MEET OUR MONOCHROMATIC WINNER!
Meet R. Gegen Noviara of Kuningan, Indonesia. After 456 incredible designs and 92,529 votes in our Monochromatic design challenge, Mr. Noviara’s “Tribe" design was chosen as the winning submission! Take a moment to congratulate him on his 15th printed design, and check out his interview below!
Congrats on your winning design! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
First, thanks for choosing my design. I’m a freelance illustrator living in the small town of West Java, Indonesia.
What about the monochromatic design challenge compelled you to create a design?
There are a few reasons that prompted me to participate in this challenge. One is because I love monochrome colors, which you can see in the works that I have done. I thought I could be a winner in this challenge and then it became a reality! I am very happy about it.
How did the idea of a monochrome color palette inspire your winning design, “Tribe”?
I deliberately tried to accentuate one object with a brighter color against the other monochrome colors around it.
I understand this design represents a nature/beauty/death type of theme. Could you provide more detail on this?
I am very interested in the inland tribes and the accessories they wear, like animal skulls, necklaces with tiger teeth, etc. But essentially, the message that I wanted to convey in this design is the beauty of nature represented by a girl’s pretty face.
What kinds of steps did you go through to arrive at the finished product?
It’s similar to what many artists do. The first phase is a rough sketch, then I clean up the lines, and ink and color. You can see the last three phases here.
Your work is often incredibly detailed. What kind of techniques do you use to accomplish this look?
Actually there is no special technique, it just takes tenacity to achieve that type of detail. I usually do it by adding the hatching.
What kind of role does color generally take in your work?
I like to use almost all colors,. but I think the most dominant colors that I choose are black for outlines, bright colors for something that I want to highlight, and dark colors to give the impression of dimension.
What advice do you have for artists when trying to design in a monochromatic style?
I usually do it in phases. First, I use a normal color, and then adjust colors from normal to monochrome. That’s it! :)
If you had to live in a one-color world, what color would you choose and why?
Either white or a bright color. Because the bright colors give me a lot of to work with when decorating with my pieces.
Any other shout-outs?
Keep on making art and keep trying to get better and better!