The folks over at Adobe have been putting together a pretty interesting challenge entitled: Take 10 Challenge. In this challenge, you have to create an artwork using 10 Adobe Stock images and you can win a lot of great prizes. For the 2nd take, they are going with the word Weightless and all the submissions will be judge by the mighty Joshua Davis. For the occasion, we had the opportunity to share a few questions with him, hope you'll enjoy this interview. Tell us about yourself? What do you do for living? My Name is Joshua Davis. I’m the Media Arts Director at a studio in New York called Sub Rosa. Since 1995, I’ve been using computers as a medium to create work, lately focusing on the collaboration between hardware and software to create physical interactive experiences. Tell us about the Adobe "Take 10" Challenge. What was your involvement and how did Adobe approach you to be a judge? Over my career as a designer, I’ve had a long relationship with Adobe. The software they make helps me deliver the best visual experiences possible. The company reached out to me and threw me an interesting challenge: "you get 10 images from Adobe Stock and get to make whatever you want." It sounded like a fun project. Given I’ve never worked with Adobe Stock, or with any kind of stock photography, this seemed like the perfect opportunity to do something out of my comfort zone. I agreed to collaborate on 10 Adobe Stock pieces of content and to make something that sings with my style and voice and then to challenge the community to do the same. Then, I become a judge to award winners with some great prizes. What criteria did you look for while looking at the submissions? For this Adobe Take 10 Challenge the keyword was “weightless." The common reaction was to create something that embodied this word. Instead, I chose to use the word as a property in an animation algorithm. What would it look like if I suspended all this Adobe stock in a state of weightlessness and observed and rendered its composition? I wanted the challenge to inspire and push me. I would hope my finalists embody this same thinking. I want to be inspired by the risks they take. To me, a winning piece of work should always invoke jealousy for not having thought of what they made. Tell us your process behind reviewing all those submissions? I want to stop in my tracks and say, "Damn I wish I would have made that." This doesn’t always mean beauty. To me the most beautiful work might not be the winner. Being unique don’t always mean being pretty and I’m looking for unique. Aside from this challenge, do you get creative satisfaction on commercial projects? How much time do you give yourself for personal work? Much of my time in the Sub Rosa lab is split. Half of the time, I’m researching new code, new hardware, or new ways of remixing things to create visual aesthetics. This allows us to spend the other fifty percent of our time applying this research to commercial clients. Our goal in the lab is always to strive to innovate not replicate. How does social media affect your work these days? I have a website, but I imagine that no-one ever goes to it. Rather, social is 100% the megaphone by which I broadcast the things I’m working on to the world. Funnily enough, I have pretty strict rules about which content lives where and what purpose it serves. My hierarchy is as follows: I have 77k+ followers on Instagram. I use this space to permanently document thinking in flux, projects in motion. The content is usually somewhat final. This Instagram content gets pushed to 27k followers on Twitter and 24k followers on Facebook. If the work is really rocking me, I create larger selections from a series to post exclusively on Ello. Generative animation is a huge component of what I do, and longer, better quality animation renders go on Vimeo. After all this is done, and a body of work is complete, it gets packaged up as a final project on Behance. I use Snapchat to show day-to-day through my eyes. It includes mistakes, crazy ramblings, late night dance parties; stuff that should definitely evaporate after 24 hours, especially when you scream at your followers that you’re a wizard, while fully dressed up as a wizard, etc. Where do you see your work/style evolving in the next few years? I’m mostly following the evolution of gaming boxes these days. The evolution of gaming video cards has allowed me to explore using the GPU to render meshes and textures and animate in ways I never thought I would be able to do. Having just demo’d Microsoft’s Halolens in Barcelona, I’m much more excited about Augmented Reality-related experiences than Virtual Reality-related experiences. On a last note, what is a common mistake that most designers always make these days? I’d say, having taught in an art university for 10 years, a lot of education systems are about replication, rather than innovation. We teach, "copy Van Gogh" or, "copy Picasso." This can be fine to a point but what gets lost is finding your voice. Following your industry on the internet can be a slippery slope. Replicating those you admire only gets you farther away from who you are. Find you. It’s actually easier than you think, because you are pretty good at being you. For more information about Joshua Davis: http://www.joshuadavis.com and about the Adobe Take 10 Challenge: http://create.adobe.com/2016/2/17/take_10.html
I'm always fascinated by technological advances that mix more and more the real world with the virtual world. Whether through the already common resources such as augmented reality or the recent Oculus Rift. Paul Kaptein has a artwork that lives in this intersection, having worked for years in the digital world, his vision of art applies into several concepts that are still abstract in the real world. You can reach Paul on the following links: Website Instagram Facebook First of all I would like to thank you for doing this interview, it's an honor for us to present more about you to our readers. I would like to start asking you about when your interest for carving and art started? Thanks for having me! I think at some point I really wanted to challenge myself as a sculptor. I’d been working across design and animation and video in my working life and that sort of drove my arts practice for a long time - and it became really comfortable and safe. I was also a bit tired of slick, manufactured works everywhere. There was an ‘outsourced aesthetic’ proliferating and I was resisting that a bit. I figured carving was sufficiently out of fashion and worthy of pursuing. 2) Which artists do you use as reference? Ricky Swallow was the first artist I knew of that had used carving in the contemporary art world. He still casts a long shadow in that respect. And he was also the reason not to try carving for many years! Stephen Balkenhol is another whose work is also really great from a carving point of view. Anthony Gormley, Tony Cragg and William Kentridge were the major points of reference when I started out. I didn’t imagine I’d become a figurative artist though. 3)Your style is quite influenced by glitch and surreal art. How did you develop this style and how would you describe it? Please don’t call it surrealism. It’s more ‘wonky realism’ than surrealism. I’ve never been a fan of surrealism. Ever! Apart from Magritte and small doses of De Chirico perhaps. Um…I became interested in the glitch aesthetic as consequence of working in video and animation and they sometimes you’d get these little disruptions and distortions and corrupted files that had a certain charm. I’d been looking at the paradoxical nature of time and the ‘now’ and onion skinning and playhead scrubbing were simple ways of disrupting the linear flow of time and I’ve tried to apply these media based conditions to sculpture embedded in the physical world as a way of extending the idea of how something sits in the world and occupies space. 4) Describe us a bit about your creative process while creating a piece I usually start with some photographs as reference and play around in Photoshop to get the frontal distortions. I don’t have any 3D software skills so I have to work out the missing information as I go. I don’t really have much scope for changing anything once I’ve started though. It might be nice to have someone run some algorithms on a 3D model and see what came of that. If you know anyone? Apart from some band sawing at the start to get the basic shape, it’s all hand done. I believe in the deep, dark mystical world of traditional carving though I’d forfeit the right to call it a carving as I finish the work with sandpaper. 5) What would you consider the best moment on your career till now? Having my work acquired by a few major public collections has been great in terms of validating my practice. Also winning a few art awards has many great side effects, not the least of which being income. Receiving email from around the world with offers of exhibiting is something I never expected and I hope it continues. 6) How do you describe your daily routine? I usually start with ride to the beach and swim, or surf if there is a wave. Getting to the beach as often as possible is great for clearing the head and sets the tone for the day. I get into the studio by 8.30 - 9 and work until 5 or 6. Time appears to move pretty quickly when I’m working. 7) Being a multimedia artist, please tell us what's your favorite media to work with? Why? At the moment it’s wood. It hasn’t refused me! I’ve been wanting to return to sound as well. Maybe this year… 8) Tell us five lessons you believe are really important for every artist. Work Play Take risks Work harder Schmooze 9) Tell us websites that you like to visit. Local surf report. I also check Instagram a few times a day, but I generally try and stay of the net. After emails are dealt with it’s time get going. 10) Thanks again for your time, please leave a final message for the ones who are starting out on this kind of business. Work hard and lower your expectations.
