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Noveland is a great Filipino artist who has been creating some of the most vividly realistic hyper-realism lately. Noveland is an artist we’ve had our eye on for the past few years and the quality of his work just continued to grow and grow. It was a great opportunity to spend some time talking to Noveland about his work and what it’s like to be the artist creating these images. Throughout this we were struck by what a strong work ethic Noveland has, he is very strict and tough on himself and sets clear deadlines and goals that serve to help push himself further and further with his craft. And judging his artwork as the fruits of his labor it’s apparent his hard work has paid off. He is a great example of just how much hard work matters when creating work. Noveland says he feels blessed to have his artistic talent, but this talent wasn’t automatically given to him, he had to work very hard to achieve his goals, and the result is beautiful.
Urban-Muse.com Introductory Statement: Noveland you are another Artist who has long been posting art to the Urban-Muse wall, and while it’s true that we don’t officially take/seek submissions, when an artist does post something we genuinely like we do take notice. It’s been a real pleasure to watch your art grow and improve throughout the months and years that we’ve followed your work, you are an exciting artist that we think the Urban-Muse fanbase should take notice of.
Urban-Muse.com: Let’s get started. You’re a Filipino artist from Angeles City, Philippines. Last issue we featured Alen Rocha, also a Filipino artist. We mentioned to him that the Philippines is one of the top countries to follow Urban-Muse. So lots of Filipino’s will likely get a chance to read this so it’s always exciting to work with artists from the Philippines! What can you tell our readers about what it’s like to be an Artist in Angeles City?
Noveland Sayson: Hello Urban muse! To be an artist is to be full of life, full of emotions, and full of love. I grew up in Angeles City, Philippines. Our place is nice and I had a lot of great memories in my school years like achieving awards, joining art contests and some great recognitions. The funny thing was, I’ve met some good friends back in high school whom I treasured the most. We’re a group of five person, so they call us Jackson five. The sad thing is I didn’t find this place a school for 2d gaming concept and 3d Arts. So what I did is I went to the main city to have a good training in 3d Animation. I thought 3d was the thing I want to pursue but I realize that the Digital art was my passion. I joined in some contest once I got my cheap pen tab for the first time. It was an awesome experience using it for 5 hours using my left hand which I realized to be bad for my hand muscles. I learned a lot with that until I was able to buy new materials and improve my skills. Being an artist is awesome. You can put human words into an astonishing pictures or illustrations that people will relate to. To be an artist is to challenge the world and to embrace it as well. It is to know that life is nothing but a small amount of time to feel the world around us. As an artist I want to be crazy and to be content.
Urban-Muse.com: Do you have a favorite piece of yours?
Noveland Sayson: Favorite? Uhmm..I think the crying girl. That beautiful crying face. It’s hard to control my emotions on that subject. The color impressions and the facial expression as well. I mean this is the only piece I’ve picked screenshot from the movie called War Horse. I find that scene so interesting and dramatic so I decided to paint it. I remember I was using cheap tablet for the first time when I drew it and it makes me cry remembering it.
Urban-Muse.com: You’re an artist who is dealing with many “Hyper-realistic” pieces. What draws you to this kind of high technique art?
Noveland Sayson: I love hyperrealism. Hyperrealism, being a genre of digital painting or even sculpture which resembles a high-resolution photograph, is my way of showing people that digital art can bring people’s pictures to a more high quality and customized graphic representation. I consider hyperrealism as an advancement of Photorealism by the methods I used to create the resulting digital paintings. Being a realist digital painter, I take the subject from the world around the person who wants me draw (instead of from idealized subjects, such as figures in mythology or human photograph) and try to represent them in a lifelike manner. I simply have my own way doing it. I’m creating craft passionately. My art has something to do with people, things and art which may also inspired by many other artists.
Urban-Muse.com: How do you select which models/figures to draw/paint, what do you look for?
Noveland Sayson: I keep on collecting pictures from pinterest and other websites. I also pick some images from magazines, catalogs, even those trash photos anywhere from somewhere or from the streets. When I get interested in the subject it’s a big chance for me to grab it and explore with more some more ideas.
Urban-Muse.com: How did you learn how to paint? Are you self taught?
