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We would like to introduce you to a digital artist who creates stunning city and landscape images. Mainly producing futuristic and fantasy pieces he is also spreading his wings into black and white photography. Meet Neil Hemsley…

Tell us a bit about yourself and how you got started in your line of work.

I did a bit of photography at school but never pursued it. I did a normal 9-5 job for many years and then moved on to being a personal trainer. I really loved it but unfortunately had to slow down due to health issues. While recovering, I started to do photography as a hobby and really enjoyed it.

 

How long have you been creating your images? 

3 years.

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Did you go to art school? If so which one?

I don’t have any formal training, I just learnt by playing around with the camera and experimenting with Photoshop.

 

How would you describe your artistic style?It’s very layered in terms of the different media I use. I would describe my work as a digital collage and along the same lines as anime and sci-fi artwork.

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Where do you draw your inspiration?

Mainly from 1950s sci-fi, art deco, anime and general photography.

 

What is your favourite editing tool?

I mainly use Photoshop but I also use a dual screen computer and Wacom graphics tablet which makes a big difference when creating and working on the images.

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“Industrial IV” by Neil Hemsley Art, showcased at the Saatchi Gallery in London

What is the best part of your job?

I really love what I do and I make my own hours, so I can actually work when I feel inspired rather than having to force it.

 

What is the worst part of your job?

It’s hard to be self-motivated all the time.

 

Do you make time for personal work?

Yes, I like to experiment with different styles of photography and artwork. I enjoy painting and I also enjoy macro photography.

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What advice do you have for anyone just starting out who is interested in your field?

Don’t limit yourself to a particular style or media, use social media to get yourself out there and try to be part of any exhibitions when possible.

 

If you weren’t an artist, what would you be doing? 

Something “outdoorsy” like a spear fisherman 🙂

 

Are you a Mac or PC lover? 

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What talent would you most like to have? 

I wish I could paint like Salvador Dali.

 

Your favourite film of all time?

Probably Terminator 2

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What do you love to indulge in?

I love to travel and be around nature whenever I can. I also really enjoy water sports.

 

If you would live anywhere, where would it be?

I would love to live in San Diego in the USA.

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First thing you would do if you won the lottery?

Probably go to San Diego! I would also buy loads of camera gear.

 

For your business what is the best thing on theimagefile?

I can create my own website within your system as well as use all the behind-the-scenes tools. It’s very simple to use and it’s amazing value for money.


 

To see more of Neil Hemsley check out his website and follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

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