We came across Dudes by Camilllo while scrolling through Instagram and really liked his take on famous dudes, like Chuck Norris, Biggie Smalls, Freddy Mercury, and Deadpool. After exploring his Instagram profile for a while we noticed Camilllo is undertaking a huge project, 366 days (because this year is a leap year) of Dudes and with 10K followers on Instagram, he is doing pretty well. We took the opportunity to ask Camilllo about his 366 Dudes project.
"366 Dudes - each day one dude. A challenge for me, myself and I."
Tell us a little about yourself, there is not much information on your sites about yourself and background. Are you a self-taught artist/graphic designer or did you study/develop experience in the industry?
My name is Camilllo, I am from Germany and I am a self-employed graphic artist and illustrator of “Dudes by Camilllo.” My family has a long tradition in making graphics and Illustrations, I am the 5th generation to do so. The grandfather of my great-grandpa, Rudolph Richter, founded his first graphic agency in 1880.
Explain 366 Dudes for us. How did you get started with 366 Dudes?
In the beginning, back in 1999, I decided to try something new, making Pop-Art in a style that wasn’t seen before. First, I illustrated Batman and later other dudes with their hands in their pockets and enriched the street art scene with stickers to promote my idea of “standing-waiting-wishing.” During my study of graphic-design at the Bauhaus-University, I started to sell the dudes on the internet.
In the meantime, I spread my dudes in several exhibitions around Europe and raised my degree of notoriety. Later, in 2014, I displayed my art on publicly visible media sites such as Instagram, Facebook and Tumblr. I am also grateful for the trust of many clients which had chosen my illustrations for their newspapers and magazines. In the future, I want to spread my art to exhibitions outside of Europe, Tokyo would be the ideal place.
Where did the concept for 366 Dudes come from and what is the process that goes into designing and illustrating a dude?
Pop culture is such a huge part of all our lives, we’re bombarded with these characters the dudes are based on everywhere we turn. I’m trying to bring a new look of discovery to characters every one of us has seen hundreds of times. All dudes are standing, waiting and wishing and the only thing that’s changed is everything else. The world went and got itself in a big fast hurry. Most people consume pictures in seconds. I want people to pause the moment and look at the differences in the similar-looking dudes.
Making a dude takes approximately two hours. It sounds ridiculous but first I want to study everything about the dude. I draw them on a big piece of paper, really rough. Then I scan them and finish the dudes with Affinity Designer.
How do you decide which dudes to make?
The only thing you need to become a dude is a good story. That’s it. No matter if you are an actor, musician or a housewife.