year of birth: 1982
country: United States
Q1: When did you start making art?
If you want to go back to the beginning, around 5 years old. I’ve always drawn traditionally but it was only in the last 15 years that I really started using computers to create art. My Photoshop was pretty bad in the early days but it was also a learning process
Q2: What does inspire you?
Music is probably my biggest inspiration. It’s really the perfect machine for creativity since most people listen to it while they are making art. Metal music in particular holds a special place in my heart since there’s so much imagery that goes along with it.
Q3: What are your techniques?
That’s a tough question ha ha ha. I guess my technique changes from time to time. Sometimes I feel like doing something straight forward using photos, which requires the pen tool, usually giving the artwork a clean feel. Other times, I use the smudge tool and digitally paint over images to get that traditional look. It really depends on my mood. I also tend to overlay textures to really give the image some life.
Q4: What is the main idea or feeling behind your works?
I could lie to you and say every piece I make has meaning but that’s usually not the case. My main goal is to get my ideas on screen, I’ll leave it up to the individual to take any kind of feeling from my work.
Q5: What is the main color of your art and why?
I gravitate more towards darker tones but I’ve been loving magenta and pink ones as of late, which adds a surreal vibe to particular pieces and really makes them pop.
Q6: What would you improve about your work and why?
I think all artists are about improving, if you don’t strive to get better you just stagnate. I’m still trying to be more detail oriented and organized with my ideas and execution, so that is something that I could improve upon.
Q7: Do you have any project for the future?
My wife and I just welcomed a baby boy in December, so lately new projects have dwindled due to a new “busier” schedule. I’m always open to new projects though, especially if it involves album artwork for musicians, which I love doing.
Q8: Describe yourself with 3 words capturing the essence of Kiren Bagchee.
Creative, stubborn and opinionated.
Q9: Show us (link) your very first work. Describe it from techniques till feelings.
Oh man, I don’t think I have my very first work up online but I can link you to my first ever album cover I did in 2004 HERE. I literally made it within a few hours due to time constraints. It involved me taking a photo of the drummer of the band on his motorcycle. I later added the effects to make it appear as if he was in motion. I then took off the motorcycle’s logo and replaced it with the band name. It wasn’t my best work but I was still proud of myself being able to crank it out in such a short amount of time.
Q10: What did change from your first work till now?
Lots of things have changed. I’ve become a lot more proficient when it comes to Photoshop which makes me work a bit quicker. My newer work also has a higher quality than my older stuff.
Q11: What is art for you? Escaping from reality or the essence of life?
It’s a little bit of both. When I’m really involved in something I’m working on, I sometimes forget to eat, shower, etc. so that in a way is escaping reality ha! But besides that, it relaxes me and makes me a better person. Also, being able to share my work on a global scale is pretty amazing.