HULUKU 2022: AN INTERVIEW WITH 2022’s 3rd Place Eloi John Marron
HULUKU 2022: AN INTERVIEW WITH 2022’s 3rd Place Eloi John Marron
by | Oct 25, 2022 |

As part of our celebrations for the 2022 Huluku Competition we invited our top 3 placed digital artists to share a little about themselves and their amazing work. In this interview we talk to Eloi John Marron who came 3rd in the 2022 competition with his digital artwork ‘Fragmented Kingdom’.

Huluku has, once again, been blessed by having inspirational artists and designers enter the competition and we are delighted to introduce Eloi as the 3rd placed artist of the 2022 competition.

Q1: Tell us a little about yourself, what are you up to at the moment?
Eloi: At the moment, I am focused on my studies as I am a 4th year Chemical Engineering student. Although I am on vacation, my thesis and internship still keeps me busy.
Q2: Does the place you live or are from inspire you in your work or life and if so how?
Eloi: It certainly does. I live in a small town but is fortunate enough to have beautiful beaches where I can surf or relax with friends. I also have my supportive family who keeps me motivated and inspired every day.
Q3: What was your earliest ambition?
Eloi: Growing up, I wanted everybody in my area to have access to clean water. Thus, I wanted to be a chemical engineer who can create systems that can clean our local bodies of water.
Q4: Have you fulfilled it?
Eloi: Not yet, but I am still working on it.
Q5: Ambition, Luck or Talent? What matters most in the creative world?
Eloi: In my case, I would say luck because I am certain that there are more ambitious and talented people than me. I also think that I am a more logical type of person rather than creative. So, I think luck matters most.
Q6: What would you like to achieve that you haven’t been able to yet?
Eloi: I would like to graduate and receive a degree of chemical engineering so that I could make my mother proud and financially help my siblings.
Q7: Who is your creative inspiration or mentor?
Eloi: My creative inspiration is my professor at Mapua, Flordeliza De Vera, because she taught us how to strive for excellence, not just professionally, but individually as well.
Q8: Do you have a favourite design or artistic movement? Why?
Eloi: My favourite artistic movement would be the Spoliarium by Juan Luna because it showcased the creativity of Filipinos even during the Spanish colonization.
Q9: What style or technique in art and design makes you feel the happiest/or feel good?
Eloi: I am always amazed in impressionist paintings or art. For me, it is the most aesthetically pleasing style of art.
Q10: How did you hear about the Huluku Competition?
Eloi: I heard about the Huluku Competition from my professor in Mapua. It was set as a requirement to pass the course.
Q11: How did you get inspired to create your artwork for the competition?
Eloi: Growing up, I always enjoyed going to the zoo and learning about animals. Thus, I wanted to portray the endangered animals in the Philippines in a way that the viewers would try to look for and identify because they might be extinct soon.
Q12: Were the themes of inclusion, diversity and authentic representation something you were familiar working with prior to the competition?
Eloi: Unfortunately no, but now I am aware and thankful that CIEDA gave me an opportunity to take part in sharing the importance of inclusion, diversity, and authentic representation.
Q13: Are you planning on building the concepts you incorporated into your entry into more of your work? If so, how?
Eloi: I surely do. In chemical engineering, we innovate systems that benefit the public and the. After the competition, I learned the importance of things like inclusion and now I would always consider them into my work.
HULUKU 2022: AN INTERVIEW WITH 2022’s 2nd Place Ebony Syron-Wetzler
HULUKU 2022: AN INTERVIEW WITH 2022’s 2nd Place Ebony Syron-Wetzler
by | Oct 25, 2022 |

As part of our celebrations for the 2022 Huluku Competition we invited our top 3 placed digital artists to share a little about themselves and their amazing work.

In this interview we talk to Ebony Syron-Wetzler who came 2nd in our 2022 competition with her digital artwork ‘Under The Same Sun’.

