Zi Wei Tan – Suit & Tie – Leonardo DiCaprio’s Movies

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Zi Wei Tan ist Art Director bei einer Werbeagentur in Singapur, sein Diplom hat er in Animation. In freien Stunden beschäftigt er sich auch kreativ, dabei entstand u. a. die gelungende Serie “Leonardo DiCaprio’s Movies”, darunter Highlights wie “Catch me if you can”, “The Great Gatsby” und “Inception”.

Elle:
Tell us about your background and how you came to be an artist.

Zi Wei Tan:

I started out being a junior art director in an ad agency doing campaigns for clients with a diploma in animation. Being in the creative industry has always been my passion be it design, animation or advertising.

Currently I’m still an art director in a bigger ad agency but I am exploring ways to express myself outside of office hours and during my free time.

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Elle:
How does your job as an artist influence your life? Do you feel that you see things around you differently for example?

Zi Wei Tan:

Sometimes the restrictions in my day job by the superiors and clients makes me want to find an outlet to express my own voice and thoughts.

That’s where I turn towards expressing myself as an artist. As an artist, I get to balance my creativity and mental wellbeing, and just let myself be who I am and how i see things.

I tend to take time to see things from many perspective and from an angle that busy people may miss out on. I try to find the real value and artistic value in a particular object as well, no matter how normal it seems.

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Elle:
I love your minimalistic Suit & Tie posters. When do you get your best ideas?

Zi Wei Tan:

I love to watch movie during my free time. Good ones especially. And i love men’s streetwear fashion, though I am not too fashionable myself.

After watching a couple of Leonardo Dicaprio’s movies, I start to realise his suits in the movies are all very nice and distinctive. I try to google other male actors and their movies but fail to found none that is as distinctive as his. That’s when I saw beauty in it and wanted to pay tribute to behind the scene staffs who dress him up so wonderfully each time in his movies.

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Elle:
What are you working on now?

Zi Wei Tan:

Apart from my day job, I’m trying to work on a graphic novel or picture book on the sideline. Always a fan of Hellboy (Mike Mignola), Nicholas (Sempe), and Dragonball (Akira Toriyama). Haha.

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Elle:
Where do you see yourself five years from now?

Zi Wei Tan:

I don’t know. Just keep growing myself as an artist i guess.

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Elle:
Tell us more about your upcoming projects!

Zi Wei Tan:

Will be exploring in more ways of creative expression be it graphic design or illustration and a graphic novel perhaps.

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Salut, je m'apelle Elle, Visionärin. Ich bin "full of energy", freaky und selbstkritisch. Ich lasse immer mein Herz sprechen, versäume aber nie auch den power-button für's Hirn zu pushen. Ich bin kompromissbereit in wichtigen Dingen und denke oftmals in vielen Dimensionen, was aber für Innovationen und spannende Projekte hilfreich ist. Das World Wide Web mit dem unendlichen Informationsfluss von Neuem fasziniert mich immer wieder. Als meine Passion sehe ich Kunst, Design, Fotografie und Musik. Ich bin genauso unkonventionell wie mein Humor. coultique is my wonderland - frei nach Alice - "Das Unmögliche zu schaffen, gelingt einem nur, wenn man es für möglich befindet".

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