Featuring Badron Adnan
"BDRN--it looks like born to me. That’s your name without the vowels isn’t it?" I asked. Under BDRN, Badron Adnan limits himself to red, black and white (for now) to create raw, macabre pieces. His work ranges from renditions of pop-culture icons like Groot and Venom to gothic originals such as the portrait of a girl adorned with occult symbols.
I wasn’t sure if I should keep the name BDRN at first. I liked the aesthetics and how it comes together but it seemed a bit egoistic or even narcissistic,” said the 25 year old. It was only with strong encouragement from his friends that the moniker BDRN stayed. BDRN, however, was not an overnight manifestation but rather the result of an eight year search.
In fact, Badron’s exposure to art extends further back into his childhood. Coming from an art inclined family, Badron would bond with his family by completing art pieces together. This gave him a base in sketching and acrylic painting. However, Badron’s first foray into digital painting only took place in 2006, when he first gave Photoshop a go.
"With digital painting, you can manipulate your pieces. I’d experiment by combining photos with drawings," said Badron. The use of digital painting gave Badron more freedom and it was in this medium that he polished his craft.
As a huge fan of punk rock, it was through album art that Badron discovered the artists who now heavily influence him. Raymond Pettibon whom he discovered via the band Black Flag, possesses a minimalistic style that to Badron, conveys strong emotions without overdoing it. Another artist, Heather Gabel whom he found through the cover art of the band Alkaline Trio, has an equally hard-hitting style layered with gothic influences.
Over the years, Badron explored glitch art and copied the styles of these artists. "It is only from copying that I am able to learn the techniques these artists used to create their works."
Beyond his love for punk rock, Badron’s growing capacity for patience is another key to his maturity as an artist. "When I was younger, I just couldn’t sit there for hours adding in details stroke by stroke. It took a lot of effort." Claiming that age has made him a more patient man, Badron now goes by the belief that "every piece of art should count" and sets out to complete every work to fruition.
In his earlier years, Badron felt he was never good enough. "It was frustrating, you can’t help but compare yourself to other designers out there." What finally allowed him to find his ‘voice’ was the realization that "As an artist, as long as you have done yourself justice and are satisfied with what you’ve done, that’s all that matters."
Now allowing this belief to lead him, he says
BDRN is only the beginning.