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Dines had been keen to do a loonygames cover for some time so it seemed a little nasty to finally give him the chance, but then only give him two hours to do it! So we've got him back again this week as a way of thanks.
Probably best known for his logo and menu work, which has been showing up in a lot of places lately, French digital artist, dines, has also produced the occasional 'picture' utilizing his unique graphic style. We had a little talk about life, art, and the color green;
Sumaleth: First things first, whats your real name?
dines: Durrenberger David. (that was easy =)
Sumaleth: They're going to get harder, trust me :)
Why 'dines' as a handle? Does it have special meaning?
dines: When I was still at school I was always dressed in green, so my friends called me 'dinosaur' 'dines' is the shortcut for this.
Sumaleth: You're probably lucky, they could have called you Kermit :)
dines: Hehe! No, since I am pretty big ;) (about 1m90 and 90 kg)
Sumaleth: So you have a job?
dines: At the moment I am finishing my military service. I'm doing it in civil, in the pollution monitoring network. Military service is about 20 months long in France.
Sumaleth: Are you enjoying it?
dines: It's cool. We have network here and we even get a 1Mb ADSL connection so I enjoy it =). I work on graphics too so it's not so boring.
Sumaleth: What do you plan to do once your service is finished?
dines: Maybe continue my studies to become a server administrator, or maybe I'll search for jobs like webdesigner. [Or maybe] go into the gaming industry! (my first dream)
Sumaleth: Have you participated in the demo scene at all? The demo scene in France seems to have produced many great digital artists over the years.
dines: Yes, I was first in a French group called blabla which is pretty inactive these days. We did some demos and won some compos at French parties like Volcanic and Saturne, and we got a second place at the last Wired party in Belgium.
Right now I am in Haujobb and we plan to release some PC/PSX demos for the Mekka party in April.
Sumaleth: How did you get started in digital art?
dines: I started painting 8bit, like everyone, in Deluxe Paint. Then I went to gfx2 (a French DPaint clone), and finally moved to Photoshop.
Sumaleth: Did you start with Deluxe Paint on Amiga or PC?
dines: My first try was on an Amiga500. I found an old French magazine called 'Tilt' and saw some demo scene gfx. There was a little tutorial so I started something which was horrible :).
Sumaleth: Have you ever worked with traditional mediums?
dines: I work a lot with pencil. Right now I do outlines of all my work with pencil first, scan them, and colorize them in Photoshop.
Sumaleth: Even the logos?
dines: Nono, not the logos. Logos are not like drawings for me; I invent at the time that I do them - add this here and here without thinking too much of proportions etc. I don't take so much time to draw logos, 3-4 hours at a maximum. Other pics can take me weeks.
Good proportions has always been my problem, so I loose a lot of time on this. That's what I am working on these days, especially for the models I am trying to build.
Sumaleth: Your logo work has been appearing in a number of programs lately, like the Milkshape 3D program for example. How do those projects come about; do you approach them or do they approach you?
dines: I get a lot of mail asking for logos, but most of the time I do logos for software that I appreciate. It's like a little contribution to people working hard for free. I think this maybe comes from the demoscene spirit.
Credits: Cover illustration © 2000 Durrenberger David. Under Cover is © 2000 Rowan Crawford. All other content is © 2000 loonyboi productions. Unauthorized reproduction is prohibited, you silly rabbit, you.