Interview with Nicholas F. Chandrawienata

Today we’ll have a chat with Nicholas F. Chandrawienata, the author of the incredibly beautiful Fantasia coloring book, the review of that can be read HERE if you missed it. Nicholas is an Indonesian artist and he definitely brings a fresh new look to the coloring book game. You will suffer great pains trying to get the book but it will be so worth it. So while you do that, lets talk with Nicholas a bit!
Iris: How old were you when you started to draw?
Nicholas F. Chandrawienata: I started drawing when I was really young, probably around 5 or 6. My parents have always been supportive of me all my life which is a blessing for me.

I: What was your favorite subject to draw then and what is it now?
NC: My favorite subject to draw has always been people, I like drawing people’s interaction with their surroundings and each person is built in their own unique ways so it keeps me interested and makes me want to explore more.

Artwork by Nicholas Chandrawienata

I: How did you come to creating coloring books?
NC: It started a year ago after I made my first artbook Serene, my editor spotted me and thought my style is perfectly suited for coloring books. I took it as a challenge and decided to create one!

I: Do you paint or draw for other projects as well? Can you tell us a bit about it?
NC: I do a lot of illustrations and concept art for games, trading cards, and book/magazine covers to name a few. I did some illustrations for Dungeons and Dragons and Game of Thrones trading card game.

Artwork by Nicholas Chandrawienata

I: Which of your creations is your favorite? Why?
There are some haha, especially the one with sentimental value for me as it keeps me looking back and reminding me where I was and where I am now.

I: How do you create a coloring page? What is the process for you?
Before going to the technical, I talked to my editor about the overall concept and each page has to be high quality. After we nailed down the concept, I started to sketch out the rough for each page. After approval, I finish the drawing with ink and edited it in Photoshop for a desirable result.
Detail from Serene by Nicholas Chandrawienata

I: How long does it take for you to create a whole book?
It varies from book to book, for Serene, it took months because I did it in my leisure time in between studio work, but for Fantasia, I did the whole book in a whole 1 month! It is really challenging and stressful but when I know a lot of people love the book, it is all worth it in the end.

I: What are the challenges of being an artist for you?
There are a lot to be honest, for example how can we adjust to following the trends, how to make ourself heard by people, etc but for me personally it’s always been how to fight our personal demons, such as depression and laziness.

Artwork by Nicholas Chandrawienata

I: Can you describe your day as an artist?
Draw, draw, and draw!

I: What are the tools you can’t live without?
NC: Few years ago I would have said Photoshop and a wacom tablet, but now it’s all about paper and ink!

I: Do you have any tips for complete beginners in coloring?
I am not the best colorist myself haha but from my experience in the industry, I would say learn the basic of colours, such as value, cool and warm, etc but the most important thing is always to have fun with it, the more you have fun the better the result will be!

Artwork by Nicholas Chandrawienata

I: Is there something in the works for the future as well? Can you share a bit about that?
I am currently working on a new artbook, which I give a lot of effort, so I think the result will be very good!

I: Who are the people that inspire you?
There are quite a lot to be honest, but my childhood hero has always been Kobe Bryant, a basketball legend that always tried and gave his best night in night out, on and off the court, and took nothing for granted his whole career.

I: And last, for fun, if you could be any fairytale or fantasy character, who would you be and why?
Probably a dragon haha, because who does not like dragons?

Thank you, Nicholas, for taking the time to chat with us and I for one certainly hope there will be more coloring books in the future as well!

Books by Nicholas reviewed by The Coloring Addict:

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Nicholas’s book Serene is sold out as far as I can tell but you can still get Fantasia here and there. The easiest way is to contact Indo Buku Mania and ask if they ship to your country. There are also group orders to take the edge off from the insane shipping costs, look for those in Facebook groups for coloring.

Images by Nicholas F. Chandrawienata, used with permission.

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