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Interview with Alexandre Farto (aka. Vhils)

30 Apr

December 07, 2011  from marcos333’s blog

Today we have the pleasure to show you a fresh interview with one of the big names in the urban art scene of the world, his name’s Alexandre Farto aka Vhils. Alexandre is recognized by his “destructive” creations and in this interview he speaks about his background, techniques, style and other interesting subjects, check it out.

For more information about Alexandre visit his Website.

 

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 art, graffiti and urban art began.

I believe that my interest about the expressionist world began with everything I saw in the streets of Lisbon, Portugal while I grew up: a contrast among the decay of the political murals painted around the 70’s and 80’s, after the 1974 Revolution, and the overlap of the capitalist publicity and its colors and shapes, getting around in full speed by the end of the 80’s. I started to do some graffiti when I was 10 years old and started to take it more seriously when I was 13. It was the graffiti that got my interest for art and everything surrounding it. It was the graffiti that made me study art in school, and everything I got to know after it in terms of world arts, contemporary or classic, everything began with my interest in graffiti.

 

2) Which artists do you use for reference?

When I started I really admired artists related to Lisbon’s hardcore graffiti, some of them became friends, and I also admired artists from around the world that I got to see on magazines, movies, etc. Crews from Lisbon as GVS R1 3D 2S LEG 1003PV were big references, as the EWC from Poland, SDK from France and many others. After a while I discovered the work of Banksy, which inspired me to take a new direction, not in terms of style but in terms of concept and what to explore in urban art. Nowadays I admire the work of many people, including Gordon Matta-Clark, Katherina Grosse, JR, Conor Harrington, Word 2 Mother, NeckFace, Faile, Blu, Gaia, Barry McGee, Os Gêmeos and more.

 

3) People recognize you for starting a destructive urban art movement, something new and fresh that nobody tried before. How did you develop this style and how would you describe it?

The development of this line of work has essentially two bases: one is graffiti in its most destructive side, which I have been connected to for many years; the second is the stencil technique that I discovered while I was looking for new paths that allowed me to express a new way of communication. From the first one I picked up the concept of destruction as creative strength – based on this idea I developed a way of work that uses the removal, decomposition or destruction. The concept is the idea that we are made by a series of influences that shape us throughout historical layers, etc, that come from the environment where we grew up. In a very symbolic way I believe that if we remove some of these layers, showing other ones, we can bring to surface some of the stuff we left behind, forgotten things that are still part of what we are today.
Technology is changing things so quickly that we don’t have enough time to think about what is changing (new layers), what is affecting us. I try to underline this process in general, my work can be seen as a kind of archeology that tries to understand what is hidden behind things. These ideas found expression when I started to experiment with the stencil technique and understood that I could revert the process to have more impact: instead of creating while adding layers, I explored the idea of creating by removing layers. I experimented with this process using several methods – cutting clusters of posters, corroding silkscreen ink with acid, etc. – and naturally things started to gain a brutal and raw shape.
When I passed the idea to walls it was natural to work with this removal concept, this negative field. The process itself can be brutal and violent, but the result in my opinion, is expressive and poetic. The result was visibly interesting and allowed to start to incorporate the wall as one of the physical components to the intervention, unlike what happened to the painting, where the wall was a base. From there, the usage of explosives was another step that evolved after a lot of research and tests. These testing stages are something really nice to do, it’s actually a pleasure, and it usually results as a main part of my work.

 

4) Today there is a big discussion about the legitimacy of urban art and graffiti, what are the limits that an artist must put on his work and what exactly would be the public space. What is your opinion about this issues?

As a citizen I understand that this is a complex issue that can’t be seen as ‘light’ or black and white, yes or no – there are a lot of factors involved in this. In a more personal approach, in the other hand, I understand that we shouldn’t have limits in art, nor to the space where we apply it. No rules should be applied to art.

5) What do you think about the recent transition of several urban artists into fine arts and galleries? Is urban art still urban art inside a museum?

