What did you know of Jack O’Neill & his iconic look before submitting your work. How did you find him to draw?
Before, i just knew O’Neill as a famous surf clothing brand.
In Bali, surfing become the lifestyle, everybody loves to wear surf-wear even they don’t surf.
Then the invitation pop up and i realize that O’Neill is not just a brand i rushed searching info and picture of Jack on the internet, and wow, he has a very humble yet unique figure with the eye patch , thick beard, and he looks like Poseidon at a glance … “OCEAN MAN” is the first thing comes in my mind OCEAN MAN (O’MAN) represents Jack O’Neill and Bali that’s why i combine the ocean and the attributes (surfer, anchor, octopus, ship, etc) with the modified Balinese traditional carving style about the colors- i trust my feeling. Red, yellow, orange are the perfect mixture for OCEAN MAN- in my humble opinion.
What mediums do you work with?
I work manually and digital, i work both ways to get maximum result., for this artwork i sketch manually on a paper then i scan it and coloring digitally. For coloring i use some painting programs such as Adobe Photoshop and Corel Painter. Finally, printed on canvas.
What do you call your style of art?
Until now i don’t even care about my artwork style, but i know that i love things with fable and imaginative. I put my portfolio on : www.monezgusmank.blogspot.com
Are you classically trained?
Yes i am, I studied at Indonesia Art Institute in Bali for 5 years and i reached Bachelor Degree of art .but for digital painting, i learn autodidact from the internet, especially from art forum.
Where would you like to see your piece eventually hanging?
wherever will be, will be. anywhere can be seen and can be enjoyed. its a priceless pride to show my artwork to the society.