Meet The Artist Behind Some Of Your Favourite Memes

  • Meet The Artist Behind Some Of Your Favourite Memes
    POSTED May 03 2017



    You may not know Brazillian-born Felipe Ramos but we hedge a bet you're familiar with his memes. At just 21 years of age, Felipe is the artist behind pop culture digital artworks recognised by the likes of The Weeknd and Demi Lovato. The first works which earned him internet virality status were his Starboy/Patrick and Daft Punk/Star Wars/Futurama crossover pictures. We loved, and posted, the memes, both without a signature or tag in sight. Wanting to credit where credit was due, we lurked the deep depths of Reddit to uncover the genius behind them and, in turn, discovered a gold mine of cool content by the Rio de Janeiro local. We got in touch with Felipe to learn a bit more. 
     
    How did you get into creating these paintings? Do you have a background in art/design?
     
    Art has always been present in my life, I've been drawing as a hobby since I can remember. I always loved to express myself in different art forms, drawing in my school books, any paper I could find, etc. but I never took it seriously and only started studying and actually trying to be an artist about three years ago, when I decided to drop out of my Uni biology program. I went back to my hometown, Angra dos Reis, for six months, and started studying by myself, drawing fundamentals, painting, mostly learning through YouTube so I could grow my portfolio and skills to a point where I would be able to reach my future goals. When I came back to Rio. I started to share more of my work, since I felt I was a little bit better, and it was when these two pieces went viral. I'm a BIG fan of both The Weeknd, so when Starboy was released I was completely hooked and inspired by it. 
     
     
     

    How did you feel when you saw your Starboy & Daft Punk images go viral? Particularly, when they were posted without credit? 

    It was the craziest feeling of my life! Because I basically watched it go out of control in real-time and there was nothing I could do. I dropped the Patrick one right after The Weeknd's Starboy video was launched, but it was after the album debut that it exploded in ways that I still can't believe. A couple of days after I posted it, I started seeing a few people repost it on Instagram without my signature, or edited over to make it look theirs, but it was when someone posted on Twitter and put captions on it that it basically became a meme and went literally everywhere! Reddit, Imgur, I saw several huge pages on Instagram and Facebook, like Complex, reposting it and not giving me any credit at all. It was a mix of happiness, because my work had reached so many people all over the world, and frustration, because nobody knew I was behind it or that it was even a painting.

    The Weeknd and Lamarc Taylor themselves liked the pic on fuckjerry's repost, Demi Lovato commented on another repost on daquan's profile. It was unbelievable: people that I look up to and inspire me, and thousands of others, saw something that I made and liked it. The Daft Punk/Star Wars/Futurama crossover went viral at a slower pace, but it was equally insane. It blew up on Reddit a couple months ago and is still going on through the internet. Occasionally I stumble upon someone using it as a profile pic, or some huge page reposting it and it blows my mind. The last huge page to repost it and give me full credit for it was highsnobiety.

     
     

    What's the process behind the paintings? What program do you use? 

    The process varies, particularly to personal paintings like this two. Sometimes I start on paper to get the idea out of my head, then I move to digital. But sometimes I start sketching straight on digital. I use photoshop with a Wacom tablet (Cintiq 13hd) on a simple PC setup.

     

    What do you want to do next with your talent? 

    I have some long-term plans, although they can change since I want (and have) to learn and evolve in a lot of ways to become a better artist and many things can happen along the way. But my main goal right now is to be doing to work in the entertainment industry, like movies and game studios, and to keep doing these music-related projects as well. I'm currently applying to study abroad and looking for the best art programs available that I can afford. So, hopefully, time will tell. 

     

    Which artist would you most like to commission you for a painting?  

    This is a tough question since I look up to so many wonderful artists, but if I had to choose a life goal it would definitely be Drake or Abel (The Weeknd). Abel would be awesome since he's such an inspiration. I listen to Trilogy basically every day!! But it would also be dope to work with Gorillaz or Tame Impala as well since I love their art style and music. 

     

    Felipe also makes insane fan artwork - check out the timelapse of our fave K-Dot below. 

