name: Karbach
surname: Chris
year of birth: 1991
country: Germany


the muse
by Chris-Karbach


Q1: When did you start making art?

I have been drawing since I’m was child of the age of four (or something like that), but I think I really decided to make art intensively in 2011. After I finished school in that year, I decided to make art my profession.

Q2: What does inspire you?
The possibility to convey ideas and being able to tell stories with my paintings.
Also it’s definitly the fun of constantly striving to improve my work.
I think what also keeps me going – especially when I feel as if I’m running around in circles with my art – is feedback – good or bad it doesn’t matter – it’s a reaction that counts.

Q3: What are your techniques?
I either work entirely in photoshop, or start my work with pencil or marker sketches, and finish the painting digitally.

Q4: What is the main idea or feeling behind your works?
I think the ideas or feelings depend heavily on the subject matter, so I can’t generalize, because each painting is different.

Q5: What is the main color of your art and why?
I don’t think I have a main colour in my work, this also depends on the subject matter. My colour-palette though has become more and more muted over time, for the sake of realism. I think when first working digitally – especially when switching from traditional media – many people, including myself, go a little bonkers with the colours, because it’s so easy to make everything shine and glow.

Q6: What would you improve about your work and why?
Probably nobody is entirely satisfied with their work. There are a lot of areas in my work with room for improvement, but the three most important ones are composition, colour and light. They are already very important parts of my works, but I still see the greatest potential in improving these fields, to cause the highest possible impact. Also, I have a realist approach to art and I think in that case it’s a good thing to improve everything that will make the piece come more „to life“.

Q7: Do you have any project for the future?
There are a few games I am working on as a concept artist and illustrator at the moment and this is the most satisfying job for me. So for the future I can only hope to be able to work on many different games and films with many of other talented arists from all around the world and improve not only in terms of artistic skill, but also as a person.

Q8: Describe yourself with 3 words capturing the essence of Chris-Karbach.
Ambitious, addicted to coffee, chaotic.

Q9: Show us (link) your very first work. Describe it from techniques till feelings.
Many of my early works are more studies and concept art approaches than art, and in addition to that most of them can’t be found anywhere online. But one my first personal pieces of art is this one HERE. It’s a digital artwork which I started from scratch in photoshop and painted directly with colours. I guess the feeling was some sort of escape from the current situation, I remember it was winter in Germany and I had just moved to my new flat without having internet or knowing anybody in the new city, so I just wanted to create a place I would like to be.

Q10: What did change from your first work till now?
Probably everything, reaching from techniques and skill up to the person I am.
I think over the time I got more and more concious about the fact, that art is my life and also the thing I want to keep on doing for a living. So the time I spent on reading books about it, watching videos, analyzing stuff and of course painting myself, has increased drastically.

Q11: What is art for you? Escaping from reality or the essence of life?
Probably both of them and none of them. I think it’s a passion, and even if I’d not be working in this field, I’d probably be spending all my free time on it.

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