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Interview with Azhron

From Nathalie (Crew), on 2014-01-13 at 10:00

Hi Azrhon,

Please introduce yourself in a few words, tell us who you are and where you come from. How and why did you become a graphic designer?
Hello laFraise, my name is Ronnel Cabardo (aka azrhon/roncabardz). I’m from the friendly city of Cebu, Philippines. Drawing has been my outlet for expression and a hobby since my childhood. I love computers and playing games a lot. And because of my passion for arts I decided to pursue graphic design. I learn graphic design through self study, and it is quite a challenging experience.

What do you like to draw?

I’m a portrait guy and still spend a lot of time studying faces. Currently, I’m also enjoying human anatomy.

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Which music do you listen to when drawing? And where do you look for inspiration in general?

Mostly alternative rock. Acoustic and instrumental songs when I’m drawing, but it really depends on my mood. I listen to everything from classic to death metal.

How long have you known laFraise and how did you find us?

I have known laFraise for 3 year now, I think. I’m not really good at vector illustration, but I just decided to try some of my ideas in this format. I found out about laFraise through other artists, and so far I’m enjoying the community, and especially the artwork here. By the way, the new site looks really awesome!!!

What are your 4 favorite printed designs at laFraise?

I would choose Last Judgement by Gums as my number 4. I really love the concept and the funny face of the character.

Last judgement Gums

No. 3 is The Witness by Anythinggoes, I’m a big fan of his works and this piece is just purely awesome!

The witness Anythinggoes

No. 2 is Black Hole – great design by digitalorgasm, this guy just won’t run out of ideas, and his art is consistenly awesome! Really love his style and his concepts.

Black Hole Digital Orgasm

No.1 is Make love not war by MonkFactory. This is design just hit the jackpot when it comes to concept, and the art is awesome too.

Make love not war Monkfactory

What is your favorite website and do you have any favorite artists ?

Uhmmmm….yahoomail? Probably because I open it almost every day to see client emails, lol! I admire a lot of artists in the T-shirt community, and they also give me a lot of inspiration. Artist like Nicebleed, Mathiole, Kyle Cobban, Dan Mumford, Christopher Lovell.

Do you have hobbies other than drawing? What are they?

Computer games, football, gym, and basketball.

If you were …

- A movie – Army of Darkness

- A band – Dream Theater

- A color – Black

- A book – Tales of the Macabre

- A famous person (dead or alive) – George Carlin

Could you please draw us your interpretation of strawberries with chantilly crème?

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Interview with HelloFromTheMoon

From Nathalie (Crew), on 2013-12-16 at 10:00

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Hi HelloFromTheMoon,

Please introduce yourself in a few words, tell us who you are and where you come from. How and why did you become a graphic designer?

Hello! My name’s Eleanor Lutz, and I’m from Seattle, Washington. I just recently started working as a graphic designer, though I’ve been drawing since I was a little kid. Right now I do design work for MapBox, a software company in DC and San Francisco.

What do you like to draw?

I love to draw cities, astronauts, landscapes, and monsters. Deciding on the colors is probably my favorite part of making a design.

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Which music do you listen to when drawing? And where do you look for inspiration in general?

I like to listen to rock music when I’m drawing. My favorite bands right now are the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Metric. I find a lot of my inspiration on the internet, and from graffiti and street scenes in the city where I live.

How long have you known laFraise and how did you find us?

I’ve known laFraise for three or four months, and I found the site when I was browsing the internet for cool Tshirt companies.

What are your 4 favorite printed designs at laFraise – and still available – ?

« Draw me a Rover »

Draw me a rover

« Ninja’s Identity »

ninja's identity

« Delicious Colors »

Delicious colors

« Geisha of the Stars »

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What is your favorite website and do you have any favorite artists ?

I really like Behance for keeping track of all of my favorite artists. I have a lot of favorite designers :)

Do you have hobbies other than drawing? What are they?

I like to read, travel, play computer games, cook, and hang out with my friends. I also really like exploring cities and trying out new restaurants and cafes.

Could you please draw us your interpretation of strawberries with chantilly crème?


Strawberry

Visit her portfolio on Behance
Follow her on twitter.

Interview with our Graphic Faith / Abby Philips

From Nathalie (Crew), on 2013-11-25 at 11:00

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Hi, Please introduce yourself in a few words, tell us who you are and where you come from?

