Q1: Before you introduce yourself and the type of work you are in, can you possibly share what we missed out on from your progress in 2011, events, commissions, projects etc?
A: Yeah of course! – ISAAC MADERA: The 2 biggest highlights of 2011, was working with Isaac Madera again. I adore his photographing, he’s the sum of everything I’d want if I could hire a full time photographer. Cool and friendly personality and his skills with a camera is everything I love about model shooting. I made 2 illustrations, 1 with Megan Renee and 1 with Jo Valentine. Especially the one with Jo was a big satisfaction, as I did one of her in 2010, that went all bad…because the copyright issues wasn’t sorted out probably…so I had to take it down again. I’ve always admired Megan and her modeling, so it was also a huge satisfaction to finally get her in my port.
ROCKSTAR GAMES GTA V: But the biggest surprise of 2011 was probably when I was sitting home on a normal day, and was about to start an illustration of US-Ukrainian model Anastasiya Hrabar. A really really stylish and refined model. She is from Washington DC, so the only thing I knew was I wanted to do something with WDC in the background of Anastasiya.
But sometimes you just lose inspiration, nothing to do with Anastasiya, and for me, there’s no better place to go, than Rockstar Games www.rockstargames.com, so I did.
And to my surprise – I saw that they had just announced GTA V… just the logo and that there would be a trailer in 4 days time. I was totally inspired and full of joy. So I thought, okay..i’m gonna nick the GTA V logo ( I know, Rockstar doesn’t mind fan art) and put it together with Anasatiya, along with the WDC monument and a stolen car and in that way, promote their trailer. After I was finished I uploaded it to Deviantart.com, as I usually do. And waited…to see the responses on my work and the new GTA V announcement. The next I could see that something was not like it used to be…extremely many views on the GTA V illustration… and soon comments come pouring in, from all places, facebook, deviant art, email everything…people asking if GTA V was going to take place in WDC and was set in the 50’s etc. I realized that I was in the middle of a huge speculation about if my illustration with Anasatiya was the official cover-art for the next GTA V. Sites, blogs and forums in Japanese, Russian, Spanish, French, Arabic, Chinese were all debating if it was fake or not. Maybe I was naive as I know people speculate in putting up fake-art like this, to get attention, but that was never the idea. I must admit I enjoyed the attention and 5 days later it was back to normal with one comment or like pr day…haha. But it was fun, and Rockstar liked my work – that was cool!
Q2: When did you realize your art was important, that your art was what you wanted to do, did anyone influence you, existing digital or traditional artists?
A: Ever since I’ve been able to hold a pen in my hand I’ve been drawing and painting. I have always wanted to express what my eyes saw and loved looking at…obviously girls, women when I got around 12-13 I’ve always known Alberto Vargas’ pin up girls and always loved them. But I think what really made me choose the path of female-art was when I first saw the works of Patrick Nagel. The way he illustrated women: classy, stylish, refined, beautiful and sexy…was really an eye-opener. I never wanted to copy Patrick Nagels style, but wanted to do classy female-art. Still painting and drawing, I did a lot of fashion illustrations of Danish models and had exhibitions for many hair dressers and stylists – always with Patrick Nagel and Alberto Vargas in the back of my head as the 2 main artists that inspired me. At one point, one of my mates gave me a graphic tool for my pc, and after fooling around for a few years trying to learn it, I realized that digital art would be the future art style, and finally skipped drawing and painting old school. In 2008 I started posting on the internet, and soon found deviant art.com – and loved it from the very start. To have a huge forum of artists and art-fans/lovers – where you’d get response on the work you posted and could look at art at the same time…really appealed to me! But to name a few who have inspired me: Heavy Metal Magazine, Italian & French fashion models in general, Vogue Magazine, 1930’s posters, Hergé, Suicide Girls, Alberto Vargas, Patrick Nagel, Rockstar Games, Playboy Magazine, True Crime Magazine, Boris Vallejo, Film Noir Movies, Victoria’s Secret Fashion, Agent Provacateur Fashion, Tamara De Lempicka, Helena Christensen, Old Hollywood Area and last but perhaps most: All the AMAZING artists at deviantart.com
Q3: Can you explain what your main tools are in creating your art?, and also would you encourage others to update their equipment or master what they have before taking on something new – is the need to update equipment or software programs important in order to producing art?
