Victoria is a freelance artist whose role was to give shape to Neurodeck's phobias, cards and UI. She worked hard to provide this colorful touch around this dark atmosphere when fighting phobias!
##### How would you describe your job with your own words?
I like to think that my job is basically to give life to all those amazing ideas, concepts, stories that come my way.
##### What was the most challenging part of your work on Neurodeck?
Before Neurodeck, I had never worked on a deckbuilder card game before. It was really challenging for me to understand its features. I spent a lot of time thinking about the interface and all of the elements I had to show on-screen while keeping the whole thing elegant and refined. Representing phobias was a bit challenging for me too since I had never drawn monstrous things like this before. My usual style is more like the one you can see on card illustrations.
Some of Victoria's favorite card illustrations.
##### Did you find the mental health issue inspiring? Why?
Yes, I did. First off, because I’ve always felt the need to give sense to my work. I love to learn about people, and being able to help them even just a little with what I do is really important to me. That's why I have always wanted to work on Serious Games, for example. Also, I have had mental health issues in my life, just like a lot of people, so I just inspired myself with those feelings to be as fair as possible in my representations of it.
##### What are your main and favorite tools?
Well, regarding the software, Photoshop is my realm but I gotta admit I had a recent crush on Procreate. I usually draw using a CINTIQ QHD 13” or my iPad Pro, and I use Pinterest a lot when looking for inspiration. Oh, and my cat’s belly is a really good wrist rest.
##### Is there a phobia or a card that reminds you of a special event in your life?
I particularly like the Favourite Pillow card, representing a huge cat in the size and form of a pillow.
I have two cats at home, and when I feel down or lonely during the day – since I work from home full time, – I love to just take a break and cuddle them for a moment. It always makes me feel a lot better. For this reason, the cat I drew on this card is a mix of my two beloved cats!