by chance.

Gournis: Do you have ‘something’ for those times where you brain run out of ideas and deadlines is running ?
Dimitra Adamopoulou:  I try to relax. Watch a movie, go to the gym, see friends. However, what gives me a lot of ideas is going out of context. Go to a totally different place and meeting people I’d never talk to normally. This is a treasure.

Gournis: Can you describe your biggest challenge in a project?
Dimitra Adamopoulou:  The start! Ooooh, these moments in front of the blank page/canvas.

Gournis: You best and worst times as professional designer?
Dimitra Adamopoulou:  I only have good experiences so far, I am very lucky. I can’t remember anything in particular.

Gournis: The most delight and the most difficult part of the creation process?
Dimitra Adamopoulou:  Delight: when you manage to make something that is really really close to what you had in your head when you were begun. Difficult: when the opposite happens, and it’s not a happy accident but a disaster.

Gournis: Your most beloved art and your best selling art. Αm sure it’s not the same piece of art.
Dimitra Adamopoulou:  I have some pieces that I love but I can’t choose one. Not only because “I love all my children” but also because after I finish something I want to move on so I am a little detached. I don’t have a best-selling piece. But my comic-strip series “True Story” is very popular lately, I think this is my most popular comic so far. I really love it, though, and I have a lot of fun doing it.

Gournis: Describe your perfect client.
Dimitra Adamopoulou:  One that tells you exactly  what they want, and they don’t change their mind at the last moment when you give them the final work. And obviously, one that  pays on time.

Gournis:  What do you wish all clients knew?
Dimitra Adamopoulou:  That painting/illustration is NOT the same as 3-D . If  you tell me to “move the hand a little to the left and just make the character a little thinner” , I have to re-paint the whole image, there is no magic trick in photoshop that does that!

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