These days, its rare to see a text exchange without emojis. Jumping on the trend, Brazilian Art Director Bruno Leo Ribeiro is giving famous music icons their own emoji twins. We're completely in love with the detail that goes into each of his emojis of famous bands and musicians and had to ask him about his process and inspiration. 

gorillaz emoji

Creative Studio: Hi Bruno! Can you tell us and our readers a little bit about yourself?
Bruno Leo Ribeiro:
I'm a Brazilian art director from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and currently working at hasan & partners in Helsinki, Finland. I'm curious, headbanger, husband and father of 2 small humans.

Michael Jackson emoji

CS: How did you come by the idea to create emojis of famous bands?
BLR: I was taking a shower and I thought to myself, "What if I create Emojis for bands?" It was quite obvious for me, so I was afraid that someone has done it before. So I made an intense research and I did not find anything. So I just made the first one (Kiss) and I loved the end result. After that, I created other 11 and published on Tumblr.

Madonna singer emoji

CS: How much planning goes into each of your works?
BLR: About 30-45 minutes to make 1 band. Slipknot took me around 2 hours, but it was the second one. Now that I figured out the right style for it, it takes 30-45 minutes average for create an Emoji.

KISS band emoji

CS: What’s your greatest source of inspiration?
BLR: "My wife and kids :) But is hard to say. I use everything as inspiration, especially the ones outside the world of advertising. Travel, museums, books and so forth. Everything is a reference."

spice girls emoji

CS: Once you finished a piece of art, what do you do?
BLR: As soon I finish one Music Emoji I publish right away. I'm not afraid of showing my work. If you think too much about what people are going to think about your work, you will never publish your stuff. I'm an extremely insecure guy, so I try and fail as much as I can because I think that's the only way to learn for real.

daft punk emoji

CS: Do you think artists see the world differently than people who do not create art?
BLR: No I don't think so. I think the only difference between the artists and the people not called "artists" is the fact that artists are the ones who are brave enough to show their ideas and visions. Everyone is creative. I think everything can be learned, the talent just make it easier or harder. :)

eminem emoji

By the way, if you're into creating emojis yourself: We just launched a new Creative Invite in which you can recreate the judges of The Voice of Germany as emojis. Make sure to check it out!


Check out Bruno Leo Ribeiro: Website, Twitter and Tumblr