Laurica Andrian

On Being Creative

Seek life experience and personal growth! Try new activities that have nothing to do with what you are already familiar with! When you are too passionate about one activity , it is easy to be obsessed by it and develop autistic tendencies. I believe it can be good at a certain point but the most important thing is to find a balance, experiment life and learn new perspectives from people 

as you grow. Try new things, deepen your culture and your knowledges but don't be ashamed of your own tastes as well! Be proud of who you are as an individual and 

stand for what you like as an artist!

Background:

I was born and raised in France but I have Malagasy origins. Since I was a kid I was always attracted to art related things. To the age of 5 to 10, I took pottery lessons, dance lessons and drama lessons. Then at the age of 13 I took drum lessons which was my favorite hobby so far! When I was in high school, I stumbled upon deviant art and discovered a new world full of colors and shapes I didn't know about! Among all the art fields, visual arts were probably what spoke the most to me, that's when I started to draw.

Once I discovered the world of visual art, I looked at the world very differently. Every time I was out it was a new opportunity to learn! I was automatically looking at people shapes,muscles, clothing, faces, behaviors... the world was becoming a living visual library! Even without a sketchbook, I was trying to re-draw what I could see in front of me and that is how I improved at the beginning of my journey. After high school, I went to a Parisian 3D  school but I slowly realised 3D didn't interested me and all I wanted to do was to draw so I left after 6 months.

Then, I was lucky enough to meet a lot of talented people from the industry through the internet. We became friends, We challenged ourselves, we shared our knowledge, always trying to have fun and improve together!

 

Themes:

As a very raw and simple minded person (laughing) I really like to associate fantasy with nature in my art because of the freedom it gives me when it comes to shapes and colors.

I like to create whimsical, cute and minimalist worlds full of poetry and mystery. That's is what I feel comfortable with but I am really interested in building worlds in modern society, because it also inspire me a lot but I am kind of afraid to try that (laughing). I need to practice! 

Inspiration:

My main inspirations come from Japanese mangakas such as Eiichirō Oda (author of One piece) and Inio Asano (author of Solanin).  I have always been fascinated by Oda's character designs and Asano's deepness and poetry. Music and beats are also one of my greatest inspiration too. From EDM to symphonic orchestra, I like when it is powerful and/or emotional! Everytime I listen to a new music, my creative energy come back again and I create a new piece of art! 

But most of all, my greatest inspirations are my family and people I met in my life who became my friends. They are very inspiring people who always makes me laugh and who bring the best out of me! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Style 

My style is cute and funny but also very strange, just like me (laughing) ! I really like to make people feel good and at home in real life and I believe it is something that can be seen in my work through the designs and the colors I use. I like to create worlds full of warmth and kindness where people want to stay in! 

Eric Cousin

Style:

I guess that my personal work is a lot drawn by simple life and people I’ve seen or met and the cultural differences I’ve discovered. I hope that my images spotlight the beauty of humble persons and places and the Majesty of Nature.

On Being Creative:

Above all I think creating must remain a passion. In my opinion it's also important to keep doing what we really and deeply like and not pursuing blindly and dumbly the trends.

 

Background: 

I was born and grew up in southern Belgium in a little city surrounded by the countryside. As far as I remember I‘ve always been drawing. When I was young my dream was to become a comic artist. Akira by Katsuhiro Otomo is still my favourite comic of all times.

I studied traditional drawing in a fine art school but it’s only after graduating and moving to Brussels that I really discovered digital painting’s world. It has been a revelation to me and I progressively learned by myself Photoshop until the Wacom’s pen became my principal tool today. About my personal style, it is still evolving, travels have also a huge impact on the development of it

Inspiration:

Life is a constant and infinite source of inspiration for me, just wandering outside and looking, the shape and color of the big clouds bringing storm and rain, the gesture of people impatiently waiting at the bus stop, the sun light at the end of the day reflected by an old car…Everything even small details.

