Sep 28, 2011

PROFILE | Nico Di Mattia | Technology Today


Nico Di Mattia, Hamster Tato, 2010, Argentina

Technology is always getting better, which in turn gives artists new ways to express themselves and show off their talents.  What better way to do so than the way Nico Di Mattia does it.  Nico Di Mattia uses technology by drawing out his artwork on the program Adobe Photoshop and records himself in a time lapse video and posts his videos of this process on YouTube.  Not only do we see how he makes it, but the time, efforts, and steps he takes to make his masterpieces right in front of our eyes.


Nico Di Mattia was born in Cordoba, Argentina.  His childhood consisted of what most boy artists enjoy in our era, which is comic books, animation, cartoons, and narrations.  In 1998, at the age of 15, he independently published his first comic book.  In 2001, he was enrolled to the Cinema and TV School at Cordoba's National University.  He studied directing, script writing, and post production, and he also worked with various short films, emphasizing his skills with his own artistic taste and experimentation.   It was there where he did his first time lapse drawing, or "speed drawing," which was called "Planet of the Apes."



His skills only grew from there.  For the next six years, he worked with many people working on short films and won many awards for his works.  By 2007, he created his YouTube channel, which consists of all his speed drawings he does for fun or commissions.  Most of his recent works reflect popular film and television culture going on today, which includes Transformers, Marvel & DC Comics, and caricatures of various characters including House M.D. and Chuck Norris. 





Di Mattia does more than this though, for you can schedule a commission from him to draw portraits for you via speed drawing, or hire him for any company personal artwork jobs you have.  


Personally, this modern technology and the way it can spread so quickly through the means of the Internet is how a lot of people are able to access art these days.  These speed drawings can't really be viewed in a museum unless there were television sets with headphones playing the videos.  The music he incorporates to the work and how he gets the viewer to enjoy every aspect and feeling of the creation of something from nothing makes you inspired to do something like it yourself.  The good thing about putting something like this on YouTube is that if he uploads anything new, you're able to see it right when it's uploaded and are able to share it and discuss with others about the artwork.  Photoshop, YouTube, the Internet, they are all the things of the future for the drawing/painting artist.  No mess, no eraser marks, no worry about making a mistake thanks to the "undo" button.  I will still enjoy using my charcoal set and paper drawings, but Di Mattia is showing us step-by-step how to get with the times.



- Nic White

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