It's really interesting to see a revival of old techniques into new medias, Javier de Ribas is an artist that brought cement tiles into street art, using them to enhance abandoned ambients adding some color and shapes. We had the opportunity to talk with this rising talent. You can reach Javier on the following links: Website Instagram Facebook Behance 1) First of all I would like to thank you for doing this interview, it's an honor for us to present more about you to our readers. I would like to start asking you about when your interest for street art and patterns started? I always enjoy seeing art in the public space, how it relates with the enviroment and how it proposes a dialogue with the viewer. I studied graphic design and in 2010 with Mará López and Edu Pi started a project called Reskate Boards & Illustrators. It’s about recycling skates. We take old skateboards and reshape them, sand them and give to visual artists to recostumize them. This direct contact with illustrators, painters and visual artist makes me learn a lot and start developing my art. The interest for the patterns comes from other point. At the end of the 19th century, hydraulic mosaic factories began to appear in the Catalan countries. Many homes in this area feature this type of tile, and I have lived with them all my life. 2) Which artists do you use as reference? What inspires me a lot is looking how others work. I’m thankfull with internet I can see really good people and meet them. Collaborating with people makes me get a lot of inspiration. I don’t use to give names but Aryz makes me cry :D. 3) Your style is quite influenced by patterns design / retro geometric art. How did you develop this style and how would you describe it? I love patterns! They add personality and fill the space with a unique rhythm. I’ve work with geometrical patterns because it was the first kind of designs that appeared. Are synthetic way to represent flowers. Each tile is identical, but the repetition generates new forms, born out of how each of the tiles join and intersect. Like in abandoned tiled floors, flowers usually appear between the tiles. Is for this reason that the name of my project is “FLOORS,” comes not only from the use of flooring as a canvas, but also from “flors,” the Catalan word for flower. 4) Describe us a bit about your creative process while creating a piece For the Floors project, I don’t spend so much time painting. I work more previously planning and less on the painting, taking measures and looking for the location, then making the stencils. Sometimes I paint in various days/nights. Each day one layer (one Color) but other times i do all on the same day/night, it depends on where is the action. The biggest one that I did I spend 8 hours painting with kneepads. Sometimes I also spend time taking photos and video editing. The documentation of this action showing the space I think that is a big part of the project. In other projects I see what the projects asks and try to work their necessities. I believe that the medium is the message. So when I find a message to share I will look for the medium that express better it's message. 5) What would you consider the best moment on your career till now? There are many! The first exhibition of the “Reskate Boards & Illustrators”, the week with Minuskula and Guim Tió, the day that we present in Vienna the Harreman project with photoluminescent paint. 6) How do you describe your daily routine? (Send me a pic of your office). I don’t have, sorry! Unstable! I’m working now on my future studio. At the moment I’m working wherever I can. Every day is different and I adapt myself. 7) Being a multimedia artist, please tell us what's your favorite media to work with? Why? I love all of them. I think that the point is to diversify and take each medium an canvas with the motivation of the first time. 8) Tell us five lessons you believe are really important for every artist. 1. Research 2. Do what you say 3. Say what you do 4. Prove it 5. Ignoring the lessons of others and build yours working 9) Tell us five websites that you like to visit. I work a lot with www.behance.com but I don’t have a lot of websites that I visit regularly. For me internet is a place to get lost. 10) Thanks again for your time, please leave a final message for the ones who are starting out on this kind of business. One day I red a sentence that says: “Art change the people and the people change the world” . We should keep it real!
One of the most interesting aspects of contemporary art and design is that, beside some few trends here and there, you have market for any type of aesthetic. Ian Thomas Miller is genius of the 80's surrealistic style with revigorating new vibe, I can't just look into these paintings without feeling back in time, here's a brief conversation we had with him. You can reach Ian on the following links: Website Instagram Tumblr 1) First of all I would like to thank you for doing this interview, it's an honor for us to present more about you to our readers. I would like to start asking you about when your interest for illustration and art started? Growing up I was heavily influenced by skate culture and album artwork, I feel like they offered a lens through which I could initially get inspired and see the diverse range and application that painting and illustration / art in general can have. I probably didn’t start taking and making art seriously until sometime in High School. 2) Which artists do you use as reference? I’ve always been a big fan of Eljin Suzuki, George Sowden, Gerhard Richter, Lee Jinju, and David Salle. 3)Your style is quite influenced by surrealism / 80's art / fashion. How did you develop this style and how would you describe it? Lately i’ve been really interested in 80’s interiors - the colors, shapes, and really just the overall aesthetics. In addition to that I’ve always been heavily influenced by realism / figurative based painting as much as I have been by clean / minimal design and illustration. 4) Describe us a bit about your creative process while creating a piece. I usually start by taking lots of reference photos once I have a rough idea of what I want to do for any given piece. I don’t consider myself a photographer by any means, but photography has become an important part of the process for me. After acquiring all of the reference material I need, it’s just a matter of collaging together imagery; a mix of preliminary sketches, digital mock ups (photoshop and what have you), etc... It changes from piece to piece, but that’s the general process. After all of that, the actual process of painting is all that’s left. 5)What would you consider the best moment on your career till now?Do you had any 'leap of faith" on the way? That’s a good question, and to be honest I’m not entirely sure. I’m still a very young artist and am pretty new in the game, but I suppose choosing to pursue a life in the arts is a kind of a leap of faith in its own right, haha. 6) How do you describe your daily routine? I’ve actually been traveling the past few months so my studio / work space is pretty temporary and in a state of disarray at the moment. But my routine is usually waking up as early as I can, making some coffee, sitting down and getting to work. 7)Being a multimedia artist, please tell us what's your favorite media to work with? Why? I would definitely say oil on panel is my favorite medium. It allows for a kind of depth that I think is difficult to achieve with other mediums. Otherwise I still like to work with ballpoint pen from time to time. 8) Tell us five lessons you believe are really important for every illustrator / artist. - I think it’s important to draw influence from multiple outlets and sources, look outside of just the people working in the same fields or mediums as you. - Go to as many openings and events as possible. - Patience, good work (usually) takes time. - Experiment with different mediums and subject matter. - Take virtually everything with a grain of salt. 9) Tell us five websites that you like to visit. Aside from this website: - Booooooom - It’s Nice That - Supersonic Art - AnOther - iGNANT 10) Thanks again for your time, please leave a final message for the ones who are starting out on this kind of business. I think the most important thing is to develop your style and run with it, be open to critique and criticism but take it lightly, and to make the work that you want to make, not the work that you think you should be making.
You might already know the work of Levente Szabo aka. Brisk Graphics for his recent work for the BAFTA 2016, but besides that, here we have a young illustrator with some impressive skills and awesome taste for art. We had the pleasure to make this brief interview with him, hope you enjoy it. You can reach Levente on the following links: Website Behance 1) First of all I would like to thank you for doing this interview, it's an honor for us to present more about you to our readers. I would like to start asking you about when your interest for illustration and digital art started? You can say it started pretty early as I studied graphic design both in High school and in the University where I finished at 2006. Ever since I worked as a freelancer graphic designer and tried myself in many areas from storyboard to concept art, comics, illustrated children’s books and of course the usual designer stuff (logos, business cards, editorials, etc) I bought my first tablet (A6 size Genius) around 2004 and it changed my whole career path. 2) Which artists do you use as reference? I try to be inspired by other mediums like films, movies and music (but a restful afternoon is the best choice if I have the time). Of course I have my favorite artists, I’m deeply in love with the works of Malika Favre, Vincent Mahé, Tom Haugomat and Magoz for example but the list goes on. 3) Your style is quite influenced by movie posters / double exposition photography / retro illustration. How did you develop this style and how would you describe it? This style (that I find hard to describe myself) is not uncommon nowadays, and I believe a lot of artists are turning back to the golden age of advertisement for inspiration. Incredible hand drawn posters were made in that area and I really hope that we’ll have a revival at some point. You should check out the fantastic works of Mads Berg, and you’ll know what I mean. 4) Describe us a bit about your creative process while creating a piece The most important (and the most demanding) part for me in each project is coming up with a suitable idea. Sometimes it takes a minute and other times it takes days or a whole eternity. I still haven’t figured out why. After that, you “only” have to make a nice illustration but that is definitely the easier part. 5) What would you consider the best moment on your career till now? The first email by Human After All (BAFTA’s creative partner) was definitely my greatest moment in my career. I had to read it a couple of times before I started to believe it’s not a joke. I remember the first BAFTA posters by Tavis Coburn in 2010. The whole idea seemed so incredible and at that time I never thought I’d be ever considered as a candidate for this work. 6) How do you describe your daily routine? Routine? Haha. That depends on the amount of work I have to do that day. As a freelancer your daily routine is 80% organized by your clients, but after a cup (well, it’s a mug) of coffee and a couple of emails later I start working on the illustration that is the closest to its deadline. In a rare occasions when I have free capacity, I will work on a couple of personal projects. 7) Being a multimedia artist, please tell us what's your favorite media to work with? Why? Although I work digitally at the moment which gives me a lot of freedom, my future goal is to work less and less digitally and turn back to traditional techniques. 8) Tell us five lessons you believe are really important for every artist. Never miss a deadline – for the most part you’ll be payed because you are reliable. You can tell if an illustration was made in a good mood or not. Design is a way of thinking. Start looking and studying other stuff, not in your own area. If you’re a freelancer always be polite with clients. Even if they destroyed your work. Find someone who can help with taxes. 9) Tell us five websites that you like to visit. Well, here’s a screenshot of my browser’s homepage. 10) Thanks again for your time, please leave a final message for the ones who are starting out on this kind of business. I don’t like to think about myself as a veteran (as I still have to learn new things every day) but I have a phrase I like to quote frequently: you will have the type of work that you have been doing. Clients won’t assume that you can make a movie poster if you’ve been doing similar but different works before, like editorial illustrations for example. You have to show them that you are capable.