Noveland Sayson: My father had shared some of his traditional knowledge and ideas about Prismatic colors, Drawing proportions, lightning etc. The learning skills was up to me and until now I keep on practicing with it. In digital world, I consider myself as self taught artist using Photoshop as my main tool and adapts those important historical theories of art which I still apply on my Digital Paintings.
Urban-Muse.com: Has there been a piece that you really struggled with? What did you do?
Noveland Sayson: Yes there is. The concept girl. I don’t used paint to that kind of concept character. I only do portraits, but this one makes me wonder how to put it together. I keep on changing her clothes and stuffs, weapons and bullet built. There was I time I get bored and almost give up. I realize that this concept is a bit out of my league so I had to fight my frustration and have the motivation to continue for few more hours of details.
Urban-Muse.com: Who are you favorite artists? Present and past.
Noveland Sayson: I admire a lot of Artists. Most of them from classical influences to Digital Arts nowadays. I can’t mention all but of course all the renaissance, Caravagio, The Vans, Van Os Van dyck, Van Eyck, Van Gogh. In digital category, I love the styles of Ross, Irakli, Jana, Dang, Sakimi, Marta and a lot more. Even though I’m a portrait Artist I also felt inspired the art of Bastien Deharme, He’s the only Digital Painter with a very unique chemistry combining elements of classical styles. The Colors and textures are so fascinating.
Urban-Muse.com: This is a common question so forgive us, but are there any special brushes or presets that you would recommend to our readers.
Noveland Sayson: Photoshop brushes are a fantastic time-saver as they allow me to rapidly create rich artwork – without having to draw all the individual design elements. There’s a huge spectrum of brushes available, ranging from basic brushes to fabric textures, and cloud patterns to typography. However, most of the time when I paint digitally, I used the basic default brushes of Photoshop and from there explore what I can do depending on what I need.
Urban-Muse.com: This is a serious question, so I’m sorry in advance. In this issue I am going to tackle a very serious subject that seems to be quite common in the Artist community. Depression. Personally I suffer from it and am trying to work through it, and I’m going to write about it to hopefully help some people out there who might be having a hard time. Have you ever experienced depression? How did it affect your work? Were you able to overcome it? Do you possibly have advice for other artists on how to deal with this?
Noveland Sayson: Having a lot of pressure so much that at times, which I suspect the quality of your work may suffers for it. The difference between those who are successful and those who aren’t is not whether or not you suffer from stress, but how you deal with it when I do. A quantity of self-compassion when things are at their most difficult reduces my stress and improve my performance in my work of art, by making it easier to learn from my mistakes. I also think about the big Picture about the work I do which can be very energizing in the face of stress and challenge, because I am linking one particular, often small action to a greater meaning or purpose. Another way I combat my stress is by using if-then plans that directs them at the experience of stress itself, rather than at its causes. A get-better mindset is also another thing leads a concern with making progress—how well am I doing everyday compared with what I did yesterday, last month, or last year. When I think about what I am doing in terms of learning and improving, accepting that I may make some mistakes along the way, I experience far less stress, and I stay motivated despite the setbacks that might occur.
Urban-Muse.com: What is your artistic process like? What do you do to get ready to paint?
Noveland Sayson: In my digital paint workflow, I don’t look that much on the canvas cause its empty obviously. This was my problem before when I have no idea on what I’m going to paint. I should not look on the empty canvas for a long time for me to be able to come up with an idea. It can’t provide me an idea no matter how I hardly think. So what I did I prepare all the stuff I need. After researching and choosing the best references I need to have a complete idea in mind, all in all then fix my mind to observe it properly. When I start to work, I make sure I know what would be the outcome of my Artwork.
Urban-Muse.com: You’re on most of the social networks and art sites. Which has been the most important to showing, developing a fanbase your art and encouraging you to get better?
Noveland Sayson: Everything is hard when you’re a novice, but the problem with painting is that everyone thinks they know how to do it. Painting might turn out well or they don’t, but you can’t blame the artist—it’s talent that matters, right?
I paint because I have an urge to paint, it’s that simple. Having a fanbase on different websites or even on social media might give me some pleasure to work harder, however my sense and knowledge of great art and realism, often outgrows my current skill-set. If a topic seems easy to me, I choose something more difficult. In that way, I will grand more satisfaction when I’ve reached the end result.
Urban-Muse.com: How do you find balance in your life to carve out some time to create art?
Noveland Sayson: I am often reminded that what works for some people does not necessarily work for others; and that one person’s idea of balance may not constitute anything remotely balanced from another person’s perspective. I always believe that the elements in life that require the most balancing can be divided into two categories: internal and external. Oftentimes, people focus on one more than the other. I deal mostly on both. Stimulating myself intellectually vs. producing opportunities for my mind to rest or satisfying my social desires vs. taking time for myself or even allocating time for things I enjoy doing, these are all essential to have a work balance. Just like accomplishing any goal in life, it takes time and effort to overcome your habitual patterns and create new ones. That’s why I always learn to be kind to myself. Balance won’t feel good if I’m cruel to myself.
Urban-Muse.com: When an artist’s asks you how to get better with their own art what do you tell them?
Noveland Sayson: The magical answer to the great question of “how to become an artist” is “habit”.
If you’re going to do it for an hour a day for 7 days straight. Every day. No breaks. No days off. No sick days. No cheat days. Nope. Also no sorta-kinda-practicing. This hour is for art and art only. This is not an hour for you to doodle on a piece of paper and call it practicing. Because that’s not practicing. If you try to do this, you’re going to fail. Habits are stupid and awesome. It takes some time to build one. Some of the good habits, I can tell is to start to paint something and then repeat. Then paint from painting and photographs. Really, it’s just a habit of doing it over and over again. Of course analyzing other people’s art work is very important too, as you’ll get lots of inspiration. To end my answer, if you read the first part of this paragraph, you’ll really need to take breaks. Promise, it won’t hurt you. It will even refresh your brain and create new wonderful ideas.
Urban-Muse.com: If you could talk to a younger version of your self knowing all that you know now and what you have learned, what would you tell him?
Noveland Sayson: I reflect and try to remember the most important lessons I learned. I do this implementation to analyze myself, identify patterns. Another motif is a hope to inspire you to make a change. Below are some of the things I would tell my younger self at different stages of my life:
• Smile, laugh and be free. People become angry, sad, sick, selfish, greedy and poor because they don’t play enough. Don’t get discouraged by others, you have so much happiness inside of you, enjoy it.
• Try new things. Have fun building and breaking.
• Don’t expect anything. No one owes you anything. If you want something, work for it. You are the only one responsible for your life.
• Make no excuses and find a way. To make you more confident, I’ll tell you that no one knows what they are doing. It just looks that they know.
• Make self-development a priority.
• Pursue your dreams. Start building a plan to achieve your goals. Focus on what stimulates you and collect the information about your calling.
• Fear nothing. If it doesn’t threaten your life, fear nothing. Want to talk to that attractive girl in school? Do it.
• Be bold. Stand for yourself. If you believe in something, go all in and don’t soften when people start pouring their belief on you.
Urban-Muse.com: What do you think/hope the future holds for NovelandArt?
Noveland Sayson: As of now, I am building plans for my page. I’m still on the development process and more on myself improvement before I jump in sharing my artworks to the world in full. There will be more exciting artwork in the future but as of now I’ll keep them private myself.
Urban-Muse.com: What do you think the future of art will look like with all the new technologies that we can’t even dream of yet?
Noveland Sayson: The future of the art world and its industry is perhaps in a more interesting state than it has ever been. Softwares are getting better and painting is becoming more easier. This new age will certainly bring more changes to the arts and culture industry than we have seen in the last hundred years.
Urban-Muse.com: What has been the most difficult thing about being an artist?
Noveland Sayson: The hardest thing about being an artist (aside from getting some creative and unique ideas to paint) is figuring out how to make a living doing your art full blast. Basically, learning to “sell out” without selling out my ideals and integrity is the thing drives me out so I have to make more. I work hard edge to edge, prepare for opportunities, find big markets, and talk to everyone we can, and putting my work of art in as many websites as possible.
Urban-Muse.com: What has been the most rewarding thing about being an artist?
Noveland Sayson: It is a great opportunity to have this kind of talent. There is nothing more satisfying than taking something ordinary and transforming it through art into something beautiful or unique. The biggest reward in creating art comes when someone has an honest emotional response to my paintings. It might be wonder, a tear, a smile or a moment of reflection. That’s what inspires to me to get going as an artist.
Urban-Muse.com: Thank you so much for being a part of this issue Noveland!
Noveland Sayson: You’re welcome! Thank you so much choosing me on this interview guys. 🙂
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