Q1: Tell us a little about yourself, what are you up to at the moment?
Ebony:  I’m currently studying a Diploma of Graphic Design focused in Illustration at the Design Centre in Enmore.
Q2: Does the place you live or are from inspire you in your work or life and if so how?
Ebony:  Somewhat, I am inspired by the nature and architecture of the country I live in, specifically its historical towns and neighborhoods. Most of my inspiration comes from the landscape and cities of Europe and the United Kingdom.
Q3: What was your earliest ambition?
Ebony:  I’ve always loved drawing, but I remember my earliest ambition was to be a Historian or Archaeologist because I used to love reading about History, I also enjoyed writing stories so at one point I wanted to be an author.
Q4: Have you fulfilled it?
Ebony:  Although History is still a significant source of inspiration in my art and overall enjoyment, by the time I was in my early teens I decided to pursue Art and Illustration and I hope to continue to learn and study in order whilst I work on my own personal projects.
Q5: Ambition, Luck or Talent? What matters most in the creative world?
Ebony:  I think all three are important to success at varying levels though I would say Talent is the least important and ambition is the most, but without hard work and persistence it's practically useless. Talent is sort of like a headstart but unless you continue to push yourself creatively you can eventually be surpassed by others, hard work and ambition provide the fuel to continue to persevere in the face of failure and adversity.
Q6: What would you like to achieve that you haven’t been able to yet?
Ebony:  I’d like to work as an illustrator full time and eventually publish a graphic novel, though there are many different opportunities I want to always be open to.
Q7: Who is your creative inspiration or mentor?
Ebony:  I am both inspired by my classmates and teachers whose own ideas continue to provide new insight into my creative process. Additionally I am also inspired by comic artists like Juanjo Guarnido and Takehiko Inoue alongside artists within my own country.
Q8: Do you have a favourite design or artistic movement? Why?
Ebony:  I enjoy a lot of art and design movements, though I would say Realism, Art Nouveau and The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood are my favourites at this point in time. I like how they depict the world and their subjects, especially through their composition and linework that make the scenes they depict feel lived in.
Q9: What style or technique in art and design makes you feel the happiest/or feel good?
Ebony:  Line art and inking is my favourite part of drawing. I don’t have to think very hard about what I'm doing since all the planning is done and can just enjoy putting lines on the page and watching a sketch transition into something more refined.
Q10: How did you hear about the Huluku Competition?
Ebony:  Through my course, one of my assessments was to submit something to the competition.
Q11: How did you get inspired to create your artwork for the competition?
Ebony:  I was inspired by my own personal experiences with Neurodiversity, it’s not something I see often represented in stock photos or in general when it comes to representation. I was interested in using a botanical motif because I felt plants and flowers are something that translate well to people in that they can be very different from each other and require their own care and needs in order to thrive but are still beautiful in their own way.
Q12: Were the themes of inclusion, diversity and authentic representation something you were familiar working with prior to the competition?
Ebony:  Somewhat, I've always tried to create art and stories that felt authentic. I think being informed about different peoples experiences is important to understanding the world as it is now, and with information so accessible due to the internet and social media, doing research into these topics is much easier.
Q13: Are you planning on building the concepts you incorporated into your entry into more of your work? If so, how?
Ebony:  Absolutely! In the future I would like to create work that authentically reflects the diversity of the world around me. I believe that most successful forms of communication are able to impact people because they depict something that is real enough to resonate with different groups of people. In the future i’d like to do more research into authentic representation in order to incorporate it into my art.
HULUKU 2022: AN INTERVIEW WITH 2022’s WINNER Eric Takukam
HULUKU 2022: AN INTERVIEW WITH 2022’s WINNER Eric Takukam
by | Oct 25, 2022 |
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Eric Takukam
Eric Takukam

Eric Takukam By Talla Artistik

As part of our celebrations for the 2022 Huluku Competition we invited our top 3 placed digital artists to share a little about themselves and their amazing work. In this interview we talk to Eric Takukam who won the 2022 competition with his digital artwork ‘Autour De Feu’.

Huluku has, once again, been blessed by having inspirational artists and designers enter the competition and we are delighted to introduce Eric as the winner of the 2022 competition.

