Introduction: Sahanshil Dangol (Sanz)


Article 19 is proud to introduce Animator/Illustrator Sahanshil Dangol as our first artist to feature his works in our online store.

Sahansil (Sanz) is an artist who creates with a very distinctive style. His designs bridge between the flat and realism style art-forms producing eyecatching Illustrations. The use of subdued colours throughout his work exudes a calm and refreshing feel.

Also a passionate animator, Sanz has collaborated with musical artists such as Yugal GurungBipul Karki (Prod. by PJ Waiva) and Ankit Shrestha to produce animated videos. He has also recently worked with Nozomi Rana for a small comic sketch animation.

Sanz sat down with Article 19 to answer few of question and discuss his style, inspiration, and works.

Were you always interested in working with digital art, or did something inspire you to pursue it?
Digital art is something that has always gone hand in hand with my creative workflow for quite a while now. I went into it just because everybody else at the time was doing it, to be honest. I received my first tablet at the age of 16 and is primarily a traditional artist, it took me a while to get used to the medium. It was almost like relearning some muscle memories but tweaking them. I didn’t start making the type of work I make until late 2015. I was studying Ceramic Design before this, but I felt like it wasn’t letting me achieve what I wanted fully. I moved into an Animation course in hopes of improving my illustration skills but ended up loving animation a lot more. During this phase of grinding out studies, I used both digital and traditional tools. I still draw traditionally and digitally daily. The stylus doesn’t quite give the same feeling as using a pen or pencil or paper for me. I scribble, sketch, draw from life and draw gestures using traditional tools, but for professional work, I feel that digital art takes the edge in terms of efficiency, and the endless experimenting you can do. I could always tinker my work for hours.

What or who are your style inspirations?
I am very inspired by the unknown and unfamiliar. I love vivid dreams and surrealism, as well as incorporating them into creating body horrors, and a sense of existentialism. I am also inspired by cultures, people, and rituals.
I have been working on a lot more commercial stuff recently, so maybe it’s time to get back to some of these themes. I am a big admirer of James Jean’s paintings/illustrations and a huge fan of animation by Jonathan Djob Nkondo and Masaaki Yuasa. I feel that they touch into the themes that I’m interested in one way or another, so I always feel really inspired whenever I see their work.

Your vast catalogue of work includes animations, motion graphics and digital design. What forms of this artwork do you enjoy doing most?
I go through phases of working on one after another, so it’s very hard to pick one. For a few years now, I found that working on single pieces of work wasn’t quite working for me. I was getting burnt out quite easily and I had no sense of direction. I still work like this to practice or draw something for fun, but working on small projects is a lot more effective for me. Working on a project could mean creating a series of illustrations, character designs, or a theme in general, and this allows me to produce a collection of work in various forms, as long as they go well together.

What is Chitran?
Chitran is a personal project that I have been developing for a year now. It is a collection of my interests and inspirations melding together to form something. It is born out of my desire to see the images, themes, and stories from my culture that I think is quite absent in mainstream media. Chitran and I will develop together, and slowly take shape over time. Nothing is concrete, but I am enjoying every little piece I have made so far. I am hoping to make something slightly bigger this year.

Why did you choose to reimagine the Akira in your own design?
Akira, and other works of Katsuhiro Otomo, has always been a big inspiration for me, along with others within the sci-fi genre (Ghost in the Shell, Blade runner, Ergo Proxy, Appleseed, etc). I made this piece at a point where I was experimenting with my workflow, and it helped me tackle elements such as how I do my line art and colour. Choosing to do a Kaneda fanart was just something on a whim since he is my favourite character out of the series and it was Akira’s 30th anniversary at the time.

How do you feel that your cultural heritage has inspired your works?
I feel like I borrow a lot from my heritage. I have become very mindful about representing the culture and people. Growing up in the UK has distanced me a lot from the type of experiences I would love to have had, something that I didn’t realise when I was younger. I now revisit things and information a lot, asking family and researching myself, and I discovered that these things are always quite rooted in you somewhere, despite where you are.

What are you working on going forward?
Going forward, I have quite a lot of work planning with the themes and such I’ve mentioned. It’s difficult to talk about it without spilling anything, but it will be very exciting nonetheless! I’ve talked about the Chitran work that is ongoing, but there is some other personal work in the making too. Apart from this, I am still taking commercial work and there are a few lyrics/music videos, and promo adverts coming soon!

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