5 Questions to... The things we are

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    - A new feature! Because I'm just curious, and I assume most of you are, I like to know the ins and outs 
      about other artists I admire. So, this will be the first of a new series on this blog: 'Five questions to....' -
   The things we are
   is Joost Stokhof, an Illustrator from the Netherlands. I love his work and the
   developments in it over time (I've known Joost for a while). He has a very personal
   drawing style and most of his work has an almost poetic feel.
   Do you have a work routine and if so, what is it?
   Well, since october I'm working on a daily collage project called 'the daily things'. 
   I make a collage out of the newspaper everyday and I always start my day with that, 
   it's good to be able to start working without thinking too much what you will be 
   making, that get's me started. As far as other work or assigments I try to just go 
   with it. I stopped making sketches a long time a go, so most of the time I have a 
   vague idea of what I want to do and just start from there. for me it's the most 
   exciting way to work, not knowing what you are working towards.

   How do you keep yourself going and motivated and what to do if you get stuck?
   I always have 500 plans I want to do after I finish the thing I am working on at that 
   moment, so in a way I'm always in a rush to start with something new. I guess only 2 
   out of the 500 plans do get excecuted, but I think that is my drive to keep on going, 
   I have so much stuff I want to do still, so there's no time to waste. Getting stuck is a 
   bad thing though, it happens from time to time but I really found comfort in the 
   thought  that when something goes wrong one day, it will be alright the next. Just 
   try not to force it too much, atleast that's the way for me to solve it. I work well 
   under pressure, so when I'm really close to a deadline because I got stuck for a few 
   days, that's when things will turn out well.

   What is your biggest fear?
   Not being able to create the things I love anymore. I really realise that I am very 
   lucky to be able to do that on a day to day basis, I think I would go nuts if I can't do 
   that anymore.

   What would be your dream assignment?
   Something like :'we have this big space for you to fill with your work, you can live 
   there for a month or two and work on it and ofcourse you can make a nice book 
   out of it. Preferably somewhere in Sweden or Norway.

  Do you have a 'best tip' for getting your work out there?
  Harass people with your work. It's always such a pain in the ass to do, but I guess 

  it's the only way. And ofcourse, always be critical towards your work. The happier 
  I am with work, the easier it is to show it to people.

For more work of The things we are, have a look here.

1 comment:

  1. i always love interviews with artists!
    thank you for this one :)


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