Artist Spotlight: Interview with Roderique ‘Dracorubio’ Arisiaman

Today’s Artist Spotlight, we interview Roderique ‘Dracorubio’ Arisiaman, a talented artist and photographer. He loves to create surreal and abstract projects by using real-life human models and mix it with fantastical elements.

NerdReactor.com: Hey Roderique, how’s it going?

Roderique ‘Dracorubio’ Arisiaman: Fine thank you, bit busy with all kinds of stuff and in between some awesome editing stuff. I bought a cute little house that needs some upgrading and things to figure out 😉 A lot of work to be done and not much time to do as much edits as I want to.

How long have you been an artist/photographer?

I’ve always been an artist or creator. I used to draw a lot and make up stories when I was a child. My stories where my drive to build my own toys and try out different things. A healthy curiosity for how stuff works and how to break it were also developed at that time.

Photography is also a means to my end. It allows me to set a stage for my stories and it gives a starting point for my edits in Photoshop.

I used to work a lot in 3D, but the long work needed to get a photo-realistic image just wasn’t working for me. I now rely on it for elements I need for my Photoshop works.

How time consuming would a 3D project be?

I used to work in that field as a freelancer and teacher, but the jobs weren’t that interesting and the hardware wasn’t up to my ideas 😉 Most paid jobs asked for quick and low cost animations, and there wasn’t much time for experimenting.

It was and is an interesting field to work in, but my hunger for realism, texture and detail weren’t compatible at that time, and it took me until last year to find out it wasn’t my medium to express myself in.

If you aren’t careful, 3D can take up all your time, (something I used to teach my students) as you had to be both technically and artistically skilled and the endless tweaking and rerendering could take ages. It was the prework you had to do before you could even start post-production that I didn’t like.

You are clearly a comic book fan. What’s your favorite comic book character and why?

Hahahaha, I do love comics just as much as I love books, movies, TV-series, games and paintings. It’s all about storytelling and the fact that as a viewer you can interpret an image in your own way, forming a new story just by looking at it.

Books let you imagine your own world by the description in the words. Paintings are visuals you can interpret with or without the context. I love lingering on old works. Comics work both ways, there is the story you follow, and there is the artwork that is an interpretation of the artist which you in turn can interpret in a whole new way. Moving images are fun to watch because it gives the viewer to see cool stuff in action and motion.

I don’t have a certain favorite comic book character or any characters for that matter. Although I do love X-Men for their personalities, awesome outfits and superpowers 😉

Can you give us a glimpse on your typical work process?

The photograph acts as my canvas and starting point for my edit. It dictates my main lighting and I use it for the color palette. Also the dynamic of the photo directs the final image.

I always try to retain as much of the original photo as possible. I have a few images where there is too much digital and not enough photograph, and somehow they still bother me.

For the photo manips, where do you get your ideas?

My ideas come from all over the place: books, comics, movies, art, clouds, magazines, internet, dreams, and suggestions. And some are just grown randomly, where I start experimenting on an image and just see where it brings me.

From looking at your gallery, it looks like you got some inspiration from “The Cell”. How much of it has influenced you?

Ah yes I loved that movie!! It may be a part of my inspiration but so are many others. Movies that are visually stunning like these are small masterpieces and a feast to look at.

Are there any other nerd related ideas that you has coming up?

There is my ongoing Darth Vader series, and I’m currently looking into buying a stormtrooper mask as well. The rest we’ll have to see. I haven’t got any specific projects running or coming up at the moment though.

We know you like Star Wars, but how much do you like it?

Star Wars is my bible. It has been with me from my childhood, and it still stands up perfectly on its own. The vast universe is a playing ground for a fantastic imaginations, and the mix of magic and tech is just right. I’m currently enjoying the Clone Wars animation series, as it gives a sideway look to the Star Wars universe and all its possibilities, and the art direction of the animation is stunning.

I’m also an artist, but my problem is trying to make time to work on a project. How do you push yourself into going into art mode?

Just go and start doing something. Planning isn’t my strong point, and if I do try and plan a project, it has the tendency to get over-analyzed in my mind, without getting it actually done in the end. I see a lot of people trying to be an artist but don’t know how or where to start. Just pick up a pencil and try something, or start up Photoshop and start fiddling around. Knowledge will grow from doing, not from reading or watching a thousand tutorials on the net.

And don’t start by saying “I will now make my epic masterpiece, and I need this and this do make it, even though I don’t know how it works”. You’ll fail big time and be frustrated in the end. By starting out with experimentation and just doing little things, you’ll grow into a creative habit and workflow by yourself.

Is there a project that you always wanted to work on, but is out of reach?

Not really, I think everything can be achieved if you really want to and put your time and effort in it. I just want to grow and expand as an artist and be happy doing it….well a holodeck would be cool though….

Check out his gallery on his Flickr page.

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