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"A Quick Sketch of..." is a new series of Interviews on different personalities from the Traditional Gallery. Some of them will be underviewed talents, and some (like our first featured deviant) will be some of the best-known and finest artists dA has to offer.

Quick Sketches give us the opportunity to capture an image of someone, a momentary view of their reality... Please welcome today's Sketched deviant: American painter, illustrator and musician kolaboy.

Matango by kolaboy  

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The Northern Lights by kolaboy
  

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Anno Domini by kolaboy
   Holy Water by kolaboy

stigmatattoo What were you doing just now?

:iconkolaboy: I was cutting firewood. I never really appreciated the difficult life of a lumberjack until I began cutting my own firewood.

stigmatattoo Do you plan your day ahead and if so, do you manage to stick to it?

:iconkolaboy: I plan my day ahead insofar as I have the PM hours free to work on various projects. Fewer distractions in the nighttime.

stigmatattoo Is there something you have accomplished in your art you're specially proud of?

:iconkolaboy: Yes. When I was 12 I took all my mom's metallic lipstick containers, arranged them in a cluster, and painted the various reflections and re-reflections. I think I learned more about painting from that self-imposed exercise than anything subsequent. And, you'll be happy to know that I never wore any of the lipstick.

stigmatattoo Is there something you want to do and haven't yet?

:iconkolaboy: Is this painting specific? If so, I'd like to finish the Joan d'Arc series I started some time ago. The stumbling-block being that I can't bring myself to depict her death. It was a particularly horrible death...
Non-painting specific: to see the NASA New Horizons probe's photos of the planet (yes, I said planet) Pluto. I'd also like to own one of those carnival fortune telling machines, but I understand they tend to be on the pricey side.

stigmatattoo You mean those with an animatronic/automaton gypsy inside? There are some carved in wood...

:iconkolaboy: Right. I've always loved automatons, even though as a child I was absolutely terrified of them. There are some older ones that are truly works of art. Unfortunately it seems the making of such things is becoming a lost art. I once dreamed that I stole the James Garfield automaton from Disney World... but I digress.

Syrinx by kolaboy Technopop by kolaboy The Death Of Baldur by kolaboy

stigmatattoo Symbolism... Which are your favorite sources?

:iconkolaboy: My childhood memories.

stigmatattoo Can you disclose some personal codes?

:iconkolaboy: I suppose I could, but beyond a certain point it becomes meaningless. We all have our own set of dots that we spend our life connecting. Even if we all had the same dots, we would each connect them differently. I sometimes watch documentaries dealing with painters and their work, and "art historians" who claim to have decoded this or that in the painters oeuvre. I have to laugh because we are not even able to get into the head of a contemporary painter, or any individual for that matter, much less someone living and creating 300 years ago in a world that would be completely alien to us. The key to appreciating a work of art (for me) is channeling the response that it creates in myself into my own creative action. Beyond the broad surface subject, one can never know the intent, and even if we did, it may be so personal to the artist that it would have no relevance to any but he/she/it*, the creator.
*(The "it" would be Cezanne)

stigmatattoo Your work has been extensively commented on and offline. What is the most flattering thing someone have said about your art? What was the less flattering?

:iconkolaboy: They're both the same, actually: "You're sick."
I'm flattered that some yokel without the slightest possibility of understanding anything would pry his hand off the joystick long enough to type a response to something I've done. In a sense, I've performed a public service. But then, after that initial flush of triumph, there is the less flattering aspect of being unloved. Ah, the whimsical world of art, aye?

The Angel Of Comfort by kolaboy   American Golgothic by kolaboy   The Oath Of The Urinal by kolaboy   The Fourth Painting of Jie Xia by kolaboy

stigmatattoo Tell me about Cowgirl in the Snow... I understand music runs in the family?

:iconkolaboy: Well, thank you for asking.
Yes, both my brothers are involved in various musical endeavors. My dad teaches violin, and my mom was musically inclined as well.
Cowgirl in the Snow was initially intended to be an actual band with actual people, but seeing as how actual bands with actual people tend to want to perform, and I do not, we failed to have a meeting of minds. So it's just me and my guitars, keyboard, and a drum machine named Gerald. I guess the music could be described as power pop, or as someone once said "bubblegum with thumbtacks" (a good thing?). I've not recorded anything for about two years, so there's a backlog of songs that need tending. Unfortunately, I've found that I can't paint and do the musical activities at the same time. Right now, painting is in the foreground.

* You can listen to Cowgirl in the Snow here*

stigmatattoo Your favorite work from your Gallery? Why?

:iconkolaboy: I think this one
Harpie by kolaboy
Mainly because it came out of the blue and was completed in a 26 hour stretch. And they say that caffeine is bad for you....

stigmatattoo A favorite from dA? Why?

:iconkolaboy:

:iconj4n3t: Because she's so sweet, beautiful and talented, of course.
Or did you perchance mean an artwork? Yikes, too many to name.

stigmatattoo I knew you'd say J4n3T... is she the model/inspiration on many of your paintings?

:iconkolaboy: Inspiration, certainly ;)
As per models, I haven't used a live model for ages, but it's comforting to know that I have a perfect one if I need one.

stigmatattoo Anything else you want to share?

