Nothing makes us more happy than the success of artists that use markers. One such artist is Patrick Sean Gibson, a multidisciplinary Designer and Illustrator whose Copic art was the centerpiece of a music video by Hot Flash Heat Wave.
In case you missed it, Patrick’s unique style of hand-crafted illustrations recently founds its way into an analog music video, “Raindrop” by Hot Flash Heat Wave. When he informed us about the Copic-made animation in this music video, we just had to learn more. Not just about the project, but about him as an artist.
Patrick, what role has art has played in your life?
Art, Design, Animation, Filmmaking, Illustration... these are the driving forces behind my life. Everything I do in my life revolves around my creative practice and if I'm not creating I feel like I'm wasting my time on this earth. As brute as that may sound, it's the darned honest truth! I really don't know why it's so important to me, but it is. My brain never turns off when it comes to the act of creating, or conceptualizing. When one project ends, a new one begins. It's a never ending cycle and that cycle helps keep me centered in this chaotic, vibrant, mind-melting world of ours.
When did your focus and style as an artist really sink in?
I would say my focus really became crystal clear halfway through the year of 2008. I found my niche then. I was attending design school in San Francisco and I read a book by the name of "It Is Beautiful... Then Gone" by Martin Venezky. Upon finishing the book, a waterfall of clarity came rushing into my life. Through Martin's work and writings, I discovered the intersection of design and the analog arts. Ever since then, I've adapted that practice into my own and it has kept me captivated and wide-eyed to exploring the possibilities of how far I can take my work.
In terms of my personal style, I really don't know if it has ever truly sunk in. Some people tell me I have a very distinct and consistent style, but I honestly don't really see it. I think the reason I don't see it as well is because I take on such a vast multitude of different projects - from murals, to logos, to animations, to poster designs, the list goes on. Each project usually calls for a very specific aesthetic and style based on the wants and needs of the client that I'm working with. In the end, when I put images of all my finished projects side-by-side, say on my website for example, I feel like they all end up looking very different and unrelated to each other. I don't think that's a bad thing though!
For a lot of our followers, success is equated with getting paid for creating art. Is this true for you?
Definitely not. Success just has to do with accomplishing goals. Simple as that. Not all goals revolve around money, that's for sure. I've worked on very successful projects where the goals of the project were met and exceeded and I didn't get paid a dime for my time.
What was it like to be involved in making the Raindropvideo for Hot Flash Heat Wave?
Working on Raindrop has been an absolute roller coaster of a ride! This video, by far, takes the cake for the longest I've ever worked on a single project. Myself, alongside my collaborator and Co-Director Luke Lasley, wanted to make something beyond our comfort level and we wanted to experiment with processes we had yet to explore. For Luke, it was shooting on 16mm film, for me it was doing hand drawn animation. We also shot some Stop Motion Animation too, which was insanely fun, tedious, and extremely rewarding.
Another really rewarding aspect of this video is that we got to work with so many different types of creative people from the San Francisco Bay Area. In total, we have a list of 35+ people who helped get this project to where it is now. From the members of the camera department, to our fabulous producer, the art department, two different lighting companies, the list just goes on. I'm excited for all of these people to get some credit for their contributions to our project. There was a monster load of young talent that worked so hard behind the scenes and they deserve to shine!
In the end, both Luke and I, are really excited with how the video came out and we're thrilled to release it under our new creative moniker BOREDOM.
Lastly, shout out to the Hot Flash Heat Wave dudes. All y'all out there in internet land need to go peep their album "Soaked" from this last Summer. It's so, so good and I just wish those dudes nothing but the best! They're my homies.