Hey, Gay Geeks and Gaymers! We have a special artist Ori Toor. This gay artist is from Tel Aviv, Israel. His artwork is what you may describe as a stream of consciousness brain junk that is fun.
So tell us a little bit about yourself.
That’s a big one. I’m into almost everything geeky. For the past decade, I’ve been getting more and more into video games. I wouldn’t call myself a gamer (I hardly find time to play) but I’m fascinated by just about everything that has to do with that industry and art form. I listen to a lot of gaming podcasts and watch a lot of lets plays.
I used to be really into indie comics and kinda fell off it but I will always “The Frank Book” by Jim Woodring in my mind.
I like tons of music but lately I just really like putting on a live Youtube channel called “ChilledCow” that plays beautiful Lo-Fi hip hop.
TV-wise, there are the usual suspects like adventure time (Can’t believe they’re still amazing after all these years) and Steven Universe. But lately, I can’t really think about anything else but the new season of Twin Peaks. It’s fucking good.
What’s your educational background in art?
I studied Illustration at the Shenkar School of Engineering and Design. Before that, I “studied” art in high school. Before that, just doodling.
What got you into art in the first place?
My mom who is a carpet designer (now retired) encouraged me to make art. Our house always had art books and I spent my time in museums quite a lot. I think what really got me there was my love for cartoons, especially Road Runner.
Noteworthy mentions of your art (museums, galleries, design companies)?
Two things come to mind. In 2015 I participated in this project:
I was selected with 20 other artists from around the world to create a living animated mural on the sails of the Sydney Opera House. My bit starts at 06:11 ends at 07:04 (But watch it all, It’s amazing)
In 2013 I had the honor to speak at Pictoplasma Festival in Berlin. That was a dream coming true and a fantastic experience all round. I also got to make the Pictoplasma opening sequence for 2014:
For aspiring artists like yourself, what kind of advice can you give them?
Be careful when listening to advice from professionals. It’s important to remain objective and know what advice is right for you. People can teach you a lot of important things and it’s good to stay open and listen but just remember that no one has the magic keys to success, There are a lot of people with talent, marketing and social abilities and a sense for business, but there is also the element of luck and circumstances.
How has your practice changed over time?
I started very analog. Really liked colored pencils and pens and my sketchbook. Over time I turned more and more digital. It’s been a while since I thought about it but yeah, I work totally digital now.
What’s your strongest memory of your childhood with art?
The first time I saw “Fantasia” really hit hard. I’m not sure how old I was and it might have been the first movie I saw. Not sure.
All I know is that I’ve been obsessed with fairies for probably 15 years since.
What art do you most identify with? What other artists inspire you?
Because I improvise my art and I like listening to music during work, I mostly identify with electronic and instrumental musicians. The music is the most popular abstract art and it feels like making it is a similar process to what I do.
There are too many artists to talk about really. I know it’s a cop-out but I don’t feel like writing a long list now.
What memorable responses have you had to your work?
Sometimes I get fan mail from nice people and students and artists and most of the time it’s really moving. People really connect to what I do which never fails to surprise me. My art is really navel gazing doodles I try to keep aesthetic and pleasing (to me anyways) so it’s pretty cool getting mostly emotional responses. I recently met a teacher of mine from college that told me he learned something from me. That was pretty special to hear.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
The best advice’s I ever got were all the one’s that were slowly revealed as bad for me. I discovered by a stubbornness that I should be choosy about which advice to apply.
Also, when making a salad, start with the dressing at the bottom of the bowl. Next, add the onions and let them marinate there while you’re adding the chopping and adding the rest of the vegetables. Satisfaction guaranteed.
Where can fans get more of you (social media, websites, etc.)?
Anything you would like to say to your fans?
You are all super cute and I’m sorry I can’t always respond to all of you people. BTW, if you’re looking for a good Photoshop animation tutorial, you can’t go wrong with Alex Grigg: