Musings: Interview With Second Syndicate

Anang Hidayat, illustrator and graphic artist from Indonesia, is the man behind Second Syndicate, his dark and edgy alter-ego. He makes clever use psychedelia and gothic horror, to provide his art with a sense of mystical eeriness, while keeping his style minimal.

In this interview, we speak with Anang and get to know a little more about his artistic pursuits and some of his major inspirations.


Hello Anang, it’s a pleasure to have this conversation with you, tell us more about yourself.

Hi, I’m Anang Hidayat, I’m 24 years old and I live in Semarang, Central Java , Indonesia.

How did you discover you passion for art?

I’ve always loved art. When I was in elementary school, I drew a lot and eventually got better at it. The medium I started out with in elementary school was just pen/pencil and paper, but now I create digitally too. I design, and I will continue designing forever, because I absolutely love it.

The Beautiful Skull by Second Syndicate

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The Mask by Second Syndicate

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Is there any particular theme you have in mind when you approach your art?

Ok let’s talk about my works. I do have a theme that runs though most of my art. There is a gothic tone to it all but I’m comfortable with experimenting with styles.

Talk us through your creative process. How long does it take you from the moment you form your idea to the moment you complete it?

If I’m designing something like tattoo art, it takes hours for me complete, may be about 7 hours and sometimes a whole day. For not so complex ideas, I just take about 4 hours. If I have a concept or idea in mind, I prefer drawing it first and then completing it digitally.

How do you manage to divide time between personal projects and commercial work?

I usually design for my own portfolio from 7am until 12 pm, and I design for commission work after that, until 9pm. If I don’t have any commission project I will design for my own portfolio, and just enjoy my day with arts.

Is there any artist whose work has influenced you significantly?

Yes! Indonesian artist DESSASTRA has had a tremendous influence on me! He is my friend, and also my teacher, I’ve had the great opportunity to learn lots about dark style from him.

The Skull by Second Syndicate

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Are you working on any projects currently? We’d love to know more about your work.

I have a few commissioned Tshirt projects I’m working on.

What does success mean to you?

My code for success is to enjoy the process and be happy with the results.

How important is music in recreating visions off your mind?

Music is really important for my art. It keeps me motivated and focused.

Are you familiar with any Indian artists? If you were to visit India which is the one place would you like to go to?

I don’t know about Indian graphic artists, but I am surely going to discover some through Cupick! If someday I could visit India, I would perhaps go to the Taj Mahal.

The Black Crow by Second Syndicate

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The Hat by Second Syndicate

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If you were given a chance to collaborate with any two artists in the world, who would you choose?

If I get a chance to collaborate with another artist, I would choose DESSASTRA. I haven’t had the opportunity to work with him yet but I would love to create something with him.

If you weren’t an artist, what do think you would be doing?

If I wasn’t an artist, I would have probably been a teacher.

If you could give one piece of advice to budding artists, what would that be?

Do what you do best, enjoy it, and be happy with what you have achieved. You plan, You do, You Become.

Lastly, how has the journey been with Cupick thus far?

I think Cupick is better than before, I’ve got my eyes on Instagram and follow Cupick and check their awesome arts everyday.


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