Julian Glander is no stranger to It’s Nice That. We’ve written about his gifs, his 360-degree videos, and even his favourite books. Despite all this great stuff, we’re still managing to find new bits and bobs to bang on about.
Over the past few months, Julian has somehow expanded his list of clients, even more, to include The New Yorker, The New York Times and Wired. However, this time around, it was his host of new personal work that caught our eye. “I’ve been so obsessed with furniture lately,” Julian tells It’s Nice That on some the recent imagery he’s been creating. “I’ve always had this fantasy that I’d have an amazing apartment with the coolest furniture and my life would look like a fffffound post. Incidentally, I did buy a bunch of cool furniture but it didn’t bring me inner peace and now ffffound is out of business.”
Although not materialising in real life, Julian has created a series of images and gifs, titled b3Drooms remodelling his friends’ apartments that allow him to explore that niche. “It’s a different experience to sit in a room and capture it, as opposed to working from scratch or photo reference,” he explains. Executed in his usual fashion, each scene is packed full of pinks, purples and greens: a result of Julian’s favourite part of his illustrative process.
“I try to be really instinctive when I’m picking colours out – I kind of get into a zen state and try out combinations that make my eyes tingle,” Julian remarks. Whereas a lot of 3D work pursues photorealism, Julian’s work is more expressive, focussing on “the temperature and tone of the overall image.” Whether working on commission or experimenting in his free time, ultimately, “I make a lot of work that I want to live inside,” he concludes.
One such experiment was created on a bleak January morning to help combat some seasonal depression. “I don’t want to make any outrageous medical claims, but looking at those looping acid rainbows definitely helped brighten my mood a little bit,” Julian recalls. Although bleak January mornings are luckily a distant memory for us (as we bake in London’s 30-degree heat), we’ll hold on to winter citrus.gif for what will inevitably return soon!
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