Striking scenes send the message | 視覺衝擊的信息傳達

Derik Hobbs – Tiger

A tiger stalks through a dark forest, rippling fog shrouding its paws. Its head is lowered, its gaze is fixed. The lines are sharp and determined, and the palette is strictly limited to black and white. Stripes and branches flow together. This is one of Tennessee small town-raised Derik Hobbs’ many depictions of nature. The key words are unmistakable: “crisp” and “clear,” with undertones of “ominous, inviting, treacherous,” to use his own words.

Derik has not always been illustrating. Although he grew up drawing, his actual illustration (in the more professional sense) was limited to “tinkering around in PhotoShop every now and then” and some shirt and stencil designs. Attending art school in Savannah College of Art and Design opened up his view of illustration, and attracted him with its possibilities. Using metaphors and narratives, he found that illustration could speak to the viewer both conceptually and by the style and design itself.

Derik Hobbs – Q

Emphasising lines and hatches – by ballpoint and crow quill pen – Derik aims to capture the viewer’s attention by means of repetition and texture. “The scenes illustrated aren’t usually ones that will knock you with the message upon first glance. I think the main objective is to say something with striking imagery, made up of elegant features and meticulous details,” he says. An illustration can take anything from a week to a month to complete, as many different pieces may be worked on at the same time. Derik describes his relation to illustrating as “relentlessly curious, and at times a bit unhealthy.”

In his creative career, Derik thanks his parents and friends, professors and colleagues, but also experiences which he believes has molded him and his work tremendously. The biggest lesson he’s learned is clear: “Continuously push beyond what you think is enough, and to consistently do something that furthers your creative career every single day. Always be drawing, learning, observing, and striving for the next project.”

Nature is Derik’s main theme. As he says, there’s simply nothing about it he doesn’t enjoy (except summer, “the absolute worst season.”) Tigers and big cats, and just about every bird, fascinate him. “Animals with beauty, power, and grace are always first to catch my attention and hold it,” he says.

Derik Hobbs – Octo

When asked about man’s relationship to nature, Derik has a thoughtful answer ready. “I think it’s a very interesting and captivating relationship in the way that they both imitate the other, humans having animalistic traits and animals having human traits and personality elements. We both do things to survive and out of anger or pleasure. This subject is one I explored recently with a project called “The Anatomy of a Liar,” one I began writing and illustrating in my 3rd year at college. It’s an illustrated interpretation and observation of the relationship between the ways animals lie to survive, and how human beings can lie for many means outside of just one motive.”

Derik’s upcoming projects include two personal book projects (including “The Anatomy of a Liar” mentioned above) and a brand design for a Tennessee coffee shop. He sees himself following his work where it takes him, whether that is moving to another state, partnering up to create a design studio, or being represented by an art agency. His dream project is to illustrate a collection of Penguin Classics book covers – “taking something already loved and revered and add my own work to its legacy.” Ultimately, he hopes he can exhaust all the possibilities of his work, and make an impact in the community he grew up in – “adding an artistic element to stagnant lifestyle and to someday create a poster design studio that will stay in place even after my life.”

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Derik Hobbs – Shepard

一頭老虎在黑暗的森林裡面用它尖利的銳爪撥開濃霧;牠的頭低垂,視線卻異常堅定。畫面的線條細膩而穩定,間條的形狀和樹枝相交,顏色只有黑與白。這是來自田納西州一個小鎮的Derik Hobbs對於大自然的詮釋:「清脆」、「簡明」,又內含「危險、不祥和詭異」的味道。

Derik不是一開始就懂得畫插畫的。儘管他一直都很喜歡畫畫,他對於插畫的實際操作僅限於「在Photoshop裡面時不時地搗弄」和一些T恤的印刷。在薩凡納藝術設計大學上學的他被課程完全的開拓了視野,並被無數的可能性吸引著。利用著不同的表達手法,他發現插畫可以透過不同的風格與觀眾交流不同概念。

透過利用圓珠筆和細尖筆,Derik著重線條和描影的工序,他希望可以在不斷重複的仔細質感上虜獲觀眾的注意力。「我所繪畫的場景通常都不是第一眼就可以讓人知道它的內容。我覺得要傳遞信息,具視覺衝擊力的影響和華麗的細節都很重要。」一幅插畫通常需時一週至一個月不等,尤其同時間不止畫一幅作品。Derik形容他和插畫的關係是「無止盡的好奇,同時也有點不健康。」

在他的創作生涯當中,Derik非常感謝她的家人,朋友,教授和同事,同時他也相信那是他的經驗塑造了他和他的創作風格。他所學到最受用的一課非常簡單:「要不停的挑戰自己的極限,不停地嘗試去擴闊自己的創作生涯。每天都要畫畫、學習、觀察並爭取下一個項目。」

Derik Hobbs – The Shrink

大自然是他主要的創作主題。一如他自己所說,大自然裡面沒有什麼是他所不喜歡的(除了夏天,這個「最糟糕的季節」)。老虎、大型貓科動物、甚至只是不同種類的雀鳥都讓他驚喜。「動物的美、力量和優雅總是可以一下子就抓住我的注意力。」

當問及人類與大自然的關係,Derik顯然早有準備好的答案。「我覺得兩者之間的關係非常有趣,因為兩者都在彼此模仿:人類會有動物般的本能而動物也會有人類般的行為。兩者都在為著生存而奮鬥。我最近就這個題目研究,項目起名為『說謊者的解剖』。它描述的是動物如何為了生存而說謊和人類如何為了一個目的用不同的方法撒謊。」

Derik接下來的項目有兩個,除了以上所提及的『說謊者的解剖』,也有在幫忙一家在田納西州的咖啡店建立品牌。他並沒有特定的職業規劃,也樂得由工作引領他的去處:移居到別的洲份、跟別人合夥開設公司、或者成為代理公司的代表。他的夢想項目是為企鵝經典書籍系列畫封面:「想要將本身已深受大眾喜愛的東西加入自己的風格進行創造」同時,他希望從他所有的項目當中發掘所有的可能性並在他身處的社群當中做出貢獻:「希望可以在沉悶的生活當中注入一點藝術的元素,同時希望可以創作出一幅作品可以在我死後人們依然會繼續懸掛。」

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