Graphic designer Kouji Oshiro creates digital artworks with insane creativity. In this interview we feature several of his glowing works that will definitely keep you inspired. Read on and get to know his inspiration and passion, as well as some words of advice. Hope you enjoy this interview!
Amazing work Kouji Oshiro! Can you tell us something about yourself so we could get to know you better?
Thanks, Ivy. My name is Hector Kouji Oshiro Kochi and I am 33 years old. I live in Lima, Perú. I hold a bachellors degree in Arts with a majoring in graphic design from The Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. I have worked as a graphic designer in a news TV station since 2005. I have been performing digital arts as a hobby and a way of learning new styles of image creation.
What made you pursue digital design? Was this a childhood dream?
Yes, I have always been into drawing, appreciating all kinds of visual arts and everything related to computers. I lovingly remember Logo Writer was the first computer software I used for making graphics, animations and simple games. As a result of gaining experience with that program I made up my mind in studying graphic design at the faculty of arts of Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú.
What usually inspires you to create?
I specially feel inspired and motivated by different sources like science fiction and anime movies, manga, western comics and outstanding artworks from other artists, so that is the reason, I own a wide array of inspiring videos and images which I contemplate them carefully prior to getting involved in the creation process. Besides that, a peaceful and quiet environment paves the way to getting the best out of me.
How have you evolved as an artist since you first started?
At the beginning, I used to draw and copy all the images I liked, and when I began to study at the univesity I learned various concepts about arts and get involved with painting, sculpture, carving, drawing, black and white photography and graphic design techniques. After landing a position as a graphic designer at a TV station, technology, communications, and electronics had a significant impact on my professional development and benefited my digital artistry.
What medium/materials do you most enjoy working with?
I have worked with a lot of medium and materials in my works and computers is the one I like to work with the most.
Your digital artwork have luminous images with what seems like an ingenious play of light in each piece. Is it safe to say that this is your signature style?
This is a special digital artwork style I created out in searching for original images for my current job. Making that sort of images entertains me and I feel delighted but I feel motivated to develop another style. Incidentally, “Energy Beings” series were developed using Photoshop and Apophysis.
Can you tell us about “Energy Beings”? What was your concept for this series?
Albert Einstein’s interesting quote “…What we have called matter is energy, whose vibration has been so lowered as to be perceptible to the senses. There is no matter.” helped me to conceptualize my approach. “Energy Beings” series was conceived as a personal project while searching for a refined style integrating in a positive approach the concepts of energy, technology, electronics and digital world. “Energy Beings” are like deities in a digital world.
Do you have new projects that you’re working on right now?
Yes, I do. I have got some sort of personal projects in mind. Currently, I am learning how to use some new software in order to create new illustration styles and in the future I would like to try using digital photography too.
Lastly, any advice for our readers?
I have got some advices based on my own personal experience.
- Talent is important but it should go together with practice and continuous training in order to achieve excellence in any kind of professional field.
- During the learning stage process, do copy everything you like. Make your brain become like a sponge in order to absorb a lot of knowledge and acquire techniques which in the future you will make use of creatively and originally.
- Get a personal file on the internet (blog, Facebook, Behance) to show your artworks.
- Be autodidact. Do always keep alive the eagerness to learn new software and techniques.