插畫師 Nic Mac

插畫師 Nic Mac

1. 你畫了多少年畫?除了繪畫,你還有甚麼項目正在進行?

目前我的大多數工作仍是圍繞插畫,不過有一部份和寫作有關,那主要是我的個人興趣,雖然我已經慢慢將其納入我的正式工作之中。我正在製作一系列和詩相關的 Zine,題目是探索心靈健康。

我想自小時候起,畫畫已經是我的終生志業,但如果要說的話,我會說五年前是真正的轉捩點,插畫突然變成了我的現實(Suddenly became me),我的全部工作就只有插畫,而這也是我想要的。我全力投入在畫插畫,因為我認為持續的練習就是我現在要做的事。我還有很長的路要走,而我仍然處於旅程的開始階段。

2.試形容自己的插畫風格。

我很高興你用「試」這個詞,因為這件事從來都不容易。說實話,我認為我一直讓「風格」這個字和我的詞彙庫盡可能保持距離,因為我從來不打算將自己歸類(Pigeonhole myself)。我很喜歡嘗試實驗性的畫法並打破所有自己落入的常規。

我的作品主要都是非常數位化和豐富多彩的,但我也會融合沉重的黑白墨水畫風,將插畫變得柔和、漸變,因為我喜歡在不同風格之間自由舞蹈,保持空間來進行能夠讓我得到啟發的探索。我覺得風格不應該一成不變,而是應該走一條可以自由進化和改變的道路⋯⋯你明白嗎?

3.每天的時間怎樣分配?

我在家工作,所以我很幸運能夠有自由決定何時工作,以及間中決定在何地工作。雖然我主要都是在辦公桌上花上一整天時間來繪畫。如果可以的話我喜歡在外面工作,所以當我接到委託,我會在計劃階段時帶著我的寫生簿到咖啡館或畫廊找個地方工作。

4. 靈感來自何處?

一切東西都有激發靈感的潛能,所以我不能只講某個單一事物或主題,但我會說,真正的靈感來自簡單的「思考」。思考那些無論出於何種原因而引起你注意的東西,當你開始在腦海裡玩弄它時,讓它留在那裡,同時你的思想與它悄悄地互動⋯⋯只要有好奇心,保持它在你思想的最前沿,越來越多的想法將會不可避免地依附在一起,就像雪球效應,將簡單的觀察轉化為有趣的想法,而這些有趣的想法將有望成為有趣的創意!

5.最喜歡吃甚麼菜?

這是一個非常難的問題,不過我會說,我喜歡的食物大多來自亞洲,例如咖哩、壽司、越南Pho或炒飯等等,任何有米粉和大量的醬油的食物都能讓我傾心。

6. 畫畫時聽甚麼音樂?

我經常在 YouTube 上聽串流音樂,就是會播放環境音樂(Atmospheric music)的那種。 我喜歡沒有歌詞、可以創造一種讓你把自己敘述融入氛圍的那種音樂。通常有許多 Trip-Hop、Electric 和 Jazzy 的混音,那取決於我的心情。有時候我會轉聽我喜歡的 Motown Classics 或者像T. Rex、Dire Straits 和 Queen 這樣的七十年代搖滾樂隊。

7. 講一個你印象最深刻的故事

被那間我老師說我無法進入的藝術學校錄取。在我被錄取並告訴他們這個消息的那一天,是我生命中最美好的時刻之一。我將會將永遠記住他們那天的表情!

8.如果有一張機票/船票,你想去甚麼地方?

澳洲悉尼,那裡有很多我想見面甚至可能是合作的插畫家。

9.如果下世要變成動物,想變成甚麼?

八爪魚,牠們可以完全偽裝成周圍環境!我會選擇一個很好的藏身之處然後觀察海底深處的魔力!而且我覺得在海底深處游泳會多麼自由,幾乎像飛行一樣。

10. 你最不欣賞/最欣賞哪一位插畫家?

