CorelDRAW Master - Silvio Gomes

Silvio Gomes

Name: Silvio Gomes (Silvio Win, in arts)
Occupation: Freelance - Graphic Designer
Employer: Self-employed
Location: Santos, Brazil
Hobbies: Playing billiards on-line, reading about graphic arts, listening to orchestrated songs and watching Santos Football.


How long have you been in this profession?
Since 1976.

Why did you choose this profession?
Being an artist is not a choice. It just happens, naturally. When you do not expect it, you are already inside.

How did you get started?
In the middle of the 70s, I read an ad in the newspaper that a printing shop was in need of a designer. I had never worked in that profession before, but I decided to take the risk. During the first days in my new job, I realized that I was in my true habitat.

What are your most important accomplishments?
Honestly? What I like most is doing the task itself, attempting to reach the goals and trying to find the best solutions. Once finished, I never feel completely satisfied and feel that I could have done it better. The day I say to myself, "here is my masterpiece", I think it is time to retire.

Describe a special moment in your career.
This actually happened even before I became a professional. In the school where I did a quick course about "Lettering for small posters", the teacher asked students to do the layout of a poster announcing the concert of a famous Brazilian singer who would perform his show in the city of Santos. A few days later, walking down the street, I saw my job posted on the walls and poles of the city! It was an unexpected and indescribable feeling!

History with CorelDRAW

How long have you used CorelDRAW?
Since the early 90s, when CorelDRAW 3 was released.

How did you come across CorelDRAW?
One day, a representative of a Graphic Services Bureau came to the advertising agency where I was working and he demonstrated the wonders of CorelDRAW. I became so impressed with the capabilities of the software that I still remember the words I said to a colleague by my side: "Dude, we are facing the future of graphic arts". And I was right.

What are your top three favorite CorelDRAW features?
I think the fairest way to answer this question is: whatever I am trying to do, CorelDRAW offers me the right tools, so at that moment those are the features I like the most.

What are the CorelDRAW features that allow you to distinguish your designs/arts?
I do not think I have a definite style and I do not pretend to have one. The most important thing is trying to make jobs look unique. What must be highlighted is the art itself and not who produced it.

How do you feel about CorelDRAW?
Some friends say, in jest, that I breathe CorelDRAW all day long.