Kind of… – Franco Salazar

Why did you pick this picture?
This one, though I would consider it simple, was sort of an achievement to me. I think of it as the artwork that currently sums up where I’m at as a… do-er of things, in a way. But moreover, it reminds me to stay focused.

Where did the idea for this art come from?
This is an original piece for a kind of portfolio project I had going on, in the sense that, I made it specially to accompany the layout and overall direction of the book. I’m an animator, so my gig is basically storytelling in pictures, so in a print medium, and given the situation at the time, I took it as an opportunity to further stress that point by presenting it as a short illustrated album, this being the introduction and centerpiece.

What does this art mean to you?
Opportunities and reassurance. I tend to be insecure about my work and self so the whole idea behind this artwork was a huge deal when I was working on it. I mean having to promote yourself when you can’t help but sell yourself short is a very difficult thing, so I guess, in a way I tried to turn it around and let myself be vulnerable during this whole process right to the end. Somehow it worked so, go figure that one out…

What can you tell us about yourself?

I’m probably the one doing the weird noise in the room. I have a mild Tourette’s so I guess that’s probably the first thing that strikes as rather unusual about me. That has made things a little uncomfortable sometimes, but mostly helped to learn how to cope. Other than that, I guess I’m an animator by the looks of things, though I don’t feel “realized” yet, I’m always trying to make the best off my moves to get where I want to though.

What more can you tell us about your art?
Let’s see. I still got a long ways to go so this may change really fast. I’m currently trying to pick up some kind of pace and voice in my work, specially focused on all things character design and its application in an animated format. To say that I want to tell stories would be restating the obvious, but  I do have some ideas and experiments on narrative and character that I like to test out, one project at a time, some may end up as tests, others that I grow fond of I keep working on. In general though, I’m more inclined towards the fantastic and it’s relationship with the real, thematically speaking, things that can speak of themselves and of us ambivalently, I guess my efforts point strongly to that kind of ideal goal in meaning.

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