Subsign Spotlight #019

with Guillaume Kurkdjian

We at Subsign want to contribute to the global creative community, thus the Subsign Spotlight initiative was born. We will bring you interviews and shine the light on a person (or collective) who has shown creativity and courage via their work.

In this interview Guillaume takes us in a fantastic 2D-3D journey through the world he has created.

Subsign: Before we get things rolling, let’s get acquainted. Tell us a few things about yourself.

Guillaume: Hey, I’m a 25 y.o french 2D/3D illustrator and animator currently living in Paris- I like to climb on trees.

Subsign: What was your childhood like? Do you think your experiences from childhood have influenced your present creative endeavors?

Guillaume: I grew up near the Atlantic Ocean (really near like 100 meters from it) and then moved in a lovely village with beautiful rivers around- I spent a lot of time in the nature, building cabins or any kind of things- but I also spent a huge amount of hours playing video games, watching movies and experiment things on my computer. I began to try 3D modeling when I was 14, so yes, my childhood had a huge impact on what I do now.

Subsign: How would you describe your work style?

Guillaume: Colorful and simple, naive but cheeky, often geometric / although I try to experiment more organic stuff these days.

Subsign: Can you share with us how your creative process works?

Guillaume: I find an idea (I also often start from a picture of something I saw in the street), draw a little something on paper, re-create it on AI and animate on AE if it’s a 2D project — or illustrate and animate on C4D, if it’s 3D.

Subsign: How does your work station look like?

Guillaume: I often work from a client (/friends) offices these days .

My desk looks like this:

Subsign: What is your favorite work you have done so far?

Guillaume: Hmm that’s hard to say.. I think my favorite projects are my 2 personal series bisous les copains and ‘electronic items’ because they took me a lot of time and are pretty big now. However, in my most recent work, I’d choose this little vehicle I re-created from a Mercedes camper I saw in Berlin :

because it combines 3D modeling, animation, destruction and character animation in a more detailed style than what I usually do.

Subsign: Who do you admire as a visionary?

Guillaume: Today, I would say Simon Stalenhag, incredible retro-futuristic digital paintings. I interviewed him on my art blog : http://wertn.com/2014/01/interview-simon-stalenhag/

Art by Simon Stalenhag

Subsign: What advice could you give to someone starting out in the creative field of work?

Guillaume: Create all the time, a lot of stuff + write down your ideas as they come to your mind.

Subsign: If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

Guillaume: GAME DEVELOPMENT for sure! I would absolutely love to have this super power, I’ve to take time for this. And building machines IRL / maybe when I’ll be a bit older with a little house (+workshop) on the edge of a lake.

Subsign: Can you recommend for our readers a book ,a song and a movie?

Book : Comic Books by Florent Chavouet!

Songs :

Movie : Victoria (2015), an incredible german REAL ‘one-shot feature film’- one shot of 2h 14minutes, no cuts, and a great atmosphere.

Subsign: If you could throw any kind of party, what would it be like and what would it be for?

Guillaume: It would be in a lovely abandoned village in the south of France with everybody- just dancing, swimming, drinking and chatting during an entire week.

Subsign: What did you wanted to be as a grown up?

Guillaume: I know what I want to do, not what I want to be :)

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