Sunday, April 13, 2014

Marina Muun - Interview

Marina Muun is an illustrator living in London. Take a look what she said for our blog: 

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Have you always wanted to become a artist/designer?
I don’t think I really knew what I wanted when I was young.  I’ve always drawn but I think I only really considered the option of going to art uni towards the end of high school. I’ve received a lot of encouragement and support from my parents along the way and I think that helped make the decision easier, but sometimes I feel I could have easily gone into a different line of work as there are so many things I find fascinating. 





Which project has given you the most satisfaction?  
I get the most satisfaction out of projects which are a bit out of my depth. I like a good challenge. 

What types of books are on your bedside table?
At the moment a book called “ Winston Churchill’s Afternoon Nap “ about the nature of human time and the different ways in which our minds and bodies keep track of it. 

What is the best moment of the day?
The moment when I realise I have free time which is a luxury I’ve really learnt to appreciate in the past couple of months. 






What would be your dream project?  
At the moment I am secretly obsessed with fabric. I really want to have a go at applying my artwork to wearable items. 

Can you recommend some movie you’ve watched recently?  
Survive Style Five. 


Who is your hero at the moment?
I don’t think I idolise a single particular person at any given moment, I try to learn as much as I can from everyone.



Cat or dog?
Cats all the way.  Dogs are way too high-maintenance.

What is the best part of your work?
For me it would be the process, the development stage which can be absolute hell until I come up with an idea I’m happy with but somehow I enjoy that too,  and the moment when you see the whole thing come together. That’s the most fun and rewarding part for me.

If you were a character from a cartoon, which one would you be?
Fire Princess from adventure time






If you could do any other job what would you choose and why?
An athlete or a dancer.. something very physical I miss that active element in my life sometimes. 


Where could we find you on Friday night?
Traversing the streets of East London. 


Pepsi or Coke?
Neither…who drinks that stuff anyway ? 

Favorite blogs/sites etc.?
http://www.brainpickings.org

http://lostinfiber.tumblr.com
http://artandsciencejournal.com
http://magical-contamination.tumblr.com





How would you define your personal work-life balance in terms of ratio (50/50 70/30 etc)?I’d say about 50 / 50 at the moment which feels really nice but it’s known to reach 100/0. You learn to be very adaptable as a freelance illustrator. 

What brings you joy?
My friends, my family, planning for the future, the sun, surprises, serendipitous coincidences, good food, exercise, new experiences, being out in nature (which does not happen very often when you live in London)




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Thank you Marina :) For more info about her work please visit her site.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Interview - Sretan Bor

Mario Kolaric aka Sretan bor is an excellent young artist, muralist, illustrator. He was kind enough to answer a few questions for us. Take a look:

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Have you always wanted to become a artist/designer?
When I was in 7th grade my mother asked me what do I want to become in life. I didn’t want to be anything since nothing seemed interesting. Most of the kids around be wanted to be  economists and stuff like that. Then she asked me what do I like to do. And I said drawing.



Which project has given you the most satisfaction?
Murals. Last autumn I was part of the project called Recover the Streets. It was a collaboration between five street art festivals from Cologne, Besançon, Zaragoza, Toulouse and Zagreb. I was chosen to go to Besançon. It’s a beautiful town with a lot of old buildings and green parks. Beautiful windows. I did two walls there and one collaborative one. I met some really nice people and even got a new friend from Cologne. Our host Bien Urbain got us rooms in an old place that was build by Louis (some number) that ruled at that time in France, looks like something from Harry Potter. And in the end we got bikes to explore the city.

What types of books are on your bedside table?
J. Chevaller / A. Gheerbrant - Dictionary of Symbols is here for years now. And in past two years I started collecting all kinds of illustrated encyclopedia books.



What is the best moment of the day?
When day is turning into night. That one hour of pure magic. If I find myself in the woods with my dog at that time, or near river - priceless.

What would be your dream project?
To go to some warm place and paint some big ships for months with my future wife. And some land art projects, looking forward to that big time; getting up early, going to the woods and playing. Meanwhile, wouldn’t mind to do some covers for magazines, books and albums.

Can you recommend some movie you’ve watched recently?
Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995). Still funny after few years.



Who is your hero at the moment?
My (future) wife. Sometimes I’m really amazed how many energy and good will she has.

Cat or dog?
I had cats when I was growing up. No I have a dog and would love to get her a friend. 

What is the best part of your work?
When I meet someone that sees my work very similar to my vision. It’s a strange and beautiful experience.



There’s upcoming exhibition in Sopot, Belgrade can you tell us more about that?
I like to change my style often so from the end of 2013. I’m working on some new stuff. Now there’s about 25 new works in technique that I didn’t used so much till now - Watercolor, pencil, ink on paper. I’m glad how it’s developing in this past month or two and finally I can see this work side by side to my other work that I do under my real name (Mario Kolaric).

Is there any other media that you would like to try yourself in?
Installations and sculpture. I did some stuff in that kind of media but I have some more complex ideas that would love to see realised. Most of them are in the field of land art but some are for theatre too. I like this relationship between open and closed spaces.

If you were a character from a cartoon, which one would you be?
Not sure. Probably some goofy one.


 
If you could do any other job what would you choose and why?
Something with plants. Gardener, forest keeper or something like that. I believe it’s maybe the most useful job there is. Hope to get a piece of land in the future and make it grow grow grow.

Where could we find you on Friday night?
Depends. Home drawing or in some club in Belgrade. Don’t like clubs so much, especially when you can hear the same music everywhere. It would be nice to see something different like cabaret or just have a walk and talk evening with friends, just like in the high school times. But it’s not easy to find that kind of friends anymore.

Pepsi or Coke?
Water.



Favorite blogs/sites etc.?

How would you define your personal work-life balance in terms of ratio (50/50 70/30 etc)?
I think it’s around 70/30 (work/life). Even when I travel I like to do something there, either a mural or some show, or something completely new.

What brings you joy?
To see people get along, smile, have fun. 

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Thank you very much Mario! You can find more about Sretan Bor's art here

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Interview: Sava Živković




Have you always wanted to become a designer? 
I actually wanted to be a tennis player, it’s so funny now come to think of it. 

Which project has given you the most satisfaction? 
By far the Case Study animated short I recently completed. It was one of those self-initiated personal projects that I was so passionate about and that I’ve planned for a long time. It got delayed a few times, and at some points I wasn’t sure if I could finish it, but it is so rewarding to see it done and what people have to say about it. I’ve also learned a ton of things while working on the short.
 

Case Study from we|me:do on Vimeo.

(for a full case study breakdown visit ronenbekerman.com)

What types of books are on your bedside table? 
I don’tread that much, but I’d say a good photography book to keep me inspired. 

What is the best moment of the day? 
Sleeping time! Just kidding, about noon, once I’ve finished my coffee and procrastination, and when I’m eager to do some work.





What would be your dream project? 
That’s a tough one, mainly because I’m interested in so many things now. I want to say a full feature animated film, but those projects can be very long and stressful. I guess it would be some sort of a title sequence or any similar shorter project but with all the creative and directorial reigns passed on to me.





What type of music do you play while creating? 
All kinds really, but I find that movie soundtracks inspire me the most. Sometimes I will create a playlist with various soundtracks that match the tone and feel of the project that I’m working on so I’ll be more invested in it. 





Who is your hero at the moment? 
Alex Roman. He’s the reason I got into 3d and animation. 

Cat or dog? 
Dog definitely! 

If you were a character from a star wars, which one would you be? :) 
BobaFett! Come on now…so awesome






If you could do any other job what would you choose and why? 
Freestyle skiing, not sure if it qualifies as a job though... 

Where could we find you on friday night? 
Either at home, hysterically hitting the render button, or at some bar with friends having a beer.





Pepsi or Coke? 
Yeah I’m a coke guy 

Favorite blogs/sites etc.? 
We’re venturing into a “too many creative fields” territory here, but I’d say Behance, Cg Architect, Evermotion, Dezeen, Ronen Bekerman, It’s Art, Cg Hub

How would you define your personal work-life balance in terms of ratio (50/50 70/30 etc)? 
I try to keep it at 50/50 but it can easily go up to 100/0 just due to the fact that I love doing any kind of creative work. Sometimes I forget about the time, seriously this stuff is contagious!





What brings you joy? 
Family, friends, skiing and seeing that glorious “your render has completed” screen. You know, the one with all the flashy letters and fireworks? I may be making this up, I don’t know… 


Thank you Sava! For more about Sava's work visit behance

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Interview - Sungmy Kim

This week we present you Sungmy Kim, industrial, product and furniture designer from South Korea, currently living in Stony Brook, NY, Usa. Take a look what she had to say about her work, experiences and some small bits from her personal life. Here it goes:

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Have you always wanted to become a designer?
I was good at drawing since I was young, but I didn't know well about a designer as a job at that time. When I was a freshman in high school, I had thought that I wanted to be an astronomer because I was so interested in astronomy. Soon, I realized that becoming a designer is what I can be happy in my life.