    Feast your eyes on some of his other crazy-good pieces via his Insta

     

     

     

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You may not know Brazillian-born Felipe Ramos but we hedge a bet you're familiar with his memes. At just 21 years of age, Felipe is the artist behind pop culture digital artworks recognised by the likes of The Weeknd and Demi Lovato. The first works which earned him internet virality status were his Starboy/Patrick and Daft Punk/Star Wars/Futurama crossover pictures. We loved, and posted, the memes, both without a signature or tag in sight. Wanting to credit where credit was due, we lurked the deep depths of Reddit to uncover the genius behind them and, in turn, discovered a gold mine of cool content by the Rio de Janeiro local. We got in touch with Felipe to learn a bit more. 
 
How did you get into creating these paintings? Do you have a background in art/design?
 
Art has always been present in my life, I've been drawing as a hobby since I can remember. I always loved to express myself in different art forms, drawing in my school books, any paper I could find, etc. but I never took it seriously and only started studying and actually trying to be an artist about three years ago, when I decided to drop out of my Uni biology program. I went back to my hometown, Angra dos Reis, for six months, and started studying by myself, drawing fundamentals, painting, mostly learning through YouTube so I could grow my portfolio and skills to a point where I would be able to reach my future goals. When I came back to Rio. I started to share more of my work, since I felt I was a little bit better, and it was when these two pieces went viral. I'm a BIG fan of both The Weeknd, so when Starboy was released I was completely hooked and inspired by it. 
 
 
 

How did you feel when you saw your Starboy & Daft Punk images go viral? Particularly, when they were posted without credit? 

It was the craziest feeling of my life! Because I basically watched it go out of control in real-time and there was nothing I could do. I dropped the Patrick one right after The Weeknd's Starboy video was launched, but it was after the album debut that it exploded in ways that I still can't believe. A couple of days after I posted it, I started seeing a few people repost it on Instagram without my signature, or edited over to make it look theirs, but it was when someone posted on Twitter and put captions on it that it basically became a meme and went literally everywhere! Reddit, Imgur, I saw several huge pages on Instagram and Facebook, like Complex, reposting it and not giving me any credit at all. It was a mix of happiness, because my work had reached so many people all over the world, and frustration, because nobody knew I was behind it or that it was even a painting.

The Weeknd and Lamarc Taylor themselves liked the pic on fuckjerry's repost, Demi Lovato commented on another repost on daquan's profile. It was unbelievable: people that I look up to and inspire me, and thousands of others, saw something that I made and liked it. The Daft Punk/Star Wars/Futurama crossover went viral at a slower pace, but it was equally insane. It blew up on Reddit a couple months ago and is still going on through the internet. Occasionally I stumble upon someone using it as a profile pic, or some huge page reposting it and it blows my mind. The last huge page to repost it and give me full credit for it was highsnobiety.

 
 

What's the process behind the paintings? What program do you use? 

The process varies, particularly to personal paintings like this two. Sometimes I start on paper to get the idea out of my head, then I move to digital. But sometimes I start sketching straight on digital. I use photoshop with a Wacom tablet (Cintiq 13hd) on a simple PC setup.

 

What do you want to do next with your talent? 

I have some long-term plans, although they can change since I want (and have) to learn and evolve in a lot of ways to become a better artist and many things can happen along the way. But my main goal right now is to be doing to work in the entertainment industry, like movies and game studios, and to keep doing these music-related projects as well. I'm currently applying to study abroad and looking for the best art programs available that I can afford. So, hopefully, time will tell. 

 

Which artist would you most like to commission you for a painting?  

This is a tough question since I look up to so many wonderful artists, but if I had to choose a life goal it would definitely be Drake or Abel (The Weeknd). Abel would be awesome since he's such an inspiration. I listen to Trilogy basically every day!! But it would also be dope to work with Gorillaz or Tame Impala as well since I love their art style and music. 

 

Felipe also makes insane fan artwork - check out the timelapse of our fave K-Dot below. 

Feast your eyes on some of his other crazy-good pieces via his Insta

 

 

 

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