Giorge Roman | Interview
Giorge Roman is a Romanian visual artist obsessed with illustration, comics and digital art.
What’s your story, Giorge? How did you discover your passion for illustration and comics?
Passion or obsession, I’ve always asked myself that. It all happened when I finished high school and was facing a big void. I asked myself what I wanted to do, it wasn’t a conscious decision, and it just happened, more out of an inner need than anything else. From that moment, the situation got worse, and after a while I realized that I was spending more and more time drawing and sketching. That’s how I ended up carrying with me, wherever I went, a sketchbook or a piece of paper to lay out my thoughts whenever I felt like it. I wanted to speak to the people and they would listen with their eyes.
Illustrations and sequential art are just mediums which I use to communicate something, the “moment” in its vast temporal irregularity.
Do you have a favorite work/ project you were/ still are involved in?
My next project is always my favorite. Depending on what I’m working on, after I finish I move on to the next, there is no way back, that’s why I always get excited when I do something new, because there’s the possibility to get out something that was waiting there for a long time. As for projects, I am still deeply impressed by the “Bitta Generation” workshop in Pancevo, Serbia, last year. It was a great experience that probably had a good impact on all participants. Ten days of concentrated creativity.
What inspires you?
It’s hard to tell. If I think about the catalyst of creation, I would say my emotions and experiences. Every creator has a “muse”, probably a term misinterpreted or forgotten by many. This “muse” can take many shapes. In my case it has a human shape, every thought linked to that person gives me a burst of energy that I channel into my works. I work a lot from imagination and this process resonates well with my visual memory.
What do you enjoy doing besides illustration/ comics?
To create, in general. I like to paint, whenever I do this I feel transported in another reality entirely. Usually I paint only for myself, and I don’t make the works public, but there will come a day when this will happen.
Future plans, events or collaborations?
Hard to say. I’m getting ready to work on a sci-fi graphic novel, can’t say much about this one, but I’m very eager to start working. Besides this, a comics magazine will be launched soon and I will be part of it. I also have two personal projects on which I work from time to time, one of them is a steam-punkish graphic novel and the other is something autobiographic, in which I will lay out in visual language certain moments from my life, a personal perspective from the exterior and interior. The time between these comics will be filled with lots of delicious illustrations.
All images © Giorge Roman
[Originally posted on June 19, 2013 on The re:art Facebook page; Revised for the current version].