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1. What's your story? Where are you from?I am currently living in Montreal! I think my story still has to be written, as I only started creating art seriously since three years. It all started when I download some mobile apps for my phone that I would use to make (lame) artworks for my band! It was nothing really beautiful or anything, but it was enough for me to realize I was quite enjoying playing with images. I slowly moved on to Photoshop and then started using 3D softwares in a more serious manner back in 2016! Overall, it is really odd that I found out about this passion and I don’t think I would have otherwise! It literally changed my life. When I graduated high school, I was convinced I would pursue studies in a science-related field, as I was doing pretty well academically. The thing is, after a semester in electric engineering, I quickly realized it wasn’t for me so I decided to make a huge shift and gave graphic design a try. At first, it was really overwhelming since I had no idea how graphic design worked and I also only worked on digital art and photography projects. Therefore, I read a lot about it, invented fictional projects to build a portfolio and ended up being accepted in UQÀM’s graphic design bachelor program in Montreal. It was a great moment. I am still completing my degree while I try to balance it with my personal and client work, along with my band.
2. Tell us about your aesthetic.I’d say that my aesthetic is really focussed on simplicity, fantasy and emotions. Furthermore, I have a specific color palette, which consists of blue, orange, pink and purple. I adopted it at the beginning of 2017 because I really liked the idea of having consistency in my work! Over the months, it gradually became a trademark, but sometimes I like to push it to its limits and see how I can bend it and explore new ways of colouring my work. I also love creating awe-inspiring settings where I often add a human 3D figure in it. For me, it is a way to convey how I feel or what emotion I want to share!
3. What is your favourite medium and why?Even though I am a huge fan of illustration, painting and photography, 3D art is the one that I prefer because of the flexibility I have with it. With enough skills, you have a lot of control on your own little world and it’s so great to be able to synthesize every pixel from your image. Photography is my second favorite medium. I love to be able to capture the moment and experiment with color grading using real images.
4. What is your artistic process like?Really random! Sometimes, I have a very clear idea of what I want to achieve and I try to replicate it and other times I just fool around and go with the flow. Since I am still learning about the softwares I use, I mostly find myself tweaking settings or trying a new plugin. It is interesting for me because sometimes I end up with something I would have never thought of. Some days, it can be harder to use that method if I don’t come up with anything, even though I spent several hours already.
5. Who and/or what inspires your work?Oh boy, I have so many inspirations...I’d say that in general, I am inspired by my contemporaries, people who are creating art at this very moment. I love seeing what is being done right now. Among the people who inspire me, there are digital artists, of course, but also photographers, illustrators and music producers. I also really like 80’s sci-fi art, truly inspiring stuff.
6. What role does art play in your life? How does it change the way you view the world?Art is pretty much my life right now. It gives me a purpose and I always have this profound desire to create something new. It definitely changed the way I see the world. I think I am more conscious about myself and the world around me, as I try to see the beauty in my everyday life, which I never really did before.
7. Where did you study?I am currently completing a bachelor degree in graphic design at Université du Québec à Montréal, in Montreal, Canada.
8. Where do you see yourself in five years?I don’t really know. Five years ago, I would never have thought that my life would look like this. I know for sure that I will be done with university by that time so I would love to be devoting all of my time to my digital art project and my band. I would be working with music artists I admire and hopefully have released two albums by that time!
9. What about in ten?Honestly, I have a lot of personal goals in mind but I am not thinking much about the futre (maybe I should hahaha). I focus on the present, not more than a few months ahead, as I know everything can change so quickly. Thinking about where I would be in ten years is quite overwhelming. The world changes at such a speed that I often ask myself if I’ll still be doing all of this by that time. Still, I’d see myself being an artist but probably creating in a totally different way, since technologies might change a lot. I’d be working on big projects and maybe that I would have my own studio, where I could work with like-minded people and create amazing visuals.
10. What do you hope to achieve with your art?I do it for myself in first place, so I hope that I can grow from all this and that I will be able to get better and learn more throughout the years. I’d love to be working as a full-time freelance artist and work on amazing projects!
11. Now, tell us a little more about you as a person: what is your favourite food?Definitely thai food!
12. Favourite book?I don’t read a lot, but whe I was in high school, I read a few graphic novels from Michel Rabagliati. He wrote a series involving a character named Paul and my favorite book was surely Paul Has a Summer Job.
13. Favourite genre of music?I love electronic and alternative music!
14. What are your hobbies?I don’t have hobbies hahaha! If I am not busy with school, I spend my free time on digital art or music. I also spend time with my friends as often as I can, if that counts!
15. If you weren't an artist, what would you be?I would probably have pursued my studies in engineering and ended up being an electric engineer!