There are also a bunch of artists I admire in the digital painting field like Sergey Kolesov, Alberto Mielgo, Robh Ruppel, Jaime Jones and so many others. They are part of my inspiration in my constant evolution like many movies, comics, paintings and photographs.

Other essential artistic field, apart from visual field, is music. It's vital in my life as in my artistic practice. I couldn’t create without, it helps me to enter in a certain mood (from UK bass music, dub, reggae to hip hop and grime)

 

Themes: 

My travels, most of all the year and a half I spent throughout South America, bring me to create illustrations that emphasize the hugeness of cities and natural landscapes I’ve seen. Mountains and cliffs, jungles, deserts or anarchic constructed districts for example are great subjects that inspire me.

In my personal work I have no real guidelines. Most of the time I just start on drawing/painting what I like. Topics evolve as I do.

Yuri Shwedoff

Themes

 Now I am in search of the main themes of my art. I'm trying to create a new style for the next series of works. This is a difficult period for me. Much work remains unfinished. But I think I found something. As my old pictures, there will be a surreal world, where a man is alone with nature, time and uncertainty. Man realizes his insignificance in the face of uncertainty and the power of non-material world. but at the same time, he is looking for his place, and understand the significance of his mind and the ability to see and feel. a person is on the verge of understanding of something huge.In today's world, we almost forget that we are part of this world. People went crazy with the problems of their civilization. And every day, we - people are becoming less and less in comparison with the world around. But when we're alone in a place where there are no problems and bustle, for a moment, we remember that we can understand something incredible.  

Background

I was born in a family of artists. When I was a child I drew a lot and my parents sent me to study at the art school in Moscow, Russia. I studied painting for 13 years and I continue to learn so far. My parents and family have helped me all the time, they supported me and gave advices. In art school I was very influenced in the academic painting, drawing, art, old masters painting. In school, my friends and I have visited a lot of museums and exhibitions, I am very grateful to my teachers for the knowledge that they gave us. As a child, I never thought that I would become an artist. I was surrounded by canvases, paint pictures, but I was drawing for fun and entertainment. I do not think that this will be my profession. I realized it was surrounded by other artists, such as young as I am. We learned together. It helped me understand who I want to be. I think the most useful for the development of the artist - it is a competition with other artists, the support of friends and the advice of senior artists. The most important thing - a community of artists. The more you communicate with other artists, the more you will learn new and interesting things.

On Being Creative

The main thing - how you can watch something new for yourself, listen to new music, look for inspiration. Inspiration does not always come naturally. Spend more time in the company of other artists, cooperate with people of other professions. Do projects and discuss your plans with people who believe in you. I am very grateful to my family and friends for what they believe in me and tell me when I'm wrong. That's what community is. Good luck, everyone!
 

Inspiration

 I grew up in Kyrgyzstan, among the mountains, lakes and abandoned uranium mines. The feel of this nature greatly influenced my taste in color, light and subjects of my paintings. When I moved to Russia, I was inspired by the remnants of Soviet architecture, the monuments in the style brutalism, the huge scale of abandoned human creations, long cold winters and cloudy days. I watch a lot of old movies about future, space and post-apocalypsis. I listen to a lot of post-rock, sometimes paint covers for musicians who inspire me. I get inspiration from different things. Most often, new ideas come during parties with friends over a bottle of beer. We share music, movies that we saw this week. we show each other our new works. Play video games. In short - the inspiration comes during relaxation. It is also very useful to watch the work of other artists.

 

Florian Aupetit

Themes

For me the life is the most interesting theme because everyone knows it. I want to paint a picture that anyone can understand it, they don't have to know or understand how the science fiction culture works or read such and such books. I like what our lives are made of so it's based on feelings, moods, light. In every paintings I did I tried to put some of my own memories inside so it feels more alive. For exemple I really like that feeling, when you were young playing outside with your friends,an October's Saturday, it's 5 or 6 pm  and it's time to go home to eat something. You remember that feeling and that heavy mood ? I like to paint things like that. If you want to see an old painting with this mood go check "Boston Common at Twilight" by Childe Hassam.

