Illustrator and animator Eric Tiedt gained the attention of Bombay Sapphire when he submitted his animation of making a gin & tonic for the Bombay Sapphire cocktail animations brief. Inspired by the unique blue's of the sapphire bottle and the classic gin & tonic drink, Tiedt's fluid and clean animation depicting mechanical hands building the drink landed him a place as one of the nine Selected Creators from over 230 that submitted. Tiedt's illustrations and animations are quite detailed and visually mesmerizing leading the viewer to watch his work several times. We caught up with the multi-talented artist to ask him about his creative process, artistic style and about being chosen by Bombay Sapphire.
TH: Can you tell us a bit about yourself? What do you do?
ET: Hey I’m Eric from Berlin and 32 years old. I work as a freelance illustrator and animation artist. When im not drawing or working on different projects I am taking my dog for a walk or building stuff with wood.
TH: What inspires your illustrations or animations?
ET: My main inspiration comes from nature, animals and music. I often need a natural environment and a calm atmosphere, there I get my ideas for images or interesting themes for little animations. A steady new learning and development of new skills drives me too.
TH:What is your creative process like for animations?
ET: I start collecting mood images and reference pictures I find online or take some photos outside if possible. Then I make some quick sketches and start to develop a storyboard. When I am satisfied with the compositions and the timing I go into Tvpaint for 2d Animation and for 3d Animation I work with Blender mainly. Lately I have a lot of fun working with 3D, so Blender is my program of choice right now.
TH: What 5 words would you use to describe your style?
ET: shadow, light, dark, quiet, atmospheric,
TH: How did you feel when you were chosen as the one of the Selected Creators for Bombay Sapphire Cocktail Animations ?
ET: I was super happy. I spend quite some time to make the animation and I feel proud that the concept and realization got honored.
TH: If you could have an hour to talk with anyone from the past, who would that be?
ET: Hmm I guess that would be my old dog, who was there for my whole childhood.
TH: Can you tell us about your project CR7Z Pandora Tour?
ET: CR7Z is a HipHop artist from Germany. They asked me to make a 2d Teaser for their Tour. They were looking for a 2D anime like animation. So I decided to work with Tvpaint. My main goal was to illustrate it like a start of a journey and to raise peoples interest for the music and the tour.
So it has a strong mysterious atmosphere which I hope fits to the music of the artist.
TH: Do you have any projects you are currently working on, or planning on doing?
ET: For quite some time I planned to make my own first animation short movie. I hope soon I will find time to work on that. It will deal with inner conflicts and personal traumatic experiences and finding a way to deal with them.
Furthermore in my spare time I am learning Unreal Engine. Right now I just play around there but maybe in the future I would really like to make my own tiny computer game. In Combination with a short movie, that would be a nice concept i guess.
TH: What software or tools do you use to create your artwork?
ET: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe After Effects, TvPaint, Maya, Blender, Unreal Engine 4