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Nathan Chan Interview

Posted in Illustration, Interview on March 6, 2009 by strikethreeuk

Another interview now, I really am too good to you lot! This time i’ve had a chat with Nathan Chan. Read on for more . . .

Who is Nathan Chan? Who are you?

I’m Nathan Chan, 23, from Birmingham. Recently graduated from BIAD Birmingham City University doing illustration. I’m currently working with the ‘Them Lot’ collective and trying to kickstart my own career.

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Can you talk us through your most recent piece of work? How did you get to the finished piece?

Some of my recent work has been personal drawings that I did reflecting where I’m at right now, but normally I would create something that has been influenced by things around me like people, places, colour, sounds or words. Everything basically!

At the moment I am working on a collaborative piece for a project/exhibition run by James Bourne (Them Lot) which is about an envelope that he found from the 70’s, he kept it unopened and has worked closely with some schools to get children to open their imagination and write what they think could be in the letter then it is sent out to a number of artists to interpret these stories in their own way. I’ve received a letter about a movie being filmed in Jamaica and has Elvis in it! So I can have some fun with this.

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What do you try to achieve with your work?

With my work I just try and create something that looks good. Alot of my work I have done, especially while doing my degree was issue based. I really enjoyed doing that stuff and believe working to my own set briefs has put me in good stead for whatever work will come my way. Sometimes though, I just want to sit back and draw things that are funny or just look cool.

I just want to have fun! If I can make even a small earning doing what I enjoy then I will be very happy.

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Finally, what’s your philosophy? What do you wish other illustrators and designers would adhere to more?

I wish that other illustrator and designers would do less work and leave it to us freshly graduated folk who need it more! Haha!

See more of Nathan’s work at his site, his blog and his Flickr page.

Khomatech

Posted in Design, Interview, Photography on February 6, 2009 by strikethreeuk

Today we have a quick interview with Dutch designer/photographer Khoma. Amongst the legions of grungy Photoshoppers, Khoma’s work seems to stand out, managing to retain a sense of class through a real understanding of typography and composition principles. Anyway, stop reading this and read the interview below . . .

Who is Khomatech? Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

I’m a 23-year-old graphic designer and photographer from Groningen, the Netherlands. The non-sensical nickname is something me and a friend came up with many years ago as a name for a graphic design collective. The project never really took off as he went on to gain international fame in a drum&bass outfit, so I decided to keep the moniker for my own work.khoma1

You are quite young (23 today! Happy birthday by the way) to have such a varied portfolio, have you had any formal training? How important do you think formal training is in your field of work?

I’ve never had any formal training; if anything, I slacked on my regular school and studies to teach myself Photoshop at home. I don’t think formal training is a necessity as there is so much information to be found on the internet if you’re motivated and resourceful enough. That said though, I doubt theoretical insights and practical classes will do you any harm.khoma2

Your work is very atmospheric. Do your ideas begin with specific forms/objects and ideas, or do you work more with themes and emotions?

It’s hard to say really. I draw inspiration from lots of different sources: movies, music, dreams… the usual stuff. Some of these ideas come in the form of concepts and themes, whilst others come in more tangible, visual ways: shapes, colors, compositions.

Either way, the end result is never exactly as I imagined it beforehand.

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What do you think is lacking in the design world at the moment?

I think that people are working too much in one of two extremes: either ignoring the concept of an image and focusing purely on visual aesthetics (even if they are completely overdone), or working purely in a conceptual way and ignoring the fact that an image should be pleasing to the eye as well.

It’s mainly the first part that gets to me though. We’ve all seen the half-naked girls with rainbow-colored 3D swirls wrapped around their bodies more than enough now. Time to come up with something new.

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Finally, which artists/designers are you really feeling right now?

Some current favorites, mainly illustrators / painters:

Tomer Hanuka
Ian Francis
Pascal Tremblay
Wieslaw Walkuski

And a few veterans we should never forget:

Andrei Tarkovsky
Gerd Ludwig
Bela Tarr
Lou Dorfsman
Harry Gruyaert

Thanks again to Khoma, and have a good birthday! See more of his stuff on his site.

Nadeem Chughtai

Posted in Art, Illustration, Interview on February 3, 2009 by strikethreeuk

I was lucky enough to find Nadeem’s unique work in an exhibition last September in Birmingham. He has kindly agreed to answer some questions for Strike Three in our first interview post! I would like to add that the pictures here and on Nadeem’s website do not do his work justice! When you see the paintings in person, the effect is greatly enhanced. Anyway, here goes . . .

Who is Nadeem Chughtai? Can you tell us about yourself?

I’m a 35 year old artist/painter from the South London suburbs. I used to be a scenic artist apprentice in the Film Industry for 5 or 6 years where I painted realistic scenery backdrops on many big budget feature films. In 2005 I won the New Artist Competition at the Birmingham NEC. I then signed with Washington Green Fine Art Publishers and went full time into painting my own pictures.

nadeem1‘Slowly Slowly’

What do you try to show or explain with your work?

With my work I am trying to explain that we are all human beings. My characters show no facial features. You cannot judge my characters by what their faces seem to be telling us. You can’t judge them by the clothes they are wearing or by the colour of their skin. You can only judge them by the situations in which they are placed or their interaction with others.

With my more recent works (the black and white ones), I hope that the less I give the viewer, the more they will get from my work because it allows them to be free to think and interpret the pictures as they see them. Two people looking at one of my paintings are very likely to have completely different feelings as to what it means to them. That’s what is important to me – what the painting means to you. I hope that people connect with my paintings.

nadeem2‘The Light’

What’s your normal process to completing a piece? Do you think of landscapes or settings first, or do you concentrate on themes?

With my earlier pieces it may have been more about the setting/scene. I might have seen somewhere and wanted to paint it because I liked the light etc. More recently it is more often about what I want to say. I begin with writing whatever I am thinking/feeling at the time, then the image comes. I work with trying to encapsulate what it is I want to get across along with making it work as an image/painting. I imagine it’s a similar process to that of some writer/musicians.

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What do you feel is lacking in the current art & design climate?

I think there are so many excellent artists out there… there is also a lot of not-so-good stuff but it’s like that in anything. As long as the person is enjoying what they do then that’s fine. If others like your work then that’s a bonus. There is a lot of work out there that is all about style and yet has no content. There is also a lot of work out there that is all about content, yet has no style. My work has both – it says something AND looks great!

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Many thanks to Nadeem for his time! Check his work out at www.nadeemchughtai.com

Quickie . . .

Posted in Design, Interview on January 28, 2009 by strikethreeuk

A nice little interview with Ian Anderson, courtesy of Creative Review here.

Sorry about the lack of updates, there’s a couple of surprises in the works! Watch this space . . .