First thing first, a very happy new year to you all dear readers. I have been quite busy but here we go again for a new year of interviews, beautiful prints and many surprises to come soon !! So, in order to begin the year with a little bit of sun, please welcome Brookesia Studio on the blog and Feliz ano nuevo to them ! :)
At the moment we are listening to the new Hellshock 12” - Shadows of the afterworld
Can you tell us more about yourself, who are you, where are you from, what do you do?
Brookesia studio are us – Mariñe and Rubén, two lovers of music, graphic design and art in general. We come together beginning 2012 in Bilbao to create this project for on the one hand graphic design of posters, album covers, flyers, etc. and on the other hand in order to make as much as possible projects in screen printing, which is our other big love. Let it be posters, covers, shirts, whatever...
When did you start drawing?
From childhood on we started painting the walls of our parents homes... and until today we did not stop to create...
Me, Mariñe, got licensed in Arts, but somehow both are autodidacts in some way, we were developping our own resources with influences of other artists from near as well as from artists of the other side of the world. Above all, we never stopped and are constituting step by step our own style, but in arts we think you never stop learning, experience and discover yourself.
Today are you living from your art, or do you do something else for a living ?
Actually, we are starting and have more depth than benefits.... but we are conscious about starts in the world of arts are generally quite hard... but we are up to fight and give everything to be able to live from what we like to do most.
In our short career we have ocasionally participated in some fanzine, magazins... sporadically.
Where does your influence come from?
Is there any artists/graphists you particularly like, what are your influences?
Ugh, we could not say precisely one... we love arts in general, and always have been infuenced by different artists, painters, illustrators, sculptors... from whatever epoch.... just to mention some: classic victorian age, engraving, movements of the beginning and middle of the century (futurism, dadaism, surrealism), steampunk and above all modern illustration, all these tendencies have left their marks.
Eg, when we have an assignment, we join and bring together all our ideas and having in mind different points of view we decide... However, we think it very important that our works is getting along with the style of the band. Therefore, the first thing is to know the essence and esthetics of each band, afterwards we start working on each design and printing.
Do you do everything by hand or on computer?
For us, both tools are equally necessary.
Well, it depends on many things, the complexity of the design and of our state of mind, hahaha
You have a very distinctive style, are you doing only what you feel like or if tomorrow somebody asks you an oil painting with horses running out of water with a sunset backdrop, is it a problem or are you up for it ?
To be true it is always better and more satisfying to create how it comes from you inside and to hold on to your style and esthetics you like and which are motivating you... but we are open-minded to whatever people might ask for, but obviously within our ethics.
We have worked for many bands which came touring here from Europe and other parts of the world. Eg. Baroness, Neila, Destierro, Antisect, Poisson Idea, Future Ruins, etc...
For which band would you love to work?
Hhmm, many bands, especially wolves in the throne rooms, amebix, neurosis....
Do you choose the artists yourself?
No, or sometimes yes, depends on the circumstancies, normally we work on orders.
What is the most difficult part in designing a poster ?
To have a clear idea and to realize it, say to picture what you have in mind in a piece of paper, as well as developping the structure and composition of the design once you got that, everything goes on...
Do you think you are part of a "Graphic Scene", if so who else ?
We are part of this collective of music posters in Spain: (http://www.thepostercollective.org/)
A bit of self-promotion, take advantage of it, it's free, where can we see your work , on the web or in real life?
We have a Brookesia Studio facebook account and a webpage is under construction.
The best praise you received lately?
The best compensation is that people value and appreciate your work.