Yes, if the art is honest with its essence and if you take the space “to be what it is” and not be domesticated, which is a natural tendency in closed spaces because art in closed spaces is, essentially, marketable art. The museums may be exceptions to this because they disclose art, but not galleries, which usually are interested in selling art.
There is naturally a big difference between things produced freely on the streets and things produced to be showcased in a closed space, but I believe they are not opposites or exclude one another. For those interested in expressing their work both spaces are interesting, we just need to look at the productions inside their context. Street art is in a public space – what is produced for a gallery or museum is essentially a new version of a work, in a new context. What each artist makes with his work is something very particular.

 

6) How do you describe your daily routine?

Actually it’s a bit complicated because I never know what will happen… It depends on where I am, and lately I’m always doing something in different places, so things vary a lot. In general I work everyday, in my house, studio or even at the airport – when I’m traveling. I don’t have a pre-defined space for work and pleasure, everything happens naturally. My life involves a lot of production, research and a lot of work, which I really like, so I don’t separate that. It’s pretty normal for me to be involved in several projects at the same time, and it’s usually in different countries. I have a base in Lisbon and another in London, it’s interesting to always be on the move but sometimes it’s hard to manage everything – sometimes I really need to stop everything and take some days off.

 

7) Which is your favorite piece so far?

I’m not sure, I usually like my latest work the most.

 

8) Tell us five lessons you believe are really important

1- There are no rules

2- There are no small materials

3- Persistence is key

4- In error we find creation

5-Go with the flow

 

9) Tell us sites that you like to visit

woostercollective.com

unurth.com

notcot.com

 

10) We would like to thank you again for your time and kindness, have a nice day Alexandre.

About the author

My name is Marcos Torres, I’m Graphic Artist from Porto Alegre, Brasil. You can get to know more about me by acessing my Personal Website or by following me on  Twitter: @marcos333. You can also see some of my last projects at my Flickr.

Interview with Dabs and Myla

29 Apr

January 24, 2012  from marcos333’s blog

Today I’m going to introduce to you guys this adorable australian couple of graffiti writers, please welcome Dabs and Myla. These fellas have been doing some extremely funky and interesting artworks both on the streets and on galleries. So it’s really nice to have a the opportunity to understand more about their story and other topics.

If you want to know more about this adorable couple, please visit their Website or their Blog.

 

1) In the name of the Abduzeedo team, I would like to thank you guys for your time and kindness to answer this interview. Let’s start by asking you, when you start getting interest by Graffiti and Illustration?

DABS: We actually both started at different points, I had been writing graffiti for about 10 years before we met. We met and fell in love at Art School, and started working together. I taught MYLA how to use spray paint when we met, and the basics of style writing. She took it from there and developed her own skill set and style very quickly! We have both always been interested in illustration and painting though! Even before we studied together we had a similar interest in style and technique.

2) Tell us more about your influences and guys who inspired you.

MYLA: I think that we gain the majority of our inspiration from each other. We are really lucky to be able to share our lives and our artwork together, and we are constantly influencing each other and bouncing ideas and new theories back and forth. Outside of that though, I think we get a lot of inspiration from our friends and crew members. That’s whats great about being in a crew, working with your friends on a large scale and constantly learning from each other.

 

3) I find your artworks and graffs really amazing, they’re so colorful and happy. So, when you developed this aesthetic and how could you describe it.

DABS:Our style is something that has slowly developed bit by bit over the past 7 years. I think it comes from our early influences in illustration and old animation, as well as being a reflection of our attitude and day to day steez! We are really happy people! We love our life and enjoy pretty much every second of it…so I think our artwork and characters has a positive vibe on it just based on the people its coming from.

 

4) Nowadays, do you think that it’s possible to make a living doing Graffiti and Street Art?

DABS: Of course!!…If your willing to work your ass off for it and have confidence in your own abilities.

 

5) How’s you daily workflow?

