What/who do you both take inspiration or influence from in your work? Are there any up-and-coming creatives that you are keeping your eye on and what do you dig about their work?
Serval: I’m drawn to artists and work that have that vibrant aesthetic and abstract approach. I appreciate the work of Keciano (aka keciano6) and I like the fluid abstract nature of their work. It has that contemporary feel and strong elements of culture.
Kole: No one in particular, but social media plays a big part in it. I like seeing what everyone is doing out there and I admire the courage to post things they’re working on. I think there’s so much more out there to see. Artists can be their own biggest critic, and I just hope people out there know that they need to keep going and they’re going to kill it and hone their craft.
You’re both integral members of the BurgerFuel Design Dept. and are constantly dealing with varied projects being thrown your way, tight deadlines and high expectations. That could (understandably) stifle any time for creative fun outside of work. Kole, how do you keep creatively motivated outside of the 9 – 5?
Striking a balance between work and life is a little difficult for me. Especially when what you do for fun is exactly the same thing as what you do for a living. Inspiration is everywhere and can sometimes be overwhelming! Being always creative can be exhausting, so I’ve recently just learnt how to turn my brain off completely. As counter intuitive as it might sound, I keep myself creatively motivated, by NOT doing anything creatively. I put my mind into other things like playing video games, watching films, and looking at awesome things I could make. Okay okay, so maybe I can’t turn my creative brain off completely. But it’s a start.
Serval, we know your freelance work keeps you busy after hours, how do you keep motivated?
My partner and striving to provide a good life for us is what keeps me motivated. My motivations have changed over time. Before I met my partner, I was mostly driven by ego and vanity with my work, now it’s all about building a sustainable career to support us both, that’s what drives me.
And if you could hang your hat on one piece of work you created at BurgerFuel, what would it be?
Kole: I would have to say it’s the new BurgerFuel Choppers artwork. What makes it special to me is that it’s the first time I fully integrated 3D in my workflow, and it’s gone to print. The sketch and the final artwork are so different, I don’t know how my manager trusted me to make it look as good as it does now.
From the get-go, it was just something I was really excited about. Being my first 3D project, applying everything I know in terms of photography to set up my scene digitally and just designing the set even though most of it is out of focus anyway was just something I found fun. Hiding easter eggs here and there is like leaving breadcrumbs that people may or may not even see. But I’ll know it’s there. It’s something to look back on and remember the process.