For the past two months, Italian illustrator Emilio Cassanese has been producing artworks that use procedurally generated elements using tools such as Processing. We spoke to him about his latest series, Human Mix, which applies such elements as textures to portrait photographs to produce an unworldly look.
DA: What's your background?
EC: "My name is Emilio Cassanese, and my nickname is Eshwar. I'm 23 years and I've recently graduated in graphic design from the Academy of Fine Arts in Frosinone (italy). I work freelance, but now i'm looking for a full-time job. I'd like to work in London."
DA: What are you biggest influences?
EC: "Much of my inspiration for this comes from various animé drawings. One drawing in particular [that inspires me] is the spirit in the animated film Princess Mononoke by Hayao Miyazaki."
DA: What was your concept for Human Mix?
EC: "Two months ago, when I started to create 'generative prints', I also wanted to integrate generative art within illustration. Human Mix is the union of a world created by computer algorithms, influenced by music, wind, gravity, with [photography]. The concept was to show something beyond the body, showing the pure energy within living creatures."
DA: How did you create the generated elements?
EC: "I started by sketching an idea of movement by drawing quickly on a sheet. After this I used Processing to test my idea, and then developed the final rendering in After Effects, using a particle system with physics engines for the wind and gravity. I also used a [tool that generated elements based on music], using an 8-bit song I made."
DA: How did you combine the generated and photographic elements?
EC: "I drew the linework over a photo, using a Wacom Intuos 4 tablet. Then I deleted the photo and carried on drawing. I also painted digitally to add lighting effects [based on the concept of energy], and masked shapes to added the generative elements."
DA: What do you like most about the pieces?
EC: "I love the sensation they express, representing our vital energy and making it visible and attractive in some way. Sometimes I look at them for several minutes and they take me to different worlds, while still close to reality."
DA: What are you working on currently?
EC: "I'm about to release a set on Behance called Exploring the square, each using a square shape at its core. It includes patterns, fonts, design, infographics and more. I'm starting to think about how to use generative art in the creation of infographics, logos, characters and the world of branding."