If you’ve picked up the new issue of SciFiNow, you’ll have seen the latest instalment in our collaboration with the folks at Poster Posse: Orlando Arocena’s gorgeous take on Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata’s hit manga series Death Note.
We took the chance to pick his brains about his style, inspirations and dream commissions…
Haha, you noticed! Yes, to some degree there is some visual representation of my heritage within some of my commissioned and personal pieces. Whether it’s the choice in colours, the lighting, or the different patterns. I believe culture is very important. Culture doesn’t always have to be associated with one’s ethnic roots. But it can also be attributed to the community of interests that one associates greatly with and contributes to. Movie culture, gaming culture, street culture, creative culture… As an aside, I hate using the word ‘work’. That word really bothers me because I would rather keep a positive, healthy attitude and call what I do ‘play’ since I have too much fun, even when it gets challenging.Your take on Death Note brings something new to the table. What was your creative process when tackling a subject that has been done so many times before?
When I was given the opportunity to collaborate to do the Death Note cover, I immediately had to investigate and put into perspective the overall established creative landscape, meaning: I had to check it out and make sure that what I wanted to create hasn’t been done yet. And during these investigative explorations I’m trying to soak in the vibe of the subject matter. In short, I had to take a quick crash course into the manga, the English derivatives and also any YouTube videos of existing visual references. As a result, I simply wanted to create my personal Pop-Deco/Word of Mouth portrait of Ryuk.
When I’m invited by Art Universities or Design Conferences to share my creative and diverse journey. I really enjoy meeting up with other creatives and just being able to chat and share some professional insights that might not be taught nor considered in some schools.
Ahh, the Poster Posse! I freaking love our semi-secretive, 100% jet-fuelled creative group. Actually we’re more like an over-positive, insanely supportive band of rebel smurfs! I’ve happily been a proud member of the Posse now for over four years!
To be honest, I really don’t have anything that is mind blowing on my list of sci-fi movies for 2019.
BUT hold the press, do you play video games?! I’m definitely looking forward to Hideo Kojima’s upcoming sci-fi/thriller video game with Sony Interactive, Death Stranding.