Weekly Artist Feature: wenbergniklozan

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Each week, we interview a different artist and share their art and featured answers on our official Facebook page. This week's featured artist is wenbergniklozan!

Monster behind the door

How would you describe your art to someone who hasn't seen it before?

When I was a child, I thought it would be nice to open a window to other dimensions; drawing became that window. I don't have any bad characters, even though they look like monsters. They are the same hard workers, but in some distant world. We are so unaccustomed to seeing them with a sense of disgust, just like these guys have to us.

What sort of emotions or feelings do you like to portray in your art? How do you want the viewer to feel?

I have never thought about conveying anything to the viewer. Unconsciously, I manage to convey detachment from reality and a full-mouth smile even when I don't feel like smiling. From experience, I've learned it's better to smile than to share. I guess there is no message in my work, only self-realization and unconscious drawing in a companion piece.


What challenges go into making a digital painting versus a piece to be used for a tattoo?

Tattoos and digital painting go in different directions for me, but side by side at the same time, torn before choice. One is hard for me to combine with the other.

What inspires you to create horror/dark fantasy art? What inspires you when you're creating in that genre?

I won't talk about films, music and the like; which in one way or another influence both our worldview and our tastes. I don't need inspiration to draw something, it happens unconsciously. When I'm in a good or bad mood. I just pick up a pencil and paper and it doesn't matter what I draw, what matters is the process.


You create a lot of portraits. What do you feel is the most important aspect of a portrait?

The most important thing, for me at least, in a portrait is the gaze, the eyes are the mirror of the soul (or at least, so they say).

Is there a moment you wanted to quit, or have you faced a very challenging time in art? What kept you moving?

Every day these thoughts, every day I want to quit. But so much has been done, and so I wonder what I can do later if I can cope with myself again. I think that's the curse of any artist (self-doubt). I've been helped by all sorts of excuses as to why I'm doing all this, but every day I have to come up with new ones. One of the main rules is not to feel sorry for yourself. Instead of feeling sorry for yourself, you can draw something.


What is a piece you've created that has meant a lot to you?

I don't have a favourite art. After every drawing comes the next one. I'm always looking for something I may never find.

See more of wenbergniklozan's work in his DeviantArt gallery!

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riveralyss's avatar

Great interview, words I needed to hear right now. :#1:

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LucyDreams's avatar

Thank you very much for this very interesting interview.

I didn't know wenbergniklozan's art and I love it!

It's both very powerful and gorgeous.

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There's so much to unpack in this interview, and there's so much about wenbergniklozan's answers that is terrifying and liberating at once. My takeback from this will definitely be how seemingly matter-of-factly he said "...it doesn't matter what I draw, what matters is the process" and "Instead of feeling sorry for yourself, you can draw something". I think this will stay with me for a very long time.

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Thank you, I'm appreciate it


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I really like When they say that their art is basically a self realization; I resonate heavily with that statement. Great job :D

MorJer's avatar

That was an odd but interesting read. Thank you for the interview!

Curia-DD's avatar

incredible artist!! thank you for sharing this!

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Kind of cool! Reminds me of mythology creatures 😎

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