Ep.102: Denis Zilber on why you should concentrate on storytelling and not tools

Iva Mikles
Ep.102: Denis Zilber on why you should concentrate on storytelling and not tools

Hey, guys! In this episode, I am chatting with Denis Zilber, a freelance illustrator, and visual storyteller. He has worked with magazines like GQ, Maxim, National Geographic and animation studios like Hasbro, Dreamworks, Nickelodeon among many others.

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Key Takeaways

“Concentrate on storytelling, not on tools. If you are a good storyteller your technique is irrelevant!”

  • Denis had 10-year hiatus when it comes to making art and once he decided at 26 to go back to it, he had a full-time job in graphic design and he was learning in the evenings and night – drawing, painting, animating, modeling. Eventually, he realized he wants to draw and illustrate
  • Denis published his works on his blog and got contacted for illustration jobs by Russian newspapers and magazines. One of them was GQ and he worked for them for 3 years. he used this experience to learn and get better. They liked everything that he did.
  • Denis no. 1 goal for his artworks is storytelling. An expressive image with slightly cartoonish characters and expressive colors & light
  • Denis wishes he focused on something special because his career is spread in too many directions – ad illustration, kidlit, editorial, character design for animation, movies, games – it’s a lot.

Resources mentioned

Special thanks to Denis for joining me today. See you next time!

All artworks by Denis Zilber, used with permission

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