Richard is one of my favorite artists on depthcore, with such a unique and mind blowing style, his work is great inspiration for all of us. On this exclusive interview the 18 year old rising artist tell us all about his works and his plans for the future, check it out! Let’s start with the usual, tell us a little about yourself? Well my name is Richard Roberts and I am 18 years old. I was born in the UK and moved to the US when I was about 5 years old. I have lived in 4 different states. I currently am living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I have been designing for about 4 years but recently have been taking it very serious and putting huge amounts of hours in everyday. A few months ago I opened my freelance portfolio website www.theotherstream.com and that at the moment is going very well. My goal is to open my own studio one day and design for the rest of my life. How did you start your interest for design? When I was young around the age of 12 or 13 I used to play online video games. And one day I came across some designs at a game forum and was so intrigued by them. That led to me installing a copy of adobe Photoshop 4.0 on my computer. After a few months of playing around on it, I came to realize I was using an outdated version of Photoshop and that I was restricted. So I eventually purchased a copy of adobe Photoshop cs2 and spent the next few years getting familiar with the program. About two years ago I realized people made a living doing design work and I aspired to be like them. So I set out goals for myself and did everything possible to reach them. I am fascinated with all art forms and always have been. I think I have a drive to design in my blood as it's my number one passion in life. How did you get so good in Photoshop? I think perseverance, knowledge, aspirations, patience, effort and practice are all words that would describe how I got to where I am now. Everything I know is self taught and I spent years practicing learning how to do different things in Photoshop. The amount of time and care I put it my artworks is not just a day of work. It's over a weeks worth if not a month. Good artwork comes from obviously has good knowledge but also a lot of time and care. I do think however not everyone can be a designer or artist. I think you need a certain frame of mind in which you know what looks right and wrong. I think people are born with this ability. For example perspective shadows colors contrasts, are all different factors that I think people neutrally are good at doing. I would say I am one of those people. I have always had huge aspirations to be a successful freelancer and I am now getting to that point. So I would say me getting good is some neutral ability but also the time and effort and perseverance I have as an artist. How long do you usually take working on one piece? It depends from project to project usually. Personal work I like to spend a week at least but I sometimes take a few weeks. On cliental work I work on the deadlines, for example working on my computer arts commission I spent 4 days because the deadline was so soon. Those 4 days consisted of 8 or 10 hours a day though. So I spend hundreds of hours on pieces usually. Describe to us the usual process you do to create your images. I usually start off by thinking of a concept, after that is established I write down key words on a white board I have above my workspace. After I have a basic idea of what I want to do I begin finding photo's that would fit well etc... I then slave away for hours/days/weeks on the piece. The pieces usually come out a bit different then how I imagined it before hand. I like to experiment and try things when I am designing and I go with what looks good and it ends up being different from my original thought. Cliental work is another process on its own. I find client work easier in a sense as they are feeding you a concept/ideas some of the time. After I get the brief on the project I write down ideas and get to work. Depending on the deadline the time can vary. Sometimes I will go 12 hours straight working on a project per day if the deadline is soon. If the deadline is far away I like to do a little every day. One factor I make sure of is to be consistent through out all my designs, which ends in good finished results. Do you use any other tools besides Photoshop? The only thing I use besides Photoshop is a wacom intuos3 6x11 but currently my tool of trade is adobe Photoshop solely. I am hoping to branch off and use adobe illustrator a bit more. Other then using pen and paper to write down concepts and ideas Photoshop is the only program I use to design my artwork What inspires you to create such good pieces? I would say the desire to be a successful well known designer is a huge factor when it comes to me designing my pieces. I push myself each piece to produce a wonderful piece of art. There is nothing better then the satisfaction of knowing you yourself inspire others and people get enjoyment out of something you have created. I have huge goals and I design good pieces to get to those goals. Can you tell us about some of your goals and you projects for the future? Currently I am getting more and more established as a freelance artist by the day. An aspiration I have is for it to keep developing until eventually I have enough cliental that I can make a living off it. My highest goal is in a couple of years to open my own design studio and hopefully have some other designers working for me. I am currently working on a new piece inspired by Salvador Dali, I can't say when that will be released but I am sure people will enjoy it. I am also working on some side projects such as an album cover and some other works for depthcore. I will be also setting up a section on my website www.theotherstream.com where you can request prints of some of my designs. So there will be some new cool stuff coming your way, and I will be to sure to keep you guys posted. Great, was a pleasure to interview you, thank you for sharing everything with us, and I'll leave the last words for you. The pleasure was all mine, thanks to all the readers and fans that enjoy my work. Remember never let anything get in the way of your goals, if you put the time and effort into something great results will appear. Thanks again and have great day!
