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Interview with a painter Chris Cold

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We honored very much Chris Cold to your agreement to make interview in Desigg.com.
Chris Cold is from Belarus. he have 20 years . his works characteristics by imagination , clean and shining. he is a freelance concept artist/designer.
we hope that the interview be useful to you.

How do you get into the design world? What’s first program you learned?
I guess once I stumbled across some digital modern art on the internet I was so inspired that it subconsciously made me want to try to create something similar. At the very beginning I was just using Gimp, but soon switched to Adobe Photoshop and was attracted to it immediately.

Which systems do you use /mac/windows/Linux?
Most of the time Windows 7 and I have Linux installed as well, not using it as often as I’d like to, probably because I’m still playing lots of games for windows.

What skills and technologies are you interested in learning?
I have some poor 3D modeling skills and wouldn’t mind learning more about 3D sculpting but otherwise I’m pretty happy with 2D painting. I find it hard to show different art styles with 3D graphics so I just stick to flat canvases.
On the other note: I really like traditional art but personally don’t want to make any because I just dislike the idea of getting so many new tools and instruments, paint and whatnot, in digital art you just need a computer. I still sketch a lot with pencils though….

What are programs and tools you use? What’s tablet you use in painting? Why?
At the moment, I’m using Photoshop CS5 and Intuos4 graphic tablet. The program itself is actually not that important, I’m sure in Gimp (which is free to download) you can paint pretty much the same things as in Photoshop, the tablet, however, is necessary. I was using a mouse for a long time before I actually bought a tablet and I can tell it’s a completely different process of creation. For one thing, painting with a mouse is slow, so if anyone who is half-way interested in making art I would recommend to buy a tablet for that. As to why I’m using the Intros series, it’s simply because it’s the first tablet I had and I didn’t want to change to a different model later on. I also keep hearing that most of the professionals use it too.

What’s your favorite design for you? How long time did you spend in design? Shortly, explain the steps of design?
Well, if I had to pick a favorite from my own gallery I’d say it’s “No Sunlight Future”. It took me about 10 hours to finish, which is a very long time for an illustration like this. I started with a simple rough line art sketch, then blocked out the silhouettes for the different elements I was gonna paint (everything was still in gray-scale at this point), then i started adding color (wasn’t very difficult because the image is mostly monotone). Afterwards, i just started adding details to the different areas like the fish, seaweed, corals, etc. With some highlights in the background and a little more details it was basically done.

From your work we notice that you interested in universe and lighting in your painting. Where from you inspired your ideas? What are the sites you follow it daily?
I think I just like the abstract shapes that you can find in space and in the elements – fire, water, air. I pretty much like everything that isn’t man-made and has a natural feel to it.
Except for Deviant Art I don’t visit many art sites on a regular basis, maybe some art blogs but the artists there usually have deviant Art accounts as well.

What do you decide that you become a painter? Is it your study field? What’s your advice for beginners?
Not at all. My studies are totally unrelated to art and most people around me don’t even know that’s I’m an artist. I guess it all began as a hobby; I just wanted to express myself in a way, nothing more.
The only advice I can give for beginners is to remove all distractions and concentrate on art.

Is your creative dependence on your mood? Which times are you prefer to work (day/night)?
Yes, I’m very moody sometimes and it always influences my art in some way, usually i try not to be affected by any emotions when I’m working, it might be for the worst.
And, absolutely, at night. Nights are very attractive to me, less noise, less distractions.

Everyone have a purpose to achieve it by his work. What the purpose from your work?
For now I consider all my work simple practice. My ultimate goal is to become better and better until I’m able to paint anything I desire in any shape or form or style that would be my meaning of life I suppose.

What things you do to turn off your mind away work? What are your hobbies?
Well, as I mentioned I play computer games from time to time. Watch movies; go out once in a while. The usual. Art still remains my favorite hobby.

Fly with me
Imagine that the world became one union country and offer to you to create a logo for country’s flag. What’s to be your idea?
Oh that’s a tough one. I’d say something with a sphere, maybe symbolizing the planet as a whole or something like that.

What’s your personal quote?
“Today I’m smarter than I was yesterday.”

Finally, we thank you Mr.Chris Cold for giving desigg.com a part of your time , we hope all success in your work and life.
Best regards for you from Desigg teamwork

To follow Chris Cold visit his site and his gallery

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