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1. What's your story? Where are you from?Hi! I'm Blake Kathryn, a digital artist often found generating freckles in the glow of my desktop. I was raised in Florida, migrated to New York post college, and a few years later one way ticketed to Los Angeles for the mix of hustle and forever-summer vibes.
2. Tell us about your aesthetic.Subject-wise I greatly enjoy distorting forms to create a new visual approach to everyday objects or themes. Upon transitioning to the 3D realm I fell in love with brightly lit environments, inspired from real life photoshoots. That detail preference quickly crafted the shiny pastel palette I work with today.
3. What is your favourite medium and why?On an everyday level it's all about where the magic happens via pixels, I use Cinema 4D and Adobe CC for all my digital pieces. From a traditional standpoint I love oil painting, though I'm a bit rusty. There's something therapeutic about mixing colors by hand and developing a composition that can continued to be physically built upon.
4. What is your artistic process like?It's all over haha. The most ritualistic process I have is documenting words, sketches, and notes onto paper. Compiling these musings into books creates an archive of unused ideas to inspire future pieces, whether for a passion project or client piece.
5. Who and/or what inspires your work?My work is heavily inspired by surrealism, futurism, pop art and minimalism. To keep fresh inspiration cycling through I keep an eye on current trends that mesh well with my current workflow as well. Currently that's the resurgence of 80's and early 90's aesthetic habits including neons and lo-fi influenced detailing.
6. What role does art play in your life? How does it change the way you view the world?Since pursuing the arts as a profession, I've found it truly does open up your eyes to the little details around you, physically and emotionally. There's an ever-lit fire within me seeking the next 'aha' moment to inspire my next personal best, whatever that may be. It's invigorating and I love it! Everyday has the potential to be the start of something new and exciting.
7. Where did you study?I studied graphic design at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. It was the perfect college experience - I attended during our school's golden age of football and there was a plethora of springs and lakes nearby for easy nature escapes.
8. Where do you see yourself in five years? Working in an agency?I just recently signed onto H+ Creative for representation and that's the foreseeable future for now. I don't imagine going back to working full-time in either an in-house or ad agency setting, as I enjoy the freedom of being freelance. I would like to have a home studio print / general production set up so that I can create a line of products, so hopefully that's a thing well before five years from now!
9. What about in ten?In ten years I'd like to have created a profitable entrepreneurial lifestyle, one that's a bit self sustaining (i.e. selling products) while still having a steady stream of new work initiatives. Another dream is to get into concept development for sci-fi or fantasy films eventually, being that I'm not involved in that industry yet it feels realistic to say that's a 10 year goal!
10. What do you hope to achieve with your art?To 'leave a mark' or 'legacy' feels odd to say, but I'd like for my work to creep into the lives of others well after I peace out of the world. While I'm here and hustling away I hope I can continue to expand and evolve my skill set to blow my current self out of the water in the years to come.
11. Now, tell us a little more about you as a person: what is your favourite food?Sushi burritos, with tsukemen as a very close runner up.
12. Favourite book?Pretty much any futurist novel, dystopian or utopian. I've been re-reading the classics lately, next on my list is a more current piece I've been dying to dive into 'Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow' by Yuval Noah Harari.
13. Favourite genre of music?Depends on the day! I'm usually rotating through futurefunk, lo-fi hip hop, 90's R&B, and 80's pop rock.
14. What are your hobbies?Exploring the many hoods of Los Angeles is a favorite pasttime. I'm an occasional beer brewer and aspiring urban gardener as well. I also have a weird thing for coasters, I don't have enough to call myself a collector but it's a forever growing collection.
15. If you weren't an artist, what would you be?I'd love to own a plant nursery focused in succulents, cacti, palms and flowers. That'd be the dreamiest alternative reality.