Meet Jayvon Gomes, a multi-talented Massachusetts resident, who recently graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts . Check out this exclusive Mechanical Dummy interview with Jayvon and contact us on Twitter or at YoungGzMD@gmail if you think you’re a Young Geniuz.
MD: Tell us a bit about yourself? Who is Jayvon Gomes?
JG:I am 23 years old and I recently graduated from University of Massachusetts Dartmouth with a Bachelors of Fine Arts. I love hanging out with friends, and I love being creative and productive in my free time. I have a passion for digital art and music. When I’m not creating digital art, I am creating music. I also love traveling and experiencing different cultures.
MD: What captivates you about visual arts and animation?
JG: There are cool new things coming out and being created every day, and that inspires me. It’s amazing what we can create digitally, and how far it has influenced the entertainment industry. I find it fascinating how a fake, computer generated image of a character can come to life through animation, and those characters have personalities that people have learned to love and relate to that character as if it were real. Photography has the ability to capture and freeze a moment in time, and I love the effect it stimulates when you see an image. Art can provoke emotions.
MD: Tell us a bit about your background in the arts.
JG: When I was in elementary school I always loved to draw, and I always excelled in art projects. I continued drawing comics into middle school, but it all changed when I was introduced to Photoshop when I was 14. I chose to go to a vocational high school that had a Media Program, and that is where I was introduced to animation, photography, and graphic design. Of course I continued to pursue digital art when I went to college at UMass Dartmouth.
MD: How did the art program at your university cater to your artistic needs?
JG: The Digital Media program at UMass Dartmouth is fantastic. It helped me build concepts and expanded my thinking on how to create and express ideas in my artwork. I focused on 3D Animation throughout my junior and senior year. I also took some photography classes because it was fun and different. It allowed me to be more adventurous.
MD: How would you categorize your photography?
JG: I would categorize most of my photography to be Documentary. Photography is mainly something I do for fun, but i try not to stage events. I try to capture scenes in the moment. I also do some fun photography projects for my friends, such as the photos being shown here. I tried to capture her moments in a daffodil field, and tried to make it playful and sincere.
MD: What are some of your favorite things to animate/photograph? Why?
JG: I like to photograph and document places I go to. I went on a trip to Ghana to help build a school for children, and I loved taking photos of the people, the culture, and the amazing scenery. I love to animate 3D characters. I love having the ability to make something come to life through motion and expression. I like taking a piece of dialogue from a movie, and animating something different than how it is portrayed in the movie.
MD: What kind of tools do you use for your animation and where do you shop for them?
JG: I use Autodesk Maya which I learned to use when I was at Umass Dartmouth. Maya is the industry standard for 3D animation. Students can download Maya free for 3 years.
MD: What are your future plans and how will you make the arts work for you?
JG: I plan to create more 3d animations to better my skills and learn more about it. I want to stay creative with graphic design, and photography. Going to California and landing an animation job is my goal.
MD:What essence do you try to capture in each of your photographs/ animations? And what artistic truth do your pieces speak? What’s the message behind them?
JG:I try to make my photographs become real. I want you to envision the image fully in your mind and cause you to mentally create more of that image that might have been cut off from the frame. When you see my animations, I want you to believe they are real. I try to make an animated character come to life, and have emotion just like us.
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