name: Mohamad Adesa Nawa Pradhana
year of Birth: 1990
Q1: When did you start making art?
It started a long time ago, all the way back to my early childhood. I used to draw giant monsters like Godzilla with crayons, while the rest of my peers drew mountains and flowers. The teachers weren’t very appreciative of that however.
I began to take art seriously upon reaching middle school, around the same time I first registered on DeviantArt, which is 8 years ago.
Q2: What does inspire you?
I mostly take my cues from shows, games and artworks that left a big impression on me. The first one that captivated me was the anime Evangelion. That show left me with the interest in Biblical lore and symbolism, which first sparked my habit for studying and gathering information from the internet.
Then there are games like Cavia’s Drakengard series and NieR and shows like Puella Magi Madoka Magica. They sure know how to make story plot that scar you for life and break your heart. Messed up things you wouldn’t see in the usual shows and games. Now I can’t see babies the same way ever again thanks of that. It was then I decided that I want to be the one doing the scarring and heart breaking, in a good, artistic way of course.
Q3: What are your techniques?
I use Paint Tool SAI for most of my sketching process, since it has a better pen stabilizer and sensitivity compared to Photoshop. The live flip canvas feature is also a tremendous help.
From there I could stay and finish the work in SAI, or move to Photoshop, but whichever I chose, I always do the finishing touches in Photoshop.
I mostly use desaturated colors in my artworks. It gives off a feeling of emptiness and hopelessness, showing the viewers that the world is a bleak place.
I also like to pay attention to the little things, those subtle details that only those who pay attention could notice.
Q4: What is the main idea or feeling behind your works?
As stated in Q2, I’m mostly driven in the desire to tug at people’s emotion. Barring character concepts, I don’t usually make things on a whim. I usually plan things first: what to put inside, what kind of camera angle, the mood and colors etc, which usually backfires in increased work time. A trick I’ve learned from my experience is that people tends to get attached to easier with cute and/or helpless characters. I take advantage of that by using putting said characters inside a deadly or heart breaking situation to stir up emotion. My motto is: “cute and scary goes hand in hand.”
All in all, I prefer art that tells a story and plays with people’s emotion rather than an extravagant, but “empty” one.
Q5: What is the main color of your art and why?
As boring and edgy as it sounds, I would have to say black and red. The reason being, most of my arts are dark, though not necessarily black. Red is there to act as the stark contrast from the black. Mostly used from glowing things like eyes, orbs and other light sources. It also serves as the dominant color for blood, which you will often find in my works.
Q6: What would you improve about your work and why?
I definitely need to work on the speed of my work. When I do something I really wanted to finish properly, it could take weeks just because I wanted it to be perfect, which is a very bad thing when it comes to industry work. I also wanted to improve my story telling capabilities as well, so I could get the message across easier.
Q7: Do you have any project for the future?
As a matter of fact, I do. It’s a light novel focusing on the darker side of Indonesian myths and legends. Stories about Indonesian lores are not that uncommon, but mostly are told in a very heroic way, which I personally felt over the top and overused.
Q8: Describe yourself with 3 words capturing the essence of Adeshark
Imaginative. Contrast (cute & scary). Suffering.
Q9: Show us (link) your very first work. Describe it from techniques till feelings.
You serious? Oh my… I didn’t start out as a dark artist, in truth it was the opposite.
Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
This HERE is my very first drawing on DeviantArt. It was very obvious how big Evangelion influenced early life as an artist.
I don’t even remember if I already had photoshop or tablet when I made that.
Q10: What did change from your first work till now?
I think it’s obvious enough that I don’t need words to describe it, but I might as well throw in my own thoughts on the matter. Apart from technical side like learning how to use Wacom tablets, the shift in the theme is the biggest change. I began shifting into a darker tone after I watched Puella Magi Madoka Magica. Around the same time I also shift from a cell-shaded anime style to semi-realistic digital paintings. The most recent changes would be that I dropped the idea of fanarts and began making original artworks.
Q11: What is art for you? Escaping from reality or the essence of life?
I have to say a mix of both. Most if not all of my artworks are based on fantasy, which I did to escape the mundane and boring reality, but at the same time, I added things from the real world to make them felt as if they could be real, things that could exist but just haven’t been discovered.
All in all, I want my artworks to inspire people with their imaginative nature, but also make them believable.