October 18, 2013 - Comments Off on PEZ : The Score

Hello PEZ.

Thank you very much for talking to me today. Firstly, congrats on your beautiful sketchbook series. It genuinely blew my mind! But now for question time.

You have your own personal body of work as well as a full professional website. Which is your favourite (and why)?

Naturally I favour www.pez-artwork.com which shows the real personal side of my work, without external constraints and briefs, just my own ideas. My other site (www.creanantes.com) focuses on more “professional” corporate work and is the culmination of five years of study. It’s a platform which allows me to sell marketing visuals to small and medium-sized local businesses..

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How did you make sure you got noticed enough to be able to make a living out of your art?

I took the time to present my work online which I think is a necessary evil.

You clearly are a huge fan of simple graphite on paper. Do you prefer traditional over digital?

At the end of my applied art studies I started creating pieces by mixing traditional and digital techniques which I did for a number of years before returning to a technique which is 100% traditional two years ago. With digital technology you only get one result, you get a drawing/piece/print which is more or less good quality, compared to traditional it clearly lacks life, depth and soul. So, for me there is no comparison. To progress in both media, digital, with a little work allows you to get good pictorial results much more easily but as they say “no pain, no gain”…

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What is your creative process?

I think I have a pretty/fairly “basic” creation process. I usually start an idea with a very rough drawing on a piece of paper (this is my favourite stage, it’s not the most attractive but defines 80% of the end result) and then I make the final drawing: background> mass/volume> details> contrasts/shadows etc.

How did you develop the particular style you have today?

I think part of the answer lies in maturity/development and observation. Also, a lot of my inspiration comes from films, the internet and other artists, but also from my family. I think I put everything I like into my work. Generally I like rich and complex designs with lots of detail, my aim is to give the viewer real pleasure. Discovering the work of an artist is a moment of enjoyment which I’m trying to find.

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If you could collaborate with anyone in the world, who would it be?

In the “following” section of my Behance profile is a huge list of people whose work I like, of course there are many artists who aren’t on Behance with whom I’d like to work, especially street artists.

Do you think you’ll ever run out of ideas?

No, as long as my brain is working properly

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If you weren’t doing this, what would you do for a living?

I think because of the home-made aspect I would like to work with wood. Architecture and cooking could also tempt me.

What's your soundtrack of choice when you’re working at the moment?

“Motherboard” by Daft Punk, also I like listening to good/great tracks from Jay Z’s album “Holy Grail, like “blue”.

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What piece of advice would you give to young creatives?

Do everything you undertake to the fullest but don’t forget to step back and have fun. It sounds simple/obvious but it’s essential/necessary.

Thanks very much for talking to us and keep being awesome.

P.S This score is translated from French. Just FYI.

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