We had the great honor of sitting down with Allbirds cofounder Tim Brown - a New Zealand native with a vision to build a brand and business that makes better products in a better way - to learn more about the inspiration and design approach of his newly launched, and might I confirm, insanely comfortable, wool runners. Besides the passion for design and comfortable shoes, we found out that we had another thing in common, the passion for soccer and to my surprise, I learned that Tim played for New Zealand in the 2010 World Cup held in South Africa. Tim let us in on the impetus for developing and successfully designing the "most comfortable shoe imaginable." "I think I started for a few reasons. One, I felt it was really hard to find really simple shoes. My perspective was that many shoes were over designed, overly colourful, overly logo-ed and that there was the opportunity to create something that focused on form and was extremely disciplined in its execution. I also felt a lot of those types of classic simple sneakers were really uncomfortable and could be designed to be more so. The use of premium natural materials (rather than synthetics) was the final leg of this that was a way to solve the comfort problem and also fulfill a really clear goal for me to make shoes in a more sustainable way." We were also super curious to learn about the challenges Tim and co-founder Joey Zwillinger encountered along the way, most specifically with the design process... "A shoe is such a simple thing but a really hard thing to make well. It has to fit, it is worn in different ways, people have different preferences. We – Jamie and I – boiled everything down to focus on simplicity of firm, of materials, and tried to maintain a singular focus on creating what in effect is almost a piece of anti-design. Everything detail on the shoe – and there are few – has a reason. There is as few seams as possible to help the comfort. It is in some ways naked because of that and it took an extremely long time to get the form right. We literally went through hundreds of tweaks and adjustments to get the whole thing to work." Peek some sketches of the Wool Runners by the talented New Zealand based product designer Jamie McLellan. Here are some photos: For more information check out http://www.allbirds.com/
A lot of people think that graffiti and street art already reached their maximum potential after the 2000's boom and so are slowing dying. But I gotta say that some artists are fueling the flame with new ideas and perspectives, one of them is certainly Bond Truluv, we had the opportunity to talk to this visionary, check it out. You can reach Bond on the following links: Website Facebook Instagram 1) First of all I would like to thank you for doing this interview, it's an honor for us to present more about you to our readers. I would like to start asking you about when your interest for illustration and Graffiti started? Around 2000 I spent a year in Savannah, Georgia (US) where I started to recognize the mysterious signs in skateparks and halfpipes that I used to skate at that time. Back in Germany I joined together for my first crew with guys from my school. I was hooked pretty instantly and eagerly pursued to style my name “menace2000” as diverse as possible. 2) Which artists do you use as reference? I was always interested in a lot of different ways of input, visually as well as through music. It would be impossible to name accurately my influentials as many of them quite subliminally influenced my artistic development in ways not visible from my point of view. I guess for the different styles I use, there are different references all together... 3) Your style is quite influenced by neon lights / futurism / geometric patterns. How did you develop this style and how would you describe it? Generally I was always drawn to the use of lights, glows and shiny blingbling effects, I admit. Surreal, spherical, dream-like moods and the illusion of depth always held an undenieable attraction for me. I rather see myself as changing my style quite often without thinking too much about the theoretics of it. Whatever I feel drawn to at the moment, I use more or less instantly. There are so many interesting visual ideas and ways out there, I keep listing them down and one after the other rework them in my four letters. Right now for me there is nothing more boring than artists who keep reproducing their work over and over again to play it safe. Taking risks and stepping on unfamiliar terrain is the real task to be performed. 4) Describe us a bit about your creative process while creating a piece This of course absolutely depends on the characteristics and context of the wall. Usually I have a brief idea of which kind of style I am going to start with. Or at least for one letter or single element(s) I want to use. Sometimes I have small black and white sketches too, but usually I dont. The color-combination is set before starting the work of course. From then on its usually 80% freestyle, one element defining the next one, jumping from one letter to another, or sometimes finishing a complete letter before starting on the next. Pieces I did copying a sketch usually come out stiff and liveless. The really graphic and clean stuff is planned more thouroughly and close to a concept drawing, also sometimes using digital tools too. I believe in whatever works. 5) Photography has a big role on your work, tell us more about the importance of making a good record of your street work. Usually I never see my pieces again, due to its location in abandoned places or different cities/countries so its very important to have a clean final photo as it will be the only memory that remains for me. At some point I found great joy in carefully orchestrating the compositions of the pictures using basic knowledge of photography and the locations I paint at. These places are also carefully selected and searched for. I prefer scenic locations/settings and those that carry a good or interesting vibe before ones that are actually seen by real people. 6) How do you describe your daily routine? If Im not travelling (around 4 months a year) I´ll get up around 7.30 have a coffee and breakfast and sit in front of the computer, planning my day. Then its either working in the studio/pc or go out to paint or follow up whatever project is on. Since Im an independent artist and do not follow a fixed jobscheme, I usually have the luxury of spontaneously deciding what to work on or not. I try to keep myself quite busy, though, executing the scratch-catalogs of ideas I collect through the time. 7) Being a multimedia artist, please tell us what's your favorite media to work with? Why? I guess I´ll always be in love with the freedom and handling of a spraycan. Its just the best feeling to hold a full can, no strings attached. Over the time, cans became just so natural to me... 8) Tell us three lessons you believe are really important for every graffiti artist. 1. Opposing to what most people think (even many writers themselves) Graffiti is superhard work and requires lots of focus. If you aim at high quality-output that is, of course. 2. There is a life besides the Graffiti-cosmos and its rules and realities that needs careful attention and handling. Don't take this game more serious than it is. If it hurts you, leave it. 3. What goes up, must come down. 9) Tell us five websites that you like to visit. www.classicrendezvous.com www.wetter.de www.truluv.de I really don't browse much. 10) Thanks again for your time, please leave a final message for the ones who are starting out on this kind of business. Hang in there, kitty. Its just paint...
What makes a good art? I always thought that a good artist it's a person who got a good background, know the masters of his craft, but also have an eye on tomorrow, watching the news and getting involved with latest trends. This is how I envision Shawn Huckins, a new talent we had the pleasure to talk to. You can reach Shawn on the following links: Website Tumblr Instagram1) First of all I would like to thank you for doing this interview, it's an honor for us to present more about you to our readers. I would like to start asking you about when your interest for illustration and painting started? Thanks for having me. My interest in the arts, like most artists, started at a young age. For me, I was in elementary school on the way home sitting with a big kid on the bus. He showed me his sketch book of characters that he had drawn and I was fascinated by all of it. From then I started sketching in my own books - mostly of Disney and video game characters. I was introduced to painting when my Grandmother passed away and I was given her oil painting kit. I was age nine. I remember being very frustrated with the whole process as I didn’t know how the medium worked. I returned back to drawing and did not get into hardcore painting again until college. 2) Which artists do you use as reference? I’m influenced by a lot of old American masters such John Singleton Copley and George Bingham. From studying and replicating their work, I basically taught myself to paint portraits - a subject that was extremely intimating to me. And for recent contemporary artists, Ed Ruscha and David Hockey, for composition techniques. And lastly, Wayne Thiebaud for his immaculate use of color. 3) Your style is quite influenced by classic art / internet memes. How did you develop this style and how would you describe it? Like I mentioned before, painting the figure was incredibly difficult for me - so difficult that I avoided it all together. Chatting one night with my cousin about my work, he noted that I’m a skilled painter, but couldn’t paint figures and he sort of teased me about it. To prove him wrong, I went home and started replicating 18th century American artists (i.e., Copley) and began to teach myself the portrait. I never studied portraiture in college (one thing I regret), so learning how to paint flesh tones and getting the eyes just right was a huge challenge. One of my rejected paintings slipped underneath a piece of trace paper with the acronym LOL. I saw the face behind the text and found the juxtaposition to be amazing. And the rest is history. 4) Describe us a bit about your creative process while creating a piece It begins by finding text and researching museum public domain American paintings. Both separate at this point. When I find a painting I want to replicate, I have no idea of what text I will marry it with and when I find the text, I have no idea which painting it will go with. Once I find the right text and painting that will work together, I compose several compositions on the computer to get placement of text just right. From there, the image and text is drawn out onto canvas, letters are masked off with tape, and the under painting is started. Once the painting is completed and glazes are dry, I peel off the tape exposing the letters. Letters get a quick touch-up from paint that seeped underneath the tape and it’s signed, photographed, and varnished. 5) What would you consider the best moment on your career till now? It’s not a precise moment, although I’ve had a lot of accomplishments that I’m proud of, but I would say that I can paint everyday and make a living off it. No one looking over me, no one to answer to..I’m very lucky and privileged to be able to do this. So I suppose my best moment was leaving my day job to go full-time artist. 6) How do you describe your daily routine? I have a pretty mundane routine. Wake up, gym, breakfast, and in the studio by 9. Work from 9-5 while listening to NPR. Fiddle lesson from 5-6. Repeat next day. 7) Being a multimedia artist, please tell us what's your favorite media to work with? Why? I’m not a multimedia artist. My work is completely done in paint. People are often mistaken that I use Photoshop to compose these images, but rather, these are original acrylic on canvas paintings. And of course painting is my favorite media. It’s messy, it smells, and it’s perfect. 8) Tell us five lessons you believe are really important for every artist. A.) Persistence is key. If you want to be good (at anything really), you have to stick with it. Even during frustrating and overwhelming moments, those moments make you better. B.) Learn from other artists and study their work up close. If possible, ask the artist about it and their process. C.) Color is super important and very tricky. I would recommend spending time learning about color alone and the science behind it. Subject matter can come later. D.) Know what your good at and know what your not good at. Emphasize your strengths while working on your weaknesses. E.) Stay motivated. Surround yourself with art or whatever inspires you. If you lose your inspiration and motivation, then your work becomes meaningless to you and your viewers will see that. 9) Tell us five websites that you like to visit. I’m always browsing my Tumblr feed, as I follow a lot of awesome art blogs and artists. Second, would be Hi-Fructose. Third, Juxtapoz. Fourth, NPR. Fifth, Supersonic Electronic. 10) Thanks again for your time, please leave a final message for the ones who are starting out on this kind of business. I’ve said it once before and I’ll say it again…if you want to be in this business, you need to know your stuff. Without determination and motivation, you won’t get very far.
