In the first 'Graphic Account', we catch up with Septianto Nugroho aka Bukancumaa, where he shares how he tackles a project, his words to live by and the unexpected places you can find inspiration. Here's what he had to say:
Q: Tell us a little about yourself, where you’re based and work?
Hi, I’m Septianto Nugroho A.K.A Bukancumaa, the part of Ironbird Creative Studio, as a illustrator and Type designer. I’m based in Klaten city, Central Java, Indonesia.
Q: How would you describe your art style?
Rough and organic, maybe. A little fun but often dark and feels vintage.
Honestly, I love to draw whatever I find fun.
Q: What does your daily routine look like?
I start the day at 6.30 am, have breakfast and get ready to go to work. (I still work at someone else's creative studio) Work starts around 9.00 am, The rest of the day is about getting work done, and looking for new ideas for the next jobs. Work ends at 5:00 pm, then go home to check email, and complete my own work such as creating illustrations for clients, making available designs, creating fonts, and many other things. When I'm tired I usually go to sleep.
Q: What have you been listening to recently?
I’ve really been enjoying indie folk songs like Bon Iver, SYML and many more, but recently I enjoyed the Australian band Vancouver Sleep Clinic, as well as the female singer from Norway namely AURORA, I like the unique music and soothing voice of the singer.
Q: You’ve created two awesome designs for us in ‘Hazy Daze Club’ and ‘No Bad Days’, which one did you enjoy creating the most?
I think I enjoyed creating both, but what I liked the most was "No Bad Days" because that design let me know your clothing line, and I also agree with the written message that there are no bad days, and it's like "Oh, I’m grateful for what I get and learn every day"
Q: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?
Enjoy life, accept all good things and don't have to regret everything that happened. Be grateful to be alive and have that opportunity. – My Dad
Q: Talk us through your editing set up and how you tackle projects
For designs that I make, starting from reading emails and briefs from clients, then I look for ideas and start making rough sketches on paper or iPad drawings, then I will make several layouts or maybe just one if I am sure of the idea and I give it to client to check and review whether there is anything that needs to be revised or not, if it's okay I immediately do the inking and vectoring process on my computer, then send the mockup to the client.
For my project work, I usually ask for about a week, or at least 3 days to complete it if there are no revisions.
So I sort the work according to when I receive the project.
Q: Where’s your favorite place to visit for creative inspiration?
Creativity can come from anywhere and when you do absurd things, even when you poop in the toilet! Lol
But the normal thing I usually do is visit friends who also work in the creative industry, and I'm lucky to be surrounded by creative people.
Q: What does the future hold for Ironbird Creative and your Bukancumaa Instagram profile?
Actually we’re developing design products such as fonts and illustrations, and also making a website for Ironbird Creative, so that we can provide useful products to support creative projects for buyers, hopefully it can be launched soon, and for Bukancumaa it will develop the services so that it can be even better for me and clients.
And honestly my biggest dream is to create a team that can work together to further advance the creative industry where we live. So if you’re looking for a passionate, new creative studio to work with get in touch.
Q: And finally, how do you live The Easy Life?
Living The Easy Life for me is what my dad said, Enjoy life, accept the process, accept the good things, be grateful for life, isn't the essence of living The Easy Life about how life itself is? And of course, don't forget to share your “Easy Life” with others.
Our thanks go to Bukancumaa for taking time out to have this interview with us! You can follow Septianto's at these pages:
You can check out Bukancumaa's designs below: