DIGITAL ART + INTERVIEW

by Young.Gun.Motion

Toronto artist Joe Pascale talked to us about his floppy animations, old horror movies and Jurassic Park pinball. Click here to see all of the incredible animations on his Instagram.

Enjoy!

How would you describe your current work? Have you ever explored other styles/mediums of art?

Floppy! My current work is experimental in the sense that for me, the learning process has been just as valuable as the final output. I’ve been pushing myself to learn new software (mainly Houdini), which has been extremely challenging. So a lot of the stuff you’ll see on my Instagram is mostly the result of me experimenting with different processes within the software, which usually turns into bloated characters dancing awkwardly in city streets. At the end of the day, if people check out my IG and have a good chuckle, I’d consider that mission accomplished.

I used to draw a ton when I was younger. Mostly images of deformed creepoids, which I guess is where a lot of my 3D work comes from. I really miss it but to be honest, I just don’t have the time to do both (illustration & animation).

If you weren’t an artist, what job do you think you would have?

Professional pinball player. I go to a pinball bar here in Toronto at least once a week and have a machine of my own (Jurassic Park). I find it very relaxing (when I’m not stressing about ball drains). I could play pinball for hours. I’m not that great at it, but I could still play if for hours.

Who/What inspires your work currently?

My favourite artist of the last couple of years has to be Sarah Sitkin. Her sculptures are so incredibly raw and full of flesh. On the 3D animation end of things, I find joy in the work of Erik Ferguson, Redhoot and Smearballs, to name a few. But I’m actually most interested in Illustration. I found a guy named Whoisnemos on Instagram recently and I can’t get enough. There’s just something so sad and beautiful about his characters that I love.

Some honourable mentions would be Nychos, Killian Eng, & Nicolas Rossius.

What are your favorite things to watch or search for on YouTube/Reddit/TV/Movies...?

In all honesty, I only use YT to stream music mixes while I’m working. I’m really into synth wave right now because it’s oddly nostalgic and also keeps me awake when I’m working late. And I have no clue how Reddit (or Twitter) work, so I stay away. If I’m looking for inspiration it will usually come from Instagram or my Vimeo feed. I follow a bunch of motion graphic channels and am constantly blown away by the amazing work that comes out every day.

As for films, I’m a kid of the 80-90’s so I have a soft spot for old horror movies as well as Tim Burton stuff (Beetlejuice, Batman + Batman Returns). I also just really like trash movies like Bodymelt, Society, Street Trash, Re-Animator… basically anything that involves skin melting or bodies being mutilated in a goofy way. It’s funny, as someone who works primarily in animation and VFX, I’m such a sucker for practical effects.

What do you have going on in 2019?

My wife and I just had a baby girl on March 10, so I’m dadding out pretty hard right now. It’s the biggest project of my life thus far and I’m learning new things every day. So that’s a pretty big 2019 thing.

On the animation front, I have some ideas for a series of shorts for Instagram that I’m working on. I’ve also been approached to work on some music videos so we’ll see what sticks. I really want to spend this year working on personal projects and just learning a bunch of new software. So much to do, so little time….

Music Credits: Denzel Curry, BadBadNotGood, Run The Jewels

CERAMICS

by Female Alchemy

Tatiana from Female Alchemy was nice enough to chat to us about lips, Judy Chicago and graduating in 2019. Enjoy!

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How would you describe your current work? Have you ever explored other styles/mediums of art?

My current work is inspired by the playful sensuality of lips and their ability to seduce and capture the viewer's attention. I like to keep it light and fun when it comes to my work, I'd like for the people who purchase my pieces to be able to own art but use it as well. As for other mediums, I have dabbled in almost everything, from photography, painting, collage, jewelry, to papier-mâché but at the end of the day my true love is ceramics.

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Did you want to be an artist growing up? If not, what did you want to be?

Art has always been a big part of my childhood, my dad was an artist but it was not his career. I always had a passion for animals above all else so my first choice was to be a veterinarian but as I grew older I realized what that really meant and all the tragedy I would have to endure, so I decided to set that passion aside and follow my innate passion for art.

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Who/What inspires your work currently?

Currently my biggest inspiration are all the female artists that have pushed boundaries and paved the way for young emerging female artists like myself. Judy Chicago will always be an inspiration to me no matter what work I'm making. Specifically, contemporary artists like, Ronit Baranga, Genesis Belanger, and Laura Bird inspire my work.

What are your favorite things to watch or search for on YouTube/Reddit/TV/Movies…?

I watch A LOT of Tv, simply because while I glaze or hand sculpt I like to have something playing in the background. If i'm not binging a new show I usually stick to my go to's which are Friends, The Office, and Sex and the City. But usually I'm just binging new Netflix originals or any recommendations by friends.

What do you have going on in 2019?

2019 I am graduating with a bachelor's in Fine Art! Finally! This year so far I've just been working on work for my thesis exhibition, and work for my shop. Once I graduate, I'll be taking a year off to focus on my business and finally creating my own studio.