The spi rit of the tro­jan Uni­corn

No longer just a guest, Michael has be­came much more in­volved with Tro­jan Horse was a Uni­corn art event in Por­tu­gal…

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“Tro­jan Horse was a Uni­corn is a spe­cial thing, more like a fam­ily get-to­gether. Just meet­ing those artists that I’ve ad­mired from afar is mind-blow­ing, but when they’re talk­ing on stage, they re­veal so much per­sonal in­for­ma­tion. How they got there, their fail­ures, how they burned out and then got back on their feet. You have this emo­tional re­la­tion­ship with them, mak­ing the event much more hu­man than just show­ing the good parts.

“The hard­est part of do­ing this year’s poster art was to come up with a so­lu­tion that has the uni­corn as a main theme and still sat­is­fy­ing my artis­tic needs. I’m not nec­es­sar­ily a fan of de­fault fan­tasy, and uni­corns are the epit­ome of just that. I also tried to break with the his­tor­i­cally ac­cu­rate style of the Tro­jan horse and in­cor­po­rated carv­ings from old In­dian tem­ples as an in­spi­ra­tion for the pat­terns and Chi­nese horse stat­ues for the head shape of the horse. “Other than that it was pretty straight­for­ward: pen­cil sketch, colours in Painter, fi­nal touches in Pho­to­shop. I did a cou­ple of rough colour sketches to find the right colour of the sky and light­ing mood. I was aim­ing for some­thing that looks sim­ple and iconic from the dis­tance, but has all the de­tails to com­mu­ni­cate scale up close.”

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