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name: Reiko
surname: Murakami
year of birth: 1982
country: Japan/USA


our void
by raqmo


Q1: When did you start making art?
I’ve been drawing for as long as I can remember. I started to practice digital painting more seriously about four years ago.

Q2: What does inspire you?
Music…especially when it’s combined with good visuals. Film.

Q3: What are your techniques?
All of my paintings are made digitally with Photoshop, but the basic technique is still the same with traditional media. Figure drawing and composition are most important to me.

Q4: What is the main idea or feeling behind your works?
Establishing a strong emotional connection with viewers is my goal. I try to keep my message ambiguous so everyone can interpret in their way and own the painting.

Q5: What is the main color of your art and why?
I like using subtle color schemes because it works well to create a quiet atmosphere.

Q6: What would you improve about your work and why?
Pretty much everything. Digital painting techniques are evolving every year, and I have a lot to catch up on.

Q7: Do you have any project for the future?
Yes. I’ve started a series of portraits of female creatures last year. My goal is to have enough pieces to make them into an art book.

Q8: Describe yourself with 3 words capturing the essence of raqmo.
Sensitive, inspirational, quiet.

Q9: Show us (link) your very first work. Describe it from techniques till feelings.
This HERE is probably one of the very first dedicated personal paintings besides commercial work. I made this to support Japan after the Earthquake. My friend was hosting a donation auction event, and I volunteered to submit my painting. At the time I didn’t know much about painting technique, digital or analog, so I had to experiment a lot to finish this piece. It was great practice for learning Photoshop brushes though.

Q10: What did change from your first work till now?
I learned how to use color. My painting used to be a collection of line drawings, but now it’s more about color relationships.

Q11: What is art for you? Escaping from reality or the essence of life?
It’s a way to share unspeakable emotions.

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