Graphic Artist Interview: Gale Franey

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Tell us about yourself. Who is Gale Franey?

I live in Vancouver, on Canada’s west coast. I worked for many years as Hotel Manager of the YMCA until it closed to rebuild at the end of 2006. At that time I was doing graphics and digital art as a hobby, but when the YMCA closed in order to build a new facility, I decided to take a one-year course in New Media and Web Development at the British Columbia Technical Institute. Courses covered Illustrator, Flash, Final Cut Pro, Pro Tools, After Effects, Motion, Dreamweaver, XHTML, CSS, ASP, MY SQL, PHP, javascript, etc.

When did you decided to embrace the graphic design area and why?

I’ve always appreciated art and anything visual or esthetically beautiful. In 2001 I bought my first digital camera and a beginner’s book about digital photography techniques. The book came with a CD that had a photo editing program that I installed on my computer. This allowed me to learn begin changing elements within a photograph. Then I discovered the full version of Photoshop and there was no turning back. I bought many books, but did most of my technical learning through DVD
training videos. This gave me a solid foundation in the basic tools and interface, but did not cover the creative aspect of digital art. The creative aspect came through long hours of experimentation, trial and error, and practice.

A lot of people heard and know about graphic design. But what you do, is a little bit different. Can you explain your style and techniques?

My style is influenced by old masters oil paintings from previous centuries and there is also some influence from Asian art. I spent more than 4 years in India and was deeply impressed by their style of art and sculpture. Some of my favorite artists are Bouguereau, John Waterhouse, Alphonse Mucha, Pieter Bruegal, and Michael Sowa.

I acquired my technique through my own experimentation. I combine aspects of my digital photography with blending modes, masking, digital painting and manipulation to
achieve the ideas that I envision.
Forget the Past that Sleeps

Your portfolio is quite known because of Flickr, but mainly for your vision and creativity. So for us there are all great designs. But what is your favorite artwork?

Among my own art I do not have a particular favorite. Each piece represents a story that is different from one another. If I had to choose one, I might pick the one that I did of my daughter, Priya, called Forget The Past That Sleeps

Now that a lot of people have seen your creations and work, how do you see the upcoming period of time?

I am currently working on a children’s book, a fantasy story that takes place under the sea. The digital images have been commissioned by a company based in California, USA. I have done contract work for them and may continue to do some projects for them in the future. I am also continuing to learn Flash Actionscript 3 and would like to be able to do some projects that combine digital art and
animation. I built my main website, www.thegraphicgroove.com in Flash, combining animated elements with my art.

Name 3 visual elements that you like from the graphic point of view: website, movie and graphic artist.

Website:www.goober.nu is one of my favorite Flash websites. I also love the work of Esao Andrews: www.esao.net/. These are just a few among so many great visual influences.
Movie:There are so many great movies, but one of the ones that I found so amazing visually is Les Triplets Of Belleville, a beautiful animation.
Graphic Artist:There is not one particular graphic artist whose work has influenced me. I admire different aspects of so many people’s work. Of an earlier era, the work of Alphonse Mucha, which is really more of graphic art style than art, I greatly admire the amazing color palette’s he used and the beautiful design elements.
Most Recent Inspiration:I just went to see a performance of Cirque du Soleil, which is like art in motion. It was so inspiring and I am certain it will have an influence on my future art.

Thank you for your time.
Cheers!

PS: Gale Franey Flickr Account

3 ideas on “Graphic Artist Interview: Gale Franey

  1. Mchilly

    Amazing works… very inspiring :-)

  2. Andy Gongea

    Yeap … she has the skills!

  3. Bildbearbeitung

    Nice pictures!Thanks for sharing!