A: I use Micro Graphix, Picture Publisher this day still…. old graphic software that can’t be purchased anymore, and had to do a load of changes on my win 7 to get it to work And I also use a few other old graphic tools that you can’t buy any more. So no…you don’t have to have the latest to do digital art. I absolutely dislikes anything from Adobe (especially) and Corel and have never ever missed having it. I’ve tried it, and it sucks in my world. It’s not intuitive and you have to think very technically to use Adobe, which ruins my creative joy and inspiration. I rather go back to old school drawing and painting, than have to use adobe. And working in layers is too abstract for my mind to follow at all
Q4: Everyone endures a long or short process of learning and adapting, as well as the ability of mixing up styles from existing tutorials. How was your experience of learning your own art? And what would you suggest to others who are trying to learn of their own ‘art’?
A: I’ve learned everything by doing it myself. Trying over and over again. Till I finally got to where I want. I can be inspired by others, but I’d never ask for a tutorial. Or how they actually do what they do – what their techniques is. I do get slightly annoyed when some young dude writes me and in a one-liner asks for a tutorial. I always tell them to try out of themselves, but usually it doesn’t seem that they’re interested in any other than a fast, lazy and quick solution. But I’ve guided a lot of people and still do,where the focus is on their own work. I love that, and I’m also willing to help out for people who want to do their own art. And I know from myself, that it’s a huge satisfaction to actually trying out for yourself, rather than just getting a tutorial. And you just learn much more by doing errors than doing it right the first time. I’m never ever satisfied with what I’m doing for more than ten minutes…haha…but that’s my energy that keeps me going, to make the master-piece that I know, I won’t ever make…at least not for more than 10 minutes 😉
Q5: How would you describe the important elements of creating ‘art’? is it important to create a guide or notes of what to do and what not to do when you begin the long process of creating an art piece?
A: I don’t create anything other than what I see or is inside my head. I don’t write any notes or guides or anything. It’s totally impulsive. I can have a period, where I like to repeat a concept, but I don’t make any templates, so I don’t have anything that’s a copy of any pieces I’ve done in a previous illustration. I always strife to have as much freedom as possible, when creating.
Q6: It is very common to endure the ‘struggles’ and the ‘weight’ of art around you, what were the struggles that you encountered and how would you suggest to others on how to cope with it?
A: One of the struggles of being an artist, is that your normal mates, gf’s and family doesn’t really appreciate it, understands it or have any interests in it. If you’re not earning millions of cash on it, they don’t really take it seriously. They don’t understand that it’s a lifestyle, that it’s something that’s a huge part of my personality. They don’t understand that I have to use a lot of my time on art, and that it’s something that I’d prefer doing before anything else. Sometimes I just have to say – count me out of this world for the next 3-4 days..I need it, to create – I’m sure they all think I’m a nutter and totally weird, haha. But what saves my social life, is that when I am being social with people… I’m 100 pro cent there – I don’t have loads on my mind all the time…I can grid-off I can focus totally on what I’m doing now. And I think a lot of people like that about me, and there for accept my weirdo-side Deviantart was really a great thing to find…and can hang out there for a full day, just looking at art and talking with other artists and art-lovers…brilliant concept and couldn’t live without it!
Q7: Besides the current field of work you are in, do you have anything outside that you would like to share with us? Any other future plans that don’t involve creative art?
A: Actually I try to separate my private life with the exposing as an artist. That’s why I “hide” behind Indeedee Graphics, when doing art, and just prefer to be Tom in private or to people I meet through my art, that I trust. I don’t really have a dream of my name getting know in the whole world, I’m way to private for that. So it’s not that I’m shy. And any future plans always involves my art really. Just gotten single – and I’m convinced that my next love, has to be someone who understands, respects and share my passion for art…yeah that’s my gf-plan 😉
Q8: A few artists go by a quote or a motto to keep reminding them selves to work hard and think positive if they are to encounter ‘a bad day’. So are there any words you want to share out to others that may inspire them to work hard and continue working. An inspirational quote to motivate others?
