dA love for everyone! #111

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As the title suggests, this news article’s goal is to spread the dA love into everyone’s heart! You will find here a little bit of everything, from awesome interviews with talented artists, art features, group promotion to random deviants' features. I hope you will find this informative and entertaining!


Interviewed artist: JxbP :iconjxbp:

:bulletyellow: Tell us what defines you as a person.

I think much of what I identify myself with is tied to science and art. My profession is in computer science, particularly computer graphics, and most of my leisure is spent painting. The two have proven to be quite complementary of each other, both representing approaches to understand the world. Knowledge in computer graphics provides explanations for some of the physics and mechanisms behind what we see and how we see. This in turn helps a lot in understanding the things I paint. Hopefully in trying the juggle the two, I’ll gain some insight that is missed when they are pursued in isolation.

:bulletyellow: How did you find out about deviantART and why did you join the community?

I came across deviantArt many years ago, so my memory of that is rather fuzzy. But it was likely when I was searching for artwork of an anime or game that I ended up stumbling across it. I likely joined for an equally mundane reason.

:bulletyellow: When and how did you discover your passion for art?

I can’t remember a time when art wasn’t part of my life. I started taking lessons when I was younger than I can recall, and it has been with me ever since. There were times when it seemed to take a backseat to other things in life, like science, but it always comes back with a great deal of fervor eventually.


:bulletyellow: What inspires you the most and when do you think your creativity is at its maximum?

My inspiration comes a lot from the media that I consume, anime and games, but also works from other artists. There are a lot of people that I look up to, and the hope that I’ll (hopefully) eventually be on par with them provides a fair bit of drive behind my work. Creativity is always quite fickle for me. It is involuntary, sporadic, and inconsistent. Maybe someday some researchers will publish a paper explaining that aspect of the brain. But for now, I tend to just wait patiently for something to pop into my head. Fortunately, ideas tend to surface faster than I can paint them... but that is likely because I'm getting old and slow....

:bulletyellow: What do you think you'd be doing if you hadn't chosen this path?

I think this question is probably better suited for someone who chose art as a profession. But I can dive a little into why I didn’t pursue a career in art. I originally entered university in an arts faculty, studying some design and miscellaneous subjects. I ended up hating the experience of studying art in an academic environment. The approach contradicted a lot of what I enjoyed about art. I found myself working on things that I had little passion for. So I did a one-eighty and went into science instead, and haven’t regretted it since. From my experience, art is something that is more personal and better developed in private. Science is a little harder to pick up as a leisure.

:bulletyellow: What do you think it's your most meaningful deviation and what makes it special? Does it have a story behind it?

I think my personal favourite is Farewell Kikyo - Inuyasha. The series meant a lot to my childhood and is likely the most nostalgic painting I have done in recent years. Those who are familiar with the series will know that the anime was discontinued, and then a final season was released quite a while later. I have postponed finishing the series for years, mostly for sentimental reasons and not wanting to face the melancholy of closing a chapter in my childhood. A couple of months ago, I decided to finally finish it, and the painting helped to mitigate some of the melancholy.


:bulletyellow: Do you have any insecurities regarding your art?

More than I can enumerate here, but my biggest fear is probably stagnancy. The fear that the work I put in will not reciprocate in progress. It felt that way quite a few times in the past, and when it does I just try to push through it with the hope that that period will eventually pass. Hopefully that will never be proven false.

:bulletyellow: Did art ever helped you to deal with your life problems?

Art tends to be a pretty meditative process. It has done a great deal to help relieve stress and escape from distress from time to time.

:bulletyellow: What is the one thing you always wanted to do but never got a chance to?

I think this is less about what I want to do, and more about what I want to see before my time is up. Though it is unlikely, I want to see humans start colonizing space on a large scale. In my view, the knowledge that our species have fought for through the generations is the most important element of our existence. The idea that all our knowledge and creations can be extinguished if our population ever goes extinct is rather horrifying. If we are able to spread the population out, the likelihood of extinction diminishes and we’ll be able to continue learning. This reminds me of a quote I came across a long time ago: “we are the universe trying to understand itself”.


:bulletyellow: A few words for our fellow artists?

I’m not sure if I’m a competent enough artist to offer any profound wisdom. But from experience, true genius is rare in this world. When you see a capable artist, what is often unseen is the tremendous amount of time spent developing their craft. The number of “talented” artists out there certainly outnumbers the artistic geniuses that are likely to exist. As such, it is reasonable to conclude that it is through diligence and not talent that most of them achieve what they have.



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Very talented artist.:rose: