Cat: First, I want to say that I'm a huge fan of your work. I've been impressed by every book cover design that you've created. But I have to admit, I know little about the process. Who is it that initially contacts you about creating a book cover and how do you decide which jobs you will accept?Nathalia: Thank you for the kind words! About the process, it is quite simple. Who initially contacts me is usually the company OR the author itself (when it's an independent author). Some prefer to leave all the process and ideas to me, however I always prefer that the author or the company says exactly, or at least give me some hints about, what they want in a cover.In general, I accept a job based on the book content. I usually accept most of the books someone asks me, from horror to fantasy. However I always try to filter some themes such as demoniac, witchery, extreme mature or other. Besides that, all other books are accepted.Cat: The cover for Gena Showalter's Last Kiss Goodnight is stunning! How long did that take you to create and what is the longest that you've ever worked on one piece?Nathalia: Showalter's new book was a pleasure and a opportunity to go beyond the edge. It took around 3 months, not only the art but the whole process and the discussion as well. The companies always have in their mind "stunning/never-seen/original books" and because of that, everytime I start something I chase myself for being more original than my previous works. And I have improved with this kind of thought drummed into my head while doing a new work. So, I remember they had asked me to create something romantic, ethereal and somehow sexy. The first thought was to create a red and somehow alive dress. And they liked it at the first sight. However the longest I've ever worked (when saying about books) was "Above" by Scholastic. Almost 5 months.Cat: Who are some artists that have been an inspiration to you?Nathalia: Tim Burton of course, I really love him. And also others like Victoria Frances, Ray Caesar, Tom Bagshaw, Dan dos Santos and much more.Cat: Of everything you've created, what piece is your personal favorite?Nathalia: Oh, don't ask a mother to choose a favorite child. :) You know, each one was an improvement, each one was important for me in a different way. But if I have to choose one, that will be Queen of Hearts.Cat: Can you share with us the strangest art request that you've ever had?Nathalia: Was an advertising about a bullet proof glass. They wanted the Grim Reaper stuck in a glass as a way to show that the glass was so strong that not even death would be able to enter.Cat: Do you ever read the novels that you've created covers for? If so, which would you recommend?Nathalia: Actually no. I honestly still didn't find time.Cat: Can you tell us about any projects that you are currently working on?Nathalia: I'm closing my very first 4 years in digital art with an art book called "LadySymphonia, The Beginning" that will be launched very soon.Besides that and still a surprise, I'm currently working on a new art collection that will be very similar to a movie with many intriguing and dramatic stories, planned to be launched next year.Cat: Thank you so much for taking the time out to answer these questions, Nathalia! I'm looking forward to seeing what you'll create next.Nathalia: Thank you for your questions.
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Nathalia Suellen is a digital dark artist from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She discovered her passion for digital art and photography in 2008 and since then she has began her journey as a self taught artist, mainly focused on macabre and dark imagery. At only nineteen, she started her own business, Lady Symphonia Digital Art and consequently, taking her very first clients which allowed her to improve and challenge herself. Her strange and emotional dark vision drew attention from a great public of artists, photographers, clients and admirers worldwide.Nathalia's client list consists of many bands, publishers, photographers and artists in general. Including Random House, PenguinGroup, Simon&Schuster, Mccann Erickson among others.
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