MYLA: Hectic!!…We always seem to have more to do than we can fit into one day!!..But we love it that way! We love what we do, and love to work hard at it. We spend pretty much 7 days a week from 7am till 11pm working in the studio on our paintings. The only times we really leave is to go outside and paint a wall. We are lucky that we both enjoy the same things and have a similar work ethic which allows us to work like crazy like this!!

 

6) What’s you favorite piece at the moment?

MYLA: I think at the moment our favorite piece is a painting that we just made for a show in Miami during Art Basel titled ‘You are the light’. It’s a bigger scale painting for us, and we are really happy with how it came out.

 

7) What are your future projects for 2012?

DABS:We have a lot of interesting things ahead in 2012. Like most years we will spend the majority of the year working on paintings for shows, but we are planning to take more time to paint more large scale murals this year, and will be traveling a bit too. We also will be curating a show at Thinkspace Gallery in L.A which i think will be pretty epic!!

 

 

8) Tell us five lessons you’ve learned till now on being a successful Graphic Artist.

*WORK HARDER AND LONGER THAN YOU THINK YOU COULD EVER POSSIBLY WORK.

*ALWAYS KEEP PUSHING YOURSELF AND YOUR STYLE.

*MAKE THINGS THE WAY YOU WANT THEM TO LOOK, DONT BE TOO INFLUENCED BY TRENDS OR WHATS GOING ON AROUND YOU. DO IT FOR YOURSELF.

*DONT BE A DICK TO PEOPLE!!

*THERE IS ALWAYS ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT…ALWAYS!!!

 

9) Tell us five site you love.

JERSEYJOEART.COM

SDMCREW.COM

THEWORLDSBESTEVER.COM

JUXTAPOZ.COM

SOURHARVEST.COM

 

10) Thanks for your time Dabs and Myla, please leave a final message to everyone how’s starting at the creative field.

DABS:Its just art…don’t kill your self over it!! Enjoy it and have fun!

 

About the author

My name is Marcos Torres, I’m Graphic Artist from Porto Alegre, Brasil. You can get to know more about me by acessing my Personal Website or by following me on  Twitter: @marcos333. You can also see some of my last projects at my Flickr.

New Interview with Archan Nair

29 Apr

February 08, 2012  from marcos333’s blog

Archan Nair is a really kind person and one of the top notch digital artists nowadays. This is actually our second interview with him, as we always like to know more and more about him and all his knowledge thru this years working on the creative field. Hope this conversation will be useful and enjoyable for you guys.

If you want to know more about Archan, please acess his Website.

 

 

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 digital art and illustration began.

Thank you so much for having me again on abduzeedo and making me a part of this ever growing creative spirit here.The honor is mine .. and I am really glad to be back after a few years and sharing my journey with all the beautiful creators and co-creators.

I began working in the fashion industry around 2002, when I joined my family’s apparel manufacturing company with absolutely no formal training. Around Mid 2006 I started dabbling with a bit of photoshop, and was basically having fun everyday.. earlier days it seemed really fun and joy to create, but as I was exploring more, I started becoming really serious with creating and expressing myself through the digital medium. In about a year, I finally decided to pursue my love , to do what I really enjoy from the deepest corner of my heart, and to start my own studio where I could create all the time. It has been an incredible trip since then.

 

 

2) Which artists do you use for reference?

I admire a lot of artists, but usually in other fields of art like music or sculpture. I love a lot of visual artists also , but I never use any as reference. I really love artists or creators who are truly original in their style and just do what they love doing.  and it really shows in their work.

 

 

3) People recognize you for doing some really intense and colorful mixed media art, a aesthetic that influenced a lot of designers and art directors on the last 5 years. How did you develop this style and how would you describe it?

I feel that the colours come so naturally to me, and that our culture has a major influence in the way I use my vivid compositions. It is definitely not a conscious effort, but it seems to be embedded deep within me.My inspirations  comes from everything around me, life as usual. Conversations, music, movies, realizations, anything which could really inspire me at a particular moment would motivate me to express myself through that channel , and while expressing them on a manasic plane I translate them through vibrant love.

