Colin Read’s Spirit Quest is, without a doubt, one of the videos of the year. If not of all time in skateboarding. This may sound like a bit of an exaggeration, but it’s a struggle to think of a video which has involved so much fore-thought, unique filming techniques, and sheer hard work as Spirit Quest.
One of the most striking aspects of the video was the animated transitions, matching the skateboarders style with that of their spirit animal. The man behind these illustrations is an illustrator called Cosme. We decided to catch up with him to find out exactly what goes into working on a project like this.
Interview: Matt Broadley | Imagery provided by Cosme
I guess we should start from the beginning – when did you first get into drawing and skateboarding, was it at a similar time?
Skateboarding came first. I started skating in the early 90s when I was a teen and I suppose that helped to transform school into an even more boring thing than it already was. I remember daydreaming about skateboarding all the time and I guess I just started doodling skate related stuff on books and notebooks. Not proper drawings or anything, I just scribbled board graphics, logos, or whatever I had seen in magazines that caught my eye.
But I was never serious about it, I only cared about going out skating. I didn’t even know that drawing could be a career. Not that I thought about a career or anything back then because I was a total slug. Then I recall overhearing someone talking about this art school in my hometown. I had a couple of friends that were studying photography there and they were trying to use the video room to edit a skate video under the table. So I went up there with them one morning and fell in love with the place. I enrolled to study illustration first and graphic design a couple of years later.