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2016 did a lot for me… It created the bridge that lead me to finding myself and my passion and turning that passion into what I do today. A lot of the things I’ve learned throughout this year, whether it be professional or amateur, I’ve learned one very important thing. I’ve learned just how much you all sleep on the artists and graphic designers behind your favorite rapper/producers artwork. This year alone has been the rise of many different artists and creatives because they know their time to shine has come along. I mean think about it? Where would your favorite artists be without their vibrant, authentic, & artistic artwork to attract your eyes to their music? No where my g, your favorite rapper would be no where. As easy as it is for these musicians to make a name for themselves off of their music, over the years it has become increasingly harder and harder for the people behind the creative vision of such music to show themselves and gain the respect for their hard work. Well 2016 will stamp as the year that these artists put their foot down, came into the light, and proved to the world their creative talent and their true nature behind their artistic work. So without further delay I would like to introduce you all to the creative powerhouse with a roster damn near longer than that of the Senclaire team, the group consisted of all different types of artists going into all different creative fields. Today I would like to present to you all, creators direction®

Father Nico

First up today is the Atlanta art director with the dreamlike style that has helped bring multiple Atlanta artists to the spotlight of the industry. Please give a warm welcome to the young Father Nico. From Boat to Nessly, Nico has worked with many underground & upcoming artists who are some of our favorites today. As Nico has developed his style and skills over the years he’s also brought a following to his surrealist art style. I got the chance to speak with Nico and speak on his influences and his year so far.

Who are you?

Nico: I’m Nico, also referred to as FatherNico! Art Director and Surrealist.

Where are you from?

Nico: I’m from Atlanta Born and Raised. I grew up on the west side my whole life but I currently live on the south side near this big ass 2chainz billboard.

Burberry Perry, Father Nico, & Nessly (from left to right)

How old are you?

Nico: 21.

What is it that you do?

Nico: I work with musicians, artists, brands, and companies on their visual branding from cover art, to media kits and logos, etc. I also make my own art pieces for fun to put on display for anyone to judge.

How long have you been doing graphic design?

Nico: I’ve been doing graphic design for almost 6 years, but seriously only 2. 2013-14 is when I met Nessly and he was the first to ask me to their creative director so I got pretty serious around then. I’ve been an Art Director seriously for about a year.

How did you originally get into graphic design?

Nico: In high school I started a clothing brand in 2009-2010 ,my friends loved it and it spread quickly from school to school. Then I started getting into trouble haha. First the principal wanted to suspend me because people were tagging my brand name on desks, walls, etc. I never did though. Second this big brand at the time “Dope Couture” wanted to sue me…I’m like 15 hahaha. So along the way my friends started rapping and asked me to do their artwork!

What was your old style like in comparison to your current one?

Nico: TRASH! Honestly I don’t know I constantly have my mind running so I can make something and love it and then ten minutes later I’ll hate it

Have you noticed your progression from when you first started?

Nico: A lot has changed. I’d even say that I don’t do anything I used too, there’s a lot more ideas and the connections are better these days so many of my styles vary. My progression mentally has come a very far, and I have a couple of favorite moments in my profession so far.

Do you have any favorite pieces you’ve made so far?

Nico: I loved working with RomeFortune for his EP, Another would be defacing Burberry’s Logo for TG Perry even though it went so far it almost got us in huge trouble and a bunch of my personal art pieces I make for fun. [Gallery of Nico’s pieces below]

Do you have any inspirations as far as art?

Nico: My biggest inspirations are Salvador Dali, Walt Disney, Joe Perez, Shia LaBeouf, and Stefan Sagmeister.

How often do you find yourself creating?

Nico: I used to create things for myself everyday of the week but recently I will sit down to design 3 days out of the week, but when I do I am doing it for hours and hours at a time.

When creating your pieces what elements do you pay the most attention to?

