Artist Profile - Kristopher R Klink
Where do you live?
I live in the Denver metro area with my lovely children and my beautiful wife. I can see the mountains from my porch and downtown is only a hop, skip and a jump away.
What is art?
Art is what someone wants it to be. Art is the truest form of creative expression and the purest form of emotion that can be captured permanently.
How did you learn to create your art?
Experimentation, dabbling, playing with things, toying around seeing what worked, what didn't. I eventually found my groove in various things, but I don't think I'll ever stop learning. It's a constant evolution.
How do you describe your artistic style(s)?
Fluid. Off the cuff. Apart from traditional, when it comes to the digital media side of things. This is true for both my artwork and my music.
As far as my photography goes, I tend to be more traditional, and I tend to like doing landscape portrait type work.
What media and tools do you normally use to create art?
Oh, well, for the digital works I have my trusty friend Photoshop (or the freeware GIMP) and for the Photography side of things I now shoot with a Canon Digital Rebel EOS.
I have a slew of other little one off tools that I'll use here and there for post processing of images, or for filter effects for digital images, but those are the primary tools.
In the music world I use Garageband now that I'm on the Mac, but prior to that I was using Cakewalk's Sonar product. I highly recommend it for those of you on a budget that want to do digital music. Good stuff.
What method do you follow to create your art?
There is very little method to my madness. I just go to it. What ever comes of it, is what I get. If it isn't worth keeping, it goes into the bin, if it is, I'll sit on it for a while, sometimes for a year or more, then I'll take it back out, put the polish on it and put it out for public consumption.
Where do you create art?
Wherever the mood strikes? My laptop is my mobile workstation for all things creative, so pretty much anything I do is housed there. Otherwise, I'll get the camera and go for a walk. :)
What inspires you to create art?
Mood changes, Music, Life in general.
How do you feel when you create art?
Accomplished. I like feeling like I've contributed a little bit of beauty back into the world.
How long does it take you (on average) to create an artwork?
Depends on the medium. If I'm actually painting? Can take several hours, if I'm doing photography, 30 minutes from start to finish. If I'm doing digital imaging, weeks. Music, anywhere from a day to a month.
What are your favorite subjects for creating art?
Abstract for digital artwork, Landscapes for photography, Ambient for music.
What are your favorite artworks?
La persistencia de la memoria - Created in 1931 by Salvador Dali
What suggestions do you have for new artists?
Keep at it. Don't give up. Frustration is part of the process. I promise it gets better. (Note, I never said easier!)
Who are your favorite artists?
- Artists: M.C. Escher, Salvador Dali, Picaso
- Writers: Neil Gaiman, Catherynne M. Valente, Amanda Klink, Stephen King, Chuck Palahniuk
- Musicians: S J Tucker, Ani DiFranco, Tool, A Perfect Circle, Nine Inch Nails, Amanda Palmer, Information Society, Disturbed, etc.
Who influences your art the most?
My environment and the world events probably. It all interrelates. Since my mood is a big factor in what I'm going to do art wise, I'd say how I'm relating to the world around me....yeah, so all of you guys... ;P In one way or another.
What is the first thing you think when you look at your art work from 1-3 years ago and how has your work changed since you started creating?
Oh dear god did I make that mess? *cringes*
*laughs* No, I see a lot of things I might change if I were to redo some of the pieces now, but nothing terrible. I've learned new techniques and learned more patience with the process. I don't try to rush, OMG!!!, to get it done. I'll take a little more time, I'll save multiple versions and try different things to see what I like better from one to another.
Do you live off of your art income?
Man I wish I could. I've made one sale, and the proceeds for that went to a charity auction. I have hope though. My store is up and my plan is to keep adding new stuff as I get it done. We'll just keep rolling with it and see where I end up.
If you've sold art to people other than family and close friends, what marketing did you carry out to obtain those sales?
What do you do when you aren't creating or marketing your art?
By day, I'm a mild manner computer programmer. ;P
Do you have any regrets as an artist?
That I don't do more of it. I need to devote more time to making art and getting it out to people. I love to see it out in the wild, I just need to make it happen.
Where to find Kristopher's art:
Imagekind Gallery: http://hatdragon.imagekind.com
Twitter home: http://twitter.com/hatdragon