Cromatic Studios meets Creative Junkies is a series of interviews with cool & inspiring graphic artists. Why? Because when we come across great art and design we often wonder what is it that fuelled the artist to create, we want to get a sneak-peak at the human behind the thing and, of course, we seek inspiration.
Daian Man creates disturbing visuals that mix odd combinations with emotion and psychedelic effects, bringing some edgy vibes to your scrolling.
Art is something that moves you in a complex way, intrigues you and makes you question or discover new perspectives. Daian describes several issues in a society that tends to be ignored. Every series that he posts has its own story and reveals a deeper perspective of the matter and comes with a thoughtful description.
CS: Daian, it truly looks like you put a very personal note into your visuals, and letting your art meet the world can be tough. So, what inspired you to publish it online?
D: Thank you! I believe all art is personal. Two hundred years ago, we were capturing our human condition in stone, paper or canvas, and then we moved onto photographic paper, film, and print. Today we also have the internet. It only seemed natural to have my human experience documented through the latest and most relevant mediums of our age.
CS: We noticed that every series that you post has its own story, regarding some psychedelic characteristics or surrealistic vibes. What is your main purpose when it comes to your work – is it just a way to express yourself or does it have a deeper meaning and you want to raise awareness?
D: Indeed each one of the tryptych stories I post has its own life and story. I divided them up into 3 categories which I also highlight at the top of my profile. They are all decoded fragments I manage to ‘drag’ out of both my subconscious and my conscious.
Some of them are very personal revelations that I fish out of my subconscious, and glue, or better yet, ‘layer’ together in a somewhat cohesive manner, all the while hoping that they will stick with me, and possibly with others. Others are existential bits of knowledge I manage to pick up over the course of a day, or week, or the past 288 months, and I deem useful to present. While last, but not least, I have my little ‘rainy day medicine’ that I call ‘Eyecandies’.
CS: You describe your account as 365 Days of Philosophical Digital Art. Would you mind to share with us a philosophy you truly believe in?
D: What a lovely question! Let me see! Well, I can share with you the one that had the most influence on me over the past few months. It is ‘Always tell the truth, or at least don’t lie.’ Let that marinate for a while.
Always tell the truth, or at least don’t lie.
CS: This is really touching. So, with this in mind could you recommend us a book, a movie and a song?
D: The source of this idea is the 8th Rule/ Chapter in Dr. Jordan B. Peterson’s best selling book – ‘12 Rules For Life, An Antidote to Chaos’. Both the Book and the Writer have had a tremendous positive influence on me.
Choosing one single movie when there are so many I’ve seen is next to impossible, but I can tell you the most recent one I’ve seen at Cinema Europa (an old but unique place on Calea Moșilor). It is ‘The Beach Bum’ with Matthew McConaughey. I don’t wanna spoil it, so all I’m going to say about it, is that it was *with a texan accent* ‘alright, alright, alright’.
A song would be one from the movie itself: ‘Peggy Lee – Is That All There Is?’ . I see it as a beautiful musical incarnation of existentialism. Just listen to the lyrics.
CS: Judging by your images, it looks like every book, movie, song, piece of art you see finds its way subversively in your works. Living in the graphic designer state of mind can be tiring, so we gotta ask – how much time does it usually take, coming up with the concept and working on it?
D: Hmm, well you caught on that one. For the first 76 days of my 365 challenge I was creating a triptych per day, which usually took me around 4 to 7 hours every day. That is including the copy, or the written story, of course. But for the most recent ones, I took a different approach, meaning that now I start a triptych usually around Sunday evening and I add and delete, little bits and pieces, inspired by my daily events, struggles, realisations and experiences all throughout the course of the next 7 days, until I get to the final piece. This new approach takes me around 7 to 12 hours, but I feel like I am able to add more depth to my work and it also gives me more mental space and energy to work on my other on-going projects.
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CS: When it comes to personal struggles, how do you think that making art can help people heal?
