We've just managed to come down from the high brought by all the lovely responses to the Belair X 6-12, but now, we're on our way up again, thanks to this Belair-inspired illustration from Kitt Santos!
Aside from this great tribute, we were also ecstatic to find more of his Lomography- and fashion-inspired artworks!
It’s a real treat for us to see that we do not only inspire great photographs, but we also inspire artists from other mediums. We did a quick chat with Kitt, and this is what he has to say!
Hi Kitt! Tell us a little bit about yourself. What do you do for a living, and is it the same thing you do for fun?
I’m a Filipino creative based in Singapore. I work in a multi-disciplinary agency as an interactive designer where I sometimes do illustration. It’s almost the same, for the illustration part, except that [what] I do for fun isn’t [as] restrictive.
How did you get started in the field of illustration and painting, and where do you take your inspiration from?
I started illustrating even before my parents sent me to school. It wasn’t until I learned it in college that I really fell in love with it. I’m inspired by women, high fashion, macabre, and everyday objects.
How would you describe your art?
Are you an active Lomographer? If so, what is your favorite Lomography camera and why?
I am! My favourite camera so far is my L-CA Russia Day, because it’s handy and sturdy. It’s so compact I brought it in our last backpacking trip along with my Fisheye and its underwater case, which I only used when frolicking near the sea.
Was your painting of the Belair X 6-12 your first painting of a camera?
Watercolor painting? No. I think it was my second. The first was just a week ago, a Fisheye no. 2 sitting on top of a woman’s head, like a hat. Then when I created a collage where I used the Lomographs from my La Sardina and used it as texture for my fairy tale illustrations.
What about the Belair X 6-12 spoke to you that you wanted to paint it?
It spoke to me of awesome portraits and wanting it to be purchased, soon! I was raving about it with a friend and since I was painting a few hours before, I decided to paint my obsession away. It didn’t disappear.
Do you have any advice for our community members who maybe would like to get started in painting?
My partner showed me a letter of Keith Harring to his fan. His advice was to draw everyday. It’s very true. I always draw whenever there’s an opportunity: at work, anywhere, on any paper or digital, and I post it on my blog. It helps me visualize an image better and make it a reference, especially if I’m going to paint. Keep a drawing journal or start a 365Blog of your illustrations. Just DRAW!