Argentinian artist Cristian Mendoza discovered his love for art at a very young age. Today he works as storyboard artist, 2D and 3D freelance illustrator and animator.
TH: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
CM: My name is Cristian Mendoza, born in Argentina. I live in La Plata city. I'm a animation and illustration freelance artist.
TH: What is your artistic field?
CM: I'm a storyboard artist, 2D and 3D freelance illustrator and animator. When I was a kid I had a strong interest in drawing, that's why I started my studies at a very young age. Later on, I extended my artistic knowledge learning about multimedia and graphic design. I also dabbled in photography and music as a hobby.
TH: How much planning goes into each of your works?
CM: I spend a lot of time planning my artwork, even before sketching an idea. That amount of time may last months. Sometimes I work with two or three ideas simultaneously but they only become real when they are mature enough, ready to be harvested. All of them have their own time, and even when I need to work each other patiently I believe it's worth it if I'm pleased with the result.
TH: What’s your greatest source of inspiration?
CM: My artwork can sometimes be inspired by a technique or a concept- or vice versa. For example, my art piece “Night of the Living Nerd” started with the discovery of voxel art technique (it's a sort of evolution of pixel art but in 3D, it's done using voxel editors as magicavoxel). Once I decided to explore voxels, I began thinking about a concept that could be appropriate for that particular technique. I developed an idea based on how society tends to standardize and de-personalize the masses to the point of everyone looking and acting like zombies. On the other hand, art pieces like “Fe y desesperanza," “Fin del camino” and “Ciervos celestiales” began with previously established concepts for which I chose a specific technique. Other pieces were created only by improvisation. Besides news, texts, books and movies, the internet is a huge source of information where I can discover artists and trends that inspire me deeply before I begin a new piece of work. I always keep my curiosity alive exploring subjects of my interest or different techniques and styles. I believe it's important to keep in activity the creative engine that feeds sensibility. I love all that process and everything it involves. It's very gratifying for me.
TH: Once you finished a piece of art, what do you do?
CM: Once I finish my piece of art, if my schedule allows me, I immediately begin working on a new idea. There's always an idea waiting it's turn to be materialized. I take time to deepen an idea by researching, seeing images, watching videos or films and reading. It may even come a new idea during this process. I share my finished work on the internet, mostly in behance, facebook and in my personal blog.
TH: Do you think artists see the world differently than people who do not create art?
CM: I believe that everyone has a particular vision of the world, even between collegues. There are infinite refinements and levels of comprehension, which make everyone's own "construction" of the world really interesting. An artist's vision is not special or unreachable for other people, anyone could share the same vision if they are properly stimulated. I'm particularly interested in collegues or public opinion, it enriches me. People who are not related to art in general show a singular point of view that it's suprising in most cases.