Which project has given you the most satisfaction?
Ringo is the most. I was fully absorbed in user's needs and environments at first. Also, other teams in my company worked so hard for this because they were convinced of my concept and design. I think it is the reason that customers' satisfaction and sales performance of the Ringo are so high.



What types of books are on your bedside table?
These days, I’m reading “Design Activism” by Alastiar Fuad-Luke. I’m interested in appropriate technology and social change, and thinking about the role of designers for sustainable world.

What is the best moment of the day?
Well, when I’m in a hot bath tub.

What would be your dream project?
I can’t imagine the specific form of my project yet, but it can be so worthwhile that if my design is helpful to underprivileged people’s lives.


What type of music do you play while creating?
I don’t listen to music while creating. If I'm listening, I will be so into the music and can't work because I love listening and singing!

How important is craftsmanship in your design process?
I think craftsmanship is the most important factor to design even though a project is trifling.

Who is your hero at the moment?
My parents and parents-in-law.


Cat or dog?
Neither. I’ve never had a pet.

If you were a character from a cartoon, which one would you be? :)
Iron man! Smart, handsome, humorous, and has many clever iron bodies!

If you could do any other job what would you choose and why?
As I mentioned, I would be an astronomer. Or, I would be a travel guide or a guest house owner because I like traveling and meeting with various people from other town or countries!

Where could we find you on friday night?
Unfortunately, I would be at home because I recently moved to this town, Long Island, NY. I hope to be in Manhattan on Friday night soon!



What is the most inspiring pieces of furniture for you to design and why?
I admire Charles and Ray Eames and Finn Juhl as perfectly aesthetic furniture designers. Moreover, I like the bright ideas of Campeggi’s furniture.

Favorite blogs / sites etc.?
Facebook…?!! And I like my blog. http://meui-in-ny.tistory.com I’m sorry about that it is all written in Korean, but this blog is about my personal daily lives. After I made this blog, my family and friends don’t need to worry about me anymore.


 How would you define your personal work-life balance in terms of ratio (50/50 70/30 etc)
I recently turned into a freelance designer, so I’m trying to settle this issue.

What brings you joy?

Having good relationships with new people!

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Thank you Sungmy for your time and interview, we wish you a lot of new nice projects in the future. You can find her work on Behance

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Wednesday interview - Teodoru Badiu




Hello dear readers! After a short break from the interviews, we are coming back and this time with Teodoru Badiu, creative Media Designer, 3D addict, vinyl toy collector and art lover based in Vienna, Austria. Take a look at his wonderful work and what did he say for our blog. 

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Have you always wanted to become a artist/designer?
Yes I did. The road to do what I do today was long and it took some years of struggle, but in the end I managed to rich my goal.

Which project has given you the most satisfaction?
I really enjoyed the work on the 2013 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Animation together with the NY based Studio Dancing Diablo.
(http://social.macys.com/parade/?cm_mmc=VanityUrl-_-parade-_-n-_-n)



What types of books are on your bedside table?
Hi-Fructose Collected Edition vol.2, Treasury of Cartoon Classics: Walt Disney' Silly Symphonies and my sketchbooks.

What is the best moment of the day?
My morning coffee time.

What would be your dream project?
To work on an 3D animation movie.



Can you recommend some movie you've watched recently?
Despicable Me 2
The Hobbit

Who is your hero at the moment?
Mighty Mouse

Cat or dog?
Cat



How important is craftsmanship in your design process?
Very important. It is part of the creative process. Either being drawing and sketching ideas for some 3D characters or sculpting and painting some customs.

If you were a character from a cartoon, which one would you be? :)
Pinocchio!



If you could do any other job what would you choose and why?
Modeller for some animation company because It is one of my dreams.

Where could we find you on Friday night?
Having some beers with friends or working on some new ideas.

Pepsi or Coke?
Pepsi



Favourite blogs/sites etc.?
Behance.net
CG Talk
Abdozeedo
Whataart.com

How would you define your personal work-life balance in terms of ratio (50/50 70/30 etc)?
70/30

What brings you joy?

Flea markets and vintage toys!!

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Thank you Teodoru very much for this interview. For more info about Teodoru's work, please visit his web or Behance profile.