The Mentor Program here on Shadowness have several mentors (and students!) up for grabs who delve into different areas, mediums and have different kinds of experiences. This interview series which will come out every Monday (instead of Monday Feel Good) will let you know a bit more about each mentor on the list.
If you find an interviewed mentor interesting, don't hesitate to send them a private message and if they say yes contact me so I know who's mentoring who! You can of course sign up as a mentor and/or student in search of a mentor, on the list, by sending a private message to /Caja
My name Alfa Sukatmo, some of my friends call me Jack. I am Indonesian, working as an illustrator at a local publisher and as a freelance artist.
What does ART mean to you?
ART mean everything to me. I wake up in the morning and I stare at the tea leaves on my cup, they form into some image. As i go to work, the street, the people, everywhere i look is art for me. At night my children playing around me give me new inspiration for tomorrow and that's art for me. ART give me a new spirit everyday.
What is your art form? And how long have you delved in this?
Well right now, my primary is vector art but I've used watercolor and gouache since I was 12 years old, I love them...
Was there anything or anyone in particular that prompted your choice of art form?
Specific art form No. But my art life, yes. My father and my mother.
How would you describe your art to someone who haven't seen it?
Lines, form, contrasting colors that brings you rhythm and soul of the artwork, so you feel the emotion, you sense it and understand it, it's not an abstract form after all.
Have you had education in art or are you self-taught?
Self taught and it runs in the family. First: My father is a painter, as well as my mother. They teach me. Second: I like to learn something new, experiments always teach me something new.
Who and/or what inspire you?
People, nature, movement and time is always inspiring me. And my lovely children... :)
What is the greatest lesson in art that you've learned?
The artwork is done when the artist says it is done. Even if an art critique says it's still rough, undone.. It is done when the artist says so. Do your art for yourself.
What can you teach others?
I can help sharing about technique...
What tips can you offer to better oneself in his or her art?
Experimenting, don't be afraid to fail.
Is there anything you'd like to add?
Art can say many things more than words... and... oh yeah, Shadowness is cool!! \m/