Our goal here at Baby Nimbus is to help promote and support local, upcoming graphic designers, illustrators, artists, or as we like to put it... doodlers. Part of how we do it is by putting their designs out there to let them showcase their talents to you. The votes not only is a way for you to choose which item becomes our next month's feature item, but it's also a way for y'all to give them some encouragement and some feedback.
So another way that we try to promote our doodlers, is to let y'all get to know them a little bit better and give you a little more insight into who they are and what they're all about. So below is a little conversation we had with Sunil, who submitted this month's DoodleClash winner!
BN: Hi Sunil, Congratulations again in winning your Doodle-clash and coming in and allowing us to interromagate you. OK. First question. Where were you born?
S: Brussels, Belgium. Also the birthplace of Godiva Chocolates!
BN: What was the first thing you remember drawing?
S: A tiger. It was my favourite animal.
BN: What made you decide to get into design?
S: I’ve always loved to draw, whether it was people, animals or objects. I just enjoyed putting pen or pencil to paper and then drawing whatever was on my mind.
BN: What were you doing at that point in your life?
S: I was finishing school around that time, and when I started working, I enrolled in an Animation and Special Effects program. I got to illustrate, as well as learn about the design industry.
BN: What was the first design that made you feel like you should become a designer?
S: I designed a logo for a school cafeteria. I expected the design to be painted over the following year, but it was there for a few years after. When I asked one of the teachers about it, they said both the students and other teachers liked the design.
BN: What’s your favourite food?
S: I enjoy making pasta dishes and adding my own mix of spices and seasoning to keep it interesting.
BN: Do you have any other hobbies?
S: Being the cool uncle! When I’m not illustrating, I enjoy playing indoor volleyball over the winter and softball in the summer. If I have any time left over, I like learning different languages, like German and Mandarin.
BN: What is your favourite colour?
BN: What influences should we find in your designs?
S: Well, growing up, I watched a lot of Japanese animation, so I think a lot of that influence should be found in my character designs. However, if it cannot be found, then logic would conclude that there were no influences, and I therefore have little to no idea why my designs look the way they do...!
BN: What’s the idea behind your doodle-clash submission?
S: A friend of mine recently got a kitten, and with it’s little stripes it reminded me of a mini-tiger.
BN: Can you tell us a little bit more about Rose?
S: Rose is a pink tiger-cub. I haven’t decided if she has any super powers, yet…
BN: What made you decide to participate in Baby Nimbus’ doodle-clash?
S: It seemed like a lot of fun to try, and it was!
BN: Is there anything you’d like to say to all those people that voted for your Doodle-Clash submission?
S: Thanks to everyone who voted for both designs. It was fun to design, and we hope it was enjoyable for everyone else to see and vote.
The following questions originally came from a French series, “Boullion de Culture” hosted by Benard Pivot and were popularised in North America by James Lipton, who asks every guest at the end of “Inside The Actor’s Studio” show.
BN: What is your favourite word?
BN: What is your least favourite word?
BN: What turns you on creatively, spiritually, or emotionally?
S: Being around people who are supportive and encourage you to pursue your goals.
BN: What turns you off?
S: People who choose to be pessimistic and always seem to want to talk about things in a negative manner.
BN: What is your favourite curse word?
S: Hmm, I can’t remember the last time I actually used a curse word.
BN: What sound or noise do you love?
S: Godzilla roaring
BN: What sound or noise do you hate?
S: A car being driven with the handbrake still on.
BN: What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
BN: What profession would you not like to do?
S: Lion tamer.
BN: If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
S: Would actually look for a tweet: #welcome!
BN: Another big congratulations on the win, and thank you again for being a part of this. It really means a lot to us.
I hope everyone enjoyed this discussion with Sunil. If anyone wants to find out more about Sunil and his designs, see our Doodle Squad, or visit Sunil's own website. I hope everyone's had as much as we've had. We haven't decide whether or not next month's DoodleClash will be online yet as we WILL be doing voting at our Launch Party. I guess y'all will just have to stay tuned and see!