1. What's your story? Where are you from?Hello everyone! My names Glen Miralles, I’m a designer and animator hailing from Melbourne, currently, I’m working and living in Sydney with the good folks at Buck!
2. Tell us about your aesthetic.I would say my design aesthetic leans a lot towards bright bold block colours. Generally, my designs are pretty simple and bare-bones, usually because they have to transition into animation! So the simpler the designs the smoother the animation process is I guess!
3. What is your favourite medium and why?If I’m fleshing out a really quick idea, I’ll usually scribble a thumbnail in a sketchbook, otherwise, everything I do is made on a computer! My favourite computer medium would be illustrator, but photoshop's a close second!
4. What is your artistic process like?My process differs for the situation but in this case, let's just say in doing a project in general terms. At the very start when I’m just thinking of ideas I like to scribble things into a sketchbook. Usually, storyboards are the initial jumping-off point. When starting storyboards there's usually an initial script from the client, I’ll use this as a jumping-off point and jot down quick thumbnails or a mind map/brainstorm list! After that I can see what's working and what's not, then start to flesh out the ideas that I think are the strongest by making more detailed storyboard illustrations. I’ll take that sketch and either bring it into photoshop or illustrator to finish it off. After this, it’s usually out of my hands as I pass it on to an animator
5. Who and/or what inspires your work?I get inspired by the people I work with and friends in the industry! It's always fun seeing what a friend or a co-worker creates. From my experience, people in the industry are incredibly friendly, and there's such a great sense of community in animation and motion graphics! It’s really inspiring and I just want to get involved!
6. What role does art play in your life? How does it change the way you view the world?I feel like its kind of the other way around and that life plays a big part in my art. I get inspired by experiences and feelings, or something as simple as noticing something on a walk.
7. Where did you study?I studied a Media degree at Swinburne Uni back in Melbourne.
8. Where do you see yourself in five years?Hopefully still doing animation and illustration. At the moment I’m just going with the flow and taking things as they come, no set goal or plan at the moment!
9. What about in ten?Hmmm, that's a bit longer than 5! Maybe overseas? It's always been something I wanted to try out, maybe living and working in one of the motion graphics hubs like London, LA or NY!
10. What do you hope to achieve with your art?At the moment I’m working in advertising, but I’d love to work on less-commercial projects, or just do a personal project!
11. Now, tell us a little more about you as a person: what is your favourite food?Japanese food!!
12. Favourite book?Anything by Murakami.
13. Favourite genre of music?I usually listen to hip-hop and rap.
14. What are your hobbies?Animation and illustration is what I do in my spare time as well haha!
15. If you weren't an artist, what would you be?I’d love to own my own small business! Like a tiny coffee shop or a small bar! A hole-in-the-wall type of shop, tucked away and hidden somewhere.