I was first assigned the Interview of Mr. Julien /orion when Ars Digitalia brought their artwork to Shadowness. You see, Mr. Julien is the founder of the group. There is much to be said about creative genius these days, but the real measure of any intellect is what it can do. In the case of several well-known individuals on Shadowness, their creative nature sought to build new and innovative places to share thier art. Not only did they evidence themselves in this way, but like Jeremie Julien, they also were advanced in their artistic creations as well. Come with me and visit the work of Jeremie Julien where mystery, passion and power claim their own private realms.
I’d like to begin by asking you about Ars Digitalia. When did you found it, what is its aim, how many members does it have and why did you feel that you wanted to create such a group?
Well, after surfing many different French communities, I decided to imagine my own. In this period, the French communities were really old fashioned and washed up. That is why I decided that I had to imagine another way to reunite people who were like-minded. Collectives were beginning to spring up, and the idea seemed to be great. I just did a kind of graphic mash-up by bringing the best ideas from communities and collectives. That's when ArsDigitalia was finally created.
What part do other artist’s work play in your learning process?
Since I began in this graphic world, I have always met artists who inspired me. I could never have hoped to answer this interview without these awesome guys. They keep pushing me and act as mentors, unintentionally. Thanks to them, I keep on reaching a higher stage, where art always has another dimension; there is always something higher...
How long have you been posting and giving critique in internet galleries?
I still give critique on the web, and as many as possible, because if I manage to improve my art, it is thanks to the critique that I receive. I try to give advices to people starting in graphic art, as people did for me when I began.
What software/hardware/medium do you use?
I only use Photoshop to create my artworks, and do some sketches before beginning to create the digital way. I listen to some music, watch movies and discover some other artworks through digital websites which expose lots of works.
When and how did you first hear about Shadowness?
I heard about Shadowness a few months ago. The first time was when the founder of SN, Meng-To, asked to see ArsDigitalia on his website. I joined it to represent my collective, and it really worked. I considered SN like a graphic library, because it was so useful.
What do you feel is the most important technical element of your artwork?
I think that the light has a very important and special place in my artwork. Light and colors, indeed. I can spend lot of time working with color and light. Feelings we have when we see a piece of art depend on the colors and the lighting, that's why it is the most important for me.
What are you working on now?
I'm actually working on a very special project, from a point of view of realization. This project is named "Livre Onirique". I collect friends' dreams and I illustrate them. When it will be finished, I want to make a book with all the illustrations I made.
Who are some of your favorite current and historical artists?
I have recently discovered this artist called Christo. He made fantastic giant artworks all around the world and auto finance them. For me, he is really represent freedom and passion in art.
There is Peter Jaworowski too. This young man (23 years old), has succeeded in the graphic and advertising world. He has got his own web agency and travels through the world to meet his clients and make awesome works with them.