Originally published in the December 2018 issue of Desnudo Italia.
How would you describe your art style?
I’m a multimedia artist. I work in photography, illustratration, animation and set design.
What inspires you?
Technology, the future, big personalities, colorful things, weird things, unique things, traveling, cultures.
How did you first get involved in creating artwork?
In high school I won an award designing a hat for adidas and thought maybe I should be a designer. When I went to college I found it wasn’t for me and I wanted to tell stories through stills, animation and video. I started producing my own shoots and collaborated with friends who modeled, hair stylists and makeup artists . We were all just having fun and making things we liked. I was also painting and drawing and experimenting with video and animation.
What is your design background?
I went to school for painting and drawing and a little bit of ceramics. I got into motion graphics and photography after graduating and now mostly focus my art around that. I also like learning new things and recently been getting more into frame by frame animation.
I love how you incorporate your artwork with fashion photoshoots. How did that come about?
The drawings over my images were little exercises I gave myself. I started drawing over them to give the shots more life and playfulness. Since I love illustration and animation it was the perfect combination.
Can you tell me a little bit about The Panda Rabbit and Glow the Unicorn?
Both The Panda Rabbit and Glow The Unicorn were created from personal projects I gave myself. I love storytelling and creating worlds and these characters allow me to be escape a little and elevate my creativity.
How did you come up with these characters?
In my early twenties I found myself working long hours and was watching a lot of TV. The Panda Rabbit is a bit of a recluse and is obsessed with his television so he was a bit inspired by my younger days. Glow The Unicorn is about living your ultimate extra life. Now that I am a little older I take better care of myself and every day I grow as an artist I find myself feeling more confident in what I’m doing.
Would you say there's an overarching theme in your work?
I would say my work is whimsical. My personal projects are sometimes a reflection on how I’m feeling. It’s usually character driven and the scene is colorful but I love the contrast in adding a bit of darkness to the mood.
What do you want people to take away from your art?
I want to let people see the fun and passion I have for my art. If the project is not fun, what’s the point.
What are your biggest influences? Are there any artists who you look up to?
Cartoons, animation, and pop culture are a huge influence in my work. I love Hayao Miyazaki, Murakami, Tim Walker, Tim Burton, Michel Gondry, Walt Disney, Andy Warhol and Botticelli.
What's your favorite type of art that you do?
I think character development and animation is my favorite part of my art because I love seeing things being brought to life.