We are very pleased to introduce you to our latest Phoshor Artist: Mardo El-Noor. Originally from the Middle East, Mardo is a German-born Kiwi artist with a wide range of interests and skills including digital typography and photo-illustration… not to mention having his animations screened at festivals around the world and releasing five albums with EMI and Sony Music.
We caught up with Mardo this week, who kindly found some time in his busy and varied schedule to answer some questions for us!
Please tell us about how you create your artwork. What is the process and what tools do you use?
For me, the process is the same in all media. It starts with a vision, a horrible rough sketch/Photoshop comp, followed by the actual production. The tools involved are my brain, a sketchbook, a wall covered with sticky notes and references, photography studio if needed, my trusted Adobe suite, and a teapot!
What are your main sources of inspiration?
I think it’s the constant exposure to current art and design trends. There is always someone out there creating amazing work that needs to be seen. What inspires me most is interdisciplinary approach to creative projects. The possibilities are endless!
How did you get into illustration?
I was more interested in making animated films, for which I created composited shots in Photoshop. From there, I realised I could use the same skill set to create still images.
What are you currently working on?
I’m in the process of creating three artworks for an audio/visual exhibition curated by System of a Down’s singer Serj Tankian. Held in March 2015 in Auckland/New Zealand and L.A., the exhibition showcases artworks and music by some of the biggest rock stars in the world!!
What advice would you give to aspiring illustrators?
Be hungry for knowledge. Not just related to art and your profession. Never stop learning! Adobe software are bottomless wells of possibilities! And finally, have a life! You wouldn’t believe how many doors could open just by interacting with real people.
See more of Mardo’s work in this portfolio