Nico: No idea to be completely honest, I take a pretty unorthodox approach to my work, I usually get inspired first and then I let my mind do the rest of the work. I never know what something is going to look like when it’s done, before I finish it. Unless it’s a specific commission of course.

Is there anything we should be expecting from you in the future?

Nico: I’m a friend to the CD Team, I’m an independent art director so there’s some things that are coming as far as collaborations with Amber Park and my 90k family, More Big project reveals soon, More life! Nothing I can announce just yet.

Is there anything you want to say to the fans who’ll read this?

Nico: I love you all!

Dry Durags

Next we have Hidrys Morals aka Dry Durags, the famous one tooth character focusing on modern events and whatever else Hidrys chooses. In the recent year Hidrys has worked his style and drawings into multiple forms giving himself and wider range of images and concepts to come up with. As far as 2016 goes, Hidrys and Dry Durags have done a lot and plan to do way more in the near future. Below you can read the semi-short interview between me and Hidrys.

Who are you?

Hidrys: Well me real name is Hidrys Morales and I am Dry Durags. I created the one TOOTH character!

Where are you from?

Hidrys: I was born and raised in Miami.

Hidrys himself

How old are you?

Hidrys: I turned 19 in October 11, I feel old as fuck though.

What is it that you do?

Hidrys: I do cover art, I paint, and I do a lot included with art. It all involves w dry durags. Soon Ima stop all hat because I wanna start with my own brand which is coming.

How did you originally get into painting?

Hidrys: It all began when I was little, I was always into art and graffiti. I’ve always looked up to Kaws and Atomik. I love their characters.

How would you describe you style when you first started painting?

Hidrys: Well I wanted to make everything come out smoothly, and everyone’s says all my canvases look like prints so I would say precise.

Have you noticed your progression from when you first started?

Hidrys: Hella, I use different methods.

What methods have you changed from?

Hidrys: I keep that lowkey hahahaha. Gotta keep people wondering about that!

Do you have any favorite pieces you’ve made so far?

[Gallery of Dry Durags art below]

Do you have any inspirations as far as art?

Hidrys: Yeah, Totally Kaws and Father Steve.

When creating your pieces what elements do you pay the most attention to?

Hidrys: Damn, I’ve never really thought about that, but I like small details a lot, I don’t mind it being Simple as long as it has some small details.

How often do you find yourself creating?

Hidrys: I usually do like 3 cover arts for rappers per week and I try to do a personal piece per week as well maybe 2 but sometimes it just gets hard managing my time, bc of school.

Is there anything we should be expecting from you in the future?

Hidrys: Yes, the site I’m starting is going to be crazy. It’s all gonna be for my brand. My brand is gonna be called durags. My art is gonna go as dry durags. Like I’ve always said Ima take over with dry durags, I wanna collab w him everything.

Is there anything you want to say to the fans who’ll read this?

Hidrys: Thanks to everyone who supports me, I really do appreciate it, and I just wanna give y’all some of the coolest art and clothing to be made. 2017 is going to be my year!

Kenny H

Last but not least is Florida artist Kenny H. With his in-depth, and detailed realistic style Kenny takes anything and anyone when putting them through his view. With this style Kenny has been able to show others his visions and actually curates lives doing so just like he says. From photos to illustrations Kenny uses any technique he can to bring his work out and this year he’s proved his capabilities and aptitudes for the present and future. Below you can read me and Kenny’s convo on, well everything!

Who are you?

Kenny: I’m Kenny H aka yung always looks like he’s having a bad time aka lil remain neutral.

How old are you?

Kenny: I just turned 21 in August.

Kenny H’s logo

Where are you from?

Kenny: I was born in Spring Hill … Raised in Tampa FL and pretty much lived here for the majority of my life I love this city.

What is it that you do?

Kenny: Curate life haha like ion know I do a lot of things from photography to design and all sorts of other stuff but I’m limited to the resources I have so to be honest I do like everything possible with the things I have to create them but my level of taste is immaculate so that why I say curate life like bring me to the corner store with you, I’ll curate that sandwich and get you right.