Hi! My name is Abby Philips (ourgraphicfaith is my art name), 32 yrs old and I hail from the city of Cochin, situated in southern India. I am a doctor by profession, currently doing my post doctoral medical degree in Hepatology and Transplant Medicine. At present, I work at New Delhi. I dabble in a little bit of art during my spare time, looking for artists around the world, who would work with me on some cool ideas that I cook up from time to time. We collaborate on ideas that stretch from fantasy to nasty cuteness and gore to political parodies and sub these designs to tee design competitions.

What was the your aim in collaborating with different artists and how did this passion come about?

I have been following tee design artwork for a very long time and I have had nice ideas all the time in my head which I wanted to put out for design competitions. I have very very limited art skill in digital and graphic designing and so I set out to collaborate with artists who were experts in this matter, to kind of help me bring my ideas out there. In the end, for me, seeing something in my mind as a real design out there was more satisfying than winning any. So I keep this collaborative effort up all the time.

Collaboration with Adabelle Tan. – Meowtown  The Last Bark

Collaboration with Adabelle Tan. - Meowtown  The Last Bark

Collaboration with Nicholas Roberts. – Daycare Diplomacy

Collaboration with Nicholas Roberts. - Daycare Diplomacy

Collaboration with Matilda Rodriguez.-  Evolutionary Advantage

Collaboration with Matilda Rodriguez.-  Evolutionary Advantage

Collaboration with  Davi Silva.- Pugged!

Collaboration with Davi Silva.- Pugged!

Which music do you listen to when drawing? And where do you look for inspiration in general?

Music does not inspire me to think on ideas. For me, music is a break from all the thinking that heats up my head at times. I love to listen to Yann Tiersen and anything power ballab from the 80’s and 90’s. Currently I am into this band called Of Monster’s and Men and this fantastic women’s choir, Scala and Kolacny from Belgium. I look at other artists style for inspiration. I do not have a particular set of characters or instances that I work with. I am always open to new thinking and new events that would eventually produce a great design!

Could you please introduce some of the artists with whom you have collaborated to submit designs to laFraise?

My first submission to laFraise was with this fantastic artist by the name, Sem Brys aka Mantichore. He is such a cool guy and is very versatile when it comes to art. He is well known for his ‘Pixel’ based art. Our submission was based on pop culture, specifically, Dr Who.

The second artist who I have been good friends with and did a collaboration work on was Triagus, who is already printed on laFraise. Our submission was based on Calvin and Hobbes and it did pretty well. I subbed another one with the legendary Randyotter on laFraise, which we called ‘Fantastic Relief’. It was funny and caught many an attention!

What are your 4 favorite printed designs at laFraise?

It’s easy:

Miam by Lufograf

Miam - Lufograf

Delicious Colors by Ifanknight

Delicous colors de Ifanknight

Hamelin Concert by Vaca

Hamelin concert - Vaca

Why so serious by Dracoimagem

Why so serious- Dracoimagem

What is your favorite website and do you have any favorite artists ?

I love all those design competition sites! They are all very energizing and makes me want to make more good fun artwork!

Do you have hobbies other than drawing? What are they?

I draw rough only, so that I can pass on an idea to an artist. So basically drawing does become my big hobby eventually. But other than that, its movies and a lot of console gaming. I don’t find time to do a lot of things that I would like to do because I have a hardened schedule at work, but whenever I get some time, I mostly draw, watch movies and play on my PS3.

How long do you know laFraise and how did you know it?

I have known laFraise since maybe around 2008-2009, but never did sub designs here until now, because I was trying to make a niche for myself in the artworld all this while. Now, I am a little set for it J

If you were …

- A movie – Cinema Paradiso

- A band  - White Lion

- A color  - Black

- A book  - Bone by Jeff Smith

- A famous person (dead or alive) – Guillermo del Toro (the director)

Could you please draw us an interpretation of strawberries with chantilly crème?

This one is all by me! I did this by myself and this would probably be my first non-collaborative effort! Hope you like this one J Cheers and thanks!

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Interview with Tantuki

From Nathalie (Crew), on 2013-11-18 at 11:00

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Hi Tantuki,

Please introduce yourself in a few words, tell us who you are and where you come from. How and why did you become a graphic designer?

