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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!!!

Large Mandala (majority of it) by KingOfSoul81 Cowboy Woody Allen Filming at Big Boy by KingOfSoul81
'OVER THE LINE!!!' by KingOfSoul81 Portrait of my Grandmother by KingOfSoul81
Black Sabbath by KingOfSoul81 Fozzie and Kermit by KingOfSoul81

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:iconmarmique123:
marmique123 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2015  Student General Artist
wow inspiring artwork D:
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CombustibleCat Featured By Owner Edited Aug 29, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I love the attention to detail with your traditional art.
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Adralin Featured By Owner May 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the portrait of your grandmother, as well as "Over the Line" beautiful both of them.. 

The Mandala is wonderful.. love the detail.

Thank you for sharing with us
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Icelandic-catlover Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love working with Ink and drawing on paper even though I work mostly with digital art :D
Love your work, keep it up! :D
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DTKinetic Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like the variety that this artist incorporates into his gallery through his media and subject matter. At a glance it looks like he mainly operates with or strives for realism, but  I see him using elements of abstract, graphic design, and even some cartoon styles in there, I think makes for a much more appealing impact :nod:

Plus I like his answer to the final question as well :thumbsup:
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:iconkingofsoul81:
KingOfSoul81 Featured By Owner Edited Dec 10, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for the kind words!
I find it more fun and interesting if I change things up every once in a while.


And yes, art is about having fun with what you create! Thanks for checking out my work!
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DTKinetic Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome :nod:
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WiltingDaisy Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
He seems cool, but I strongly disagree  with his opinion on digital art. Traditional art will /always/ be around. But art evolves, and digital art is the next frontier. Also, Digital and Traditional art overlap far more than you think (I draw in a sketchbook and then transfer them to my art tablet). Wonderful style though, I especially love the patterns! 
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KingOfSoul81 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014   Traditional Artist
I fully understand that digital art and traditional art overlap. A lot of my favorite gig poster artists work in both mediums. I just don't enjoy most digital art. It's like some people don't enjoy chocolate, but I love it.

Thanks for checking out my work!
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WiltingDaisy Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
no problem, and thank you for the clarity on your statement
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WXKO Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014   Digital Artist
Very interesting :D congrats 
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KingOfSoul81 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Digital-Goth Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i wish i could draw that well sigh
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KingOfSoul81 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014   Traditional Artist
Patience my friend, patience is a virtue. If drawing is something you deeply love then continue to advance your skill level. It took me 33 years to get here lol. And there's always room for improvement.
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Digital-Goth Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thats what everyone says however i wouldnt have discovered the things im naturally good at if id been patient with the things im not so good at. so patience is good when youre happy with the results but trying other stuff is good too. im far too much on the side of try everything and see if something good happens, if it does then do that haha still that is why i cant draw like you can so its my own fault XD
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KingOfSoul81 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014   Traditional Artist
That's a pretty good opinion you have. As an artist you should try everyting and be open to new ideas. That's one of the many great things about art, every artist has their own way of doing things. But patience, regardless of the initial results, can pay off if your diligent. Good luck with your art adventures!
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Digital-Goth Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
and you too :D
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MysticFlamer Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014  Professional General Artist
I don't know many people who draw in ink like this. It is very unique indeed so keep up the great work. Out of your gallery which one do you feel is your best piece and which one showed your area that needs improvement?
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KingOfSoul81 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014   Traditional Artist
A sincere thank you for taking an interest in my work. I deeply appreciate it and it truly means a lot. :D Us self-taught artists and traditional artists have to stick together!
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Starwarrior4ever Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
What I like most about this guys work is his work with traditional formats, and inking.  He has a unique and interesting style (and I really like the picture of Kermit and Fozzy XD)  What could use the most work is anatomy, which is a struggle every artist faces and has problems with (especially me :/ )    But I still love the detail he puts into his work :)  Very nice, very nice indeed ^-^
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KingOfSoul81 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thanks for the kind words! Anatomy is a point I definitely would love to improve on. Details are probably my favorite part to work on.
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Starwarrior4ever Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014  Student Digital Artist
XD you're very welcome :)  I for one have to work on both :stare:  anatomy AND details... you're lucky enough to have the patience for all that detail, and it definitely shows in your work :)  
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