How long have you been working with photography & graphic design?

Kenny: I’ve always loved taking pictures and as a git when people would ask me what I wanted to be a photographer was one I would mention but a nice camera never made its way into my possession so I honestly started really shooting for my own pleasure when I got back from NY this January and I love it I only use like disposable right now but people like them so it’s cool. And as far as graphic design I started working on that while I was in NY because I lost my job in Manhattan and I decided to try some freelance stuff out because I knew some really successful freelance workers and within a week people were asking to pay for my work and I have just been getting better like literally every single day since every time I draw more I get better.

What was your old style like in comparison to your current one?

Kenny: The first drawings I brought to life (that I showed on Twitter) were sketches of attractive shordies that I drew on this stack of loose papers. I would take a photo of the drawing and vector the image and post that am people fuck with it so that support from people drove me to start trying new things techniques all that and now I’ve developed my topography based style that I typically use but I don’t limit my creativity so every now and then I’ll make something new a different but the level of skill has definitely increased since I started.

Have you noticed your progression from when you first started?

Kenny: I notice it every single time I draw something new like I’m always thinking of the next step in learning because I know I’m not at my full potential so there’s always room to improve and like I said every time I draw something I find a new little secret to improve my work.

Do you have any favorite pieces you’ve made so far?

Kenny: I love most of them I don’t think I have a favorite but I have a few that I’ve never shown people who are pretty cool the fact that they haven’t been seen makes them worth more in my eyes. Honestly my progression is so fast that even if I had a favorite piece I it would have to be a recent one cuz if I look back at an old favorite I’ll be like damn I was ass then.

Do you have any inspirations as far as art goes?

Kenny: I mean there’s a few “artists” that inspire me recently and I say recently because I be off the pacc and forgetting shit so if I didn’t mention you I apologize but Turi inspires me with his visual work Gallardo inspires me as far as being an intellectual entrepreneur Akira inspired me to do all the design I do today and his progression raw as fuck too he be going off and also Khan that my brother so we always building to help each other.

How often do you find yourself creating?

Kenny: There’s not really a consistent pattern as far as creating because I create when I feel and you know lil remaineutral be doing his ding but yeah usually when I see a fye ass shordy I find the desire to create or at least with design if I see some cool shit while I’m out like if I random end up in a room with some celebrity type people or see a fye shordy in public I’ll have the urge to take a photo idk I just create when I get that feeling

When creating your pieces what elements do you pay the most attention to?

Kenny: I try not to rush things off rip I know things will look beautiful with not an extreme amount of effort so I tend to pay attention to adding a lot of detail like light glimmer on a shordy lips or in her eyes and trying hard to just chill and not be so eager to post online. And I try and match the person or theme I’m going with perfectly. Execution level has to be at 1000 no matter the resources.

Is there anything we should be expecting from you in the future?

Kenny: Expect exponential growth nah better yet expect nothing because one everyone like to assume everything and two no one know who really got the juice so yeah expect nothing and if you do that you’ll love everything you see from me.

Is there anything you want to say to the fans who’ll read this?

Kenny: Well if you’re reading this you’re either someone who supports me and to those people I love you all you are all appreciated when I get breaded I’ll be giving back 1000% or you’re someone who hates me and wants to dig up dirt and to those people I hope you’re satisfied with the decisions you made in life but regardless of who’s reading this I really appreciate Norrin and Senclaire magazine for even reaching out also appreciate Trap for even involving myself in CD and appreciate everyone in CD for supporting me as well I love you all!

You can follow Nico, Durags, & Kenny on Twitter to keep up with more news on art releases and events by the two. THANK YOU ALL for you support and love during these events, it means the world to the artists and the staff members themselves! We hope you enjoyed these interviews! Happy New Year!!!