Hello Nath, and hello laFraise! First of all I would like to thank you for your interest in my work. I’m tantuki, and I live in Berlin (mostly), and I’m really positively surprised to be able to feature in this interview with you. I’ve been practicing my answers in front of the mirror already J I do not really consider myself as an illustrator; I’m more of a sculpturer. This is what I studied at university as well, and sketching is more of a natural and straightforward outlet of creativity for me. But I have also done illustrations for friends and other people already, and I’ve been fortunate to receive some good feedback. Functional drawing is a very positive sphere…

What else do you like to draw?

I only ever draw with black ink on paper without pursuing any function or goal. I draw free lines nad curves, usually without lifting the pen, and then try and figure out what shape I could give it. And then after a little while the drawing takes shape. It could be a rusty axe, a silly joke, or anything that reveals a wicked secret of my soul. That’s my personal vendetta. I don’t correct anything or delete anything, everything counts.  If I don’t like something, I have to find a way to deal with it by carrying on with the drawing. Sometimes I need to create a ‘black whole’ to somehow make it work and presentable. And sometimes I can love it and think about selling it for a lot of money. Daydreaming. Well, and then I work on my Unfuck Yourself collage series, I design throwing objects, build a house and glue functional sheet metal signs that I attach to walls. Visit her website.

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What kind of design/motive do you usually draw the most, and which music do you listen to when drawing?

Funky old Hawaii music, Captain Beefheart, Yma Sumac and Mr. Bungle. A relaxed work atmosphere brings about inspiration. Or cycling. Waking up from a crazy dream at 4am, sketching an idea in a notebook and then carry on sleeping before I delve into the new day and my various jobs. I like building exhibitions, also for other artists. That’s involves physical exercise and is a handy excuse for  not doing sports. All this often brings about a state of inspiration overload. Other artists and their egocentric and often insubordinately brazen work is great fun, and it gives me a chance to explore something new and get inspiration for a change of tack in my art. It’s good to be uncompromising while applying a great deal of patience and not accepting any limits. You can laugh yourself to death by absorbing a reality shock, and by getting the bends when resurfacing.

How long have you known laFraise and how did you find us?

I discovered laFraise a few years ago when surfing the net. And I think it’s great. A nice gem amidst the big muddle that is the world wide web. Initially I didn’t dare contribute since everything I saw seemed so perfect and professional technically. Thankfully it’s a free platform that gives you the chance to try and error and improve, and that’s something you don’t often find in the world of art and design. And in the end you only need to find 500 people who like and buy your T-shirt… Personally, I’m actually not a big fan of displaying big images on my tee. But it’s prints like VAN GOTH that really make a difference. I’m green with envy. Congratulations! There is lots of great work, and an amazing selection. I wish you the best of sales!

Can you name one or two of your favourite laFraise designs?

Oh yeah, my favourite is THE COURSE OF THE WEREWOLF by Rusc.

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Closely followed with Van Goth by ErnstWolf

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And Poumtchak , it’s a design by Brentt (early REAK…)

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Do you have a favourite website and/or a favourite artist?

There’s an old site by Deitch Projects from New York that I really like. I hope that it will stick around forever. And laFraise is a site where you can get lost clicking for hours. And I do have a lot of favourite artists, and they keep changing all the time. Junji Ito is my latest discovery, the big master of horror manga. This one made me gasp for air: Lines on paper! Super bad. Bagful of horror, and funny all the same. And I just rediscovered Yayoi Kusama. Great installation artist. And Peter Doig and Tony Cragg. Inges Idee, Fischli&Weiss. Robert Crumb. Hokusai. And that’s just at the moment.

T-shirtwise I would have to say: randyotter, lulu, und Bubusam.

Do you have hobbies other than drawing? What are they?

I’m currently practicing a lot and am trying to improve my technique. And I want to be able to draw faster. And then I want to find my own voice. Well, and does cycling count as well? I need my daily dose of bike time, just like fast cooking and slow eating. And maybe renting out a canoe if there’s enough time and water available. But I’ve never really had what you’d call ‘a real hobby’.

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- a movie

Lone Wolf and Cub.

