Interview With

Mart Biemans

Hi Mart and welcome to TWTP. I would like to thank you for doing this interview, let’s start by telling us a little about your background and how you got started in the industry?

No problem at all! Thank you as well for your interest in my work and giving me the opportunity to share it! It's quite a long time ago that I got in touch with the world of digital art, illustration and design. Me and some friends used to play some online games back when I was about 12 years old. Via these games I became a member of some forums where a lot of people designed their own signature images. I've always enjoyed drawing when I was young so I immediately wanted to design some of these images myself. Not just for me but also for others. People liked what I created so once most of the people I knew quit the games we played I continued creating these images. I started searching for more online platforms such as Deviantart and later Behance to showcase my work on. Once I started sharing my work through these platforms I got contacted by several amazing brands to work for them. It all went very fast, its amazing how quickly your work can spread thanks to the internet and social media.

How does your job as an illustrator and designer influence your life? Do you feel like you see things around you differently for example?

I have never really seen what I do as my job, it all started as a hobby and once opportunities presented itself where I could make money from it I didn't hesitate to take them. Creating art and designing for brands doesn't influence my life, it pretty much is my life. I consider myself very lucky to make a living from my hobby and I wouldn't change it for anything. I do think my life looks very different from most people. I get up when I want to and I sometimes work till very late, it all depends on when I feel inspired. Therefor I do think I see things around me very differently. People that work their day to day life in office jobs are always in a hurry and such a routine can be very stressful. I love the freedom freelancing gives me in my daily life, I get to decide which projects I take on and which I don't.

What would you say are the most important lessons you’ve learned that made you a better illustrator?

Stay humble. You're never too old to learn, I love discussing my art and design with other creative professionals to listen to what they think and how I can improve my work. Some people that have worked for big clients at a young age like myself get very lazy and think they've made it already. I've always stayed very eager to learn new things and to experiment with new techniques. I love learning from others, but I also love sharing my knowledge with others. When people message me via Facebook, Twitter, Behance or Email I always respond. I think it's important to stay in touch with the people that appreciate your work. I've written tutorials, given lectures and shared making of videos, all because I love to share what I know.

Can you tell us a bit about your creative process while creating a new piece? Client and personal project.

For clients I start nine out of ten projects with a sketch and a quick moodboard. I do research on what has been done before for similar clients to get inspired, this doesn't mean I copy what has been done but it helps me to get a feeling for the brand and the field it is trying to position itself in. Once I've presented the sketches to my client, I will usually receive feedback, that helps me to improve the direction we're taking the project. Some clients like to give me a lot of freedom, some will want to navigate me throughout the project, therefor it is very important to listen carefully. I also think it's essential that as a creative professional you don't always do exactly what the clients tell you but also try to convince them of what you think is best. With personal projects it's pretty similar, instead of asking feedback from clients I try to get feedback from my friends.

How do you describe your daily routine as a freelancer?

To be honest I don't really have a routine. Some periods as a freelancer are extremely busy where others are quiet and calm. This is something I really like about my profession as I never know what my next day or week will look like. As mentioned before I also don't really have daily routine, sometimes I work all day and when I don't feel inspired I don't work at all.

Your portfolio is full of amazing work, are there any that you feel most proud of or have a special meaning to you?

There isn't a particular project or artwork I'm most proud of. I'm pretty proud of everything I have achieved so far because most of it was done by working hard and not giving up. When I was still went in design school I didn't attend many classes because I was mostly at home freelancing. A lot of my tutors used to tell me I would never get anywhere with that attitude, I like to think I proved them all wrong.

As an illustrator in today's age, what are your go to tools digital and real-world?

The programs I use most are Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator and very occasionally I work in Adobe InDesign. I've lately also developed an interest in 3D programs and plan on working more in those as well. While working in these programs I always have my Wacom Tablet ready to use next to my Logitech Gaming mouse (I use a gaming mouse because they are very precise and work smoothly). Oh yea, and music, I always listen to music.

Thanks for joining us, do you have any final words for our readers?

Be passionate about what you do, if you're not you might as well go look for a different profession or hobby.

To check out more of Mart's work head over to his website at