We are really proud to see that Brazil is nowadays one of the top 10 street art countries, we got so many awesome graffiti and street artist out there and we're trying our best to bring more about them to you. We had a short interview If São Paulo based illustrator / stree artist Alex Senna, we talked more about his unique and captivating style. You can reach Alex on the following links: Website Facebook Instagram 1) First of all I would like to thank you for doing this interview, it's an honor for us to present more about you to our readers. I would like to start asking you about when your interest for illustration and street art started? You´re welcome. Ii always draw in my life, since I was a kid. with 17 years old I had my first illustration comissions and at 24 I was painting more often in the streets.right now I am 32. 2) Which artists do you use as reference? I'm a huge fan of : Speto, Vitché, Twist, Ziraldo, Walt Disney and Will Eisner. 3) Your style is quite influenced by childbook illustrations / retro cartoons / animation. How did you develop this style and how would you describe it? I always reading comics, from Mauricio de Sousa to Ziraldo, Moebius or Mad Magazine, I like the style and the simplicity of it. 4) Describe us a bit about your creative process while creating a piece. Well, first of all, I sketch on my sketchbook, and then I put on the wall. it´s that simple. 5) It's really hard to make a living as an artist in Brazil, tell us more about the hardships and sacrifices you made in order to get this far. I always worked in my life, I worked 10 years in offices, advertising agencies, film productions, I've even been a waiter. So, I never depended on anyone, I always had my own money. But in order to live only of my art, I had to work twice as hard to be able to save a reasonable amount of money, which could give me a brea, and that left me free to devote myself just to do that. My life changed, I had to adapt to a different lifestyle, but I assure you, is better than what I lived. Is the old story, when you do what you love, you do not work at all.. 6) How do you describe your daily routine? Well, when I'm not working in a comissioned work, I'im on the streets. I like to have a certain balance, in my studio painting canvas and in the streets doing grafitti. 7) Being a multimedia artist, please tell us what's your favorite media to work with? Why? I love ink on paper. its my roots, its how I grew up, I love comics, and to me, paper is the best! 8) Tell us a lesson you believe is really important for every artist. Sincerity - do what you really believe and be sincere in your work, this reflects in the art. Love - do because you love it, not because it is fashionable or because you think it makes money. Save money - we, artists, don't have a salary in the end of the month, so it's important to save money when there is no work. Travel - the coolest thing about being an artist is able to exchange experiences around the world, what you get out of it, it´s priceless. Production - do not be lazy, an artist is made of all its cultural baggage and all the work you've done, it´s no use having one or two things out there, always remember to produce a lot! 9) Tell us five websites that you like to visit. My favorite websites I like to visit are: http://www.booooooom.com/ http://www.ignant.de/ http://www.pinterest.com/ http://www.megafilmes.hd.net http://www.ideafixa.com 10) Thanks again for your time, please leave a final message for the ones who are starting out on this kind of business. Thank you, it was a pleasure. What I have to say is: as much as people say it is a business, do not treat it as such. money is a consequence.
On the last years we've seen a lot of awesome anamorphic street art and graffiti thru the world and today we had the pleasure to interview of the top artists behind this type of art. Sergio, also known as Odeith, is a veteran graffiti writer who turned his style into the 3D/anamorphic path, check it out. You can reach Sergio on the following links: Website Facebook Twitter Instagram 1) First of all I would like to thank you for doing this interview, it's an honor for us to present more about you to our readers. I would like to start asking you about when your interest for illustration and graffiti art started? Well, it really started by the very first time I saw a graffiti in Lisbon, back in the day there was no internet and it was also very difficult to buy graffiti magazines, so we had to get our inspiration on the streets. Since I saw it for the first time I never stopped doing it. 2) Which artists do you use as reference? So, I don't want to sound rude, but actually none. I'm trying to do something 100% original right now, I use personal and society problems as a inspiration to make something brand new. 3) Your style is quite influenced by 3D art / realism. How did you develop this style and how would you describe it? I was kind of tired of the conventional regular 3D letters, so I was always searching for something original, this was till I got the first leg from one of letters coming out of the wall, making a cool effect. Since then I'm always trying to reach a new level. 4) Describe us a bit about your creative process while creating a piece. Sometimes if I want to do extreme realistic shadows I use Computers to do a preview, than I go straight to the wall. When I just want to have fun, then I will do it freestyle. But, right now I'm trying to understand more about this my new style using chrome and reflections 5) It's really hard to make a living as an graffiti artist, tell us more about the hardships and sacrifices you made in order to get this far. I got to say that I'm still struggling, since I got to spend money on walls to practice, evolve my syle and publish my work on a daily basis. Sometimes I can reach really good results using only a few cans or a roller paint. It's way easier when you have all the right conditions to do your work, for example the alligator piece I did thanks to Kevin Harris. 6) Being a multimedia artist, please tell us what's your favorite media to work with? Why? Spray paint of course, this is how I started out, it's easy to control, there's nothing to wash and it's easy to change from color to color. 7) Tell us five lessons you believe are really important for every artist. 1- Follow your ideas; 2- Wake up and go to sleep thinking on them; 3- If you can't do it, then try again and again; 4- Know when it's done; 5- Keep pushing yourself to the next level; 8) Thanks again for your time, please leave a final message for the ones who are starting out on this kind of business. Just don't quit what you love doing, even if you have people calling you crazy or dissing you.
