name: Marina
surname: Karakatsani
year of birth: 1993
country: Greece


by Snook-8


Q1: When did you start making art?
I’m quite sure I was “trying” to make art from a very young age, so young that my memories of back then are blurry. My style probably started to form more precisely around my teenage years, after the age of 14 for sure.

Q2: What does inspire you?
Life and death. Knowledge and observation. Everything around me matches my interest, from video-games and nightmares to great historic artists and magnificent people. It would be a lie to say that I have only one source of inspiration.

Q3: What are your techniques?
A workpiece of mine would be most likely made either entirely on Photoshop or partly based on a pencil sketch. Rarely do I use other techniques, like oils, watercolors and acrylics. My way of working on a piece has no specific flow, chaotic brushes, smudges and lines are all fused in one, forming a shape of their own and finally being rendered and smoothed where needed.

Q4: What is the main idea or feeling behind your works?
When it has to do with a commision piece there is only one idea, satisfy the customer, I form my style in his/her needs. Things are more complicated when it comes to my personal art though. A personal piece is like a diary to me, I have to paint it down and express specific feelings, I will not stop working to it until I let out what I want to. Whenever I achieve this, I feel like shelling a fragment of my history in it, a memory, a thought, a feeling, saved forever to go down on my history.

Q5: What is the main color of your art and why?
Without doubt, I like to call my palette “rusty”. Warm colors which don’t bring a warm feeling most of the time. Brown, red and black are the main colors. I never get enough of them.

Q6: What would you improve about your work and why?
Everything, and the reason? Because I’m not perfect, because my art is not perfect, I don’t consider myself a complete artist yet. One thing for sure is that I need to make more studies in perspective and improve highly, it is my greatest weakness so far.

Q7: Do you have any project for the future?
Many projects come and go, comic stories, revamps of known works, concept arts. Most of them never reach the surface, I consider them personal and not worthy to be shown yet.

Q8: Describe yourself with 3 words capturing the essence of Snook-8.
I can’t easily give a definition of myself but if I have to choose 3 words about that, those words would be ‘That curious monstrosity’

Q9: Show us (link) your very first work. Describe it from techniques till feelings.
Surely not my very first piece, since I tend to discard my earlier art as the time goes by, but this one HERE is quite old and a good example of what I was making at the age of 14.
The technique is simple, watercolors on a regular paper, limited knowledge didn’t help much back then.
As about the feeling..well I still remember it like if it was yesterday. Nothing specific had actually happened the day I made it, but I do remember feeling quite sad and furious. It was something typical for me, spent my whole adolence like this, but that’s just common for a kid/teenager.

Q10: What did change from your first work till now?
Many things changed, and I’m glad for it. I learnt to use more tenchiques and highly improved with anatomy manners. Learnt to use light and darkness to show my forms, studied color variations and everything.

Q11: What is art for you? Escaping from reality or the essence of life?
I have noticed through the years that my art creates the paths of my life, it guides me to the people I will meet, to the university I will attend, everything. I can’t say I actually use my art to escape from reality since it’s art itself that creates my life.

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