Inspiration

For me other artists (of my time) have to motivate me instead of inspiring me. I don't want to paint or draw like someone else, I just try to be myself. So as the theme I like I took my inspiration from life around the world and the ages. A pattern from an inuit cloth or a typical house from a south american country can also inspire me. I try to be interesting in everything. But my main inspiration came from  John Singer Sargent (a painter), Brassaï (a photographer), Terrence Malick / Kubrick (directors), Gustav Klimt (a painter) and Felix Vallotton (a painter).

Backgroud

I was born and raised in France, my father was a soldier so we have to move to a new place every 7 years. I always wanted to be a soldier (a helicopter pilot) so when I was 16 years old I decided to go to a military highschool far away from my home to learn rigor and discipline and probably being a soldier at the end. I chose an engineer section so during my classes I learned mechanical engineering and that was a turning point in my life because I discovered the CGI world. I was very good at this so I started to learn different 3d softwares by myself and when I have finally obtained my high school degree I have decided to enroll in an animation cinema school for the next 3 years. And because I already learned a lot of things by myself about 3d I focused on the artistic classes so I discovered paintings, photography, cinema and museums and at this point my life completely changed.

On Being Creative

Don't try to be someone else even if it's scaring just be yourself and be also interesting in everything, even the thing you don't like (for example the Haute Couture, you could discover new patterns, shapes or colors).
 

Victor Mosquera

On Being Creative

This is something that I'm still trying to figure out myself, new ways to spark creativity. I find that having creative people around you is the most inspiring/humbling thing ever. At the same time having jaded/negative people around does the opposite, so it's not only about finding the right people but staying away from the wrong ones. Have experiences in life, there's only so much inspiration you can get from being locked in your room. Plus I believe that the only way that you can do work that is unique is to embrace the fact that you are never going to be like any other artist. Use your own experiences and your own visual library to make work that you feel really comes from you. One last thing, if you are in college or even better, high school and you still live at home, trust me you have TONS of free time. So really make the most out of it.  
 

 

Inspiration

I moved to Canada from Colombia a couple of years ago and seeing a different culture and people from around the world really has been a huge source of inspiration, even if it's on an unconscious level ( I have been painting a lot of snow these days ). As I mentioned before, my tastes change all the time, and my influences have been changing a lot over the years. At first, when I got into concept art all I was looking at was, well...concept art. I was obsessed with all those Art Center guys and big video game company artists. That helped me a lot to become better at painting. I was studying them so much! Then I started looking at old masters like Velazquez, Sargent, Corot, Repin, Zorn and the list goes on and on. One massive inspiration source for me over the years has been music! I love to let myself get inspired with music. Certain bands or musicians have a specific look or aesthetics on their album covers that are really inspiring to me. Lately I like to look for inspiration everywhere. Music, photography, fashion, articles, friends, memories, fears, really thinking about myself and trying to figure out why I do, what I do. 
 

 

 

Background

I was born in Bogota, Colombia. which is an amazing place. The most friendly and funniest people you can imagine. My interest in art goes as far as I can remember. Since I was a kid I remember having more fun drawing and copying cartoons from the TV than playing sports and all that. My dad is very into art and music so he exposed me to a bunch of artist and music at an early age and that was mind blowing for me at the time, specially because Colombia is a country where it is way more common to get exposed to things like salsa music and dancing; so when he showed me books of artists like H.R Giger and Roger Dean, and showed me bands like Pink Floyd, I was inspired by all that. When I was in high school I started learning how to play guitar and make music, so I've always stayed interested in doing creative stuff, collaborating with friends and learning new things. My first contact with painting was when I was around 14 years old after watching a documentary on TV about a Spanish illustrator that was painting in Photoshop at the time, making some t-shirt designs for a rock band. After seeing that, I talked my mom into buying me a small cheap tablet. I loved the act of just sitting down by myself and creating something from scratch. I did it for years and that's what really got me comfortable with Photoshop. I kind of stopped painting for a while and I started playing rock music with my friends for some time, but I was always playing around with Photoshop and really basic 3D software just for fun.Then I realized that there were people making a living out of painting for video games and movies. That was such a revelation to me, I became obsessed with that. I spent the next years learning how to paint in Photoshop and traditional media, reading books about painting and meeting people around the world that shared the same interest.

