We asked Pedro Verri, Designer at Invillia, to tell in four photos and a story, what connects his day. From breakfast to computer shut-down. Showing in practice what it is like to work in our distributed model, but always close. Routine, interactions, work-life balance. The result is a fascinating testimony about what is behind his creativity. How to work alongside so many global talents and be aware of everything that surrounds him gives infinite inspiration power. Whether for Invillia creations or for comic strips on his Facebook page.
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Hello there ?
Hello, how are you? Good morning, good afternoon or good night. My name is Pedro, I am 25 years old and I live in Araraquara, in the interior of São Paulo. I am a Designer in the internal marketing team at Invillia and my passion is drawing, I even have a comic strips page on Facebook, called Repolho Azedo. Art is present at all times in my life, whether at work or out of it.
Since I started working at Invillia, still in the physical office, I had a very nice experience because one of the people on my team lives in Chile (Hi, Monique ?) and it was very different for me, working in a distributed way for the first time. The coolest thing is that I never felt that distance and until today we all work, each in their own home and in a different city, as if we are side by side.
It is in these day-to-day conversations, unusual situations that the inspiration for my drawings and illustrations emerges. My daily life turns into a cartoon.
Here at home, we live in three, me and two friends. My alarm clock is almost always the first to ring, around 7 am. Shortly afterward the house starts to fill with movement as my friends wake up. We have breakfast together and get ready for the day.
The day really starts at 9 am, when I connect to our online platform, InStation, and it’s like I’m inside the Invillia office.
I and the rest of the Marketing team always do our daily alignment at 10 am, to talk about each other’s priorities, in addition to catching up, where interesting insights for a future comic strip always come from.
The work “ends” at 6 pm, but never really, because the work of a creative is maintained at all times, seeing inspirations and evolving. In the evening I like to relax and watch a series or movie with my friends, but there is always time to study and improve.
I apply the Pomodoro technique to manage my time and tasks with Invillia. During the day, after completing and delivering my activities, I take a period of around 10 to 15 minutes to oxygenate the brain.
During this time I take the opportunity to relax in the sun, stretch my legs and arms and, of course, scribble some idea on the paper (or screen) that I had been thinking for some time. Not by chance, art imitates life and I like to put an abstract idea on paper before I lose it or let the moment pass.
Art imitates life
Yes, that’s right. Art imitates life and not the other way around. No matter how much we plan things in advance, a thousand and one factors can change the outcome. There are so many variables and improvisations that there is no way of knowing what can happen next. So is art.
It’s that kind of natural randomness in life that I always try to represent in my comic strips. Sometimes it can be the most mundane situation. But told in the right way can get some laughs and that is my ultimate goal with my art: to show a new perspective on things and rethink what we thought we knew.
In addition to the flexibility that Invillia gives me to work on my art, it was also a very beneficial paradigm shift for me to have contact with professionals from around the world and turn my point of view upside down.
There is always something new and different going on.
Among so many paintings
Although the greatest inspiration comes from everyday and mundane situations, my personal tastes also come into the equation, of course.
I can safely say that another great inspiration is in my love and admiration for cartoons.
From the classics like Looney Tunes (love it!) to the more modern ones like Gravity Falls.
In addition to the drawings, I am a big fan of video games and movies as I mentioned. Every type of art that I consume ends up serving as inspiration for my comic strips, illustrations and also for the pieces I produce at work. I share this information through the Geek Zone column in News, the internal Invillia magazine, where I have written a few times about the media.
In the end
Just like a comic strip, my brief story must come to an end as well.
Before I finish, I hope that this text has given a new perspective on things, as well as my comic strips. As the wise Bugs Bunny would say, “don’t take life so seriously, you won’t get out of it alive”.
As much as things do not go as you would like, try to see this as a new chance to make a difference or evolve. Life is not predictable and opportunities abound, just look at things from a different point of view.
By Pedro Verri, Designer at Invillia.
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