Interview with KingOfSoul81!
What is your name and where do you live?
My name is Cody Smith and I'm from the small town of Lakeview in the state of Michigan in the US.
What do you do for employment?
Currently I'm unemployed but in the past I've had jobs like a pizza delivery driver and a gas station attendant. This year I've begun doing commissions as well. I've been fortunate enough to gain some exposure within the past six months or so and it feels more than phenomenal to know people enjoy my art.
What type of art do you specialize in?
The type of art I create is traditional art, more specifically pen and ink. Digital art feels sterile to me and I feel it's important to keep the craft of traditional ink work alive. My main tool of choice is office supplies and fine liners. Nothing fancy at all. For the most part they're pens most people use only for jotting down notes at work or school. Pilot makes dependable and inexpensive tools that are indispensable for my work.
How did you discover traditional art, and how long have you been doing it?
I discovered working with pens when I was 15. My high school art teacher suggested that I ink a drawing I did in pencil. I thought she was crazy (it was a large drawing) but once she gave me a two minute tutorial on cross hatching and I tried it, I was hooked for life. Eighteen years later and I'm still at it! It's a life-long love affair.
Do you dabble in any other forms of art?
When I'm not creating pen and ink pieces I like to make my own stickers and alter photos I cut out of magazines (see my Confiscated Art: Fun With White-Out folder in my gallery ). Every once in a while I'll work in color using Sharpie markers or colored pencils.
Is there an art type you want to improve on?
This medium is my life's work. I want to push it and advance it as much as possible. Growing as an artist is never complete for me. In the future I'd also like to improve my traditional collage work. I love surrealist collages. Google Winston Smith.
Any advice for other artists?
If I had any advice for fellow artists it would be develop patience. There's no need to rush through a piece only to produce something you're not happy with. Second, if you have a medium you truly love push yourself to advance your skills. Don't just work in a familiar zone, do things that will challenge your abilities. It will definitely pay off. Study the greats in your field to learn all you can from them. Learning about Albrecht Durer, Franklin Booth, Virgil Finlay, etc. helped me with my craft that's for sure. Most importantly: HAVE FUN!!!
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