Surprisingly, American designer Deonta Wheeler has no formal design education – but taught himself Photoshop and Illustrator using online tutorials. He specialises in photo manipulations.
What’s your favourite tool?
I like Photoshop’s Magnetic lasso tool. It lets me cut out pictures quickly, so I can get to the part of photo manipulating I like the best – composing the image.
What techniques and approaches do you use most?
I use a lot of adjustment layers. They're the best way of non-destructively changing the colour of the overall composition without editing all the individual layers. I also like using the high pass filter to add contrast.
What kinds of tools do you work with?
Adobe CS6, a pen and sketchbook, and sometimes a digital camera.
What has been your favourite piece you've created?
Final Battle, as it's reminiscent of boss battles in video games, where you have to defeat a very large enemy after going through a room full of regular-sized foes. It reminds me of playing co-op action games with my friends.
Which clients have you worked for?
I've mostly worked for hip-hop recording artists such as Freddie Gibbs, and The Legendary Traxster.
Where have you exhibited your work?
I’ve had my work exhibited at Georgia Perimeter College and Georgia State University. It’s also appeared in various blogs, magazines and books.
What/who are you biggest influences?
I draw a lot of inspiration from music. Most of my work is named after songs I like, or tracks with titles I think have a nice ring to them. Movies and designs from other artists also inspire me.
Final Battle shows two comrades, who are about to face a giant and powerful enemy after taking down a group of foes.
This shows a boy who is taking a break from his daily activities to take in the scenery around him. Often, I like to sit down and look at the world around me. This is the second image I’ve done with the same concept.
Almost Free came from following an online tutorial – I deviated a little bit to make it my own. It shows an angel that was put in bondage to be a spectacle for visitors. It’s trying to break free and fly home.
Broken Promise explores the emotions that one goes through during a divorce or break up. The feelings of anger, sadness and loneliness of losing the person who said they would be there with you forever.