surname: El Banna
year of birth: 1992
Q1: When did you start making art?
I think around 2009 is when I started getting into digital arts and wouldn’t really call it art, my work was total crap back then.
Q2: What does inspire you?
Not sure if anyone noticed, but the only thing written in my deviantart artist description is “My art is my diary” I get inspired by my own life experiences and feelings, and I rarely produce “art” when I’m happy. In other words, I get inspired by my own mood swings and insomnia.
Q3: What are your techniques?
That’s kind of a broad question, but let’s say that over those five years or so, my pathways to artworks execution have been changing significantly many times. I’m actually one of those artists who can’t predict their own work, I just feel something, grab some coffee and start working already, and the piece- and possibly new techniques- start unfolding on their own.
Q4: What is the main idea or feeling behind your works?
As I mentioned earlier, I rarely do valuable artworks if i’m not sad or restless, I think it’s because I normally can’t really put my thoughts or emotions into words. I don’t really make those pieces to impress, I actually use art as my only way to exhale all my worries, so the main feeling behind the works is proportional with how I’m feeling myself while creating a piece.
Q5: What is the main color of your art and why?
I usually go for pastel colors,rarely vivid colors.. The dominant hue of the majority of my work is cyan.
The reason why I use pastels and not vivids is because my own eyes cant stand vivid colors for medical reasons, and I don’t “feel” vivid and happy colors.. my work falls under Dark and Emotional most of the time, and it’s usually gloomy emotions, so vivid colors dont make sense in my dictionary unless it’s necessary for the artwork concept ( vivid blood maybe? )
The cyans and blues..they have a calm and serene effect that is visually relaxing, it allows your eyes to easily accept the dark/macabre/sad/twisted photo and process it on a deeper level.. Or at least that’s what I think it does.I don’t like my artworks to hit people hard in the eye.
Q6: What would you improve about your work and why?
I would definitely want to enhance my digital painting skills, I’m not a digital painter yes, but sometimes you get stuck with an essential element that has to be done a certain way that you can’t find in stocks, so being able to paint some elements would provide more freedom and better visually executed ideas.
Also, experimenting with new techniques in photo manipulation itself has no end. I now want to see my work evolving, it’s no longer done for “experimenting”, digital art is now an integral part of me, we both should grow wiser and better together.
Q7: Do you have any project for the future?
Yes I do, but it needs some hardcore work and patience. It will be a Macabre/Horror set of related artworks. It should be .. disturbingly humorous.
Q8: Describe yourself with 3 words capturing the essence of PakinamElBanna.
Passionate, Ambitious, Introverted
Q9: Show us (link) your very first work. Describe it from techniques till feelings.
Uh ohhh! Okay ..
I believe this HERE was my very first one.
I have a horrible memory, but I remember that during this year of 2009 when this was submitted, I’ve had my life going upside down.. It was the phase when you grow up into the “adult” form of yourself , that’s when I grew out of the loud teenage life into a very quiet and solitary one. I started growing passion for digital art, and decided that I wanted to become a science nerd (and that was the onset of my memory disintegration by the way ) .. So anyway, I think that I was feeling like I’m facing my fate with my new older self. About the technique.. well uhh as you can see, nothing fancy here, just cutting a model and pasting her on a premade background and matching colors was pretty much all of it.
Q10: What did change from your first work till now?
Technique: I learned that God created something called “shadows” that could be placed below objects and models when you’re doing a manipulation to make it look more realistic… along with the usual progress you go through from one piece to the next.
Myself: At first I was “experimenting” with digital arts, I didn’t have enough experience or technique to produce as many artworks as I do now, so I was basically just playing around.
Now it’s been five years, and digital art now becomes my escape.. my passion.. my only way to balance between my strictly scientific nerd self and my artistic self.
Q11: What is art for you? Escaping from reality or the essence of life?
I would say both, escaping from reality because an artist is able to recreate their own reality as they want to see it, you have no logic or boundaries to restrain your wandering mind. This is particularly evident in surreal arts, nothing has to simulate reality, it only has to represent your own logic and how you see the world around you. It’s like creating your own universe!
The essence of life, well I believe that every single person was born with creativity that lies latent til you bring it out in some form. Art is a gift of survival that has been given to every single person to balance out the daily life struggles. People who live without using this latent creativity are not really “living”, the neglected gift kinda atrophies and leaves a person in a cold, monotonic life.