Gilbert Han

On Being Creative

Try anything that is different, things that you like and that look like what you like but also things that you never tried, or that don't really please you at first. Get back to them later or at least give it a good look, try to see them from another angle, with a fresh mind, tastes and feelings mature over time. Don't get stuck in the single paths you put yourself into. Sometimes it may be the right path, sometimes you can add more paths. Sometimes you'll have to let go of a path you spent time over. There is this thin line between trusting too much your choices, your tastes, yourself, and be opened to what comes in front of you, and I'm still looking for that line too.

Themes

There are two main themes that I like to work with : action badassery, and poetic moods. In fact, what I love is to inspire people the same way artists and people from my past, present and future inspire or will inspire me. For that, I love to draw characters, scenes, stories that inspire people to enjoy life, to draw, to run, to fight or to fly.

 

Inspiration:

My very first inspiration was Dragon Ball, so my style is quite manga oriented. I was a huge fan of Bruce Lee and chinese kung fu movies too, and it has a significant influence when I draw comics or storyboards. Also, video games and their OST inspire me a lot too, diving into a character's world, his environment, the mood that emerges from the game and music, it can easily inspire me to create new characters and little stories attached to him. I love to try, eat, listen, watch, or play anything that is different, anything that simulates my mind and inspiration...it can be soft, harsh, poetic, monotonous...experiencing the largest spectrum of anything that comes to me, gives me inspiration.



Background:

I was born in Paris from Chinese parents. As many children I drew a lot, but art was not on my family's priority. I did play the piano for a long time though, which I still enjoy a lot today. I began to draw a lot more from maybe 6 years old, when I discovered Dragon Ball on TV. At the age of 18, I wanted to keep drawing as a hobby, so I went to programming school until graduation, I wanted to make video games, but discovered that I wouldn't be happy in my life as a programmer. I tried to be a comic artist for 2 years, edited a 80 pages kind of mid-professionnal comic, but stopped too as I saw no stable situation in that job. I went then to a Game Art school for 3 years, and learned a lot about various digital medias. Today I mostly work for advertising, but I'm always keeping my free time to express my creativity.

 

 

 

Style 

My style went here and there. First, my style was very close to manga mixed with comics (especially Sin City style). I was quite fond of details at first, tried to fill the page with more stuff, more effects. After going to Game Art school, I changed my look on art. I'm more on minimalism, shapes, consistency and composition. I have never been very intuitive on colours, I struggled a lot to find a proper workflow but found one that fits my more "mathematical" and clean rendering I'm looking for my drawings.


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! 

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.