1. What’s your name and title/business name? Where are you located, city, state, country location?
My name is Vera Drmanovski. I am a lettering artist, designer and Art Director based in Toronto, Canada.
2. What’s your educational and professional background, i.e., college, professional school, high school, apprenticeship, etc.?
I graduated from Herzing College in Toronto, in Computer Graphic Design. Right out of school I got a job as an in-house designer for TD Bank, where I still work as an Art Director. During my career, I was exposed to many different fields of design, from traditional Graphic Design to multi media and animation. About 4 years ago I did a side project that got me into lettering and I immediately fell in love with the field. I have been lettering ever since.
3. Preferred tool(s) and medium?
My tools of trade are Procreate on iPad where I do most of my sketching, Illustrator to digitize my art, occasionally I use Photoshop to add some effects and textures if needed, or After Effects for animations. I guess you can say animation is my second love.
4. Where or how do you “recharge your creative battery,” i.e., books, blogs, music, art, exercise, meditation, prayer, hobbies, interests, etc.?
I love books and reading, but my batteries often feel low on charge that I cannot stay awake when reading. In that case exercising or walking helps to get my body going again. I also love playing tennis. To recharge my creative batteries I just keep creating. I am currently working on a passion project called ArtWord of the Week (https://artword-of-the-week.tumblr.com), an illustrated dictionary of uncommon English words. I post once a week, usually on Sundays. So as soon as I am done with my day job, I work on my project. So far I have illustrated 32 words, but more, lots more, to come. You can also follow this project on Instagram via #artwordoftheweek.
5. Tell us something about you that might surprise or delight us.
I’ve been happily married for 19 years, I really found my soul mate. Oh yeah, and I don’t like to eat. I wish there is a pill I can just take and be done with it. I’d rather spend that time creating. 😀