If you’d like to find out more about Eric’s work then please visit his instagram @ https://www.instagram.com/eric_takukam/

And finally, Vagus Creative – a fun magazine dedicated to artists have a great post about Eric available here https://www.vaguscreatives.net/post/eric-takukam. Remember to check out their other stuff whilst you’re there. 

Q1: Tell us a little about yourself, what are you up to at the moment?
Eric: I am Eric Takukam. Digital artist based in Cameroon. I would begin by expressing my gratitude to the CIEDA team who gave me this great opportunity to show my artwork and win this competition.
Q2: Does the place you live or are from inspire you in your work or life and if so how?
Eric: Yes indeed. My work is to bring my village's culture and values to the town. Born in the rural area and educated in the city, i call myself “THE VILLADIN” (That's a word i create in French language to describe a villager like me living in the civilized world). My village as others, in the Grassfields in Cameroon, has a very powerful and incredible culture, spirituality and lifestyle. The Bamileke's elephant mask which is one of our cultural symbol, is what i use to create my characters with. My backgrounds are often surrounded with my rural elements.
Q3: What was your earliest ambition?
Eric: I have always wanted to be an artist!
Q4: Have you fulfilled it?
Eric: Since 2020 i'am just doing that.
Q5: Ambition, Luck or Talent? What matters most in the creative world?
Eric: I think every one of them has an important place, but I would say that a clear ambition added to talent attract luck when the opposite is very rare.
Q6: What would you like to achieve that you haven’t been able to yet?
Eric: Launch my NFTs collections, have exhibitions of international class, create a school of digital art in my country to train young people.
Q7: Who is your creative inspiration or mentor?
Eric: Keith Haring and the South African Esther Mahlangu really inspired me. As a self-made artist, I don't yet have a chance to have a mentor.
Q8: Do you have a favourite design or artistic movement? Why?
Eric: I have interest in Contemporary art in general. Here the freedom to express oneself is limitless.
Q9: What style or technique in art and design makes you feel the happiest/or feel good?
Eric: I like using lines in my works. I have great times when putting strokes on paper or my graphic tablet. Sometimes, my works would be just in black and white with only lines. Hand drawing and digital art is definitely my best way to go. With digital works, i have fun, i can add, remove, and change elements and colors, modify sizes at my will without wasting any material.
Q10: How did you hear about the Huluku Competition?
Eric: I was on Zealous to participate to another contest when I see the Huluku competition.
Q11: How did you get inspired to create your artwork for the competition?
Eric: At the time i discovered the competition, I was creating a series of artworks for my next exhibition and many of them were just what the contest was looking for. “Autour du feu”, the piece send is inspired by the sharing spirit from my village. When we were kids, all women cooking in the village would share their food with every person around. Even when the food was still on the fire, they would beg the stranger to wait and eat before moving. Usually the fire would be crowded by people of all ages waiting to the food, when listing to the news from the national radio or a story of the WWII by an elder man.
Q12: Were the themes of inclusion, diversity and authentic representation something you were familiar working with prior to the competition?
Eric: Yes. As I say above, since I decided to be a full-time artist, my goal is to show the world the authenticity of Bamileke's culture with its values (the spirit of helping others, sharing, living together, caring about the environment...). With the final goal to maintain the grassfield's cultural heritage alive and contributing to bring change for a better world.
Q13: Are you planning on building the concepts you incorporated into your entry into more of your work? If so, how?
Eric: Yeah, this is just a continuation. Globalisation and modernism have good and bad sides. To be in balance, every person of any color, beliefs, education, etc. has to keep some level of authenticity. I often quote “ We can open up to others, fully experience modernity and enjoy progress of our time without forgetting our authentic roots “ This is what is seen in my works. A mix of authentic African culture and modern lifestyle. My 2023 exhibitions, with Augmented Reality, will focus on African heritage in a modern world.
HULUKU 2022:  Announcing Our Winner For 2022 – Eric Takukam and his artwork ‘Autour De Feu’
HULUKU 2022: Announcing Our Winner For 2022 – Eric Takukam and his artwork ‘Autour De Feu’
by | Oct 25, 2022 |
 

Eric Takukam Has Won Huluku 2022 With His Excellence Digital Artwork Called Autour De Feu.