The Miles Davis Online Interview: Jorge Armando

(Artist Series II, Volume 3)

Part two of the Artist Series is moving right along with the latest installment – illustrator Jorge Armando. Anyone who blends 3D technology with an illustration of Miles Davis is going to get my attention. And the talented Armando did just that. The original – and quite awesome – design is above. The 3D version, below, requires those fun glasses!

Currently in the process of getting his Master’s in Art and design at UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México) in Mexico City, Armando features a ton of great designs and illustrations on his official blog. The Frank Zappa and James Brown are also personal favorites.

I recently had a chance to speak with Jorge about his artwork and Miles Davis. Also, his choice for Favorite Miles Davis Album is a first for the Artist Series, and a nice change of pace!

Miles Davis Online: Your “Miles Davis” digital artwork is fantastic! What exactly is the creative process behind this type of digital artwork? How long does it take you to complete?
Jorge Armando: In this kind of illustration the process consists of the fusion of traditional technical concepts employing digital tools. I made this image in particularly for my own pleasure, using a good prototype, a photo with the expression of energy characteristic of Miles Davis performances.

The original image was made in one day, and the 3-D remake in one afternoon.

Miles Davis Online: Why Miles Davis? What was the reason you decided to create a design of the jazz legend?
Jorge Armando: It’s really simple, I think Miles Davis is the most important musician in the history of jazz, and accompany with John Coltrane, Frank Zappa, Robert Fripp – especially in his work with King Crimson -, Herbert Von Karajan, Silvestre Revueltas, Karlheinz Stockhausen and Igor Stravisky are the most important musicians of the 20th century.

Miles Davis Online: I see that the design is now in 3D! How does that work? Do we need special glasses?
Jorge Armando: This technique is named anaglyph 3-d, and yes, you need the conventional 3-D glasses.

Miles Davis Online: How would you describe yourself as an artist?
Jorge Armando: Don’t think of myself like like an artist -yet-, though I studied design and define my self as illustrator…, a specialist between philosophy, science and art.

I’m still in the process of constructing my style, to consist in the fusion of canon and shapeless; when my work arrives to that goal my images could be seen in an artistic way, not just aesthetic or communicative objects.

Miles Davis Online: Are you working on anything special at the moment?
Jorge Armando: Actually I’m doing my Master in Arts and Design in Academia de San Carlos at UNAM’s — for that reason most of my images and texts that I produce since a year is directed to use for my Master’s final work or thesis, that is about politics, cartoons and the creator problem’s in the present.

You can see this here.

Miles Davis Online: Favorite Miles Davis album?
Jorge Armando: Dark Magus

© Jorge Armando. All artwork, and images of artwork are property of Jorge Armando. All rights reserved.


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