Blake Thomas - Artist Interview Series - Electric Objects

Blake Thomas

Los Angeles, CA
Reaching from Blake Thomas's new Art Club collection, Actualization

Actualization explores the emotions that grow out of our ultra-connected world.”

— Alex, Electric Objects
Can we see a picture of your workspace and/or desktop?
Where are you typing this from?
What do you watch/listen to while working?

Depending on if my day is more on the technical or conceptual end I bounce between movies and music. The Guest and Drive soundtracks are personal favorites, and when my schedule is more open to distractions I've been cycling through Stanley Kubrick films.

What have you been working on lately?

Recently I've been working with two groups of musicians on their visuals. Being on the opposite end of the creative spectrum it's such a refreshing challenge to translate their audio focused talents into a tangible, visual form. Here's a little sneak peek at an in-progress piece.

What work of yours are you most proud of?

For sentimental reasons I think my personal favorite falls onto a fantasy turned digital rendition of a GameGirl.

What tools do you use in your work?

Cinema 4D / Adobe Creative Cloud / MakeHuman / Octane Renderer / X-Particles

Can you tell us about your process?

I generally start with words, overheard quips and doodles in a sketchbook. After an idea forms I block out an overall composition, note technical details and materials, followed by a swift dive into a digital canvas.

Any last advice for the folks just starting out?

In the end practice eclipses talent – work hard at what you do and take pride in the little details. Opportunities will naturally follow.

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Favorite file formats?

.c4d, it's all about where the magic happens!

What are the best places to see your work?

I'm a regular on Instagram and Tumblr. I try to post daily pieces on Instagram, with more process and outtake shots on Tumblr.

What sites do you visit for inspiration?

Behance, Pinterest, Dribbble, Ello, Tumblr, Instagram

Whose work do you follow?

Too many good folks to list! Some personal favorites include Anny Wang, Catherine Kim, Danny Jones, Luke Choice, and Shawna X.

What are your favorite galleries, museums, exhibits, etc.?

Last fall I went to a Turrell exhibit at David Zwirner Gallery which was a neon punch of inspiration and beauty. Now that I live in LA I frequent the Broad and Getty for both the collections and inspiring architecture of the museums themselves.

Thanks for the interview,