I started to collect comic books very early in my life. They inspired and helped me to find my way into art. I started to scribble and sketch anything that came to mind. Learning to understand colors, depth and volume and anatomy. Beeing fascinated by animation I came across many movies.
Akira, based on the manga written by Katsuhiro Otomo, was definitely a story which inspired and impressed me more than any other. Akira symbolises basically the elemental force of human kind. The strength to create and to inspire.
Creation out of nothing.
Learning and perfecting our abilities,
We imagine new worlds
and create new universes.
Attempting to find a name for yourself, representing your art, your passion and belief as well as your character seems to be an almost impossible quest. There are many names I have stumbled across, considered and played with. At first I thought I was looking for something innovative, something that sticks. A name which shows what kind of work I do…but since my interests are so far reaching and eclectic, I found it hard to settle on a name that encapsulated all that is me. One day I chanced upon a website which read iamivan.com.
"I am ….." what could be a better representation than this. Simple and straight forward, "I am….." is of course how we most often introduce ourselves. So in a homage to a lifelong inspiration, and an attempt to embody the philosophy of the name……