#ourcollegium w/ stomper haus
Posted on October 06 2017
Meet Aylmer Abrea
Or better known as by Stomper Haus, he is a one-of-a-kind sneaker illustrator who plays with proportions in his art. Some of his notable works include the recent "The Ten" collection by Virgil Abloh's Off-White x Nike collaboration, Yeezy Boost 350's, and Jordan 1's. We spent a day with Aylmer to get an inside look at his art, finding out his inspirations and where he see's his art taking him. Check out the video and some of the interview questions below.
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Collegium: What is the most important aspect of your art to you?
Aylmer: Making it look loose/abstract and taking seriousness out of the equation. The idea is if you can make people think it simple. Then I've done my job very well. If you simplify too much, you get bored. Leaving conflicting elements and refine them so much it becomes very complex.
How has your art evolved?
Within the last year I've refined my work so much. Adding twice the amount of detail like the threads on every stitch. And I've also incorporated more highlights and more contrast. My past illustrations were very flat and didn't have as much contrast as my recent work.
What advice would you give to someone trying to find their own style?
Study all of your favorite artists, draw some of their work to understand it even more. Then take little elements from their work and apply it to yours. Then you get a blend of all the artist you like but you can call it your own because no one else made that formula.
What are the tools you use for your illustrations?
I use the traditional pencil and paper, then scan my work into Photoshop and execute using techniques I've learned through painting. My weapon of choice is the Microsoft Surface Book with Performance Base. Its just a great all around creative tool weather you're doing video editing to 3d renders, it can basically handle any job.
We see that you've been working on projects for influential people in the fashion and sneaker industry, how has the experience been for you?
Since my work can be easily identified and is different from a handful of artist in the sneaker industry. It has gained attention to these influential people such as Mache (Mache Custom Kicks), JCRO ("ART" inspired by Virgil Abloh), Ronnie Fieg (KITH X NIKE "Take Flight"), Jerry Lorenzo (Fear Of God x Vans), and Tim Little of Grenson. The only large project I had was with JCRO. He helped me get into murals and to actually scale my work 300 times larger than I usually see them at. The others were basically commissions done for their personal collections. Knowing that these influential people support Stomper Haus really gets me stoked.
What other artists/designers would you love to collaborate with in the future?
Pharrell (N.E.R.D.) and Tyler the Creator (Golf Wang) would be up there. But I would also like to collaborate with Doernbecher Children's Hospital (Doernbecher x Nike Freestyle) and some skate and surf foundations. I feel like those type of collaborations will really make a positive impact to the sneaker community.