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A child of the 80’s who is passionate about everything made of plastic, sugar, pixels, toys. Creator of colorful 3D characters made with simple shapes … It’s Renegades of Phong.

This is the best way to describe to this popular digital artist on Instagram, who has created his particular style inspired by the aesthetic trend of the ’80s and the trend “kawaii” Japanese.

My name is Enrique and I’m from Mexico City, I have been an Animator and Motion Designer since 2006.

In 2016 I decided to travel for a year through Latin-America and in 2017, after I had finished traveling, I found myself with no money and far away from my homeland.

During this hard time, I rediscovered my passion for Illustration and I created a personal project called “Renegades Of Phong”.

I looked for options that allowed me to continue doing what I loved the most, 3D design and illustration.

This is how I found the free software called Blender. Since then, I’ve been creating characters and illustrations to share my particular worldview and tell little stories based on my characters who I call the Renegades.

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Digital artist, blogger & curator for Imaginess.art…Follow me on Instagram @trendistageek

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My sources of inspiration:

Aesthetic from the 80’s and 90’s, my old memories of plastic toys, candies, 8 bits and 16 bits retro video games are my main source of inspiration.

I enjoy long walks and observing nature as part of my creative process. The influence of my work is the colorful, popular art of my home country and is present in every single piece I have produced.

Inspiration basically comes from everywhere, I just try to keep my eyes open wide.” – Renegades of Phong-

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The software and tools I use:

I use Blender and I love this software, everything about it is amazing.

There’s a big community out there that share their knowledge and resources. The philosophy of Blender’s founder is just remarkable and that is why I use this software.

At the moment I use a basic Wacom tablet but so far my favorite tool is my sketchbook. Even although I am not the most skilled at drawing I enjoy doodling before I make a new piece of artwork.

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Emi n Jun the “kawaii girls” by @trendistageek Digital artist, blogger & curator for Imaginess.art

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Why can your work be a source of inspiration for others?

Because it is never too late for you to do your own thing or start a new project and you are never too old to teach yourself a new trick.

If you love what you do, regardless of what other people have told you in the past, you can succeed. 

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