Federico Pelat is french motion designer and concept artist with a passion for sci-fi.
(All artists have to answer the same 10 questions.)
1. First and Last Name
2. Where are you from? And where are you currently living?
I’m from France and currently living in Paris.
3. What’s your main influences?
I would say there is a lot of amazing people whose work has been getting me inspired from day one, but just to name a few: British photographer Nick Knight, All-American made designers like Patrick Clair, Ash Thorp & Gmunk, European classical painters & sculptors like Ernst Klimt and Auguste Rodin, and last but not least, sci-fi writers like Philip. K. Dick & William Gibson.
4. How was your path until this moment? How did you start?
When I was in secondary school my dad got me a version of Photoshop Elements 3.0 and a bamboo tablet, and it led me quickly realize that I enjoyed spending hours creating digital content. To be honest, it was awfully cheap and painful to look at (gotta start somewhere !), but it was making me happy so I kept doing it for a while, always trying new techniques and new tools along the way!
Then after graduating from high school, I moved to Paris to attend a graphic design school in Paris for five years.
I will always be grateful to the educational team that we had there as they really taught us a lot, especially with developing & expanding our artistic culture and interests.
Initially, I had a bit of a hard time adapting to the kind of traditional artistic approach of the school as I was already comfortable with creating digital content with Photoshop and C4D, but eventually, by the end of the second year I finally started being able to find the right balance between traditional & digital mediums.
I finally started being able to find the right balance between traditional & digital mediums.
For my diploma project I gave myself the challenge to see if I could use my modest skills to make a short movie in the form of a trailer; and even if the final product was far from being as original & clever as I would have liked it to be, I think most people including the jury ended up enjoying it.
I had the incredible opportunity to be approached by a French production company to write & direct a short film based on my diploma project, so.. well, let’s say it’s keeping me really busy right now!
5. Where do you see yourself next?
To quote the Joker from C. Nolan’s Dark Knight
“Do I really look like a guy with a plan? I’m a dog chasing cars. I wouldn’t know what to do with one if I caught it! I just do things.”
6. Knowing what you know now, what would be your advice for people in the same area?
1- Be relentless. Life is short so ain’t got time to fool around!
2- Always step out of your comfort zone, always explore new creative ways and artistic movements/inspiration.
Life is short so ain’t got time to fool around!
7. Is there something you are terrible at :)?
I’m a terrible photographer.
My cooking skills are also pretty bad!
8. Tell us 3 things you like
- Creative fulfillment
- Sci-fi films & books
- Mountain sports
9. And 3 things you don’t
- Heavily staining your clothes everytime you eat ramens.
- Technical difficulties
10. Last question, what are you listening at the moment (band, specific music or album)
Massive Attack, UNKLE, The Hacker & Queens of the stone age!
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