Color & Personality
Yasmin Damulak doesn't pretend to possess mastery of her craft, she is the first to tell you that she is still learning, still growing, getting better everyday. However, her refreshing honesty translates brilliantly through her work. A talented artist with a colourful personality, Yasmin is definitely one to watch closely. CONTENT:NG sat with Yasmin for a brief but insightful conversation.
Lets look back for a bit, what is your favourite childhood memory?
This is honestly a really difficult one. I don’t know about a favourite one per say but I know when I was really little, in my early years of primary school, my dad used to draw for me. It used to happen once in a blue moon (probably only four times in my life) and I would have to beg him to do it but I honestly lived for it. I looked up to him in regards to his art because I thought he was amazing at it and he rarely ever did it.
That must be very special memory. When did you start to identify as an artist?
I’m not sure I identify as an artist yet. There’s still so much I need to do and so much I need to achieve to reach that status. I hope to venture into photography, painting and sculpting in the very near future.
You are a graphic, digital artist, so technology must be very important to your work, how has technology impacted your creative approach?
Getting my Wacom Tablet was such an amazing experience for me. I’m a nerd in situations like that and it honestly made my Christmas last year. It made drawing a lot easier for me as I was sketching straight onto my laptop. My dream right now is to get the Wacom Cintiq but my pocket is laughing at that.
As technology gets more advanced, how do you feel your work would be affected?
Ask me this question again when I have money.
I definetly will. Women seem to be favourite muse for your pieces, what qualities attract you to women?
They are beautiful. Everything about them is gorgeous. From their soft features to their bodies. Women are stunning. African women are stunning.
Ideally, an artist's patronage and appreciation should not be based on their sex or age. As a young female creative, can you tell us your experience so far?
I haven’t come across many female graphic designers/digital artists but it’s gotten super difficult for me. A few of my male counterparts have told me that I’d only get jobs based of people wanting to sleep with me and I have had situations where I don’t think my male counterparts have taken me seriously and this has been a serious struggle for me. On the other hand, I have the people who support my work and these are the people that honestly keep me going.
Okay Yasmin, what is your favourite colour?
Do you think we are living in the 'Golden Age' for creatives and expressionists?
Absolutely. Growing up, I feel like I was put in a box and told that there were only a few career paths that were acceptable (such as law, engineering and medicine) and even in A-Levels, I wasn’t given the option to delve into more creative fields. It really makes my heart smile how a lot of my peers are now able to explore this side. I have got photographer friends, writer friends, fashion friends and music friends who are thriving in their fields and it makes me so happy.
Before you start a project, whats the first thought that pops into your head?
It varies to be honest. I just have to be super comfortable. That’s all that matters.
Favorite App on your phone?
The Twitter. I’ve recently gotten really into Fight List as well.
Can you name any of your peers that you admire?
Duksarts is FANTASTIC at what he does. Duro is amazing as well and I admire his dedication and the amount of time he takes to get his work out there.
Orijin or Orijin Lite?
Origin Lite. Orijin is vile.
LOL.Describe your perfect day?
Sleeping. Eating. Being in bed. Or on an island somewhere pretty with amazing weather.
Yasmin, thank you for your time.
You can follow Yasmin and her work on her twitter page: Yasminn_D