Don’t Blink was the first piece to really get me alot of exposure. I learned a great deal in the process of creating it, and it’s gone on to represent my overall “style” of creating images.
2.Did you choose, or were you chosen to create this artwork?
It was created for the ever increasingly popular Desktopography exhibition in 2010 (www.desktopography.net).
It’s an annual nature themed wallpaper collective. I emailed the curator, Pete Harrison about partaking in the exhibition, and he complied.I only had about 2 weeks until the pack was released, so I was a bit rushed to get it in on time.
I didn’t have any sort of online presence at the time, at all really,so I thank him to this day for being so accepting.I hope to contribute to the event for as long as it continues to run.
3.Tell us about your techniques.
It was mainly created through photomanipulation techniques,while the light streaks were created using the pen tool,and an Intuos tablet.
It was the first time I’d done anything like this, so it was more of a learning experience than anything.
I think I’ve improved tenfold since I made this, and would probably change a few things if given a time-machine, but it’ll always remain special for being the beginning.
4.Where did you found your inspiration about this artwork?
I’ve always kind of had a fascination with comets, space, etc. I think 2001: A Space Odyssey sort of helped with that.
The bizarre color scheme came from my obsession with the Seattle Mariners as a child :) I wanted to create a sort of whimsical environment that also had a very serious tone of isolation to it.
5.How do you feel about the feedback and the response you received? Do you care? Or do you like to figure it out all by yourself?
I think feedback is important to grow as an artist. Of course you want people to like your work. It’s great to see that people enjoy looking at something you drove yourself crazy over trying to perfect.I wouldn’t say it bothers me to receive negative feedback, I can understand there are 7 billion people on this planet and every one of them has a different opinion.Luckily the majority of the comments I’ve received has been positive. Especially here at Shadowness. For a period in 2011, I helped run an art class at Baltimore’s Healthcare for the Homeless.
I met a man, who through unfortunate circumstances didn’t have a place to live, was hungry, unclean, but still made an effort to come in every week and create with us.
He was a fascinating guy to just sit around and just talk to. I brought in some of my work one week, including “Don’t Blink”. He stared at it for a long time, and eventually started crying.
He started to tell me what the title meant to him, that “You can’t wait around for something to happen, you’ve got to go out and change yourself. Don’t walk through life with your eyes closed.
There’s alot in this world for us to see, and if you blink you may miss it”. That’s something that really stuck with me.
I don’t expect what I do to change the world, but it’s a great feeling to see someone really understand the point you’re trying to make and have it affect them in any way.
6.What is the strangest or funniest comment or question you've ever gotten about this artwork?
I’ve gotten ALOT of people asking me to send them my .psd files so they can study them.I’m all for helping people learn, I’m fine with tutorials.But I think giving your work away to someone shows a lack of self-respect.
7.What are your biggest doubts (assuming you have any), about your artwork?
I try not to doubt myself, but I am extremely self-critical.I try to put everything I have into everything I do, and I’ve gotten to a point where I won’t let anything slip by that I think isn’t up to my own standards, or that I feel I haven’t spent enough time on.
8.Share with us 3 pieces of your gallery to admire.