 

 

4) Describe us a bit of your creative process.

I love experimenting. and I get bored very easily .. so I always need new ways to innovate and create. When I am creating my subconscious always reminds me of how much more can I explore.. I usually would start an artwork by beginning with water colours to create a base, and then paint digitally. Print the artwork on a canvas and use acrylic paints, pens and markers for line art drawings, 3D objects or even scraps , and experiment with traditional and digital medias on and off the entire process , even images or anything which I would connect with during the creation of the artwork, until I feel I am ready.

 

 

5)You latest artworks seem to have a great influence of traditional illustration, more specific from watercolors and some abstract paintings. Do you use to mix this medias? What you think about mastering traditional methods?

Oh yes absolutely. I love working with different medias. As I have progressed in this journey over the last few years, I have started loving different mediums of expressing myself and trying to merge them into 1 composition, that is really exciting me now. I am not sure about mastering, as I feel no one can master anything, as every process is infinite and never-ending, so even those we term as masters are still learning and doing new things too.

I feel that no matter which media we create on, we should just love creating , irrespective of the media.. and if someone is inclined towards a particular genre, he or she should try it out.

 

 

6) How do you describe your daily routine?

Sure. Well, I have no timetable as I don’t follow time anymore, so I am creating all the time. I wake up early mornings usually and create , Love tingling my senses with great food. love dining out, watching movies with the family and friends. Love exploring sound and creating music, trying to spin both the sound and visual energies with each other now and absolutely loving it.

 

 

7) Which is your favorite piece so far?

I feel all my works are a true part of my being, my energy and all are my true expressions.. so selecting a piece or a few pieces is really very difficult, as they all have contributed to really connect me with my true self, and still help me grow and find answers everyday. Every one of them are my babies and really really special. I love them all!

 

 

8) Tell us five lessons you believe are really important

– I feel its important to really seek , admire and manifest your own reality. If you love doing something, you must do it without fear and go all out and do it all the time

– Contribute to the planet, by sharing and loving every living element , everything around you, because of which you are in such a beautiful space.

– Be original and do your own style, as that will make you unique and that is how you will find your true calling

– Working on your skills or technique is important, but not everything! Try to pour more love into your work than just focus on the skill part.

– Realizing how gifted we all our in our own special way and really using those gifts in society.

 

 

9) Tell us sites that you like to visit

These days I like going into tumblr, I love 1x.com, and I am a tech freak, love customizing my phone so xda developers as well 🙂

 

 

10) Thanks again for your time, please leave a final message for the ones who are starting out on this  kind of business.

I feel that success is never about money or fame. Success is about finding your true creative spirit, knowing your gift and sharing your vibration in its purest form with the cosmos. Would love to just share, and say.. be original, love what you create, imagination is the only knowledge and when we listen to our heart, we have access to that knowledge. Thank you so much! 🙂

 

About the author

My name is Marcos Torres, I’m Graphic Artist from Porto Alegre, Brasil. You can get to know more about me by acessing my Personal Website or by following me on  Twitter: @marcos333. You can also see some of my last projects at my Flickr.

 

From: abduzeedo

Interview with Vector Artist Caramelaw

29 Apr

 

February 28, 2012  from marcos333’s blog

Today we have a special guest here at Abduzeedo, I’m proud to present this interview with Sheena Aw, also known as her illustrator alias Caramelaw. She told us more about her story, her creative process and other cool topics. Check it out.

You can see more of Caramelaw’s work at her Website.

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 motion graphics began?

Hello and thank you very much for having me. 🙂

Well, I was always a dreamer when I was young. Sketching on any possible surface I could. I love animations and cartoons, and was very fascinated by them from a very young age. I often wonder how do people make cartoons and how to make an illustration move. I wanna do that when I grow up!

2) Which artists do you use for reference?

