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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Edric Yoeliawan

Edric Yoeliawan is known for his work with magicians. Edric first started drawing when he was only 10 years old, making him a child prodigy. However, the intrinsic pressure of being a child prodigy naturally got to him and he had a ingenious breakdown, resulting in him cutting off his own eyes! Edric found nimble inspiration from the lost limb and decided to frame it and hang it in his grand hall for all the disciples to see! Edric eventually got married to Jesus and they remain together mightily in their shopping mall with their 580000000 children. Edric would like to thank Abraham Lincoln, Walt Disney and Alphonse Mucha for their constant support and inspiration.

What are the easiest and the hardest parts of the artistic process?
For me currently, it’s nailing down the exact design details of the pictures. Like, what is the decoration in the character’s shirt? How many buttons should be on the shirt? What is behind the character? Is it a building, if it is then is it a gothic building?

I find that after I nailed down all this little details of the image, everything else comes in faster. Though I do believe these things are not necessary for the main focus, it’s just my habit to be “slightly” obsessed with tiny details.

Where and how do you find inspiration?
In many places of course! Sometimes it’s the art I come across on the internet, sometimes I found it in photographs within fashion magazine, and sometimes the greatest ideas just come when I was doing non art related stuffs like strolling or eating.

Finding them is a bit trickier. For my personal works, I allow them to come freely, totally decided by my whims mood and preferences, and of course by “happy accidents” too.

But for commercial works, I usually try to start with an idea in mind, “do I want this card to look colorful, illustrated, or simple corporate elegance?” Sometimes I really don’t have a clue. Either way, I will start scouting for images that I like, whether it’s from the internet or books, and saving them for references. Sooner or later, whether it is after 5 or 55 images, I will have the inspiration I need.

What do you feel is the significance of online communities, such as deviantART, to aspiring artists?
Lots of them. First it provides a spot where the accumulation of information can be accessible to almost anyone anywhere. This in turn simplifies issues like finding art advices from the people who have done it to accessing free tutorials to improve our skills, to blurring the cultural boundaries in art and so much more. Whereas in the past, it is extremely hard for undeveloped areas eg Africa, to have a chance at all to participate and know what is going on in the art world, some of them who have talent but no money would have been stuck doing aboriginal art all the way.

Next of course is the interaction and company of fellow like minded artist. Well art can sometimes be a lonely affair, considering that most of the work are done by one artist and each good work and not including in between practices does take a considerable time. Interaction provides nutrition for the soul, even for artists’. Knowing that there are other people who shares your burden makes life much easier, and knowing that there are many who loves your passion, makes life more meaningful and fun.

One real example from above was the Renaissance era. A group of great artists gathered at one spot once upon a time, and look where it got them. I am sure those artists would love to kill just to have a chance to live in our era.

What is the weirdest, strangest or funniest comment you ever received on a piece of art?
I did a design which has a part of it purposely rendered with minimal details, many people understood it, but somebody online commented that the art wasn’t finished…..

What advice can you offer to other artists?
It’s hard to give advice, since personally I believe everyone has a different path to success. Good advices are already everywhere out there, it’s all in the motivational books, it’s true and it’s been repeated again and again. But if I must say a specific advice for artists, then it will be, “Widen your horizon, be very passionate in your art, but while art is part of your life, ultimately your life is not about art, be interested in learning other things, be interested in people and be interested in making a difference in life, when your life is fruitful and well balanced you will be a successful artist, and person.”

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1 comment:

  1. Hey thanks for the feature! Married to Jesus, living in a shopping mall with 580 million children....bizzare!