Artist Proof: Tommy Noshitsky is a self made digital artist and street photographer who was born and raised on the streets of Paris, France where he was influenced by the ever emerging urban art culture which help shapte how he designs today. He also gives credit to being raised in a family of artists as well having the privilege of working at the Louvre in Paris at a young age which provided him exposure to a variety of artistic styles. His ability to integrate these allows him to keep the canvas covered. Tommy now resides in San Francisco.
Artsprojekt: What inspires your art?
Tommy Noshitsky: I receive inspiration through what I see, the city by itself is a huge source of inspiration. The buildings’s architecture, the streets, the cohabitation of nature and mechanics but also people, situations and random moments. Growing up in a family of artists was influential on my art and created inspiration. The urban street culture, graffiti, hip hop music, comics and more were a catalyst in my style of designing today.
AP: What is the relationship between technique and content in your work?
Noshitsky: I use photographs to create a design around a central image that is often the focus of the art piece. I capture shapes, shadows, lights, lines and patterns while using them in the process of creating. By overlapping pictures, cropping pieces, layering, inverting lights or changing colors, I create a whole new piece. I strive to obtain the balance between photography and digital designing.
AP: Describe your first experience of making art and how it affected your life’s journey
Noshitsky: I have always had a sketch pad and a pencil with me, the need to express on a blank material has always called me. Art has helped me to focus and be centered in my life. Other people use yoga or sports as a way to structure and guide their lives, I turn to the arts. Without time and space to create my life would not be the same.
AP: Describe your most recent experience of making art.
Noshitsky: My most recent art experience is with new products and new technologies. With the age of computers, art has taken off in many new directions
Being able to upload your designs on different products like Skateboards, Shoes, and many more is something that was not available when I was younger. It opens up endless possibilities for creating and is so much fun.
AP: Take us on a guided tour through a day in your life as an artist
Noshitsky: I spend most of my time in front of a computer using Photoshop or outside taking pictures. I start my day with coffee, then I watch the news and go online to get the latest tweets. I look for designer blogs and artists websites which add to my inspiration. The designer is now on duty! In an effort to pay the bills I also have a “day job”.
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