It's a great pleasure for us to interview one of the avant garde graffiti artist of the last decade, Pant1 not only is pushing the limits on the streets, but also on his gallery work, making huge experiments on so many medias. Hope you guys enjoy this conversation he had with us, cheers. You can reach Felipe on the following links: Website Facebook Instagram Tumblr 1) First of all I would like to thank you for doing this interview, it's an honor for us to present more about you to our readers. I would like to start asking you about when your interest for illustration and graffiti art started? Hello, it’s definitely my honour, thanks for having me. I’ve been seeing your website often for quite a long time and it’s a pleasure to be amongst your pages. As long as I can remember, I’ve always liked to draw. Then when I was 12 years old I grabbed a spray can and painted my first graffiti piece. After that I’ve never stopped painting walls for any longer than a week, so it can be said that it hooked me quite a lot, and one thing lead to another, I developed some real interest for art thanks to graffiti. 2) Which artists do you use as reference? I love kinetic art. Cruz-Diez may be my biggest influence, his developments about color are just one of the most amazing discoveries in art to me. Obviously other legends like Soto, Vasarely, or Yturralde, who’s from Valencia, where I live, or Julio Le Parc, from Argentina, where I was born. But I also enjoy a lot contemporary artists like Jonathan Zawada, Rafaël Rozendaal, Sam Songailo, Peter Kogler, Ryoji Ikeda, and many others... 3) Your style is quite influenced by geometry / optical illusions / glitch effects. How did you develop this style and how would you describe it? 5 years ago I realized that in order for a graffiti piece to stand out I could exaggerate the contrast and the bright (pictorially) and I started generating some black and white chrome effects. I wanted my graffiti to get a little more attention, to remain a little amongst the advertisement and the speed of our cities and our times. This led to strictly black and white graphics, then I bumped into optical art. Glitchs or computer generated graphics are to me a good sign of the times we’re living in, where internet and technology represent a disruptive change in relation with everything that mankind has known until now, I’m a son of the internet, he, he! 4) Describe us a bit about your creative process while creating a piece. When it comes to a piece on the street I usually have a little idea or a rough sketch like 3cm long (tiny), marking some directions. Then I like to develop it on the wall, this way there’s always some chance involved, since I don’t know what’s gonna happen in the end. If I had a finished sketch to transport to the wall, it wouldn’t make no sense to me to just paint it bigger. I really enjoy to accidentally find stuff on the way. 5) It's really hard to make a living as an graffiti artist, tell us more about the hardships and sacrifices you made in order to get this far. I am very lucky to be able to not have another job. Obviously I don’t work as a “graffiti writer” but I make some art projects on the side, even some collaborations with brands, that pay the bills. It’s nice that lately this collaborations are related to my personal work, so they allow me to keep developing my way. 6) How do you describe your daily routine? Nothing too special if I’m in Valencia. Wake up, take a shower, 5 minutes ride bike to my studio (I finally got a new one a few months ago). Make some coffee, check the email and the calendar and see what’s the plan for the day. Right now I’m letting the paint dry of a couple of canvases I’m working on while I answer to this interview. Other days I may just go painting :) 7) Being a multimedia artist, please tell us what's your favorite media to work with? Why? Definitely spray paint on wall is the shit. It’s the best technique ever. The fastest, the one that covers more space in less time. Clean, just your hand and a few cans, so simple and so perfect. I just love it. 8) Tell us a lesson you believe is really important for every artist. I’m no one to tell lessons! But I think it’s good to be honest with oneself and don’t follow trends too much. That feels really nice, since the deeper you get, the more you understand about yourself and your art will become more authentic. 9) Tell us five websites that you like to visit. I don’t have a lot of time nowadays to visit websites as much as I used to do. I barely reach the end of my feed on Instagram or Tumblr… But Velvet Liga used to be a must, Goodfellas Magazine, AllCity blog... 10) Thanks again for your time, please leave a final message for the ones who are starting out on this kind of business. It’s been my pleasure! Just try to please yourself more than others, and love whatever you do! Thanks.
Today we introduce Zoe Persico, a highly talented young artist from Savannah, USA. With a really remarkable and nostalgic style, Zoe illustrations are catchy, impressive and dreamlike, hope you guys enjoy this interview we did with her. You can reach Zoe on the following links: Behance Facebook Twitter Tumblr 1) First of all I would like to thank you for doing this interview, it's an honor us to present more about you to our readers. I would like to start asking you about when your interest for illustration and digital art started? Thank you so much! I’m honored that you asked me to do this interview! Of course my love of drawing started with animated films, video games, and children’s books. I first started using MS Paint when I was about eleven and finally hopped into more digital programs when I was twelve. My interested for illustration was always there as a child, but I grew up wanting to be an animator. As years went by and my passion for children’s books rekindled with me, I realized my heart was in illustration and have decided to pursue it ever since. 2) Which artists do you use as reference? Way too many to count! I get inspired by thousands of artists I run across, whether it’s online or if I happen to be browsing a bookshop. I greatly admire artwork that animators produce as well; some of my favorite children’s illustrators have worked in the entertainment industry. If I had to list a few, a lot of artists I turn to for reference would include Jon Klassen, Lorena Alvarez, Brigette Barrager, Teagan White, and Amélie Fléchais! 3) Your style is quite influenced by childbook illustrations / retro cartoons / animation. How did you develop this style and how would you describe it? The best way I can describe developing my style is being so influenced by my artistic peers and idols. If I wanted to get a certain look with my work, I’d turn to an artist for inspiration. I look at what shapes they use, colors they pick, and which Photoshop brushes they like. As I mentioned earlier, many of my favorite illustrators work or have worked in the animation field, so I suppose that’s where I get that type of influence! 4) Describe us a bit about your creative process while creating a piece. Usually I’ll come up with an idea or thought either relating to a given prompt or something I’ve thought of during the day. For an example, here’s a self-portrait I completed for another artist’s project. I usually start with a super loose sketch, or sometimes I don’t start with one at all and go straight into the shapes. If I’m working with a client I give much more clearer and detailed sketches. Then I go straight into color blocking. This is where I get to have some fun with shapes and different types of Photoshop brushes. If I’m working on a piece that focuses more on landscape, I’ll go straight into the shapes and work on the characters later. I lastly add the final details to bring the character to life. I always try and keep a good balance of color, shape, and lines with each illustration (hooray for the elements of art!). A lot of people ask me if I do my lines first or after coloring, but I prefer after since I can naturally push shapes more without lines keeping me in any sort of boundaries! And here’s the finished piece! Custom brushes in Photoshop are amazing. I love being able to capture a more traditional feel to my work despite it being digital. I used to have a very digital look in my illustrations, but lately I’ve been greatly influenced by other illustrators and children’s books that have a more traditionally painted look. 5) What would you consider the best moment on your career till now? The biggest achievement I’ve ever had is being represented by The Bright Agency. Getting that email letting me know that they wanted to represent me was amazing. It was that spark I needed to let me know that all of my hard work of becoming an illustrator was paying off and that I’m doing what I was meant to do. I’m currently illustrating a book series right now, and despite the amount of work I have to complete (especially since I’m a student as well), it’s worth the amazing experience. 6) How do you describe your daily routine? It depends! I hop between home and school a lot, which definitely keeps things interesting to say the least. When I’m at school I wake up, go to classes, and then return to either my room or the student center to work on illustrations. When I’m home I have a bit more free time. I usually work whenever the time feels right (or wait until later in the evening after I’ve completed other things during the day). I am always the most creative when it either snows or rains! I would send a picture of my office if I had one! I have grown way too comfortable working on my bed or on a couch with my laptop ha! I’m hoping once I settle into an apartment after I graduate school I can get a proper office set up! 7) Being a multimedia artist, please tell us what's your favorite media to work with? Why? Digital will always be my favorite since it’s so fast to work with and of course is extremely forgiving thanks to undo buttons! However I’ve always loved watercolor as well! It’s a nice change from digital because it puts you in the mindset that you can’t go back. You can take risks and when they pay off it’s an amazing feeling. 8) Tell us a lesson you believe is really important for every artist. 1. Social media is your best friend 2. Always push yourself even if you feel satisfied with your art 3. Your style will change with growth, embrace it and enjoy the ride 4. Always keep up with your favorite illustrators and inspirations 5. Take time out of your day to draw something for yourself, make yourself smile! 9) Tell us five websites that you like to visit. My favorite websites I like to visit are: 1. Twitter 2. Facebook 3. Tumblr 4. Etsy 5. Pinterest (my guilty pleasure!) Youtube and Pandora are popular ones for me as well, but thought it would be better to list the websites that I have accounts for and look for inspiration on! 10) Thanks again for your time, please leave a final message for the ones who are starting out on this kind of business. The best message I could give to my fellow art peers is to keep striving and reach for the stars! Work hard and the payoff will soon follow, and trust me, when it does it really makes you jump for joy! I hope that with my illustrations I can not only put a smile on people’s faces, but help inspire others as well. Follow your dreams everyone, I believe in you!
Realism is one of the most popular genres when it comes to street art, although some may find it less creative and authentic since it relies a lot on references to create. Well, I got to say that this is really up to the artist to try to do something new and wild like Mr Dheo. Coming from a classic graffiti background, Mr Dheo don't settle on doing the basics and know how to mix the old and the new on his paintings. In this interview we had the pleasure to know more about this portuguese artist, hope you enjoy it. You can reach Mr Dheo on the following links: Website Facebook Twitter Instagram 1) First of all I would like to thank you for doing this interview, it's an honor for us to present more about you to our readers. I would like to start asking you about when your interest for illustration and graffiti art started? Thank you for your interest in knowing more about my work, it's also an honor for me to talk with you. I got my first real contact with graffiti in 1999 when I began listening to Hip Hop and started to do sketches straight away. In 2000 I did a couple of pieces on the street and in 2001 I became really active. Never stopped since then. 2) Which artists do you use as reference? I honestly don't think I have references that influence my style directly, but references that make me realize I need to improve a lot and do more and more to feel part of the game. Graffiti and street art in general is evolving in such a high speed that it's quite easy to stay behind if you relax too much. It just never stops and there's so many good artists doing amazing things out there. So it wouldn't be fair to name just some, there are hundreds of incredible guys creating outstanding artworks everywhere. 3) Your style is quite influenced by photography / realism. How did you develop this style and how would you describe it? One of my goals since I started was to be as most versatile as possible. So I always did pretty much everything, illegal and legal, from styles to characters. Around 2005 I felt I wasn't having much fun doing my own characters anymore and I needed a boost as I was geting relaxed towards my work. Photorealism was - and still is to me - the most difficult thing to do with spraycans so I gave it a try. I wasn't really happy with the result but at the same time I felt that by practicing I could find out my own way to do it. And the fact that it was a challenge everytime really kept me going. I wasn't relaxed anymore, things weren't "easy" anymore, I had to prove to myself that I could do it. So even today it's a challenge, it keeps being hard, that's why I like it. It allows me to keep improving my technique as I do everything freehand and it allows me to bring another visual impact and strenght to the concepts I explore. 4) Describe us a bit about your creative process while creating a piece Usually my ideas come from things I experience myself or from the context where I live. The news and the media can be one of the most powerful sources of inspiration especially if you like to explore social messages. With the idea, I concentrate on the best way to work it by looking for the right image, colors, title, etc. I actually never do a preview or anything, I like going to the wall, sketch it straight away and then decide there how I will do the entire composition. That's why I always say that my work is half prepared half improvised. 5) It's really hard to make a living as an graffiti artist, tell us more about the hardships and sacrifices you made in order to get this far. I think graffiti by itself means hardships and sacrifice. You don't start - or at least you shouldn't - by painting legal walls, which obviously is the same as saying that you're constantly taking risks. You are on the street for hours, mostly alone, and pretty much anything can happen to you. I use to say that a kid that starts doing graffiti can only be considered a graffiti writer if he continues to do it with the same intensity after he has to deal with a real problem. I went to court two times at the age of 15 and 16, I spent nights in jail, I got in trouble a lot of times and I kept doing it. These are the hardships. Sacrifices? You will loose hours of sleep, sometimes entire nights, while your friends choose to go to clubs to party and drink. You will spend a lot of money. You will have to face the cold, the rain and you will have to run a lot. You will probably deal with a lot of fines too. But everything pays off if you work hard and these sacrifices will bring you good things in the future. I look back and I'm proud of everything I've done to get this far, although I know that I still have a long way in front of me to get better and better. 6) How do you describe your daily routine? I've been travelling and doing so many different projects during the last years that I hardly have time to myself. This is obviously good and something that I'm grateful for, but there's no routine, it's impossible to have one. What I can say is that my routine is usually around my work, no matter if I'm actually painting, preparing a painting or just...thinking about it! 7) Being a multimedia artist, please tell us what's your favorite media to work with? Why? I don't see myself properly as a multimedia artist. I'll explain: it's a fact that I work alone and do everything related to my career, like designing my own stuff, working on my website, filiming and editing my own videos. But I'm self thaught in every thing that I do and these are areas where there are millions of amazing professionals. It wouldn't be respectful to them if I considered myself a designer or a video maker or whatever. I trully believe that I should try to master one thing only, and that's what I've been working for, which is graffiti. It's just a passion...how do you describe a passion? I just love to do it, I can't find any other explanation for it. 8) Tell us five lessons you believe are really important for every artist. Dream, believe, fight, work, achieve. 9) Tell us five websites that you like to visit. I don't have websites that I consult daily, other than my email accounts and my social networks - because it's part of my work - and newspapers. But obviously that graffiti related websites are something that I keep an eye at from time to time. 10) Thanks again for your time, please leave a final message for the ones who are starting out on this kind of business. Don't see it as a business. Do it because you love it. If later that passion becomes a business, keep your principles and do it. But always enjoying it, otherwise it's pointless. Good luck!
Today we had the pleasure to interview one of the most awesome british illustrator from the last 5 years, please welcome Iain Macarthur. With a really surreal and detailed style, Iain illustrations are expressive, intense and trippy, hope you guys enjoy this interview we did with him. You can reach Iain on the following links: Website Behance Facebook Tumblr 1) First of all I would like to thank you for doing this interview, it's an honor for us to present more about you to our readers. I would like to start asking you about when your interest for illustration and art started? Thank you! I'm flattered that you like my artwork. My interest in art began when I was a kid. I was born in the UK in a town called Swindon, my dad use to work in the RAF as an flight engineer. We had to move to Honk Kong as my dad had to work over there for a few years, during my years in Hong Kong I was inspired by the culture and most of all the art, I watched a lot of asian cartoons even though I didn't understand what they where say but enjoyed just watching the animation. My favourite cartoon series which I watched a lot was Ren and Stimpy, even though it was mostly an adult type show but still was fascinated in watching it. I also started getting into Batman comics, I had a fascination in how they drew these illustrations and characters in which I practised drawing them every day so that I could be as equally good as those cartoonists. Art has been a passion since then, I've been learning more about different styles of art and trying out new and fun styles in art. 2) Which artists do you use as reference? I look at a lot of great artists from the past and the present, though I mostly get my inspiration from art nouveau artists such as Alfonse Much, Harry Clarke and Aubrey Beardsley as I love their use of detail and space in their work. 3) Your style is quite influenced by patterns and realism. How did you develop this style and how would you describe it? I actually developed this style accidently during my college years, I drew a lot of portrait sketches as I was fascinated in creating elegant female faces, I drew so many that I started to get a bit bored of the style, so I tried incorporating different elements and drawing methods such as charcoal, paint, colour pencil ect. I then used pen (which I immediately fell in love with) and doodled random patterns all over it. I felt like that method worked really well and started drawing that way ever since. I always draw the face first which takes 5-6 hours using different shades of pencils and then add the patterns into it, usually I just improvise the patterns instead of plan it out, I sometimes use different sized pens such as staedtler pens or uni pin which are great if you want to draw super technical drawings or really nice fine lines. 4) Describe us a bit about your creative process while creating a piece First of I sketch a few rough ideas out, I usually browse through the internet or through some books for reference on what I want to do for instance If I wanted to draw a patterned tiger head I'd browse through the internet for tiger heads in different angles. I then try to figure out how to apply the patterns into the subject and make it flow well with it, so that it's like an organic layer or a second skin to them. Secondly, I then lightly draw the tiger head in pencil on nice fine paper, just a simple outline and a few guid lines in the subject to indicate where the patterns will go and what direction they will go, and then I add the detail in ink which takes a while to do and finally I scan it and adjust it on adobe photoshop. 5) On the last years you have been on spot, having a great exposition on magazines and on the web, also doing jobs for big corporations. So tell us how do you feel about this moment on your career. I'm very fortunate to have my work shared a lot on the web and in magazines, never imagined my work being so popular and I still can't imagine why. I've had a few email from students saying that my work has inspired them and that they are using it as research for their art projects which is really amazing to hear and that I am glad that my artwork is making a difference to peoples lives. Since becoming an freelance illustrator i've had the privilege to work for big corporations like Nike, All saints clothing and animal clothing, I've learnt so much from working for these companies and improving my skill in illustration and design. 6) How do you describe your daily routine? My daily routine consists in making a cup of coffee , checking and replying my emails, working on latest commissions through out the day and then go to bed. I treat it the same as a normal office job but more fun and you don't have to wear a suit. 7) Being a multimedia artist, please tell us what's your favorite media to work with? Why? It's got to be pen and ink as I'm more comfortable drawing with those tools and that you can use it on any material and won't smudge, using pencil is alright though for some reason I quite enjoy using pen and ink. 8) Tell us five lessons you believe are really important for every illustrator. 1. Always draw, even if its just a small doodle, I always carry a small sketchbook with me where ever I go and sketch when i'm in a coffee shop or on the bus, like exercising a muscle. 2. Keep your artwork updated on your social network sites such as twitter, facebook and tumblr to get more exposure. 3. Be organised at your workspace 4. Always listen to your client 5. Don't work your ass off, take a break once and a while. 9) Tell us five websites that you like to visit. www.hifroctuse.com www.booooooom.com www.behance.net www.fecalface.com www.lynda.com 10) Thanks again for your time, please leave a final message for the ones who are starting out on this kind of business. Work hard at what you love and eventually good things will come your way.
