Leo Veneziano (Sunken Realm Design Company) has been a professional Graphic | Motion Designer for the past 7 years but his history goes all the way back to Adobe Photoshop v4.0 in 1996 and he’s been doing digital art ever since. He’s done work in Film, TV, Gaming and overall multimedia work for small to medium businesses. He has the capability of bringing the clients ideas to life and is a strong team player.
His main approach is to work with clients on a one-on-one level to bring their vision to fruition while maintaining costs within their budget. He also focuses on getting the tasks at hand done efficiently and in a timely manner without the loss of quality in his craft. He enjoys collaborating with like-minded individuals who he can talk shop with and be able to soak up new knowledge in the field so that he can expand his own skill set.
On his down time he enjoys reading, playing video games with his kids, spending time with his family and going to different events to support local artists.
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I always ask what they're envisioning? What ideas they have? More often than not a client will have references of something they like so I always ask for that. It always helps to have imagery to help relay what the vision is. From there I'll share my ideas on how to make their design unique while still keeping elements from their original reference/ideas.
I've worked with Photoshop for many years but I went to college for TV/Film production and got my Associates Degree. I then followed up with that by going to school for Visual Effects & Motion Graphics and got my Bachelors Degree. I've got a ton of skills under my belt that can only help to bring projects to life in many different forms.
All pricing is based on the type of work and it's complexity. If it's something that'll take more than several hours of work I'm willing to provide a flat rate. Pricing is also negotiable based on budget.
I love creating and bringing ideas to life - either from myself or my clients. Bringing a vision to life is always exhilarating for both the client and myself. When that design ends up being used to create a physical object - I'm always inspired to keep on creating. Just recently, a client took a sticker design I created for them and created these cool 3D key chains and was courteous enough to give me one. It may not sound like much but when you've put in the work to create something from scratch and then you have a piece of it forever it's just... I can't even find the right word. It's awesome!
My Father has been self-employed for over 30 years and still does it part time. Seeing him be his own boss and a small business - and still be able to feed his family and have a home - it's very inspiring. So, I set off to do the same. I love what I do. I love how I do it. I'll probably continue to do until I'm an old man. Art never dies.
I've worked with so many different types of customers in many different industries ranging from TV, Film, Stone & Marble, Construction, Real Estate, Law, Financial, Abrasives, and many more.
I love going to art events and one that I go annually, with my wife and kids, is San Diego Comic-Con. The con has grown in so many ways to include not only comic books but gaming, TV & film, pop culture, and so much more. It's a great experience for me and my kid as I get to watch her love of art grow every day.
Read through their profile and take a look at their portfolio. Go with your gut on how you feel about that person. Sometimes the best artwork isn't the best match with the artist. Everything I do is communicated. There's no smoke in the mirror. If I promise you something, it'll get done. If it's something I CAN'T do, I'll communicate that to you so that I'm not wasting your time and money. There are instances where I'm learning something for the first time but I know I can accomplish the goal and I'll relay that to my client. I don't charge for the learning portion obviously but when I'm ready to start working and creating I'll start to log hours. I hate being swindled or hustled and there's a lot of that going around. I've learned from my Father that being an honest business person will get you further in life because a client is more likely to spread the love and give word of mouth references in the future - that's the best reward I could ever ask for - references.
The basics - What do you need? What format do you need it in? What specs does the project need to be in? What kind of references do you have? Any and all information that you think is vital to a project probably IS vital so have that ready to go.