你是如何開始接觸插畫的呢?

藝術家這個身分占了我人生中的大半部分,但我想我真正進入插畫應該是在2001年的時侯,選擇插畫成為我大學的主修。

How did you first get into illustration?
I’ve been an artist most of my life. I guess I officially got into illustration around 2001 since it was my major in college.

 

什麼是 Bioworkz?

BioWorkZ 是我在大學的時候給自己的筆名,我是 H.R. Giger 和他系列作品「Biomechanics」的頭號粉絲,當時我也畫了非常多 biomechanical 風格的作品,所以我決定將筆名取為 BioWorkZ.

What is Bioworkz?​​​​​​​​​​​
BioWorkZ is the moniker I gave myself while in college. I’m a huge fan of H.R. Giger and his work was known as “Biomechanics”. At the time, I drew lots of biomechanical art, so I decided to call myself BioWorkZ.

在你的生涯中,遇到最大的挑戰是什麼呢?

最大的挑戰莫過於找到一份自己真正喜歡的工作,大部分的時間,我需要創作一些我自己沒有這麼想做的作品,因為我要為了別人工作,過了一段時間之後,這樣的工作會變得很沒有意義,甚至讓我的作品一起受苦,如果我對於我創作的作品沒什麼熱情,你是可以看得出來的。

What’s the biggest challenge in your career?
The biggest challenge was finding a job that I genuinely enjoyed. Most of the time, I had to create artwork that I didn’t care for, because I was working for someone else. After some time, it became meaningless, and my work suffered. If I’m not passionate about what I do, you can tell.

你通常在哪裡找到你的靈感?什麼樣的東西可以激發你更多的創意?

靈感來自各方,我從不曉得下一個靈光一閃會從哪裡而來,但是我非常喜歡使用 Pinterest 來欣賞每一個美麗的藝術創作,我幾乎每天都會用,而且在我的 Pinterest 帳號裡還有好幾十個用來蒐集不同類型作品的圖片牆。 創作屬於自己的藝術作品能激發我最多的創意靈感,我不需要回答任何人也不需要為了某些人的眼光而委屈自己的創作,創作出來的就是完完全全的我,也正因為這樣,我能創作出更好的作品。

Where do you find inspiration? What helps you be more creative?
Inspiration is everywhere and I never know where the next spark will come from. However, I do enjoy using Pinterest to look at all the beautiful artwork other people have created. I use it everyday and I have several dozen boards where I collect images of a particular style or topic. Doing artwork for myself allows me to be the most creative. I don’t have to answer to anyone or cater to someone else’s vision. It’s all me, and because of that, I do better work.

你通常如何創作?你的創作流程是什麼樣子?

我通常會從素描開始打草稿,但是最近開始使用數位的方式打草稿,算是同樣的過程,只是能較快完成,再來如果我喜歡這個草圖,我會將草圖完成至一定的程度然後將他掃描至 illustration board,這個時候,我就會開始上色並且修圖,我的大部分作品需要費時18-24個小時,甚至有些讓我無法自拔的作品可以花上100個小時以上。

How do you create? What is your creative process like?
I usually start with a rough sketch, but lately I’ve been starting with a digital sketch. Same process, just faster. If I’m happy with the rough sketch, I’ll tighten it up and then transfer it onto an illustration board. From there, I would ink and shade the image. Most of my ornate illustrations take 18-24 hours. Some of the more ambitious pieces have taken over 100 hours.

 

你的工作環境大概長的如何?

我的工作環境算是有點小雜亂,因為幾乎每個地方都放上了紙、筆和創作素材,我也會把一些我很喜歡的藝術家作品掛在牆上,在我開始創作之前我需要兩項東西,第一:很多的咖啡因 第二:音樂,少了其中任何一項,我會容易從我的創作中分心,並且工作也不會有效率,我也傾向於在早上創作。

What is your working environment like?
My working environment is kind of messy because I have paper, pens, and art material everywhere. I also have artwork from some of my favorite artist handing on the walls. I need 2 things before I can start working. Lots of caffeine and podcasts to listen to. Without both, I get easily distracted and not working as efficiently. I tend to do my best work in the morning too.

你如何形容你的插畫類型?

簡單來說,就是華麗的(原文:Ornate),對Ornate的解釋:有著細節的外型或者裝飾上複雜的樣式。

How would you best describe your style of illustration?
Simple, it’s ornate. Here’s the definition of ornate: made in an intricate shape or decorated with complex patterns.

請舉出幾位你喜歡的插畫家,以及為什麼喜歡他們 ?