Adam Spizak a Polish designer and digital illustrator is by far the best artists I have seen lately, I was so impressed with his works when I first saw that I had to make a big selection of his works to share with you guys. It's such a good vibe and inspiration that comes through his works full of colors and very rich details. Make sure you visit his website and check out more of his excellent work spizak.com The Touch Of Necima Show me the dirt pile And I will pray that the soul can take Three stowaways And you vanish with no guile And I will not pay But the soul can wait I felt you so much today And oh you try.. You tried.. straight into my heart You fly.. straight into my heart Girl, I know you try... You fly.. straight into my heart You fly.. straight into my heart But here comes the fault (fall) Eraser Need you Dream you Find you Taste you Fuck you Use you Scar you Break you Lose me Hate me Smash me Erase me Kill me Broken She seemed dressed in all of me Stretched across my shame, All the torment and the pain Leaked through and covered me. I'd do anything to have her to myself, Just to have her for myself. Now I don't know what to do, I don't know what to do When she makes me sad. She is everything to me, The unrequited dream, The song that no one sings, The unattainable. She's a myth that I have to believe in, All I need to make it real is one more reason. I don't know what to do, I don't know what to do when she makes me sad. But I won't let this build up inside of me. The Spirit of Guhakuu The Spirit of Guhakuu comes to you just before the battle. The Ulysses Society Oh it's a mystery to me. We have a greed, with which we have agreed... and you think you have to want more than you need... until you have it all, you won't be free. Society, you're a crazy breed. I hope you're not lonely, without me. When you want more than you have, you think you need... and when you think more then you want, your thoughts begin to bleed. I think I need to find a bigger place... cause when you have more than you think, you need more space. Society, you're a crazy breed. Society, Eddie Vedder. The Orange Afternoons Queen Maria Elishah-Veneo - 68th head of Veneo dynasty, heir to the throne of northern galaxy, god's spear on known planets. Assassinated at age of 35. The FanBoy There are 2 kinds of fanboys: fanboys who stick by their company and eat all its garbage, worshipping it as they like; and fanboys who bash their fixation over the tiniest things, declare all-out war on them, say they hate them and are getting rid of all their stuff and never buying another game again, and then inevitably getting whatever next game comes out to either praise it if it's good or bash it really hard if there's some tiny, slim little problem with it, even if this "problem" doesn't affect anything in the game.
The digital paintings of Alexius are something out of this world, the scenarios that he creates make me think that the world has come to an end, and it's beautiful to see, so much inspiration and skills that you have to check by yourself. For more visit svitart.n-tek.ca and alexiuss.deviantart.com I was born in the year 1984, in the industrial city of Novokuznetsk, located on the Tom River in south central Siberian Russia. For the first four years of my life, I lived amidst coal mining and aluminum/steel production factories; in a city of European architecture covered with columns and arches, surrounded by Russian Taiga. Since I was four years old, I have been drawing tiny starships and celestial life fascinated me. At four, I moved to the city of Novosibirsk, the capital of Siberia, with my parents. There, in a remote, forest covered, 'science community' district of Akademgorodok, at 11 years of age, I studied traditional drawing, watercolor/gauche/oil painting, anatomy, model building, design, art history and illustration at a great high-arts institution for two years, expecting a move to Moscow to further my studies. On April 11/1998 fate has given me an unexpected twist and by means of aerial transportation I was thrown about 5555 miles across the Atlantic Ocean to Toronto, Canada, where I am currently residing, in my own lovely apartment east of Chinatown. After completing my OAC's at R. H. King Academy, I went on to the Ontario College of Art and Design, where I finished 2 years of “Environmental Design” and 2 years of "Illustration" program. Currently I'm in my Illustration Thesis year. Since 2000, I’ve been tutoring on the subject of drawing and painting. In 2002, I've learned that magical program called Photoshop and have been using it ever since, to develop an innovative, digital-art style , which I gave a name - "Dreaminism". Currently I'm working as a photographer and an illustrator, doing various: CD/book/comic covers, posters, concept art and etc.
