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Javier Arres is a world-renowned gif artist and a London Art Biennale winner. He recently sat down with Annissa and the Whale Community for a chat about his life and art. People think you develop you own style because you are god-touched or something, but it really comes from years of work.
I started drawing when I was I was basically a kid artist. I worked for a graphic de agency and I would compete in art contests — anything to earn money. My style came from constantly drawing, as well as playing video games, watching movies — everything mixed in.
To have your own style is to be selfish with your art. I felt absolutely tired maybe 8 years ago with commission work. But it helped me define what I hate and what I love doing. I was tired, and that inspired me to create what I wanted to create. I just finished a huge piece with the NFL, and the second part is due to be published soon.
The NFL have a new voice app, and they wanted to showcase how it worked in a fun way. So I was dealing with their engineers to understand all the different parts. I work almost everyday. Now as an elderly person, I prefer to work. Honestly, I often draw up to 10 hours per day, and any day I draw is a good day. Compared to other commission work, The New York Times gave me a lot of freedom in making the art.
You know if a big brand hires you, that they know perfectly your style and what they are buying from you. And at the time, I was still working in a studio as an illustrator, so I needed to take some holidays to work on this piece. They were really polite and charming people, but the work and deadline was intense. This is important to be a professional. Another one, another one, another one. The Spicy Food peddler was inspired by this food van I saw, that was open during the night with all the lights. Like a party van. While I still think it is better to visit a country, nowadays with the internet, it is easier to get inspired through documentaries or travel shows.
Having said that, I first saw coconut jam at the hotel breakfast in Singapore. I had no idea what this green spread was and asked the waiter who told me about it. I have a lot of artworks dedicated to food, because food is very cultural. On inspirations for his crazy art machines and the colors of Spanish cities. I have family in Barcelona, so of course when I first visited I was impressed with the architecture.
I use so many colors in my work, and the balance and composition is really important. I am a person where a million things will fascinate me. I get very excited when I travel, see architecture, and that combined with fantasy movies like Lord of the Rings, gets me really inspired.
I am always trying to be honest with myself. So I think of what kind of things I loved as a kid, and you know for example my nephew loves big machines in construction and I did as well. I try to mix that into my art. I used to always do Lego constructions and would make houses, and I was a big fan of Sim City. So I make stuff that I liked as a kid, I mix it all up. I have no idea how it will end up. I give myself a lot of freedom and it feels like a fun game! When adding color, it comes down to balancing the composition.
For example, the Christmas sleigh needed more color to balance it, especially since the background was white and the snow is also white. On retaining his inner. I can see in some of my friends that they lose their inner child because they feel like they need to be more professional, more old, more serious, to be an adult. I have got problems like everyone else, but not any major ones.
I respect the kid I was and I think kids have really great ideas. They are boring people. Create what you want to create. I see artists sometimes will get positive comments and 1 negative comment and all they think about is that one negative comment. I want to be making bigger and more complicated gif art. I would also like to continue working with galleries in physical works, like maybe an art exhibition in Japan or something.
And of course I want to improve my art, and collaborate with other artists. I want to do more with 3D art. Maybe doing something in a Movie. Working with a film director would be amazing. You can find out more about Javier through his socials and check out his art here:. Begin your journey into the Metaverse from the place that has all the very latest and greatest in news, events, and competitions. Edit description.
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Artist Fireside Chat with Annissa & Artist Javier Arres