Aaron Horkey 和 David A. Smith,他們是我很喜歡的插畫家,因為他們的作品實在是太令人驚艷了,以至於會覺得自己微不足道,他們畫作中呈現的細節實在是會讓人看得目瞪口呆,我希望自己有一天也能到達他們那樣的境界,但現在能有一兩位這樣值得尊敬的插畫家也是很好的。

Who are some of your favorite illustrators and why?
It’s Aaron Horkey and David A. Smith. They are my favorite because their work is so amazing that it’s humbling. The amount of detail they put into their work is simply breathtaking. I would love to reach their caliber of art one day, but for now, it’s nice to have awesome artists to admire.

你曾經有做過什麼工作呢?哪個工作影響你的藝術創作最深?為什麼?

剛從大學畢業的時候,我沒有什麼特別的目標,但我需要一份工作,所以那時候的我找了一個在 eBay 賣手機配件的工作,很顯然得,這不是什麼我會想要做長久的工作,所以最後我進入了服飾產業,專門設計 T-Shirt 的圖案,在所有我曾經待過的服飾公司裡,Lucky Brand 對於我現在的藝術風格有最深的影響。

在我去 Lucky Brand 工作之前,我以使用 Adobe Illustrator 勾勒出乾淨、精準的現代風格藝術技巧著稱,但當我在 Lucky Brand 工作的時候,那裡的人鼓勵我走出自己的舒適圈,多嘗試使用手繪,請大家要有這樣的概念,這樣的方式在 T-Shir t公司裡面是不常見的,因為大部份的公司並不會在意你是否使用手繪,他們只在乎你一天能有多少的產量,你一天能設計出多少作品,所以 Lucky Brand 的方式與大部份的公司截然不同,他們重質不重量,甚至也不會催促我完成作品,他們希望我用手完成每一幅作品,如果這樣要花費我五天的時間,那就花五天吧,長話短說,總之我在那裡學到非常多的東西,並且我也重新愛上用手繪的方式創作。

What other types of jobs have you had? What job inspires your art style the most? Why?
Out of college I was aimless, but I needed a job. So I worked at a place selling cellphone accessories on eBay. Definitely not something I wanted to do long term. Eventually found my way into the apparel industry doing artwork for t-shirts. It was a great fit for me because I like t-shirt graphics, and it’s art related. Of all the places I worked at in the apparel industry, Lucky Brand had the biggest influence on my art style. Before working there, I pride myself in having very clean, precise, modern artwork using mainly Adobe Illustrator. While at Lucky Brand, they encouraged me to go outside my comfort zone, and to draw everything by hand. Keep in mind, this is very unusual in the apparel industry. Most companies didn’t care about hand drawn or not, they only cared about how many pieces of artwork you can produce in a day. That’s the exact opposite of Lucky Brand. They care more for quality than quantity. They didn’t rush me either, they wanted me to handcraft every piece of artwork. If it took 5 days, so be it. I wasn’t familiar with vintage style either, so to keep a long story short, I learned a ton there and I fell in love with drawing by hand all over again.

你有沒有什麼建議可以給剛入門的插畫家呢?

不要賤價銷售自己,有非常多的公司希望用低廉的價格得到好的作品,如果你對於自己做的事情非常在行,你值得擁有好的價錢,如果這些公司不想要付合理的價格,那沒關係,總會有別的公司願意付,我知道這樣的建議可能對剛入門的插畫家來說有點難度,但賤價銷售創作,不只是傷害到自己,更是傷害到整個藝術創作產業。

再來,也不要參加沒有支付設計費的競圖,這只是另一種方式讓這些公司免費獲得上百種、上千種設計創作,然後只要支付其中一個獲勝者,如果你有你的專業,公司會找到你,所以不要浪費時間蹧蹋自己努力創作的作品,最後是練習練習練習,因為不進則退。

Do you have any advice for aspiring illustrators?
Yes, don’t sell yourself short. There are lots of companies out there trying to get good work for cheap. If you are good at what you do, you can demand top dollars. If they don’t want to pay, that’s fine, someone else will. I know it’s tough for aspiring illustrators, but selling yourself short not only hurts you, but the entire art community too. Also, don’t participate in crowd sourcing art competition either. It’s just another way for companies to get 100’s or 1000’s of artwork for free, and only having to pay 1 winner. If you’re good at what you do, companies will find you, so don’t waste your time giving away your hard work. Finally, practice practice practice. If you’re not getting better, you’re only getting worse.

 

BioWorkZ

來自美國洛杉磯的 BioWorkZ 現職為自由藝術創作家,以複雜典雅的圖騰式創作著長,擅於精細的手繪,能用細長的鉛筆描繪出跳動於白紙之上的炫麗線條,精巧的外觀搭配上華麗的圖騰讓人陷入視覺的洪流一般,單單使用黑與白便能挑動你的味蕾,帶動你的所有視覺觀感。

 

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