Interview: Louis Is Art | louislovestea
The One Direction fandom is known for many things; supporting the band's music and the individual members in their solo endeavors, raising money for charity, and being immensely creative. The depth of talent that is showcased is truly something to behold. From video editors and GIF makers, to singers and musicians, writers and artists, we are blessed at every turn. The time and energy that people voluntarily devote as part of this community adds an entirely new dimension to what it means to be part of this fandom and it would be a lesser experience without them.
This is part of our ongoing LOUIS IS ART series highlighting the talented artists in our midst, who willingly share their gifts with us, enhance our experience every day, and make us eternally grateful for their dedication and grace.
"Right now I’m pursuing a major in communications design and it’s all thanks to Louis, mainly."
HOW AND WHEN DID YOU BECOME INTERESTED IN ART?
My love for digital art peaked when I was in the eighth grade. I had an iPhone and started randomly editing, modifying, and making a ton of collages (mainly of one direction). Around graduating that year, my mom gave me an iPad and, not gonna lie, I went ape-sh*t crazy on that thing. My main apps on it were always Leonardo, picsart, ps touch, superimpose, phonto, and other pre-photoshop apps. Around that same year, I acquired photoshop CS6 on my new laptop and that sparked more passion for me and editing. Right now I'm pursuing a major in communications design and it's all thanks to Louis, mainly.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LOUIS ARTWORK THAT YOU HAVE CREATED?
This one didn't get a whole lot of hype but I really like what I did here (see below). It was inspired by a mrpiper1980 and I aimed for the symmetrical style they do.
HOW MUCH TIME DO YOU SPEND ON YOUR ART?
It usually takes 20 minutes to two hours to finish one edit and up to two days if what I'm doing is time consuming. I do most of my work at home and if I have enough time I'll go to my uni's graphics lab. Both environments are fairly quiet so it's not hard to find peace wherever I'm editing.
WHAT IS YOUR PROCESS WHEN CREATING AN ARTWORK?
There has to be music playing. My highest recommendation right now is the Scott Pilgrim vs The World movie soundtrack. A majority of it is rock influenced and editing with it makes a fluid process. Also, it's best to start off with a blank canvas and create concepts from there. It helps me out at least.
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT CREATING YOUR ARTWORKS?
Conceptualizing is the hardest, but the best part. Making different, complicated concepts allows me to challenge what's unexpected and create a different experience while making it. Miss You as movie posters, Miss You as horror movie posters, Louis as Peaky Blinders and Dexter, these are concepts you don't expect, but somehow blends well when they're being put together. There's satisfaction in being able to do that.
WHAT TOOLS DO YOU USE TO CREATE YOUR ARTWORKS?
Right now I use (Adobe) Photoshop CS6 at home and Wacom Cintiq 22HD at school.
WHAT ATTRACTS YOU TO CREATING ARTWORK OF LOUIS AND WHAT FEATURES OF HIS DO YOU FIND YOURSELF FOCUSING ON THE MOST?
Usually, I try to see if his expressions match the surroundings I'm putting him in. Take my Peaky Blinders edit for example. I couldn't take a low quality photo of him smiling, it wouldn't look right. I just need to be precise in picking the right photos and textures.