Themes

I believe that my taste is always evolving and my eye is seeing new things that I didn't notice before. My interest have been changing and developing as well since I started painting. For the longest time I was really into concept art and painting sci-fi and badass characters and all that. But now I think that painting all those images is how I learned all the "technical" stuff and really got to understand painting a bit more. These days I really enjoy abstract images and photography. I like to just paint what I feel like painting, just getting random ideas straight out of my brain. In a way it works as a catalyst. For my personal work I don't like when I know how a painting is going to look before I paint it. I like when the painting has it's own life and evolves before my eyes. Fun stuff happens when I'm doing this. Based on that, I guess there is not only ONE thing that I want to communicate with my art. The message changes with every piece, or sometimes there is no message at all. I think this is because I'm painting mostly for me, so it's just about me capturing a certain feeling or trying to figure out how to evoke a certain memory. My intention with my personal work these days is to make something that is unique to me. Everyone can paint a concept art looking image but not everyone has the same life experiences. But like I said, my taste and intentions evolve all the time, so who know what nonsense I am going to be painting in the future. 
 

 

 
 

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Jad Saber

On Being Creative

Watch, learn, and practice. Rinse and repeat! Often times people try hard to get a particular style for themselves before getting a good grasp of the fundamentals, such as perspective, light and form, anatomy etc... These take time, so you better get started! Master those, study a variety of subject to enrich your visual library, all the while sketching from imagination to put what you've learned to good use and to train your creativity. Eventually, something quite cool will come up!

Inspiration

Inspiration can come from anything, which is why it's important to travel and always discover new things, read books, watch films etc... As for my painting style, I try mybest to learn from the great artists' work, learning from this particular one a technique that I liked and maybe mixing it with a brush marking style I learned from another artist and so on.To name a few: Craig Mullins, Jaime Jones, Jama Jurabaev, Anthony Jones, Maciej Kuciara...

 

Background

I'm Lebanese and currently based in Lebanon where I work Freelance. I've always been a huge enthusiast of video games, animation (both 2D and 3D) and the such. However, it wasn't until I'd graduated with a degree in Business administration that I discovered an online Art School called TAD - The art department - which was just starting up. Some of the teachers there were really amazing, and learning under them gave me a good boost of art skills, after which I spent another 2-3 years practicing and self-developing, using the internet to its full extent. If I were to go back to the origin of what got me interested in art in the first place, I'd say Dragon Ball!My first drawings were just awful copies from the manga.

 

Themes

Lately I've been enjoying painting robots and desert related sci-fi. I also like to explore a variety of themes in general, often out of my comfort zone. I believe that getting out of your comfort zones and trying new themes and new subjects will help you evolve as an artist. 

 

 

Quan Pham Tung

Themes

"I am setting up a new world where wars do not exist. In there, violence is something very strange to humanity, all of human resources are used in some bigger missions such as art, science or space exploration."

Background

I am from Vietnam. I worked as a 3d artist in the past. I designed artworks by wacom in spare time. It was just one of my hobbies. One day I saw a concept artist working then I decided to become a concept artist. I thinked that it was an amazing job.

Inspiration

I was influenced by many artist like Masamune Shirow, Moebius, Hayao Miyaki, David Smit, Theo Prins

 

On Being Creative

I may not be able to give any specific advise to any one about how to be creative or unique, I just think that it is the result of hard working and highly focusing on what we do.