In an interview with creative Alexis Papageorgiou, one of our very own first writers (you remember him as Aloa), he talks about the advantages of everyday life creativity and tells us about how he implements it in his life. Check it out! 1. It’s a pleasure to have you here. We would like you to introduce yourself. The pleasure is all mine. My name is Alexis Papageorgiou (the easiest name to spell) - I’m a director and producer from a country called Germany. I’m self employed and mostly work in projects that involve any of my passions in life as well as traveling. That mostly means documentaries in politics, economy, science and philosophy as well as more experimental work such as music videos, art & short movies. But that could include event & project management, youth and volunteer work. Basically the right balance between working for others and working for myself. A test to create fitting images to experimental audio files turned into a very short music video underlined with the music of artist “Soosh”. The artist wrote me a mail where he expressed his gratitude. He really liked the work, which turned into a collaboration for new projects. 2. Please tell us more about the “Everyday Project”. When and why did you start it? The “Everyday Project” is a challenge I set upon myself to stay creative every day, for initially 30 days. The task: Work on whatever you like and create a piece of art every day. For me that meant: photography, photo manipulation, music, film, animation. I started in 2013 as a 30 days challenge but kept going and just finished my 180th piece. The main idea emerged from Matt Cutts’ TED TALK: Try something new for 30 days. The idea is simple: Instead of spending a huge amount of time to learn something, reduce it to a small amount of time spread over a longer period. Human are much likely to lose motivation and energy when challenged with a huge task. You want to learn spanish? "Yeah, sure, somewhen. What? Now? Puh, well I have so much things to do right now. I’ll try when I finish what im working on right now.” It turns out that small steps are more sustainable and more likely to stick. If you want to invest an hour or two a day in experiencing or subtracting a habit from your life, 30 days is just about the right amount of time to do that. Every month is used for another 30 days challenge, while this everyday project turned out to be much more than just a limited undertaking I took this picture on a journey from the greek island Corfu to Igoumenitsa with the Rollei S35 analog camera from my grandmother. I was waiting on this spot for 15 min. for someone to take the place in the middle of the picture to complete the atmosphere. An image I printed a couple of times and gave to friends to hang on the wall. I shot a picture of a beautiful flower. Being heartbroken at the moment, I felt it misrepresented my current live situation, so I edited it into a darker, more melancholic piece of art. The review was surprisingly positive so It ended up as a piece in an art exhibition of the national gallery on Corfu, Greece. 3. What’s the importance of everyday creativity? Efficiency - The brain learns and perceives new information best during small and regular activation of your braincells. Executing a new hobby everyday for just 10 minutes is a very effective way to grow. Feedback - One of the most important learnings was that I did not have to have weeks of preparation to master a new technique. I just went out and tried it, published it and got valuable feedback by sharing it on a Facebook page. Low pressure - Trying something new or challenging for 30 min everyday sounds much more compelling than a 10 hour session. You will be much more open to confront your fears and realize soon that it’s easier than you thing (which will boost your self confidence). Commitment - You are more likely to continue a habit if you implement it in your daily routine and therefore make faster results. I was shooting a music video where I followed graffiti writers during the night. One of them asked me to join him the next day to the yard to take pictures of his piece he painted on a train a day earlier. I only had my very old iPhone with me, which has a poor sensor. The lack of dynamics increased the flare of the sun which turned out to be perfect. The blur of the head added a sense of anonymity. One of my every day challenges turned around taking a HDR image every day (HDR images are pictures that consist of 3 images taken with different light settings and fusing them into one). I partnered up with a fellow photographer and went out for 3 weeks every night. 4. How did it change your life? It positively influenced my life in various aspects. But I did not expect the amount of impact it makes on other peoples lives as well. When taking portraits I sometimes printed them and gave them away as presents. Sometimes I made small documentaries about people. The extent of happiness of people was just more than rewarding. One company liked my work and hired me for a summer to do architectural photographies on a greek island. Other than that I grew upon myself. I learned new techniques, methods of working, I got better in working in teams, I got to know new people, and visited places I wouldn’t have visited otherwise. An “Everyday Project” can be an important brick in the self development journey of becoming a better person. (I recommend others to take the challenge as well). This picture is my personal favorite from a recent trip to Norway. I went up north for a seminar on project management; it felt like I was catapulted to another world. The space, the air and the general sense for living with the nature just kept me speechless. With this image I wanted to capture this very unique spirit. This is another photo of my my trip to Norway. It was a different experience to never see darkness. No matter what time it was, it was bright. I had to give this picture an extra vignette to make it feel like it’s night. Follow Alexis Papageorgiou on his public Facebook page. Join him on his journey: Everyday Project.
The process behind designing a product is all about understanding the goals, the audience and what it's intended to do. It doesn't matter if it's a chair or a mobile app, the process is very similar, what changes are the tools and materials. For mobile apps, one of the most difficult parts of the process is to prototype with a high level of fidelity in quick turn arounds so we could test on the devices. The past year we saw an insurgence of great tools like Framer, Origami, Pixate, Invision and many others. Today, we share a great interview with the folks behind Fuse, a tool that will help us to design and develop beautiful, smoothly animated native apps for iOS and Android. Fuse is a development tool combined with a rich set of libraries that help both developers and designers build better apps. Tell me about yourself. First and foremost, I’m a programmer and self-proclaimed problem solver. I’ve been programming since my early teens and I’ve always been interested in real-time graphics, in the form of games, demos, graphics hardware and anything in-between. In addition to all the pretty pixels I’m deeply fascinated by the complex problems you have to solve if you want to get the most out of whichever platform you are working on. Not just the technical challenges but also understanding the entire process involved in creating something great. My background is from the demoscene, a somewhat underground digital art community that originated back in the early 80s. It started out with young programmers trying to best each other in pushing the boundaries of their home computers but has evolved into a more free-form community of digital creatives who create amazing stuff for kicks. Out in the real world I’ve worked on creating software and demos for all sorts of devices and also helped build graphics processors that ended up in hundreds of millions of phones. A few years back I co-founded Fuse, a Norwegian design and development tools startup, to make it easier for everyone to build awesome apps. What’s Fuse, anyway, and why should designers care? Fuse is an app development tool suite that lets developers and designers work better together. It’s bridges the gap between static designs and fully working native apps on iOS and Android. It’ll enable designers to work directly on the actual app in much the same way as they do on prototypes and mockups today. It also makes it easy for developers to create things that can be immediately customized by the designer, without going through awkward iterations of telling the programmer “three pixels to the left, please”. What makes Fuse truly unique is that all this power and flexibility is available both through pure code in a powerful dialect of C#, as well as an artist-friendly abstraction layer that compiles down to the same source code. No compromises, just great workflow. The project started because we as developers wanted to remove some of the tedious plumbing work and repetition involved in creating interactive experiences that ran well on mobile phones. At first we focused on the programming side, building abstractions that make it easier for any developer to do things that have usually been reserved for game development specialists. However, we soon realized that the real problem was at a higher level: How could designers get the same level of control over the final application as the programmers, on their own terms? Since then we’ve been developing tools and frameworks to allow the two groups to work closer together and simplify the entire app development process. What should designers consider when creating a mobile app? User experience first. While many designers are already great at this it’s always worth repeating. Nothing should ever get in the way of the app’s purpose and how that is communicated to the user. That said; this is obviously not the same as making boring apps. With mobile devices today having so much power I often feel that we’re missing out on some great opportunities for taking user communication to the next level. Designers should definitely consider how they can use more of this potential to make their work really stand out in the crowd. After all, if all apps conform strictly to the same guidelines.. which ones will be remembered? I’m not necessarily talking about making stuff that looks like it came out of the TRON movies (although you could if you would) but about using motion and visual effects in meaningful ways. On the slightly more mundane side there’s responsiveness and making designs that work on a range of different devices and form factors. Android has been extremely fragmented more or less since day one and now that iOS also supports several different screens there’s no denying that designers have to master this in order to reach as many users as possible. Who are some app and demo scene designers who inspire you and your team? Starting on the app side, there’s obviously a lot of talent out there, and sometimes it can be hard to pinpoint who actually worked on the apps you like. Favourites around the office are people and studios like Marcus Eckert, Creative Dash, ustwo and of course Tommy Borgen and the team at Uppercase who have actually contributed to the design and direction of Fuse. To be honest, I’m often more inspired by prototypes and concepts than anything I find in the app stores, because they can take things further and offer a peek into the future and to what ideas can become reality soon. As for the demo scene I’m actually fortunate enough to be working together with a lot of people who do extremely exciting things in their spare time. The guys in Excess, Dead Roman, Spaceballs and Elix / Youth Uprising are all on the same floor as me in the office. Looking outside our own walls, we’re always amazed by what Fairlight & CNCD comes up with, and Still are also personal favorites. But what’s just as inspiring as the work done in the demo scene is what some of the same people are doing outside of it. An obvious example is the game industry where almost any studio you can mention is either founded or strongly powered by people from the scene. Rovio, Remedy, DICE, Supercell, Grand Cru - we could go on forever. Speaking as a programmer, are there code-related issues designers often miss? The key thing is how well the design matches the capabilities of the development tools and the target device. Something that seems trivial at the design stage may be extremely time-consuming, or even impossible, to implement in the actual app. The only real way to fix this, without the designers having to become programmers themselves, is through close collaboration with the developers and by getting their ideas into code so that they can be tested and tuned as quickly as possible. This also raises the issue of communication between the two skill groups: it’s crucial to get past the point of designers asking for “a softer bounce” and the programmer answering “which dampening factor?”. If we find better ways of communicating ideas between people who usually think and work very differently it will greatly benefit the things we build together. Another issue I’ve often seen is what I call “the danger of real data”, which is when something that looks great at the design stage falls apart when it’s hooked up to real-world data instead of mock content. Typical examples would be apps that display text from external sources and suddenly come across unexpected text formatting (like long names), or beautiful maps that weren’t designed for the very real case when all your highlighted points of interest are clumped together in one spot, or when you’re making a music player app and the cover images from music backend API for some strange reason aren’t as beautiful as the ones you hand-picked from Google when you designed it. Shocking stuff, I know, but you’d be surprised how often this happens. Again, the way to deal with this is to find a way, and sometimes the guts, to test your ideas in the real world as soon as possible. What current trends are you noticing in mobile design? We have evolved tremendously over the last 10 years. From overly rendered icons to strictly flat designs to “2.5d” and shadows and anything in between. I like where we’re at now, where something can be clean but still a bit more playful and spiced up. I don’t think this is just caused by a change in tastes and trends though, but also due to the maturing of apps design in general. Of course, many people still tend to jump on the latest bandwagon just for the sake of “Oh! Shiny!” (parallax on the web anyone?) but there’s a lot more willingness to experiment and try to carve out something unique with fine detail and personal touches. Another of the driving forces behind all of this is probably the users; they simply expect a lot more from their apps nowadays. How will the world of mobile app design change in the next 2-3 years? As I see it, there are three main points here: Apps will to a much larger degree define the personality of organizations and products, even in the cases where the app itself is not the product. While this is already happening to some extent there will be a shift to the point where the apps are the public face of what an organization does, more than just one of many equally important pieces in an overall brand. This’ll obviously means that designers will play an even bigger role in the app creation process than today. The internet of things will drive user interface innovation, also on the devices we already use today. New use cases and products spawned from the IoT revolution will require entirely new ways of presenting and interacting with data in order to be successful. While there already exists hardware and software that can implement sci-fi-style scenarios like fully automated homes and seamless integration between all your smart devices no one has yet come up with user interfaces that makes all of this intuitive and easy to control for most people! (e.g. all those people who didn’t actually build the systems). A new generation of tools that are not just “nice to have” but actually crucial. User expectations will continue to rise at an even higher pace than today, and while mobile hardware technology will increase at a more evolutionary rate than the phenomenal jumps we’ve seen in the last 5-7 years it’s still very much improving. Unless anything else changes this means that the investment needed to create apps that stand out from the rest may become back-breaking. The obvious remedy here (just as it has been in the game industry) is the creation of new and much better tools, allowing designers and developers to spend their time solely on building the products they want to instead of “fighting with the platform”. What's next for you and Fuse? We’ll begin to open up the beta program very soon and that’s the number one thing on everyone’s mind back in the office right now. There’s been a huge amount of interest so far and it definitely seems like we’re on to something that people want. Not just the cross-platform support but a massively improved workflow and a chance to create apps that really stand out. That said, we have ambitious plans for Fuse and the beta is really only the beginning. Fuse has been built bottom-up in order to be extremely extensible and we’re really going to take advantage of that. We are building higher-level WYSIWYG tools on top of what we already have today and there’s a lot of new features planned for both developers and designers. Some are already in development but ultimately it’s the feedback from beta users that will decide what comes first. We really would like anyone interested in app design and development to sign up for the beta, so please help spread the word!
Hi, everyone! Today we are going to meet Rafael van Winkel, a Brazilian graphic designer that works as Art Director at Art Machine, a Trailer Park company, based in Los Angeles. For those who don't know, most of Hollywood productions' branding (trailers and artworks in general) are done by Trailer Park. Rafael is originally from the state of São Paulo, Brazil, and has been living in L.A. for some time now, doing advertising material and package design. If you enjoy movies you most definitely have already seen some of his artworks, such as the Lego Movie and Pacific Rim boxes. Besides this interview, you may check more of his work at his personal portfolio and Twitter. Meet Rafael. 1. Hi, Rafael! I wanna thank you for taking your time to answer these questions. Abduzeedo's audience gets really inspired by designers that evolve and develop their skills to the point of getting acknowledged by the design community. First of all, how did the interest for design begin for you? Thank you for the opportunity! My passion for design started pretty early, probably when I was around 8 or 9 years old, even tho I had no idea what it was. I was always fascinated by CD covers and booklets. I would go over my parents CDs one by one looking at the art, noticing how the booklets extend and complement the main cover art. After I started playing around with image-editing softwares, I would try to design my own album covers. Eventually I started designing websites about the bands I liked. 2. How was your learning process in this field? Were you self-taught or did you go to school? It was probably 50-50. I was a very curious kid and I spent hours and hours every day clicking around in the computer trying to design things. I actually designed websites for companies as a side job prior having any web or graphic design classes. That actually encouraged me to pursue a career as a graphic designer. Those years of do-it-yourself definitely helped and gave me a good graphic design base and software experience. After I finished my BS in Computer Science, I moved to Los Angeles and did a graphic design course at UCLA where I learned more about design theory and started connecting the dots. While studying I created my portfolio focused on entertainment design. 3. How long did it take from the time you started learning until your first professional job? I actually focused on creating a good portfolio first. I spent two years creating different pieces for it (while in school) and then a few months after I graduated to organize it all together. I revised it a few times based on comments from colleagues, professors, people in the business, etc. Only when I was completely happy with it, I reached out to a few companies for job interviews. I got hired a couple months after. 4. How ideas for a specific project come to you? Describe for us your creation process. It's kind of a mixture of research and imagination. There are some tendencies in the movie industry we need to follow sometimes but we also need to put our creativity into it and take it to the next level, making it new and fresh. I like to take a moment and have a clear idea of what I'm designing before going to Photoshop or sketching. Once I'm set on a concept, I start a research process and go through the assets we have to see how I'm gonna execute. If you start throwing things on Photoshop right away it can take a while to form a solid concept and that can be frustrating. 5. As a designer, what are your greatest influences? What inspires you? I love looking at movie posters. I visit IMPawards.com at least three times a week to check what the studios are aiming for. I'm also a big fan of packaging design and how designers literally think outside the box. I'm constantly looking at special packaging, collector's editions, etc, for movies and TV shows. 6. From all your artworks, which one is your all-time favorite? Usually the ones you struggle with the most, end up being the favorites in the end. While I was working on "The Lego Movie" campaign, I had to digitally build a maze from scratch using Lego pieces for a children's magazine. It was actually like playing with Lego in real life, I had one lego piece image and I was placing it side by side, building the walls of the maze. It took me a long time but at the end I was really happy with it and so was the client. I also did a steelbook art for a "Kingdom Of Heaven" 10th anniversary release that is also one of my favorites. I re-created this shield from the movie with a cross in the middle, an iconic piece in the movie. They printed it in a metal case with metallic ink. I really like how it turned out. 7. What are your tools of trade, the ones that you don't miss a day without using? Most of it is Adobe Photoshop for me. I use Illustrator as a base for title treatments, logos and shapes and then bring them to Photoshop for textures, lighting, etc. I use a lot of InDesign as well. It's an important one to know if you're creating material for print. 8. Working abroad is the dream of many designers, even more for those whose home country doesn't offer much opportunities in this field. How was it for you getting to work abroad and how has your experience been until now? My dream was to work in the movie business and I knew I had to come to Los Angeles, the heart of entertainment design, to make that happen. I really wanted to be at the source and create art for the big studios. It's not an easy transition but I worked really hard to be where I'm at now and it definitely paid off. It's a big responsibility working with the greatest movie production companies in the world and very rewarding to see your work out there in stores all over the world. 9. If you could give an advice for those starting in graphic design just now, what would it be? Most of all, be creative. At the beginning it can be a bit difficult to develop your ideas and bring them to life. As great as they are, it may not look as good as you thought it would after you design them. Keep your mind open for criticism and reach out to learn how you can make it look better. A good knowledge of color, topography, design theory, etc, can go a long way. When it comes to mastering the tools, look for tutorials online, articles, videos, reach out to other designers, and actually click around and try to figure out how to get something done. It's one of the best ways to learn in my opinion.