A: I don’t really have a quote – but I often tell other artists, especially new talented ones, that being able to create art, is a gift of “god” (not a believer), a rare talent, that many many would love to have… so never forget that, and always keep doing art. No one can take that away from you. You can lose everything in life, but you’ll always have a piece of paper and a pen. When you’re down and out…art will help you though as one of your best friends. And to be an artist, who have the fucking guts to show the world what you’re thinking and feeling and want to express…should boost you with so much confidence – because you know what? 80 pro cent of the worlds population wouldn’t have to guts to do it. To show your inner self, that takes guts! So be confident!
Q9: Any predictions of what the future holds for art?
A: I think we’re in a time of schism, regarding art. On a break between old school traditional art and a modern area of digital art. Like many don’t like photo-manipulators, I regard them as modern artists. And I’m sure in 10-20 years you’ll have more artists doing digital art than traditional art. I’d love to see a world art exhibition with digital art…I bet someone is going to tell me, that that is already taking place…lol – okay I’m missing totally out then…and don’t just tell me – give me some links man!
Q10: I’m sure you have sites you would like to share with us of your work, so please do share them with us here for fans and followers to keep an update of your progress.
A: Sure 1) Deviantart: http://www.indeedeegraphics.deviantart.com/
2) Home: http://www.indeedeegraphics.com/
3) Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/IndeedeeGraphics
4) Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/indeedeegraphic (no “s”)
5) Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/indeedeegraphics
Q11: Last year I asked a question regarding ‘art theft’ this year will be no different. Do you have anything you would like to share out regarding ‘art theft’ and maybe also shed some light on what artists should do when exposing their art work on the vast world of the internet.
A: I think, in general, if you’re really paranoid about getting your art stolen, you shouldn’t share your work on the internet at all. Besides that, I think it’s the artists own responsibility to protect yourself. I don’t like US copyright laws, they’re hysterical and oppresses the freedom of expression. So watermark your art, and upload your work in small scales not original sizes. That should put most off. I was in the beginning quite protective about what I posted, but now that it’s going quite good, I’m getting more relaxed about it.
Q12: I didn’t get the chance to include this question for 2011, so here it is for you. Everyone has their own opinions regarding the meaning of art, or the definition of art. Any chance we can hear what you think art is from you?
A: I don’t like people telling other people what’s art and what’s not. I think it’s the eyes that look at art and think it’s art, who’re right. It’s a subjective thing really. For me, it’s not that complicated – art for me, is what brings out an emotion inside me.. simple. Art isn’t something intellectual – as I view it. An artist is what you’re inside not what you produce on the outside. So in my opinion it’s more what you want to express and not what you’re actually expressing.
Q13: And finally for the last question to round off our interview, ‘a picture says a thousand words’ or ‘tell a story’ out of your current portfolio, do you have one that you favour the most and why? Is there a subliminal message within your work?
A: My fave artwork is always my last one and the message is always to express female beauty as classy and stylish as possible…and often to tell a little story in it…but that’s totally up to the viewer, to decide what story I’m telling…I have my own, any other viewer might have another. I don’t want to tell mine, I want to viewer to use their imagination – if can get someone to do that, my illustration is complete!
Q14: Ok so this is optional, just out of curiosity what annoys you the most in your field of work? Do you get a lot of requests on art collabs, interviews, features etc etc?
A: Yes I do get a lot of everything…but thank god for spam-filters haha…but it annoys me when people are not sincere. Or you get a one-liner request on face book like this: “like your work. I own a tattoo shop and want you to do my sign for my shop. How much?” I don’t work with people who seem to be too busy and too much in a hurry or are too superficial. And like I said earlier, it annoys me when young people think I’ll use my time on giving them a tutorial, just because they’re too lazy and too spoiled to do anything by themselves, and not really interested in learning anything by themselves.