Bryce Wymer is a visual artist currently based out of Brooklyn, New York. His personal works address human social progression and the driving relation between the powerful and the powerless. Bryce currently works as freelance creative director around the world. This title incorporates all facets of live action direction, graphic design, illustration, fine art, 2D/3D animation, and post production.
Q1. How do you approach starting a new project?
I like to start with a story. Almost all of my personal work is a snap shot of a moment within a narrative. At times, these narratives develop during the painting process as the line, color and content take form on the page.
Q2. What is most important to you when working on an illustration?
What’s really important to me is character development and thinking about what happened before and after the moment that I chose to depict. For instance, I’m currently working with designer Farrah Sit (http://www.farrahsit.com/) on a collection of illustrative ceramics. To start, we created the ‘zine ‘How to Draw Animals” that for me is a stylistic exploration of the characters that will appear in our series. This will serve as a guide as we develop the collection.
Q3. What’s the role of sketching in your creative process?
All of my finished work start from ideas rooted in my sketchbooks. I love that I can turn the page and not have to dwell on an I idea for a while. It keeps fresh ideas flowing in moments of inspiration. There is something less precious about a page in a book, so you are more willing to jump in without a safety net. Its freeing. At times, the sketch book pages do become the final piece . For me it’s the concept that determines a work’s value not the format, whether sketchbook, canvas or a digital file.
Q4. Weapon of choice (favorite materials)?
India ink, gouache, mechanical pencil, collage , digital, and a arsenal of Microns
Q5. Your favorite procrastination pastime?
Lately if I ‘m not working on visual works I have been working on music. I grew up playing bass in hardcore punk bands around south Florida and now I spend any free time I have working on a folk punk album for my project called The Jane Goodalls. I have also been working with other artists on a project called Sessions Club where I bring various artists/friends together to record a single cover song in one session. The songs chosen are used as a framework. Nothing is rehearsed or arranged ahead of time, It occasionally comes out pretty cool. There are quite a few currently on my blog.
Q6. What do you like to listen to while you’re working?
Q7. What are some of your sources of inspiration?
I gather inspiration form my immediate environment. The people I encounter on the streets in the subway, the people I work with. I have always been fascinated with the human condition and everything that goes along with being part of this human race. The way we react to our surroundings has always been unique to me. I have lived in quiet a few different areas along the east coast and it seems each city has affected my palette. When I was living in Florida, my work was extremely bright and colorful. I moved to New York 5 years ago. The browns and greys of the city have found their way into my work.
Q8. If you weren’t a professional illustrator, what would you be doing?
I suppose I would have become a oceanographer or a psychology teacher. I was always fascinated with the people and places. I would probably still be doing illustrations for my classes or drawing the sea life I was studying.
From Bryce’s Blog: Myself, Rama Allen and Ryan Mckenna Directed the RockBand3 open cinematic last year. This piece plays as the intro to the video game, and worked as a promotional device for the game’s release. We shot this over two nights on the streets and rooftops of Dumbo, NY. There was a ton of post work done on this one. Mainly because Dumbo is pretty stark. Check out the behind the scenes (Below) to get a quick glimpse into what went into the production. I had Mad fun working with my boys Rama and Ryan on this one! Big Ups to Digital Kitchen, The Harmonix team and of course the beloved Jon Hassell.Full credits list on my Vimeo Page.
A HUGE thank you to Bryce for taking the time to do this interview and for providing so many fantastic photos of his work and process.
Be sure to stop by Bryce’s site!
All images ©2012 Bryce Wymer