Interview – Georgio Xanthos from WeirdInk

Today, 10Steps.SG is proud to have an interview with the man behind WeirdInk, his name is Georgio Xanthos. Let us check out his amazing illustrations and also some interesting thoughts he have about Graphic Design.
 
Hello Georgios Xanthos! I want to thank you very much for taking up this interview. I have been following your great illustrations over at deviantART for some time. For a start, how about telling us more about you?

Hello and thanks for your kind invitation! Bring it on!

 
 
How did you first get involved with digital art and design?

It was from an early age that I already knew I was not cut for anything else. I suffered dealing with numbers and science so I spent my school years drawing on desks, playing croquet and singing opera.

Right, seriously now, after finishing school I did my Army Service as a M60 A3 tank gunner. A few Purple Hearts later I studied Graphic Design (foundation) in Greece and after that I won a scholarship in a holding breath competition and swam to Britain for a Degree in Graphic Design.

I grew facial hair and a beer belly. Got me self a dog. Graphic Design was ok, but I liked Illustration and wacky entities more.

 
"It was from an early age that I already knew I was not cut for anything else."
 
You have created an interesting series of WeirdInk characters. Where does your inspiration come from?

Extraterrestrial tentacle conventions, dreams that you wish you could tape record them. Mr Lovecraft and his outstanding work on creating a Mythos, Sensei Hayao (Miyazaki) and his story telling perfection , everything you breath, smell and see on your everyday life – I suppose observing what surrounds you its a good start. Then you twist and tweak it, pour in yourself and mix it. You shape it, then you shape it some more. Its a never ending process that never fails to excite me.

 
"I suppose observing what surrounds you its a good start. Then you twist and tweak it, pour in yourself and mix it."
 
I love your <Driving a Koobax Mental>. The colors used are beautiful and it is cute with those mysterious people hiding in the bushes. Among all of your works, which is your personal favorite?

I believe anything to do with the Mystery World has to be a favorite of mine. Through this project I got to evolve, both in storytelling and in developing my personal design style. There’s a few favorites here and there but for the history I would say that my favorite piece is the very first White Matrix i designed back in 2005. This really kicked off my love for creating Dreamlands and Myths.

 
"I would say that my favorite piece is the very first White Matrix i designed back in 2005."
 
What are your tools of the trade?

I use lots of coffee, cigarettes and Illustrator. Photoshop comes in handy when playing around with more freestyle projects like abdominal muscle enhancement.

 
"I use lots of coffee, cigarettes and Illustrator."
 
How is your typical day like?

I wake up and I’m late for work. I check my mails and leave my house. Then dash back to get dressed and grab a coffee. Im a lot into commuting because I dont drive. That’s good and bad. You can read your book in the train-but using a flat tire as an excuse for being late is crossed of your list. Oh, well.

 
"I wake up and I’m late for work."
 
Are there any website(s) that you visit regularly?

Yeah, illustration mundo, Motionographer , Design is kinky, Deviant art, Lost at E minor as well. And 10Steps.SG from now on :)

 
 
Thank you very much once again for the interview! As a final word, do you have any tips for the upcoming artists and designers?

You’re welcome, it was a struggle coming up with so many clever things to write. Tips? Remember to dream and forget to grow up.

 
 
For more updates of WeirdInk, visit the official site here or deviantART here.

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2 Comments | Write a Comment

  1. sriramkumarwild says:

    inspiring artist

  2. edoluz says:

    great artist! go on in this way! ;)

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