Parker Gibson is an upcoming artist trying to make on the big world of digital art and design, he talks about his work, the struggles of being a digital artist, and he also gives us all access to his new projects and future plans, check it out! For more visit behance.net/pgizzle618 So let's start with the usual, tell us a little bit about you. My name is Parker Gibson, I'm 23 years old and I currently reside in Edwardsville, IL USA. I started doing digital work in the fall of 2007, and am currently in school transferring for my BA in fine arts. How did you get into doing digital work? It started when I was surfing my friends MySpace page (www.myspace.com/bobkenndycmg) and looking over his and other artists mix tape covers and everyone uses this particular artist. I saw the heavy detail and work involved and I was like really taken in by it so it motivated me to try to imitate or figure out the techniques used in doing what this artist had done. Everybody used this guy’s work he’s got really amazing stuff too. (www.skrilla.co.uk) but he really was most of the inspiration I had found in getting started in Photoshop. How was it for you to learn to use Photoshop? At first it was hobby. I really enjoyed just seeing the mixture of things you can do in it. My original set up was on an old gateway laptop, with cs2 and no mouse though so I would have to hand cut a lot of things. It also came complete with the blue screen of death and on several occasions I'd lose whatever I'd be doing if I hadn't saved it lol. But anyways, I had no real idea of layers, or any filters at all. But my dad, brother and other friends who had used it kept telling me "it's all bout layers & filters". So over the course of a few months I would randomly search for good Photoshop tutorials online where I found the link for (www.good-tutorials.com) where they have tut's on css, and photography and other stuff. As I was looking I found a link for "bad-ass bling effect" tut, which was a video tutorial from www.gomedia.us , which was how I found about Go Media, and Vectors and all these amazing things I never knew about. So over time I went from no knowledge and real skill, to being able to understand what the hell I was doing and supposed to be using layers and filters for haha. What you been doing now that you have good skills in Photoshop? Still trying to progress and learn as much as I possibly can. I've really started to promote my work a little more and try to get small odd jobs to get a name for myself. I stay working on different personal stuff, and building relationships with whomever I can, and just look to learn. I try to develop more ideas and mix different tastes to establish my ideas and see what comes out. I wouldn't really say I've got good skills I'd just say they got better over time, I've definitely developed a little more confidence in the stuff I do, which adds drive to my work and keeps me focused What are the biggest struggles for an upcoming digital artist? I think that differs with everyone. Ones I've faced for me vary and I know more will come as I continue doing what I want to do. One big one is if my works are good enough, if I'm getting my point across, if I’m inspired enough or innovated new idea. Getting opportunities or jobs or if the jobs will even pay good enough because of the state the economy is in all over the world I think figuring out how to promote yourself in this field is the key, so that’s constantly a struggle for me because I'm still learning that. Balancing your time, I face this a lot I've got a regular paycheck working for a bank, and I've also got classes which range from day and night and to top it off I’ve got a girlfriend and it's always a problem scheduling time to be able to work on my stuff. Do you have any projects going on or coming up? Yeah, I'm forever starting a few personal works at once going into them knowing they won't get finished so I can come back to them over time and adjust them or add or take out things. Aside from that I'm working on a collaboration with a good friend Qwerty. I'm working on my website as well, and I've been displaying some stuff locally at a wine bar in Edwardsville, and planning on showing at a student art show where I go to school currently. And planning on displaying locally at a few other art venues around eville and the area. If you had a chance to work with some artists you admire who would they be? Working with other artists allows me to learn and mature not only with my work but with myself. If I'm able to take something from other artists that's something money can't buy. If I could work with someone I’d say Cris Vector because his work is fresh. He's a worker bee too, I've been able to speak to him on a couple occasions and he's a gentleman. Jeff Huang, personally I feel I could relate personally I feel I relate to him through his work. Graffiti was the first style of art I encountered and why I ever picked up a pencil. Hip hop has always influenced me and I'll never leave it. And probably Perttu Murto, I've seen a wide range of works he's produced. He's all over the place and I like that. With his work I mean. He's in a lot of different styles, and he gets a lot of recognition for it. I commend all artists though, so really I'm always open to talking and working with just about anyone. Alright Parker, thank you very much for the interview and as I always like to do I'll leave the last words for you. Thank you for the interview as well! I'd like to thank everyone that takes the time to view my work, as well as the artists I speak to day to day, you ALL help me. I try to invest as much time as I can into what I do and I enjoy every minute. I'd like to throw a personal shout at the end to my family and friends for the help and support, and to my friend Delorean for being a huge influence on my work and bringing me up with my art. That’s all.
First there was Threadless.com for crowd-sourced art for T-Shirts... now there is Infectious.com for crowd-sourced art for the rest of your life! It's a very cool site where any artist can submit art for people to buy to decorate their laptop, iPhone, car, or wall. They just started accepting photography, so I thought I would submit a few from www.stuckincustoms.com. Here are some samples beneath with links to the site. Besides these, you will see many other good submissions on there to start decorating your world. I think the next step is for fans of this site to submit some of those beautiful Abduzeedo backgrounds submitted to Infectious.com! Also, there are so many good designers that frequent this site, there should be ample opportunity to get a wide variety of high quality work on there soon. Some Examples Below are two of the entries along with the third source picture for the third. Written by Trey Ratcliff - www.stuckincustoms.com