year of birth: 1990
country: Currently living in Ukraine
Q1: When did you start making art?
Somewhere in 2008 I became more interested in digital art (space art to be precise), I was just discovering all the possible software I could use for digital painting. Used a lot of Gimp back in the days, probably because it was free, then switched to Photoshop.
Q2: What does inspire you?
Well, at lot of things do but at the moment mostly books. I’m trying to read as much as I can in my free time and I also want to get deeper into storytelling, so reading books definitely helps.
Q3: What are your techniques?
Just freehand painting in Photoshop, nothing specific. I do have some basic 3D modelling skills, which I used in the past to set up a base for my paintings, but I haven’t done any modelling in a while now, so it’s only 2D nowadays.
Q4: What is the main idea or feeling behind your works?
The darker themes and topics are more interesting to me and I guess I want my work to reflect that, that’s why normally I don’t do happy scenes with children playing or stuff like that. I’m more of a horror and mystery fan.
Q5: What is the main color of your art and why?
I don’t think I have a main or favourite color. It really depends on what I want to illustrate, like a fire would always be red/orange, so there are certain limitations like that. I prefer to experiment with different color combinations if I’m not sure which ones would work better.
Q6: What would you improve about your work and why?
I don’t do a lot of character art, at least not as much as sceneries and environments, so that area is clearly lacking. It would be good to improve on that, since I’m also starting to get more into comics and graphic novels.
Q7: Do you have any project for the future?
I have some planned. Now working on my Fallen Suns sci-fi story with a friend, who’s also an artist, unfortunately the project seems to be expanding because we think up more and more stuff, so I have no idea when it might be finished.
Q8: Describe yourself with 3 words capturing the essence of ChrisCold.
Unreasonable, strange and bearded.
Q9: Show us (link) your very first work. Describe it from techniques till feelings.
Well, I don’t remember which one was my first, but this HERE is definitely one of the first. I was just starting to do things on my own then. The image is pretty simple technique-wise, I’m sure it’s possible to find tutorials on the net for every part of this image and get better results, like how to do planets, starfields, etc.
I don’t think I felt anything during the first few pieces I created, basically I wanted to make something as good as possible and less crappy, so those were the only thoughts that occupied my mind. Later when I became a bit better I could put some emotion into my art, for example when I wanted an image to feel angry I could use certain colors and themes to support that, but at the beginning it wasn’t possible.
Q10: What did change from your first work till now?
The overall quality of my work improved. Variety, especially since I was only doing space art at the start. Also a lot more people see my work nowadays, which is great.
Q11: What is art for you? Escaping from reality or the essence of life?
Well, it definitely can be some sort of separate reality, even if it’s just a fictional one. Whenever an artist is telling a story with his images that others can follow.
Love this art!