我最欣賞金政基(Kim Jung Gi),他是我見過最多產、最熱情、最敬業的藝術家! 真正的大師。Kim Jung Gi |https://www.instagram.com/kimjunggius/

Storyteller and Illustrator:Nic Mac|https://www.instagram.com/nicmacillustration

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1.How long have you been drawing? Beside illustration, do you work on other projects?

At the moment most of my other projects still revolve around illustration in some way apart from writing, which is predominantly a hobby of mine, though I have been slowly incorporating it within my work, such as a series of poetic Zines I’m working on that explore mental health.

As with, how long I’ve been drawing, it’s been a life-long vocation since I was a kid. Though I would say, that 5 years ago was the real turning point where illustration, suddenly became me. It was all that I was doing and was all I wanted to do. I had fully committed myself to practicing, as I think that that is all it is, practice. I’ve a long way to go and I’m still very much at the beginning of that journey.

2.Try to describe your illustration style?

I’m glad you used the word “try” as it’s never easy. To be honest I think I have always kept the word “style” as far away from my vocabulary as possible as I never really want to pigeonhole myself. So I like to experiment a lot and break out of any routine I may find myself in.

Predominantly a lot of my work is very digital and colourful, but I will vary it up, from the heavy black and white ink drawings, to softer illustrations with delicate gradients because I enjoy the freedom of dancing between styles and keeping the door open for new ventures that might inspire me. I feel style shouldn’t be set in stone, and rather be allowed to walk a path where it’s free to evolve and change….y’know?.

3.What is your typical day like?

I work from home so I am fortunate to have the freedom of when and sometimes where I work. Though mostly it’s me at my desk drawing at varying hours of the day. I enjoy working outside when I can and so when I’m in the planning stages of a commission I take the opportunity to work outside somewhere with my sketchbook like in a local coffee shop or art gallery.

4.Where do you get your inspiration?

Everything has the capacity with in it to spark something, so I couldn’t single it out into a certain topic or theme, but I would say the real inspiration comes from the simple act of ‘Thinking’. Thinking about something that has caught your attention for whatever reason and when you start to playing with it in your mind, and letting it stay there while your thoughts quietly interact with it…and as long as there’s curiosity there, keeping it held up to the forefront of your mind, more and more ideas inevitably attach themselves, like a snowball effect that turns simple observations into interesting thoughts, and interesting thoughts into, hopefully, interesting ideas!

5.What kind of food do you like the most?

That’s a very hard question, though I would say most of my favourite foods are from Asian cuisines, such as curries/sushi/pho/stir fries etc, anything with Rice Noodles and lots of soya sauce will always win me over.

6. What kind of music do you listen to when you draw?

I play a lot of the  live music streams on YouTube. That play atmospheric music. I like stuff without lyrics that just create a vibe that you can put your own narrative into. A lot of Trip-Hop, Electric and Jazzy mixes usually. Depends on my mood. Sometimes I’ll switch it up with some favourite Motown classics or 70’s rock bands like T Rex, Dire Straits and Queen. 

7. Tell us a story/ experience that is most memorable to you

Getting into an Art School that my teacher said I wouldn’t be able to get into. The day I got in and told them of that news was one of the best moments of my life. Their face that day will forever be memorable! 

8. If you have an airline/ ferry ticket, where would you like to go?

Sydney Australia, there is a lot of illustrators down there that like to meet and maybe even 

collaborate with. 

9. What kind of animal you would like to become in your next life?

An octopus, that can completely camouflage into its surroundings! I’d pick a good hiding spot 

and observe the magic of the deep! Also I feel that swimming around down there would be so freeing, almost like flying. 

10. Which illustrator do you admire/despise the most?

I admire Kim Jung Gi the most, hands down one of the most prolific, passionate and 

dedicated artists I’ve seen! A true master.

Image source: https://www.instagram.com/nicmacillustration/