Juan Behrens is a Director, Illustrator and Animator from Venezuela currently working at MediaMonks in Netherlands.
(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?
Venezuela, currently living in Netherlands.
3. What’s your main influences?
It changes, I like to study artists, read their bio and google their sketches, their errors and understand their process the best I can. Currently, I am influenced by Mary Blair, Chuck Jones, Maurice Noble, Lou Romano, UPA studio and Charley Harper.
4. How was your path until this moment? How did you start?
I started naive studying computer science until Benkee Shang and Yker Moreno – super talented Venezuelans friends of my older cousin Annabella, shifted me to another horizon and told me to pursue my interests in animation and design. So I did start to follow that itch until today.
Until this moment, 10 years after, living in 5 different cities, I am still learning different things on each project I work on, lost the fear for the new projects by holding tight to my creative process and I am still trying to narrow my passion in one vein. Maybe it will take me a lifetime but drawing and animating stills seduces me and I really enjoy it and doing it.
(…) lost the fear for the new projects by holding tight to my creative process…
5. Where do you see yourself next?
I always wanted to pursue a career on a big studio but being Latin-American always holds you a bit with the work permit when asking to work abroad, so I feel lucky to be working at MediaMonks and blessed to have helped built a team that I feel I belong to were I can geek out about still and animated graphics and have a conversation about it and work for big clients around the world giving them the best of us.
So if I can keep on this root and help on making projects with people I admire I am settled for the next years!
6. Knowing what you know now, what would be your advice for people in the same area?
Pay attention to yourself when you are staring at something and ask yourself why you like it, digest that thought and copy what you like, especially nature.
Also, read biographies of other artists that passed away, they leave a lot of clues for the next generation about what worked for them and what not.
Be outspoken and true about what you like, if you don’t trust yourself now in this life, when will you do it!??
Pay attention to yourself when you are staring at something and ask yourself why you like it
7. Is there something you are terrible at :)?
I can’t pronunciate Rodriguez fluently in Spanish.
I can’t fold fitted bed sheets the right way.
I am terrible remembering artists names but not their work.
8. Tell us 3 things you like
- Glazed Donuts
- Sarma with Ajvar (yugoslavian food, try it)
9. And 3 things you don’t
- Bad Miso Soup
- Bike thieves
- Forgetting stuff
10. Last question, what are you listening at the moment (band, specific music or album)
I want to thank you – Alicia Myers
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