- a band

A garage band

- a colour

A very old and sleazy vessel blue. With a hint of typography in fresh black

- a book

‘Head on the head’, a thoroughly illustrated eclectic selection of real consternation

- a celebrity…

The dancing ghost of Cab Calloway’s singing in early Betty Boops movies (– when her skirt was still short before her self-imposed censorship in 1932…

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Could you please draw us your interpretation of strawberries with Chantilly cream? Thanks for the interview and the drawing!

Yes, but just a little brainwave sketch today…

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2 new printed shirts in store!

From Nathalie (Crew), on 2013-11-01 at 10:14

Hello,

Here are the 2 newest shirts at laFraise.com. This week a shirt for Nature protection lovers and another one to revise your movie classics, have fun when shopping at laFraise!

The many faces of the movies” by Malo_And_The_Whale – A movie shirt -

The many face of movies de Malo_And_The_Whale

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The tote Bag

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Clean the world by Robert Richter – A nature shirt -

Clean the world de Robert Richter

Interview with Zakihamdani

From Nathalie (Crew), on 2013-10-21 at 11:00

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Hi Zakihamdani,

Please introduce yourself in a few words, tell us who you are and where you come from. How and why did you become a graphic designer?

Hi! My name is Zaki Hamdani, and I am a student at a college of Jakarta, the main city of my country Indonesia. And I love wrestling with the arts, especially graphic design. To me creating works of art is like a primary need just like eating and drinking :D I am very pleased with the T-shirts, especially since the artwork receives an appreciation when attached to the tee. It fills me with great pride, thank you lafraise :-)

How did you conceive your design “Play boss” and how did you get the idea? What inspired you and what is the story behind it?

I got inspired by the magazine Playboy, and I replaced the word ‘boy’ with ‘ boss’ while depicting the boss as the carrot and the rabbits as ‘bunnies’.

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Do you like bunnies? And surely you must eat lots of carrots?

Yeah, I love rabbits. But I actually don‘t really like carrots!

What kind of design/motive do you draw the most, and which music do you listen to when drawing?

I prepare my creations and drawings on paper, and then transfer them to a computer for colouring. These jobs are fun … And I always listen to music of The Cure when I draw because it lifts my spirits :-)

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How long have you known laFraise, and how did you find us?

lafraise is a great site that I encountered when a friend of mine introduced it to me. His name is Harry Fitriansyah aka fathi. He won a lafraise competition in the past, and then invited me to follow it. And finally I won :-)

If you would recommend us, what would you say?

laFraise is a quality provider of online T-shirts. Illustrations are selected through very stiff competition.

Do you have hobbies other than drawing? What are they?

I spend a lot of time riding around with my scooter, and I always bring my camera to capture the best moments.

Could you please draw us your interpretation of strawberries with Chantilly cream? Thanks for the interview and the drawing!

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Interview with AdamLawless

From Nathalie (Crew), on 2013-10-14 at 11:00

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Hi AdamLawless,

Please introduce yourself in a few words, tell us who you are and where you come from. How and why did you become a graphic designer?

Hello everyone! I’m 46, a family man with 3 kids and self employed since 1997. I’m fun but not too outgoing. I was born in Singapore where I grew up as well. Now I’m residing in Malaysia. I was very active in art class while I was in high school. I then took up Graphic Design in Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore; there I attained a diploma in Applied Arts. I then worked in one of the biggest advertising agency there. In 1997 I quit and I have been freelancing till now.

How did you conceive your design “croc rock” and how did you get the idea? What inspired you and what is the story behind it? What is the relationship between the crocodile and the saxophone?

I wanted to do something different from the rest of the competitors since all my previous submissions didn’t work that well. It has to be eye catching. And that was why Croc Rock was designed that way. The saxophone is like a ‘bridge’ that an artist can use to have something extraordinary coming out from it. In my case I decided to have bubbles. It’s all about to getting attention from the masses.

croc rock by AdamLawless

Do you like crocodiles and similar reptiles?

Oh no! I hate them (laughs). But it’s strange that they look very good when we depict them nicely. They have a great texture! I love it when it comes to do detailing.

What kind of design/motive do you usually draw the most, and which music do you listen to when drawing?

Well, I don’t have a specific theme in my design. I will do whatever comes to mind at the time. I love music very much, quite varied but generally I like metal music. While working I usually have the music and horror stories from our local radio station accompany me. Working alone isn’t fun, so I’m glad youtube.com is around!

