EK Interview: Hidden Moves

Hidden Moves was featured back in January of 2010.  Check out his interview below:

How did you get your start doing artwork?  How long have you been an artist?

I’ve always done something art-related from as far back as I can remember. I studied ceramics at school, graphic design at college and more recently, life drawing in the evenings. I’m still pretty average at all three of these subjects though. I’ve only been pursuing art and illustration as a possible career for the last year or two.

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What’s the most inspiring thing you’ve ever been told in regards to your work?

I don’t think there’s any one thing I’ve been told that’s really inspired me, but I do get a lot of positive feedback that I’m extremely grateful for. It’s especially encouraging when it’s from another artist whose work I admire.

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What’s the biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome as an artist?  How did you overcome it and what have you learned from the experience?

I had my first big international client last year, but up until that point I’d just been making artwork pretty much for myself. Although the client was extremely easygoing and let me do my own thing, I still felt quite a lot of pressure to do a good job. I got through it with the same mindset that gets me through most things – if I screw it up, it’s not the end of the world. It all went well though; I’m hoping to see the project published soon.

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If there were any one artist (dead or alive) you could meet and collaborate with, who would it be?

I’d like to see my work translated into a media other than digital; maybe sculpture. Hidden Moves in the style of Rodin could be interesting. But seriously, I find collaborations difficult if both artist’s styles are very independent and strong.

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Is there a specific meaning to the commonly used combination of human bodies with animal heads?  Has that combination been a constant theme within your work?

An animal has a lot of instant character, which is the main reason I use them to create my artwork. Depending on what animal I use, the resulting reaction to a piece can differ greatly. I didn’t always work this way; it’s something I’ve almost absorbed while developing certain digital techniques. I’ve dabbled with other styles, but I’ll keep making these slightly odd characters for the time being.

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What sparked the idea to combine animal heads with helmets?  What would you want your viewers to take away from that dynamism?

I find that it’s easier to create a more striking character in some kind of uniform with an accessory or two. I’m also influenced by the iconic nature of elements of clothing from films and TV. I’ve got an increasing collection of helmets and headwear that I photograph for use in my work, which can make the studio look a little strange to visitors. I’m not making political statements with the use of gorillas in riot helmets or tigers in military gear; it’s more of a playful use than anything else and I hope people get that.

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Who do you consider to be your influences?  What have you learned from them?

I’m influenced by the work of artists like Jamie Hewlett, Jeremy Geddes and Luke Chueh, who are all able to tell stories through their art. This is something I want to improve upon and implement in my work more.

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What advice would you give a beginning artists that you wish you had known when you were first starting?

If you’re not great at first, don’t worry about it. Very few artists achieve great results without many hours of research and practice. It all comes with time.

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What media have you experimented with and what is your favorite?  Why?

I tried spray paint and stencils, but it’s an art form that I don’t have the patience or the talent for. I started experimenting with digital art in the early nineties, and I think whatever other medium I flirt with, I’ll always go back to digital. Working digitally gives me the freedom to scan, cut, copy, paste, undo, and experiment, with the knowledge that nothing’s permanent. When working digitally, anything can be changed at any time.

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Are you currently working on any long term projects?  What’s next for you?

I’m experimenting with a few different illustration styles for t-shirt designs to hopefully expand my clothing range a bit.

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Who’s your favorite superhero and why?  Which superhero’s powers do you wish you could have?

I’ve been a Wolverine fan since my early teens, probably because he’s more of an anti-hero than a proper ‘by the book’ superhero. If I had to have a superpower, I’d maybe prefer one with very little social responsibility, like the ability to open beer bottles with my mind.