Animatic is coming from the traditional engenieering / design world. During the first lockdown of COVID he decided to learn cinema4D and other various software to play around. He gets his inspiration from artist like e.g. Marterium or by reading books about Quantum Physics. With his art he wants to express the energy which is his biggest drive and in future we can expect more from the Artvatars project, where he was a party of as well.
NFT Granny: “Dear Animatttic, thank you very much for taking your precious time. I am a silver surfer in her best age and have already heard a lot of interesting nicknames so far. But what is the story behind your name?”
Animatttic: I’ve always seen myself as an enigmatic person, hard to figure out sometimes and I am constantly on a journey of self-discovery, never quite following the crowd. My name is Matt, or Matty whatever people feel comfortable with, and I wanted to learn how to animate at the time of getting into the art world, so Animatttic appeared to fit perfectly.
How did you first become interested in art, and how did you get started with it yourself?
Animatttic: When growing up, all throughout school and my early work career, I would always be the one finding new and creative ways to do things, often at the frustration of my peers. I would be given a project and spend the entire time aligning things in different ways and trying to approach things from a different angle which people couldn’t understand but I could.
I worked as an engineer for few years, designing parts for gearboxes and different gadgets, then eventually working with 3D printers and CAD / CAM CNC machines.
One day I decided I enjoyed the creative freedom that art brings to the table and decided to study to become an architect because that’s the best of both engineering and art!
During the first lockdown of COVID I decided since I had so much free time, I would get on my computer, learn how to use cinema4D and other various software to play around and see what I could come out with, then a year later, here we are! What a ride this has been!
Can you tell us more about the story behind your recent project “LONG, CROWDED BRIDGE”?
Animatttic: Long, Crowded Bridge, is a piece that was made to be symbolic of humanity’s journey through space and time, where we exist standing in line as if the earth/reality is the bridge, and the vista we stare up into is the sea. We stand here not quite knowing where we will end up as consciousness itself but knowing that life is about the journey.
The orbs that are circling the centre are symbolic of us conscious beings; the cloud is to represent the shrouded mystery of where we are heading, the sphere at the top is to provoke thought of where everything comes from and the surrounding shapes are symbolic of reality being contained into everything we know at this point.
Which of your artworks are you most proud of?
Animatttic: Wow, this is a hard question to answer! I’m so proud of everything I’ve put out. Currently, I will have to say “The First time you saw snow”, “The Illusion of Self” and “Apophenia”.
The latter of which was a collaboration between Karan4D and me.
I have a few pieces yet to be released which I’m extremely proud of as well!
Is there an artist you would like to work with? Like a collaboration?
Animatttic: I would love to work with Bryan Brinkman, I really admire his style and he’s nailed something there.
Also, yonfrula, who I’ve been following closely since he entered the scene, has some incredibly fun stuff coming out!
We are curious 🙂 Would you be willing to share any plans of upcoming projects?
Animatttic: I have got a few things in the pipeline, some of which I’ve got to keep quiet about!
I know there is more to come from Artvatars which I’m very excited about. For now, things are a little bit quiet so I’m currently looking for more projects to work with and collaborations. Looking to expand my skillset into music production and to bring my style over into physical art forms
Who or what are your biggest influences or sources of inspiration?
Animatttic: Marterium is a huge inspiration of mine. I really admire how he composes his pieces and have spent some time studying his work.
As well I read a lot about quantum physics and spend a lot of time meditating on the very notion of existence itself. I also take inspiration from personal experiences I have throughout life and things I’ve had to learn the hard way. Sometimes I spend hours thinking about how I can express these complicated thoughts and emotions into something visual.
Is there something specific you are trying to express with your art?
Animatttic: An absolute TON OF THINGS, I have so much energy and excitement/things I wish to convey, sometimes it can be very hard to pick one specific thing, which is why my art can feel like it changes so much from piece to piece.
I would like to convey in my work mainly that we are all the same once we get past the ego. That the universe is a work of art and life is here to perceive it.
What do you feel when you are creating new art?
Animatttic: I feel energised, contemplative, relaxed, and focused. Creative energy is my ecstasy.
Do you remember the first time you heard about NFT Art?
Animatttic: I do. I remember that I was in a position of feeling very lost, so I took to Twitter to observe people, stumbled upon Archillect, which is an AI bot on Twitter that discovers stimulating content. Through this, I discovered Murat Pak, and it sent me down the rabbit hole. Never did I imagine things would become this big.
How do you enjoy the NFT Art you have collected? Do you have a way to display it for example at home?
Animatttic: I have some Canvases, and would like to get a few digital picture frames!
What would be your biggest wish for the NFT Art scene? What is currently missing / not fully developed to reach full potential out of it?
Animatttic: I think that gatekeeping has always been a huge issue within these communities and I see a lot of cash grabs by well-established people which overshadows smaller artists sometimes. I don’t know how to fix this issue but I think about it a lot.
I would like to see museums get into using the technology when things open up again in the future. That would be really exciting!
We would really like to know, where do you see the NFT Art scene in the future?
Animatttic: I see it continuing to grow, and I think NFT’s will become a big part of many more peoples lives. Especially as the technology is made to be more environmentally friendly over time. We are still extremely early; think internet 1998 or so but blockchain in 2021! Where will we be in 5-10 years!?
Which tools do you use to create your art?
Animatttic: I use Cinema4D, Octane, Photoshop, Procreate, Illustrator, Blender, Autodesk inventor, Lightroom, Xparticles, FL Studio, and anything else that I need to get to where I want to be!
What does a typical day for you look like, and what do you like to do when you’re not busy with NFT Art?
Animatttic: I spend a lot of my time just creating, creating and creating. If not working on NFT’s I’ll be making art for myself, learning new things broadening my horizons and always looking for new opportunities to get involved!
I love watching movies, gaming, making music, going out for nice food and I love spending time with friends/family.
Connecting with people within the community is something I make sure to do every day, sometimes finding the right balance and knowing where to divert attention is difficult but I have a lot of fun supporting and meeting new people!
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Animatttic: Create for yourself, do what you love and have a great time doing it. What you put out into the universe is what you will receive back!
Is there something aside from art or NFTs you collect?
Animatttic: When I was young I collected crystals and stones. As an adult, I haven’t had the space to be able to collect anything yet, but I would love to get my hands on more physical artwork and potentially start collecting vinyls!
What do you feel the moment a project you’ve created dropped?
Animatttic: Excitement. I’m pretty much jumping off the walls because I get so proud of being able to share something I’ve created with the world.
Please describe your idea of a perfect world in max. 5 sentences
Animatttic: A perfect world to me would be a harmonious one. Where we are taught love instead of greed. Mental health is a priority and there is no room for hateful intention.
To which area do you like to travel?
Animatttic: Currently, I don’t go out an awful lot due to lockdowns, but when we are able to i’d love to explore more of the planet.
- Full Name: Matt Thurston
Date of Birth: 27th November 1994
- Current hometown: London
- Languages she speaks: English, Simlish
- What did you want to be when you were a child: When I was a child I wanted to be Spiderman!
- Education: Architecture, Engineering
- First Job: CAD Engineer for a motorsport firm