Yes he is THAT good! (Coloured pencil, copic marker on grey paper) This week we have some phenomenal illustrators being interviewed! Starting with TheAphex. When you see his stuff you got to take another look. With the rise of digital artist out there it is refreshing to see some talented traditional artist as well still doing their thing strong as ever!
I really love all of his illustrations as well as the subject matter. The guy loves films as you can tell from his first piece shown… well on with the show!
All questions by me. All traditionally goodness by TheAphex!
Yes that is two of the summer’s hottest blockbusters back to back! Already a winner of an interview and no questions asked yet!
Just want to start off with a huge thank you again! I know as an artist time is something many of us don’t have a lot of, so thanks for sharing some of it with me!
It’s my pleasure Time is definitely something we need more of, I’m happy to share some of it with you.
I see your art is very contemporary: meaning it corresponds to films being released. Is that one source of inspiration for you?
It’s definitely my biggest muse. I’m a big movie geek with a passion for posters, fan art, and illustrations based on film. It’s a great feeling when you see a movie and get that rush to draw something. As far back as I can remember, I would always draw characters from my favourite films and television shows.
You tend to give a lot of spot-lights to many artist. What is the importance in this to you personally? (who am I to talk look at my blog!) (but many people believe artist are very selfish creatures…yet you share the spotlight so easily)
I’m not a very selfish person, so it’s all about trying to help where I can in order to get the word out on other artists. I like to believe that artists can help each other out.
What is your training/ schooling background in art?
I’m currently studying Graphic Design. Aside from a few techniques developed in drawing/illustration classes, I’m pretty much self-taught when it comes to drawing. I’ve learned a great deal from studying other artists and their methods/techniques.
Currently own a 360. I recently played The Bourne Conspiracy, but I always go back and replay some of my favourite games like Call of Duty 4 and NBA 2K8.
Where do you see the role of traditional art in today’s digital dominance of the field?
Seems like traditional art is definitely being overshadowed by digital work these days, but there will always be a need for traditional work — be it for professional or personal purposes. It is, however, very cool to see work that combines both mediums. It also may be a reflection of the digital world we live in today that the stylus and tablet might be more popular than pencil and paper.
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My favorite movie is …I have way too many favourites to narrow it down to just one!
Tool of the trade is …Prismacolour pencils
Best Game Ever …for me is Half-Life 2
The future of gaming is approaching us rapidly. We are at a time where graphics aren’t enough…(look at so many games on 360 and ps3 not selling well yet the Wii is crushing all! ) what pushes a game to be a hit now a days?
I’ve often wondered why that is and really can’t point out one specific reason.
Shiny graphics alone won’t cut it anymore. Brand loyalty, online play, innovative gameplay, interesting characters and storylines — these all play a huge factor in video games these days.
Thank you so much for the interview Gabe! It has been a real pleasure! You art is truly inspiring!
You can check out his full gallery here!