How long have you known laFraise and how did you find us?

I joined laFraise in June 2012. I didn’t know laFraise existed until a friend needed me to vote for his design. I registered and: voilà! I’m glad to be in, glad it all happened.

If you would recommend us, what would you say?

laFraise – quality products with many, many great designs. The shirts are great quality and printed with the newest digital print procedure. Go get them!!!

Do you have hobbies other than drawing? What are they?

I play the guitar and work. The rest of my time I spend with my family or do some housework. If I could I would go out and kill zombies on a daily basis, but it’s rare to find one these days. Do you know where to find any zombies in your area?

Could you please draw us your interpretation of strawberries with Chantilly cream? Thanks for the interview and the drawing!

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Interview with Arsène

From Nathalie (Crew), on 2013-09-30 at 08:01

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Hi Arsène,


- Can you introduce yourself in a few words? Who are you, where are you from and why/how have you become an illustrator?

Sometime in the late nineteen-hundreds I promised myself that I would steal from the rich and give it to the poor, just like my hero Maurice Leblanc has done before me.   Then the years went by, I got married, had two daughters and I became a graphic designer living in the Lyon area. It seems my childhood dream could never really let go of my imagination though. This is the main reason why I repeatedly introduced my design ‘Peter Pan Flying Club’. Now I’m a bit of an old hand in this club myself.  The creative process has always fascinated me, regardless of whether I was a creator myself or whether I was an observer.   It is just as fascinating to discover the work of others as it is to create your own stuff. This is why becoming a graphic designer was an obvious choice for me.

- Can you tell us how the design ‘Ghosts and Jokes’ came about?  What was your source of inspiration?

It happens sometimes that I want to create something with a certain theme and need to think  ‘Come on, think of something!’ Sometimes it works, and sometimes not at all!!!

For this type of exercise it is good to pick a topic that is cool in itself, and this is why I chose Pacman and his ghosts to spin my own yarn the way I always like doing it (quiet girls, daddy’s at work).  The association between Pacman and the ball chain came all by itself (by the pool) and the rest followed easily. I also remembered a comment passed by GeorgesLM who said that my designs weren’t detailed enough. That’s why I hinted at a vault in the background and put fruit on some of the tiles in the foreground.   As you can see, sound advice doesn’t hurt! Thanks again, GLM.

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- I can imagine that you’re a massive Pacman fan who spends hours chasing ghosts in front of your screen. Right?

I need to confess: I’m a very average player of games! So this design is my way of taking revenge on these darn ghosts! All those lost games, terrible…

-Can you tell any ghost jokes?

Nope, unfortunately not. Boohoo!

- What else do you like drawing?

Landscapes with fantastic flowers, patterns, skin peeling for beauty treatment, stars, perfect circles with wagging fingers, my daughter’s toys, dice, cartoons on current affairs, exotic mushrooms, faces in chocolate cream…

- Do you get inspired by music?

I usually listen to the radio, talk shows, comedy, news… But when I need to concentrate, I just need some silence. Otherwise I listen to pop-rock and French chansons.

- How long have you known of laFraise? And how did you become aware of this little fruit?

I’ve been uploading designs to laFraise  regularly for about of 6 years.  I simply wanted to win the contest, especially because the one by Cielo is quite attractive. And then I started wearing my own laFraise T-shirts, which was quite something for me given that I was a man of ‘maturing age’ already. And when Nathalie was looking for support, I was also quite interested.

- If you were to recommend laFraise to someone, what would you say?

laFraise is a creative treasure trove for every age and taste.  The design quality is constantly improving, and the competition between fans of epic frescoes and crazy (and slightly shocking) designs is both a challenge and a chance for everyone.

- Do you have any hobbies other than drawing? And if so, which?

I play tennis, but unfortunately just as bad as Pacman. My backhand is ghastly, and my service is not worth mentioning. Oh yeah, and I devour comics of any kind, heaps of sci-fi novels, action movies and some selected TV series.

- What projects are in your pipeline for the year to come?

Keep getting contracts, become as good as other laFraise artists who let their talent speak for them by producing irresistible designs. I’m a long way off this though. The same applies to making the laFraise Friday quiz a big hit. And creating a new smiley (also a long way off).

- Could you sketch your version of strawberries and cream for us? Thank you for this interview, and for the sketch!

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