Takashi Murakami, Tokidoki, Tado, Pete Fowler, Friends with You, Camilla D’Errico, Mark Ryden

3) Your style is extremely happy, colorful and childish in some way and  I must say you got some quite distinguishable characters and use of color. How did you develop this style and how would you describe it?

I was doing a lot of random stuff at first. Manga, cartoons, graphic design etc… Honestly, I knew I love art and illustration but I’ve got no idea what I was looking for. It’s quite frustrating at first, trying out all sorts of techniques and looking at different forms of art but nothing hit me. Until one fine day, I decided to play with colours and candy, since these are the 2 most elements I am attracted to. I made the 1st piece of candy at titled “My World of Madness”. It felt right, the candy colours, the whimsical characters, the flying butt, rainbows and everything I could possibly want in an art piece. That was when I knew I have found the Caramelaw style. It took me a good 5 years but I’m glad I did eventually. It had to start off somewhere, from this piece I developed my style further and became the candy-coated Caramelaw today.

My World of Madness

4) Describe us a bit about your creative process while creating a piece.

It starts with my handy sketchbook, a bit of a walk, see something I like and doodle it down. After which I’ll bring the goodies back to the studio and do a sketch based on what inspired me that day. I like using blue pencils for sketches. After that, I’ll scan the sketch into the computer and start tracing it in Flash, export out each individual element to do further com-positing in Photoshop. That’s where all the magic happens. Where my individual-layered characters make friends with gradients, colours and effects. Its lots of fun, its like piecing a puzzle together.

5)You’ve been working not only with illustration, but also with toy design. How is your relationship with this kind of media?

I’m a toy fanatic. Vinyls, dolls and vintage My Little Ponies. Since my art is a little bit child-like, what’s better than linking my art to toys? I think its great to work on a different media once in awhile. Its like painting on a different canvas and the results are pretty satisfying, to see your art on a 3D object, rather than just on the computer screen. Toys inspire me and my art too. I see a toy, be it colours or just something interesting about it, I’ll gather infomation from there and make it into a piece of candy art. So it works both ways and I think its brilliant.

6) How do you describe your daily routine?

Alarm rings. Presses snooze. Alarm rings again. Presses snooze again. (I can go on forever, let’s just skip to the main part) I go to work in the day as a video editor/motion graphic artist. After work hours, its Caramelaw time! I’ll head back home and work on my candy-art or custom dolls/toys. I feel like I’m leading a double life but it keeps me sane.

7) Which is your favorite piece so far?

My favourite piece would be “Trees in Heaven”. I’m a nature lover, I believe in mother nature and my art usually reflects on that. “Trees in Heaven” was made to show that humans are just taking everything on earth for granted. Whenever I see reports on forest fire, deforestation, it angers me. For what they had provided us with no complains. They should go to heaven. Where birds and squirrels and other magical creatures would provide its every need.

Trees in Heaven

8) Tell us five lessons you believe are really important for every illustrator.

Be humble – be nice to everyone, regardless of whom. It only reflects yourself as a person and an artist. Be open to ideas – share, learn and open up. Meet new people. Talk. Work on collaborations. Its through experiences like these that you learn more. Travel – See the world. Its so big and its so beautiful. Everything and anything can inspire. Its just how you look at it. Keep trying new things – I know it can be frustrating when you just can’t find the style you were looking for. But it takes time. Some earlier, some later. I took 5 years though. But through these 5 years I didn’t stop exploring and looking at new mediums. Its fun and you learn lots.

Honestly, I think I only had 4 lessons. :p

9) Tell us some websites that you like to visit

www.depthcore.com

www.behance.com

www.flickr.com/ (don’t be surprised, you can actually find lots of good art stuff here!).

10) Thanks again for your time, please leave a final message for the ones who are starting out on this  kind of business.

Never give up. 🙂

About the author

My name is Marcos Torres, I’m Graphic Artist from Porto Alegre, Brasil. You can get to know more about me by acessing my Personal Website or by following me on  Twitter: @marcos333. You can also see some of my last projects at my Flickr.

