I appreciate how the concept of an artist can range from a variety of different fields. I’m also a huge fan of the direction that the world is shifting to which is focusing more on visual and digital aesthetics whether it be social media, website related content or elsewhere. D’ana of COVL is one of the incredible forces out there that’s contributing to the growth and overall expansion of digital creation.
COVL, which stands for Collections + Volumes, is the graphic illustration company that D’ana started back in 2012. Using the brand as her foundation, D’ana of COVL has taken her storytelling abilities to new heights by working with brands such as the New York Times, Corona, Champs Sports, Agenda Show and many more.
I had the opportunity to chat with D’ana of COVL and she name dropped her biggest digital inspiration, the longest project she’s ever worked on, making COVL a tangible brand and what’s to come for the future.
1 – How did you get started in digital design?
I always owe my start in digital design to the power of suggestion. Without someone suggesting that maybe I was in the wrong industry, I probably would’ve never tried.
2 – What would you say your source of inspiration was?
When I stumbled across Hattie Stewart something clicked and suddenly it all made sense.
3 – What was the first ever digital piece you created?
Man, off the top of my head, I illustrated over a photo of me. And, I wasn’t even using PS back then. I was using Pixelmator so imagine that!
4 – Do you remember that first digital design you created that helped contribute to your come up? What was it?
I don’t. Which is a shame yet at the time I wasn’t going so fast that I can imagine whatever piece it was still holds true to who I am today.
5 – What is your creative process like? In other words, take us through the first step of creating a design to the final step.
My process is simple… well, at least for me. I always start with a color scheme because it sets the tone/mood of what I’ll create. Then, I’ll play around with shapes and patterns until it feels right, even if the piece never sees the light of day.
6 – It’s evident that depending on the coloring, the number of layers and the piece itself that some designs will take longer than others. Time-wise, what was the longest piece you’ve ever done?
A project once took me an entire week because it consisted of 72 illustrations and a custom alphabet. The campaign I’m currently working on takes the cake. It’s a month long project and it’s definitely keeping me on my toes.
7 – What is it about adding color that you think makes your designs stand out?
Color has always been my form of therapy, so it all comes from a very open and vulnerable place. It was never intended for it to be consumed by others yet over time it has positively impacted others which in return positively impacts me.
8 – It’s been said that some of the best creative minds see colors when they’re in the process of creating. Do you find this relatable?
Color is everything. It’s what connects us to many things from what we eat to what we wear. Some minds embrace this fully and others are too naive to understand it’s full potential.
9 – The world of digital is growing and thriving every day. In your opinion, how important has creating digital content become?
I identify myself as a digital artist. I’ve allowed myself to encompass any medium that thrives within the digital space. I’ve never underestimated its importance because it rules everything around me. It’s how I connect with new and familiar faces, it’s a portal for me to take such a mere idea and execute it on a level I could never fathom had this era never existed. Reaching a mass audience without having to overexert your resources still mind boggles me yet it’s exciting as hell.
10 – You’ve been given the amazing opportunity to create a piece for this year’s Essence Festival. How did that happen?
Someone once told me, “Build it and they will come” and that has been my mantra ever since then. I am always putting COLV first and by doing so, I live in a world where I can unapologetically be myself and fortunately, that has led me to opportunities with brands that appreciate that.
11 – Speak a little bit more about your upcoming COVL x HERSPAWN editorial project.
Simple: we just wanted to have fun and create. Sometimes you just need to play dress up and flex those creative wings.
12 – Talk more about the COVL brand. Are you only putting your focus on digital creation or are you looking to spread yourself out into other lanes? If so, what are those lanes?
This year I’m all about challenging the current facets of COVL and introducing it into the physical realm. That’s all I can say for now : )
13 – You’ve managed to be apart of a lot of dope collaborative projects. Which one would you say was your favorite project? Why?
I try not to play favoritism because it subconsciously puts a constraint on my future endeavors. So to be real, I still don’t have a favorite project. They all have equally contributed towards my growth, happiness, and love for design which is a win-win, right?
14 – What else can your fans expect from you for 2018 and beyond?
Becoming more present, more tangible experience, and more COVL magic!