Ramsey “Raz” Sibaja Interview :
Global Location: USA / Peachtree City, GA
Ramsey “Raz” Sibaja currently lives and works in Peachtree City, GA where he creates editorial art, CD cover art, children’s book, posters, tee shirts, Skateboard graphics and more.
AP: What inspires your art?
RAZ: Everything and anything. Pop culture is a big influence but then so is music, nature, strange dreams, my kids, history, other artist. I usually keep a sketch book close by so I have something handy to quickly jot down any ideas or concepts otherwise they will be forgotten, no matter how god it would have been. My memory is bad that way.
AP: What is the relationship between technique and content in your work?
RAZ: I like to experiment a bit with line weights, material I use to create art be it a technical pen, brush, tree branch or toothbrush. A lot of the time the concept will dictate slightly the style used, how I create it and the materials used to create it. Mostly is pen and ink though sometimes I might dabble into some actual painting.
AP: Describe your first experience of making art and how it affected your life’s journey.
RAZ: First experience, well I’ve always drawn so a first experience is something I can’t really exactly recall. Though it always been a part of my life. Now I do recall selling my first piece of art, and how that affected me life journey. I guess like most people you don’t expect to be able to make a living out of something that you like doing and that is so natural to do (well at least for me its a very natural thing to do) A small marker illustration of a women and her baby done in a very typical Central Latin American style. Then I got a request for a logo design for a restaurant and that opened up the commercial graphic side of art. So that totally changed my perception of art as something you just do but something that could also be a career. Still a bit of a starving artist but not that quite starved. I guess you could say a regular meals artist, just not the luxury restaurant fed artist.
AP: Describe your most recent experience of making art.
RAZ: Well it always a good experience having paying clients, but especially pleasing when creating things I already like to do and get paid doing it. Though my most recently pleasing experience was helping to create all the art for my daughters Birthday party. I sat down with her like I would a client and asked questions probed for ideas and things she was into. created a list of ideas and concepts for her to narrow down. once her ideas were approved I created the art for her invitations, goody bags and place-mats. It was a great experience for both of us. Art not only pays some of the bills but also helps me get closer to my kids. Can you dig it?
AP: Take us on a guided tour through a day in your life as an artist.
RAZ: Wake up and take care of my day job which is basically 4 hours of non art related work I do to supplement my art income. Dad always said have a fallback career. So I basically do it to keep up with the skill set. Take a few hours break to cook, help with the kids homework watch a bit of TV or movies. Then sit at my drafting table or computer depending on what stage of the art I’m at and knock out as much art as I can (client works always first then personal projects I do to keep a sane mind) till I go to bed at about 2 or 3 in the morning.