Interview ~ Pedro Soares Filipe

Bio

I’m a 45-year-old sound teacher/music producer/en that enjoys making 3D art and sell it at print on demand sites. I like to make record covers for artists I admire.
I’m always interested in all experimental art forms.
I do Obvious Warrior (OW) because I can’t keep still.

1) Tell us a little about yourself, and your calling as a creative?

OW started because I needed a record cover for a music EP I was going to release.
I knew from the beginning that I wanted something 3D based but I wasn’t really expecting to enjoy the creative process that much.
Fortunately, I did and so I continued doing my geometric abstracts.

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2) Discuss your process and where you get your inspiration from?

My inspiration derives mostly from my experience with music and experimental video art. While I admit I arrived quite late at this game I think the kind of work I make is deeply rooted and connected in a strong cultural background. This background is varied. From experimental art to science fiction. From cinema to the latest trends in 3D art.
My work is also somewhat experimental. The techniques I use are not exactly the standard ways you go about to create 3D. I had previous training in Blender and I can’t say I’m exactly following the rule book. I arrived at these processes by overriding some of the software features (Blender/Daz3D). This is the kind of thing I do when I’m making experimental music too and so the structural thinking of doing things the ‘wrong’ way kind of got translated into my OW work. I later realized that also by doing this I’m always surprising myself with the output results.
It has its flaws, of course.
When I start to work on a new image I’m not always sure of what I’m looking for but, as soon as I find it, I immediately have sense of familiarity that resonates with all I’ve seen or done in the past.
Ultimately, I guess I hope I can also surprise the people who look at my work.

3) Describe your workspace? What is the one thing there you can’t live without?

My workspace is a studio / office with a minimal sound production setup, a computer and some software. If I had to choose something I couldn’t be without I would say it’s my computer. I realize this is not exactly the most exciting thing to say but right now the computer functions as an input/output interface for my creativity.

4) Tell us what you do to get creative? Stay creative?

I would be lying if I said it’s not a constant struggle. I’m not one of those artists that can produce a piece a day. I really feel I have to be inspired and curious to do it. So, most of the times, I wait for the ‘need’ to create. Meanwhile I do the research and try to make up images in my head. This generally happens while I’m listening to music. Hence the strong relation I believe I have between OW and all my musical output.

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copyright © Pedro Soares Filipe

 

5) When did you decide you wanted to be an artist? And has the internet become a good or bad aspect to life as an artist?

As I said it started out of necessity (I needed an album cover). It then evolved in quite unexpected ways. Of course a big part of that surprise grew out of internet exposure. Some friends started commenting about OW in the social networks and that got me more motivated to explore things further. Also, it must be said, without internet there wouldn’t be OW sales. I work mainly with print on demand sites and so my relationship with all things internet is very solid. I see it as a natural consequence of living in the Information Age and it, sometimes, also serves as an inspiration for some works (‘Net Neutrality’ and ‘Dividendo Digital’).
I was a student of Audiovisual Communication so these matters are very close to my heart and end up being portrayed in the craft.

6) What do you like most about the art world?

The freedom to create and express myself. In this respect I can say that I really can’t stop. I’m not sure what is the future of OW. I might continue with this project or I might end it abruptly (same way it started).
One thing is for certain: As long as I’m sane and with relative good health I will always have a drive to create content. In the past I made music, film, designed album covers and websites and even tried my hand at photography (which I quite like). So I think I have a really big connection with all art forms. No matter the medium.

7) What do you dislike about the world of art?

Like everything else that regards to humans and their condition there’s a bit of a competitive mood in the art world. That sometimes brings me down. There are a lot of negative people out there and I try my best to not get too contaminated by this kind of perspective.
Also a lot of people are trying to get advantage of you in the business side of things. Trying to make yourself sell out or generally taking an exploitative route to what should be one of the higher forms of communication.
Take the copycats, for instance. What is their point? What kind of personal satisfaction can they take from conscientiously copy the work of others and call them your own?
As I said, I really try not to dwell too much in these matters but sometimes it makes me sick to see the abuses some of my artist friends have to take. I haven’t been targeted too much, to be honest, but it happened once and I had a hard time looking at it as some sort of homage. One the other hand I guess that tells more about me than I would like to acknowledge.

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8) What is the toughest thing about being an artist?

Sometimes you have to really struggle to create. At least that happens to me, occasionally. It’s not all fun and games. Some pieces really take a toll and I can be weeks trying to find the right balance for something I’m making. I can only rest when it’s done so that is one of the toughest parts.

9) You have been given a room in a house to paint! Each wall has to be a different colour! Which colours do you choose and why?

A lot of white, lot of black. Some of my favourite works are mostly black and white.

10) You are being sent to a desert island and are told you can decorate your hut with 5 famous paintings. Which do you choose and why?

I would probably get the old modernists. Cubism, Suprematism, the Abstracts, Minimalism and Dada. Generally, the most disruptive art I could get my hands on so I wouldn’t get bored. The specific works would be more difficult to choose, of course.

I’ll give you a few and not necessarily related to the styles I mentioned above:

– ‘Christina’s World’ by Andrew Wyeth. This work haunts me in a good way.

– ‘Supernovae’ by Victor Vasarely. Because OpArt is such an integral part of OW.

– ‘Li 1’ by H. R. Giger. It’s Giger. Nothing compares to it.

– ‘Suprematism nr. 58’ by Kazimir Malevich. So much information in this one.

– ‘Magnetic Fields on a Distant Trustworthy Star’ by David Lu. Glitch is still very much my preferred contemporary style.

– Not paintings but I also woud like to acknowledge Jean Giraud and Enki Bilal because they are a huge influence.

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11) You are asked to draw an image of your favourite animal as the next painting. Which animal do you choose and why?

Wolves are interesting. Snakes are fascinating. Cat’s belong in the internet (had a great one for 20 years).
I do like animals but currently I don’t share my life with one.
My girlfriend and me had a boy five years ago and we’re still hands full trying to be the best parents we can.

12) You’ve been asked to hold a dinner party for famous painters. Which 4 would you invite? What would b on the menu?

Very difficult question so I’ll simplify going for the completely obvious:
Picasso, Pollock, and, just to break the rules, John Cage and Luigi Russolo because he’s just too great and encompassing to be pigeonholed by a given art medium.
I wouldn’t give a damn about the food beacause I think we would be very busy talking with ourselves. Drinks are another matter entirely…

13) What’s your message to the World?

I don’t have one. Seriously. I don’t presume that my work or myself have enough importance to state something like that.
I will leave you with a profound desire though:
May we find a way to go beyond our differences and finally respect the natural world we live in and by doing so understand that we’re currently destroying everything.

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copyright © Pedro Soares Filipe

 

14) Which is your favourite POD, and why?

They’re all different. Business wise I’ll say Redbubble. Interaction wise I would say Curioos and exposure and feature wise probably Society 6. But I do enjoy others like Design by Humans, Cupick, Teepublic or Threadless.

 

For more information and to see Pedro Soares Filipe’s amazing work, visit his website: Obvious Warrior, or contact her here: email!

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