Kase Artist Interview
Kase AKA Norman Duenas has only been submitting to DBH for a year but in that short time he has racked up 4 wins and we are sure there will be more on the way. CityEscape was the first design to catch the eye of staff at DBH shortly followed by the super successful Immerse Yourself. His artwork has a bright vibrance about it while still being
controlled and well thought out. All the way from lovely Ohio I give you Kase….
Q: Ohio, weren’t Neil Armstrong and Thomas Edison from there? Tell
us more about your place of residence.
A: Yes, they were from here but so were a bunch of US Presidents and
many other famous people. There’s also the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,
buckeyes, the unpredictable winter weather, wonderful parks/zoos, Amish
Country, awesome roller coasters (Cedar Point), and art festivals.
Although I’m not originally from Ohio (I was born in the Philippines
and moved here when I was 14), I have come to love the place because of
Q: So 2011 has been a productive year for you and we have seen your
work really start to develop. You seem to have a signature style these
days. Was that intentional?
A: It sort of is. I’ve only been designing on shirts for about a
year and half, and as new designer, I’ve been trying to create my own
style, technique-wise. I’ve been exploring many different ways to bring
my concepts to life, and I’m still getting the hang of creating
something appropriate and good-looking on a canvas especially on a
t-shirt. I’m happy that people are starting to appreciate what I bring
to the table; that’s just give me more confidence and motivation to
continue what I’ve been doing.
Q: Immerse Yourself was a very popular tee, tell us a little bit
about the design. What was the inspiration behind it?
A: The design started as just a rough sketch of a stack of books
with birds on it, so I left it as it was for a while, contemplating on
what else I could add to the concept and the composition to make it
more interesting and profound. Then I thought of an idea around how you
can lose yourself to something you’re passionate about or really
interested in. Reading is something I really like to do, so I drew
someone immersing himself literally in the books and growing from/with
it. The colors I chose were intended to create feelings of excitement
Q: You have some amazing work on your tumblr. Are we going to see a
lot more submissions here at DBH in 2012?
A: I hope so because I’m constantly coming up with concepts that I
want to design, but right now I’m just getting busy with my other work,
so I’m just sketching them on paper and trying to finish one concept at
Q: Your work seems to have similar colors and themes, is this a
style you want to develop and make your own, limited use of colors?
A: Yes, I’ll probably work more on this sort of style because I’m
fascinated with illustrations that deals with juxtaposition, the
macabre, life, time, knowledge, dreams, and anything to do with the
mind, and also, I love the color palette that I currently use, and how
I utilize them to add to the dynamics of the whole concept. But every
now and then, I explore different styles to create something
appropriate for a particular concept that I’m currently working on.
Q: I’d like to think you are influenced by the Surrealists. Is that
true? If so who particularly stands out for you in that Art movement?
A: I’d say yes because most of what I’ve done so far portray
something out of the realm of reality yet comprise of things we’ve seen
in real life, and also, I’m just really obsessed with juxtaposition. In
terms of Surrealists figures, I love Duchamp’s, Ernst’s, and Dali’s
Q: Finally, if you could go back in time to any date which date
would you choose and why? Yes, I am talking about time-travel here!
A: No date in particular but millions of years ago when earth wasn’t
inhabited by a lot of people and dinosaurs and other already extinct
species were still around. Why, you asked? I just want to draw or take
photographs of the yet undisturbed animal life and natural
environments. Also, hang out with the dinosaurs. That would be so