Ilya Zagainov

On Being Creative

Here is a piece of vague and obscure advice that probably won't be any good for you. The reason why you create something is quite important, You should try to be honest with yourself. You may realize that your motives are quite dull and plain, so you have to venture in search of new ones. I guess this is what one may call "creating something unique and interesting"
 

Background

I grew up in orthodox (and sort of philistine) Russian town without a mere understanding of art or whatsoever. In a way, everything I'm doing right now is trying to make up for time I wasted as a kid

Inspiration

I wish I could narrow down my "inspiration list" to a fistful of sources! But it's nearly impossible as I am in constant awe of artistic decisions in various creative mediums. What really pushes me toward drawing is making connections between someone’s personality and someone’s work. I believe that one can try to understand the process of reflection by studying another fellow human's work

Themes

Landscapes and environments seem to be among my favourite themes. It's quite challenging to portray nature or artificial monuments as a character, and I actually like that kind of challenge
 

Thomas Stoop

Background

I was born and raised in the Netherlands where I currently still live. During my time in highschool I had some classmates who always drew during the class and that got me interested in drawing as well. After a while I found out about Photoshop and really enjoyed messing around in it eventhough I never really had a clue what I was doing. As I came closer to the end of highschool I had to decide what I wanted to study afterwards and after some research I found a school where I could study "Game Art". Before that moment I never really thought of art as a career path, but it seemed like the right thing to do. I "studied" (basically just played games) for 4 years after which I went on to get my bachelor (another 4 years) which took some more effort than just playing games and I met some people who motivated me to put some work into it and get better. Now I just got my bachelor a month ago (December 2015) and I'm excited to see where things will lead.

Inspiration

mainly get my inspiration from other artists, which is probably considered bad, but looking at all these awesome pieces out there always gets me motivated to make something. Some of the artists that I always end up spying at are: Theo Prins, Eytan Zana, Noah Bradley, Thomas Scholes, Sung Choi, Daniel Dociu. These are a few from the top of my head, but there's plenty more out there.

Themes

 I really enjoy fantasy landscapes. Creating environments in which I would like to walk around and get lost in.

 

On Being Creative

 Pfffftt, I don't know. Just do what you enjoy I suppose. Try to figure out what works for you and keeps you going. The best way to get better is to have fun, so find your own interests and it will be a lot easier. Don't get too distracted by what other people are doing and don't question yourself too much.
 

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Desmond Wong

On Being Creative

"Always break the rules and combine things that usually don't go together, and make it work! Fishes live in the sea right, how about putting them in the skies. Fantasy games are always based on the medieval English, how about switching that out for a Tibetan culture instead? By making simple twists on common genres, you can easily create something completely new and interesting. The trick now, is how to not go too far with it. Maintaining the balance of what is familiar and what is new is usually what separates success and failure."

Background

I'm from Singapore! I started drawing at a very young age, but didn't bother to hone that skill till I was 16 where I went to art school. I guess I've always been interested in art, but it was really hard for me at first. In Singapore, if you'd want to be an artist, its usually a big no no. Thankfully, my parents were really supportive and that drove me to pursue my dreams. School could only bring you so far though, I would say most of my learning came from watching videos and just plain practicing.

Inspiration

Video games are definitely a huge source of my inspirations, simply because I play so much of them. Games are getting so realistic, that by just playing them, you can get a feel of what colors work, and when they will work. Strangely enough though, my main source of inspirations come from problem solving. I usually present myself with a problem, and see what ways I can solve it. For example, a problem could be how to instill fear and horror in a painting. With that in mind, I start my research and get inspired by all the new things I learn. This is really useful for me because with every new piece I do, I learn a whole lot more about the world as well as art.

Themes

I adore the fantasy genre! However, I think its very important to switch your settings around as much as you can. I really don't have the mind for sci-fi themes, but I force myself to do them now and then. I believe trying many different things will really help you grow as an artist, and what you learn in what style may help you improve another style.
 

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