D: Oh, boy, where should I even begin? First of all it’s important to understand what type of healing does the individual need. At this moment, I can only speak from my own experience and my advice is definitely uncertified. But I found that if it’s some sort of a recurring past trauma that re-emerges every-now and then, or a phobia, or some other type of disorder, the creative process of exploration and confrontation of the subconscious can definitely help heal certain wounds. But if anyone is struggling with psychological trauma, he or she should definitely seek professional help, before seriously committing to any DIY method.
CS: You’re very cautious with your suggestions and that proves a maturity that comes with time or comes from the right sources. So, where do you find your inspiration – people, places, experiences?
D: I’m tempted to give you the short, one word answer, and tell you that I find my inspiration ‘everywhere’, but I feel that that won’t help anyone. Ok maybe it would help my ego maintain an aura of ‘mistery’ around my persona :)). Truth is, I like looking at other artworks, I enjoy mindlessly scrolling through random instagram accounts, I love listening to podcasts and online lectures, I love watching movies and TV series (although, lately, I didn’t get to watch as many as I used to do; which might not really be a bad thing after-all) and last but definitely not least, I like to read.
CS: So, having such a large area of creative fields you could have chosen, what persuaded you to choose the path of a graphic designer?
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D: I don’t mean to sound all fancy, but to be honest I never considered myself a graphic designer. I suppose I just had this bug or inner voice or obsession ever since I was a little child a long, long time ago, that was always telling me: ‘Hey, now that you have this great idea, why not make it look as visually pleasing as you can?’. I am well aware that having that as a job description is not really something socially acceptable, and for the sake of civilized living, I am called either a graphic designer or an art-director (I think the later fits me better). I regard myself as just a man who apart from cooking up all sorts of things, happens to have this urge to also make them look as visually satisfying as he sees fit.
CS: Being at the crossroad of more than a creative field could you tell us what are the values that shaped you as an artist?
D: I never really asked myself that, but here we go:
- Time spent working is time well spent.
- The more you try the better you get at it.
- Your way is not the only way.
- Strive to be 1% better every time.
- It’s ok to fail, but fail forward.
- Keep on keeping on!
- Remember to Breathe.
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CS: Going back to mental health awareness, how do you think people can educate themselves into psychology and how social media can help?
D: There has never been a time like this in the entire human history. There is more knowledge, readily accessible in an instant, now, than there has ever been before. This also means there are also a lot more distractions, anxiety and stress provoking factors as well. What I find amazing about this information era, and especially the advancement of audio and video streaming, is that I can sit in my room, working, cooking, or eating and all the while be able to watch or listen to the greatest minds of our time, essentially for free. I could rant about how amazing this is for hours, but instead, I’ll try and cut to the chase and provide you with some quick links:
- Jordan B Peterson shares all of his lectures online, and he has over 400 hours of content published online. He is a clinical Psychologist and a former Harvard Professor, a best selling author, and is regarded by many to be one of the greatest thinkers of our time. Here’s his channel, but there are many fan-made videos, interviews, and motivational videos all-over youtube. I especially enjoyed his debates with other prominent thinkers of our time, because they give you a more nuanced look at his reasoning.
- Next up, is a lighter source of educational entertainment which is The School of Life I especially liked their series on different philosophers, they even have one on Emil Cioran. What I like about them is that they manage to pack a nice little deal of information in a visually engaging way.
- Another source of light educational entertainment that I enjoy is Joe Rogan’s Podcast Channel. What I really like about it is that he manages to get interviews with so many incredible people from so many different fields. He has over 1000 podcasts and he did interviews with people such as Elon Musk, Neil de Grasse Tyson, Russel Brand, Lance Armstrong, Jordan Peterson and many more. Here’s a mindbending one, I particularly enjoyed.
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That’s a wrap. This is the third episode of our first “season” of interviews that will focus on romanian creatives. Stick around for the next one.
Our aim is to create a hybrid map where we pin artists and designers from various fields but have one very specific common thread: a challenging vision towards traditional mediums.
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