Name: Patrik
Surname: Björkström
Year of birth: 1983
Country: Finland


Demon Cat by Patriartis

Demon Cat
by Patriartis


Q1: When did you start making art?
I guess that depends on how you look at it, but I discovered the joys of drawing very early and it quickly became one of my favorite hobbies as a child. Even before I started school, my grandparents bought an industrial-size roll of paper which they spread out across their living-room, wall-to-wall (you could tell it wasn’t meant to be used as a drawing canvas because the surface produced a terrible itch on the hands) On that roll of paper I drew the most epic creatures and battles!

Q2: What does inspire you?
All things beautiful and aesthetically fascinating. I have always been a keen observer, and I often find myself finding interesting shapes and colors in the weirdest places. For example, while driving, I love observing clouds. Although it’s probably not very safe, I often find inspiration in their size, form and color.

Q3: What are your techniques?
I use a number of different techniques depending on what kind of image I’m producing. However, my favorite technique that I tend to use for the most part revolves around mixing vivid, often contrasting colors. I don’t use a lot of photo-textures, but instead rely on a few select brushes to achieve a painterly coherence that I personally enjoy.

Q4: What is the main idea or feeling behind your works?
I often draw images that I hope will evoke feelings of adventure, exploration and story. To me, an interesting and well-balanced picture is a mixture of pleasing aesthetics and patches of detail that either tell a story, or entice the viewer to come up with a story of their own.

Q5: What is the main color of your art and why?
I wouldn’t say I have a main color, but, as I mentioned earlier, I enjoy mixing strong colors. If I had to choose, I would probably say that blue and orange are tied as my favorite color. I find that they together produce a pleasing contrast.

Q6: What would you improve about your work and why?
I’m constantly practicing anatomy, specifically human anatomy, mostly because I rarely draw realistic human bodies anymore. The great thing with art is that there is always stuff to improve upon, so you don’t really run out of things to do. When I get tired of anatomy, for example, I switch to architecture, and so on.

Q7: Do you have any project for the future?
I do have a personal project that is especially close to my heart. It’s something I’ve been working on for well over a year, but there are still a lot of things that needs to be addressed and a lot of questions that needs answers, so I won’t go into too many details at this point. Let’s just say it involves a journey.

Q8: Describe yourself with 3 words capturing the essence of Patriartis.
Patient, colorful, bold.

Q9: Show us (link) your very first work. Describe it from techniques till feelings.
I was very self-conscious about my drawing skills when I first started working digitally, so I never uploaded any of my really early work. However, one of the earliest works I made which ended up on the Internet is HERE. This piece represents a milestone in my progress, as it was during this time that a lot of things changed in terms of me and digital art. It is also special considering I worked on it on-and-off for a full year, clocking in at least 80 hours and well over 200 layers on a canvas that was four times larger than anything else I had worked on. I remember I was very exited about working on this scene. Working this long on something also meant that the entire painting undergone some very significant changes over time, and thinking back I can’t believe I had such patience to spend all that time on it. During the making of this piece I first started to experiment with photo-textures as well as read up on some of the fundamentals, like perspective and human anatomy. In a sense, this piece represents when I started to take digital art more seriously.

Q10: What did change from your first work till now?
Everything, basically. Back then I had very little grasp of the fundamentals of drawing, such as values, composition, color theory etc. I made most stuff from the top of my inexperienced head instead of checking how things would actually look. Today I understand the importance of understanding the fundamentals, and that has also lead to a more controlled process when it comes to constructing an image.

Q11: What is art for you? Escaping from reality or the essence of life?
For me personally, art is a great passion, and therefore in a way the essence of life. I don’t draw to escape anything. On the contrary, I regularly try to escape the process of making art, for example by going to the gym where I can clear my head for a while of my art-related ideas and issues. This is often necessary if I want to get a fresh view on a piece I’m working on. Apart from that, I don’t really ‘switch off’ from my creative mode, and although that might sound like a burden, or even an obsession, I find it to be a rewarding journey.

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