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Snap Shots by Wirdy Hamidy

Editor's Note: Meet Wirdy Hamidy (a.k.a. @Jidah), but before I go on, I have a confession to make. I discovered Wirdy's work back in February 2010 on TrendHunter.com, and it was then that the thought of starting a website to showcase local talent first crossed my mind. So for me, this is an extra special feature as it has taken me eight months to finally feature it! For those unfamiliar with TrendHunter.com, it is the go-to site to for the latest trends and for clues about the next big thing. The site was launched in 2005, and by 2009 it was already enjoying 8,000,000 views per month...so I guess you could say it is a pretty popular website. You can appreciate more of her portfolio on the Behance Network, on her Facebook, and of course, on her website.

 

  Screen shot from TrendHunter.com

As with the previous Snap Shots, get to know her a little, and check out some of her work. If you have designs, art, photographs, paintings, etc which you would like to share with the rest of the world through Projek Brunei, reach me hereHere's Wirdy.


 What do you do?

Currently I have a part time job doing random stuff.

Describe yourself in a few words.

Liberal, Imaginative and Socially Awkward.

When did you first start taking your craft seriously?

I never had any interest in art until I got introduced to Fine Arts when I was 16. Before that, I doodled things on my exam papers, tables, everywhere I could lay the tip of my pen on. While I was doing my GCSE’s, a tutor suggested I try enrolling into an Art class. Although I never had any formal training, I got accepted, got exposed to many great artists, and then realized I could do real art. But five months after that, high school ended, and with it, my Art classes. I applied for an Art course at college, but was rejected so I drifted to IT studies instead; my five months of Art study with good grades did not seem to convince the college. I still had art in mind and so, during the two years of IT studies I spent my spare time exploring the digital arts. I thought, “Why not combine my interest with something I am good at?”, and from then on, I knew that it was exactly what I wanted to do.

 

What is the inspiration behind what you do?

I always have Frida Kahlo in mind. I love emotional-surreal art, but most of the time, I just sit back and imagine things. I also take magazine cover photography as inspiration; I absolutely love the poses, and mostly, the beauty. Also, music. Call me crazy, but listening to weird opera songs really gives me a boost of inspiration!

All of my work is self-taught. To me, I guess art depends completely on your imagination. When I get inspired but do not get the exact end product of what I have imagined, I just keep re-doing it again and again. As long as I know what I am doing, that is all that matters. Skill is just the base of everything.

How long does it take you to complete a piece?

I am not sure. Whenever I work, I never actually plan or track the time. When I get into it, I just do it, even if it takes me all night.

What camera are you currently using?

This is embarrassing. I do not really own a fancy one. Mine is a Casio Exilim EX-Z60. I think it is a 6-megapixel camera, which explains the terrible photo quality. But there are a couple of photographs taken using my boyfriend’s fancy huge Canon camera. If there is a good quality shot, then that’s the Canon effect.

You were featured on TrendsHunter.com back in January 2010. How did that come about?

I honestly have no idea! From my work on the Behance Network I suppose? I did not know they featured me until I googled my name to check if my site was listed (who does not do that, seriously?). I found the link, clicked it, and there I was. Yay!

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