name: Crystal
surname: Johnson
year of birth:1983


Gremlin by kokabeel

by kokabeel


Q1: When did you start making art?
I started having a real fond of photography in my teens. I received my first film camera then, and progressed from there. I started working with 3D modeling around 2002, and digital artistry shortly after that.

Q2: What does inspire you?
Music is a huge impact on my work. I pull from many artists that share a more darker sense of reality like myself. I am also a huge fan of horror, and ‘weird’ movies that are not the norm. A movie by the name of ‘Begotten’ has inspired me tremendously, not only for it’s amazing beauty, but for the philosophical meaning. I’m also a huge nerd when it comes to Astronomy. There’s just something about the unknown, and the beauty of the chaos of our universe that simply amazes me.

Q3: What are your techniques?
My DSLR, Wacom tablet and Photoshop

Q4: What is the main idea or feeling behind your works?
That even in the darkest of places you can find beauty. I have a fondness of the dark, dank, and unloved. I find beauty in death, in our frailness and how surreal it can be for someone experiencing, or seeing it.

Q5: What is the main color of your art and why?
Blacks, greens, and blues. They mesh well and give a photo an other worldly feel.

Q6: What would you improve about your work and why?
Shooting more! I had a huge block for years to the point where I sold off almost all of my equipment. It was a very dark time in my life, and that is something that has inspired my newer work.

Q7: Do you have any project for the future?
I have a few projects that I am working on that I will be releasing in the next few months.

Q8: Describe yourself with 3 words capturing the essence of kokabeel.
Dark, frailty, beauty

Q9: Show us (link) your very first work. Describe it from techniques till feelings.
I actually do not have it anymore. Initially, I was a member of Renderosity in 2002, and had my first works up there, but deleted them a few months ago. I do, however, have an earlier personal work from 2006 HERE.
I imagine now I should retake this ‘selfie’ as I have grown as an artist.

Q10: What did change from your first work till now?
Quality. I rushed through editing back then, and now I take my time to get it where I love it. If I wouldn’t hang it as a large print on my wall it’s not done.

Q11: What is art for you? Escaping from reality or the essence of life?
It’s both.
In art you can escape the confines of your home, country…even this world. It can take you to the past, the future and alternative realities. It really provides endless possibilities to escape.
There’s so much life in art. A person puts their heart and soul into a piece, and you can see it. You can see the countless hours, blood, sweat and tears they’ve shed. Art is within you, and me. It can help you overcome fears, relieve stress, and let out anger. Art is part of the backbone of our species; from the time of cavemen painting on the walls of caves, to the glory and revolutions of the Renaissance…art has always been there. Art, no matter the medium, is life.

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