:iconkolaboy: I refuse to wear matching socks, under any circumstance. And by divine serendipitous coincidence I have no matching socks. Life's funny like that.
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:iconjohnpaulthornton:
johnpaulthornton Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2009
An Intelligent, thoughtful and motivating interview.


-John Paul
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:iconstigmatattoo:
stigmatattoo Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
+i'm very happy you think so :) +
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eliq-tattoo Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009
Awesome interview! I love knowing what piece of art is the artists' favorite... its never expected. Artists cannot be predicted... I love what was said about history and trying to explain art. Its best to just experience it in your own way. Always awesome work kolaboy and great questions stigmatattoo.:heart:
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stigmatattoo Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
+ there are many ways of "explaining art" that are as constructive as sticking pins and mounting butterflies in order to understand them :|
artists and their personalities, on the other hand, can be tapped into while they live. interviews are a great way of, if not "understanding" at least catching a glimpse of their motivations and character. i think they are very valuable and it's a pleasure to do them :heart:+
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Exitialis-Vesania Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2009
Aaah! Refreshing!! :aww:
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:iconstigmatattoo:
stigmatattoo Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
+ :boogie: +
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:iconrubius:
Rubius Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009
This is beautiful. :boogie:
He is one of my favorite artists on the site. :)
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:iconstigmatattoo:
stigmatattoo Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
+ agreed :D +
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009  Professional General Artist
`kolaboy, not a huge Cezanne fan, is the artist that galvanized me to deviantART initially, and remains its absolute zenith... :nod:
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stigmatattoo Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
+:shakefish: bad Cezanne is to blame for getting his water lilies messed up and prefiguring Abstraction, the great nemesis of figurative painting... the old quarrel is kinda funny to me :P

Danny's art caught my eye and mind and is one of the first people i added to my watch, 5 years ago... i know just what you mean :nod: +
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2009  Professional General Artist
:iconseriousnod:
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:iconlloydg:
LloydG Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009
Great interview with my favourite dA artist. :thumbsup:

You should definitely add a link to this interview to Danny's Wikipedia entry, [link] . :nod:
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:iconstigmatattoo:
stigmatattoo Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
+i've been pondering on getting that Wikipedia account... i just know it'd start sucking up time, i won't be able to help it :P
glad you liked :) +
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Deborah-Valentine Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Kola has always been an inspiration to me, he is quirky and brilliant, and ever in love with his devoted J4net. a talented and interesting guy.
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:iconstigmatattoo:
stigmatattoo Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
+he's all that :nod:
glad you liked the interview :) +
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Deborah-Valentine Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I remember him form BreedArt, which was a really cool site, but the guy couldn't support it anymore. I have been watching him a long time.
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:iconstigmatattoo:
stigmatattoo Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
+ me too :nod: +
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:iconj4n3t:
J4n3T Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Kolaboy is the best song writer too!:lmao:
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Thanks so much ^stigmatattoo. ^_^
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:iconstigmatattoo:
stigmatattoo Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
+ :lmao: great!
thanks for sharing that :) +
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:iconj4n3t:
J4n3T Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
:hug:
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:iconhectorpineda:
HectorPineda Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009  Professional General Artist
Danny is one of the greatest surreal artist in this world!!!
Great interview my friend, and thanks to Danny for sharing! :)
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:iconstigmatattoo:
stigmatattoo Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
+i think so too :nod:
happy you enjoyed! +
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:iconoilsoaked:
oilsoaked Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wonderful!
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:iconstigmatattoo:
stigmatattoo Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
+ :bow: +
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:iconmugwumperx:
mugwumperx Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009
"I'd also like to own one of those carnival fortune telling machines, but I understand they tend to be on the pricey side."

Not to mention cursed!
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:iconstigmatattoo:
stigmatattoo Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
+there's always that! :fear: +
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:iconsnowmask:
snowmask Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow. A truly fascinating and beautifully conducted interview. Glad to see this finally up! :clap:
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:iconstigmatattoo:
stigmatattoo Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
+thank you very much... you're a hard act to follow :P+
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snowmask Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I am? :blushes:
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:iconstigmatattoo:
stigmatattoo Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
+ uh-huh +
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:iconbeatrice:
beatrice Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009
:clap:

`kolaboy Is one of my :+fav: DA artist. Great interview!

:kiss:
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:iconstigmatattoo:
stigmatattoo Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
+he's one of mine too :nod: +
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:iconwroth:
wroth Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2009
Great little interview. :nod: I've been fascinated with Danny's work ever since I first saw it at Breed years and years ago.

I'm looking forward to more in the series
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:iconstigmatattoo:
stigmatattoo Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
+i think he was one of the first artists i watched... fascinating indeed :nod:
glad you enjoyed!+
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:iconmadbaumer37:
madbaumer37 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
:clap: danny is one of my favorite artists.
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:iconstigmatattoo:
stigmatattoo Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
+same here :nod: +
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:iconlimnides:
limnides Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2009   Artist
Fantastic. :D
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:iconstigmatattoo:
stigmatattoo Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
+i thought so too :D +
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graemeb Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2009
The more I hear other artists the more I feel I belong.
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:iconstigmatattoo:
stigmatattoo Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
+ hehe, that's great :) +
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