From: abduzeedo

Featured Artist: David Fuhrer

27 Apr

Today we feature the work of David Fuhrer, who happens to be one of my favorite all time digital artists. If I had to sum up David’s work in a single word it would be – imagination. His work ranges from vast space scenes to surreal, abstract compositions.

David is well known in the community for his superb digital painting skills. He invents some truly original, visually impressive compositions and then paints with a delicate attention to detail. Several themes run through his work such as space, our world, surrealism, mortality/energy and architecture.

I could honestly talk about his work all day, as it’s been a tremendous influence for me personally. However, I encourage you to check out his work below, and explore his Behance page and portfolio.

 

Heart Shaped Box

 

 

Red Apple

 

 

Still Life (Digital Painting)

 

 

Black Death

 

 

Space Scenes

 

 

Blue Moon

 

 

Drug Free Zone

 

 

The Homeworld

 

 

Metal Heart

 

 

Microcity

 

 

Microcity

 

 

Air

 

 

Artig II

 

Where to Find David Fuhrer on the Web:

If you’d like to explore more of David Fuhrer’s work then you can check out his various online hangouts:

Featured Artist: Paul Clements

27 Apr

Paul Clements as a fellow Londoner and a really talented designer! He specializes in motion graphics, landing work with some top clients such as T4, ITV and Carlsberg. However, despite his involvement in the motion graphic medium, his work is hugely inspiring for all you Photoshop enthusiasts out there.

If you’re looking to get into product promotions or corporate advertising then Paul’s work is a great source of inspiration. He really knows how to bring a product, logo or brand to life, often using complex lighting, photo manipulation and futuristic effects. His eye for color and composition is truly impressive, and we always get a sense that his work is very deliberately crafted, precise and effective.

I encourage you to check out his work below, and explore his Behance page and portfolio.

 

Anthems Hip Hop

 

 

Tuborg Rebrand: Hip Hop

 

 

Tuborg Rebrand: Festival

 

 

Carlsberg Liquid Logo

 

 

I’m a Celebrity Ident: Spider

 

 

I’m a Celebrity Ident: Vines

 

 

T4 Idents

 

 

Cat Footwear

 

 

Electronic 80s 2

 

 

Anthems Hip Hop II

 

 

Ultimate Fighter Promo

 

Where to Find Paul Clements on the Web:

If you’d like to explore more of Paul Clements’ work then you can check out his various online hangouts:

Featured Artist: Mike Campau

27 Apr

Featured Artist: Mike Campau

Mike Campau is one of the most impressive digital artists that we have featured to date. He is currently a creative director at a Michigan design and imaging firm. His portfolio displays a vast array of work, showing a huge variety in styles, mediums and motifs.

Mike’s skills include image retouching, photo manipulations, CG/3D work, illustration, photography and typography. This diversity is evident in his portfolio, as no two pieces are similar. He also frequently combines mediums, mixing 3D structures with complex photo manipulations and digital works. This gives his compositions a multi-dimension depth not found in many digital portfolios.

His work often displays lots of energy, ranging from explosions of paint, light and color to expansive montages, warped liquid, speeding cars and more. These digital works are really inspiring and give us all something to aspire to.

I recommend that you check out Mike’s full portfolio as he has many more designs than are featured in this post.

 

Recharge

 

 

Motion in Air

 

 

CGI Project 3

 

 

Grass Valley Ads

 

 

UU Theory

 

 

Stay Green. Go Red.

 

 

Mustang Monster

 

 

CGI Projects 2

 

 

SONOSITE Ads

 

 

Urban and Snow Jungle

 

 

More is More

 

 

Red and Black

 

 

BlackBerry CG Concepts

 

Where to Find Sakiroo Choi on the Web:

If you’d like to explore more of Sakiroo Choi’s work then you can check out his various online hangouts: