Read Between the Lines with Designer, Scripts and PNGs 💻
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Let's face it. There's a lot of things happening around us in the world today that can really make your timeline look bleak. Creators tend to be naturally attuned to these things. And when it seems like all is lost, we turn to art. Expressing yourself through your practice can be scary as s***, yes, but it does help. That's when we're reminded of the good that there is in this fast-paced world we're all living in. So, when I start my day on Ello and I see a new (and encouraging as hell) piece designed by digital artist, Scripts and PNGs (@scriptsandpngs), I'm instantly reminded of the humanity that resides in all of us. Through brutalist type, hazy color gradients, and cheeky taglines, Scripts and PNGs educates his audience on his craft (check out one of his tutorials here) while lifting them up mentally and emotionally through his work. Read more to learn about how brilliant design and creative expression can lead to IRL impact through honesty, transparency, and positive words of encouragement in a digital world.
See more of Scripts and PNGs work here.
-Introduction by interviewer Mayah Taylor (@mayah), Ello’s Community Creative Manager. She loves tacos, fashion, Doctor Who, and wears too much black.
Can you tell us a bit about yourself? How did you begin making art?
Hi, my name is Guillaume, I'm almost 30. I'm a front-end web developer, I live in Lyon with my girlfriend and I'm passionate about Brazilian jiu-jitsu, skateboarding, fixed gear, music and nice clothes and my girlfriend works for the Biennale de Lyon, I'm so proud of her, she's the best.
I began making art at 11, at that time I was drawing comics super heroes and Dragon Ball Z characters everywhere, I also draw my own 4 page comics in which I told the story of a superhero fighting very bad guys and saving the princess that needed his help, that was my way of disconnecting from reality, and then at 14 I stopped drawing. Less than10 years later I started working on computers and I discovered the incredible potential of adobe photoshop, and here I am now :)
What 5 words would you use to describe your design?
Anxiety, orgasm, lines, repetition, high contrast (let's say that high and contrast are only one word, haha).
When did you start going by Scripts and PNGs and how did you find your unique “voice” and recognizable style in the design world?
It was 3 years ago, a friend (the finest connoisseur in manga and comics on this planet, huge shout out to him) introduced me to baugasm and processing, and we had an idea: making a processing drawing everyday and posting it on Tumblr. The idea was awesome but we had no time, so I decided to create this in order to start working with processing (that's why scripts and pngs) but I quickly left processing aside to focus on Photoshop. On December 18th 2018, I made my first Instagram post that gained in popularity, I remember hitting 1300 likes in one day and I only had 500 followers at this time, I was amazed and on this day I think I understood what I loved the most in graphic design: high contrast and movement. And then, I started doing a design per day, developing what I loved the most in graphic design.
What inspires your design? How has creating these designs helped with common episodes we experience as both artists and humans in life like anxiety, relationships and more?
Lots of things inspire me, especially my girlfriend, watching people on bikes, techno, doc martens, Baugasm, posters with simple lines, colors, not very famous super heroes, Brazilian jiu-jitsu gis, UFC fights, cub Swanson tattoos and all the emotions that you can have in your body.
Orgasms are also a huge part of inspiration, have you ever tried to go deep in your mind when you have an orgasm? You can see awesome things that you can't see in other situations, that's incredible for me, making posters is like a workout, once you're done you gave all your mind and body and you are kind of a 'new' person because you left behind all the things you didn't want to carry anymore and you gain other things, such as technique and toughness, and it helps me a lot fighting my fears and going further every day.
What does your process for designing look like? Are you more intentional or spontaneous?
It's spontaneous only when I work with pictures that I find on Pexels and Unsplash, but otherwise it's always intentional.
It always happens at night, before sleeping, I think about lots of things and, I don't know why, I have shapes in my mind that I don't forget when I wake up. My own interpretation of this is that my mind tries to digest all the things, emotions, pain, happiness... that I experienced during the day and creates shapes out of that, so it's its way to treat everything before dreaming
and I love to draw this in Adobe!
When I see your work, it’s often something I need and want to “hear”. Do you see yourself exhibiting your work on a larger scale, IRL for the general public to interact with?
This is the best question I've ever been asked and I'm so happy that you ask me! I have the feeling you are in my head, that's awesome!
I'm really sensitive to handicaps for a lot of reasons, and I think a lot about blind people who can't see, so my biggest achievement would be to make music design with my posters in order to make them accessible to blind people. I don't particularly think of music, but more of a construction of sounds, it would be like hearing instead of seeing.
Design is all around us, but good design has great power and influence. How has your audience responded to your work and how has it impacted your virtual persona as Scripts and PNGs?
I'm very lucky because I have the most amazing audience! Lots of people dm me on Instagram or add awesome comments under the posts to say that they can identify themselves in my design and I love it.
I love the fact that the internet can still be used to build a community and try to help each other, it's very optimistic and I love it, it motivates me to keep doing positive things that can help people find the best about themselves. And that also helps me find the best about myself, that's one of the best ways to gain self confidence.
What’s next? Where do you see yourself taking your art in the future?
- I want to develop my Youtube channel and make interesting vlogs, tutorials on how to use Photoshop, explanations about processing and showing new ways of creating via software or open-source alternatives.
- I want to design sounds as I said earlier.
- I want to promote the 'digital sobriety', I speak for myself but I have the feeling that I'm stuck to screens and I try to put things in place to quit this addiction, and I really want to share it with people because too much internet is not good for our posture, our mind and for the planet.
- I want to go 100% into Ello because your social network is really awesome, the simple algorithm, the giveaways, the team, the invites, the awesome UI / UX make me think that your place is the best place for sharing art.
- Dig into processing and make live events with DJs where I code things and loud heavy techno is playing, best thing ever.
Finally, what was the last thing you watched or listened to?
My girlfriend and I watched the mini-series 'Dracula' which we enjoyed so much, I'm currently listening to the first fuck buttons album, and lately, I've been stuck in :
- American Gods (the book and the series)
- Stephan Bodzin, its whole discography
- Booba - 0.9 (his best album)
- Soccer Mommy - clean
- The Microphones - the glow part.2
- Azizi Gibson - prehistoric till death
- The Idles discography and all their singe releases, these guys are the most exciting thing to hear for at least 3 years, they're awesome
- Nosaj Things - parallels (look at the cover graphic design folks)
- Chromatics, their last album
- Elephant Tree, their album with the same name