Sean Suchara Answers...
What's your favorite riso color or color combo?
Cornflower or Violet
Share 1-3 things about your technical process. (ie. how do you color separate?, how do you decide which colors, binding method, or paper to use?, is your process traditional, digital, or both?, if it's collaborative what does the back and forth look like?)
The biggest tip I could share about my technical process would be a focus on not being afraid to let the tools & process I am using being very visible in the final work. I'm not all to invested in the idea of a right or wrong way to do things. But I am very invested in the conversation between my ideas and the tools I have access to. A lot of my decisions for things like paper, binding or color are based on just iterating with what I can get my hands on and trusting my gut when it comes time to make the final call. But when I can't get my gut to cooperate I'm happy to have a loving community to lend me a hand.
Share 1-3 things about your creative/conceptualizing process.
My creative process is honestly a mess but I have noticed 3 things that have been generally consistent in getting me to be creative in fulfilling ways., 1. Reading a lot, specifically reading from a very diverse pool of authors, topics, & genres., 2. Letting myself be bored. Anyone whose been frustrated by suddenly having ideas as they are about to fall asleep knows what I mean., 3. Having conversations or sketching. I group these two together because I feel like they both fall into iterating, the only difference is one is auditory and one is visual.
What did you have on your mind when you were working on this project/piece (or in general)? (ie. Does your work (this or other) relate to a particular current movement or concept?)
Coffee, honestly I'm addicted and it's bad. But seriously I don't remember what exactly inspired this piece but a lot of my work is inspired by the objects and imagery that we surround ourselves with, that we invest a lot of ourselves in, and I just have a very sentimental soft spot for the sounds of a Percolator first thing in the morning.
Do you have any risograph-related tips and tricks you'd like to share?
Risograph is perfect for being spontaneous and free specifically because its so restrained and limited. A lot of people shy away from limitations because they think it hampers them but the reality is limitations are what produce creativity and the Risograph is a perfect testing grounds for that kinda thinking. I've gone into so many projects on Riso hoping for a desired outcome just to be surprised by something unexpected and new as a result of playing with the limitations.
What is something that you would like to say to anyone reading this right now?
Thank you for taking the time to read all the way to this point. All of us here are beyond grateful to you & everyone else who is taking the time to even glance at our work. As artists & publishers our greatest goal is to help people through the day with our images & stories. I hope that today we can cheer you up even if just a little. Please, stay safe and keep your chin up. We're going to get through this together.