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Living in the south-east of the UK, going to school, blog writing for ten companies, and waiting for a great idea to pop into his mind. This week we meet Harry Kirkby (harrykirkby) from GraphicRiver.
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Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from, what do you do for a living?
I live in the South East of the United Kingdom, Thanet. A pretty unseen part of the country but I guess it blossoms in the news from time to time. I am a student at a local school, have just finished for exams, and am looking to study Computer Science and Economics at Sixth Form!
Which marketplaces do you belong to? What types of files do you sell?
GraphicRiver. I sell business cards at the moment and I need to get back on track and selling and designing some more!
How did you get started? Have you had any formal training?
I have not had any formal training as such. I have self-trained myself when I was around 12-13, on my first computer, just making signatures for forums for local communities. Enjoyed it and tried to start making money from it!
Do you remember being introduced to a computer? (Joiaco)
I do actually. It was a few days after Christmas, around 2005-2006, I had a friend staying over and my parents dashed off somewhere while we sat around watching TV. They came back and kicked me out of my bedroom, and said we were only allowed to come in within one hour. An hour later, I went in, and there it was, my first computer. 1.8 GHz, single core, 512 MB RAM. It was amazing.
How old were you when you got into designing? (Joiaco)
I’ve actually been quite independent online. I’ve never sat and just done nothing, I keep and kept looking around for new things to do. I downloaded Photoshop from our school network and started having some fun with it, making some really poor attempts at work. Eventually, I just began to self teach myself, I believe I started when I was 13.
How did you learn about Envato? (Joiaco)
I’m not quite sure to be honest. I was browsing the internet to find ways to sell products and just came across the marketplace in 2010, and here I am now. I love it, it’s great and the fan base are amazing. It’s such a loving community.
Are any of your friends on Envato? (Joiaco)
Unfortunately, no. Some days I’d arrive at my Sixth Form and be questioned as to how much I’ve earnt recently as some know of what I do, and when I tell them sometimes they are shocked. All they say is they wish they could do it, and I’ve always said “There’s nothing stopping you.”
Describe your home workspace.
I have a 21.5 inch stock model iMac which took me ages to save for, only just got it. Other than that just a loft conversion in my room with a lovely oak desk; my magic mouse and keyboard are welcome too!
Describe your creative process. What steps do you normally follow to create your files?
Normally, I’d go for a walk on the way to my girlfriend’s or on the way home and spot something I like, maybe just a simple colour scheme. I’d then take it home and try and make something out of it, or maybe I’d just be sitting at the computer and something would pop into my head if I’m lucky.
What is the best time for him to work in a day. Morning? Daytime? Evening? Night? (Dekurvajo)
I believe my best time to work are morning and night. This is due to that in the morning I’m normally up and ready for a day’s work as I have been for ages now, and I feel it’s comfortable to work early.
However at night, I feel I can relax knowing I have nothing to worry about other than my designing, no texting other people or emailing. They’re both relaxing and good periods to work.
How do you really get the inspiration to work? (Myjilson)
The simple answer is I don’t. Only most recently where I’ve had to go out of my comfort zone (writing and designing) have I started earning due to the sake of needing the money for equipment. Although when I was just designing for GraphicRiver, I think it was the badges. I was always wanting to get a brown paw, and I finally achieved it.
Since then, I haven’t had many ideas for work. Inspiration is the hardest part of a design process, not knowing the skills. I would suggest leaving your computer for a while, and just seeing how life flows, sometimes ideas just pop up!
What is your advice to other authors regarding how to create a successful portfolio?
Keep pressuring yourself to make more. I’ve taken a step back to do some blog writing, but I am pushing my way all the time at it. I have written for around 10 companies now and am constantly trying to write more, so keep at it and keep your work to a high standard.
What do you do to market your files?
Nothing at all really. I should use Twitter and Facebook more to market but I don’t have the fans to do so, would love to get them. So far I’ve just let nature take it’s course.
What are your three favorite files, and why do you like them?
My best seller. I only like it for that reason, I think it was a nice easy business card that many seem to of liked!
This idea popped into my head watching a TV show. Just the thought and speech bubbles made me think of a way to translate it so it’s direct for the viewer. It was done well I think.
Not my file but from Tamixes. It’s lovely and clean and I used it when I first joined Twitter two years ago. It is very well made and clean to use, I love it!
Apart from yourself, who is your favorite marketplace author, and why do you like them?
ScottWills. He was my first contact in the Envato scene and his items I love. They’re great quality and his jingles every now and then are fantastic.
What do you do in your spare time?
In my spare time I normally just head out to the gym, see my girlfriend or sit at my computer and hope a great idea pops into mind. Sometimes it does, sometimes, it doesn’t.