The Artists

Andrew Kahn

December 27th, 2013

Design • Riverside, CA, USA •

“I have a dog, a cat, and a turtle.”

Unraveled Artist Interview:

Q: What is your design philosophy?
A: My philosophy when it comes to design centers around the importance of storytelling. The significance of art is to make us feel things, and if you can make us feel something and tell a story, all the better.

Q: What aesthetic or visual ideas affect you the most?
A: I love to create or look at a piece and imagine my own story behind what is happening and where the subjects are going or what they are doing. Everyone can have a different story and I think that’s really interesting.

Q: How do you understand the interface between sound and visual?
A: I feel sound will often set the tone for what is happening. Like a soundtrack to a movie or blasting AC/DC when you’re pumped. My goal is to take those sounds and put a face to it. Make a picture that can match the emotions the music connotes.

Q: Briefly explain your creative process.
A: I begin by finding something I want to do. It is important to have an interest in your work. Is a piece truly ever done haha? Even if we are as comfortable as we can be with what we have done, us art folks will always find something we want to fix. But I guess when you no longer want to fix EVERYTHING, then you know you’re getting there.

Q: Do you believe in the process more than result or result more than process? Why?
A: I’m definitely more of a process type. Building an idea behind the work and then executing it for maximum effect is what us artists love doing. If the public doesn’t understand the significance of paint splashes on canvas, or a large red square and nothing else, if that is the artist’s vision, I guarantee they can explain their meaning.

Q: Why do you value being part of an independent artist community?
A: Why, the independence of course! We are free to experiment and create and bounce ideas off each other without fear of what the boss thinks or if this is going to make millions. It puts creativity first and profit second.

Q: What is the range of methods, materials and styles you are most comfortable working with?
A: I am a computer guy. I’ve grown really fond of creating in Illustrator and then exporting to Photoshop for fine tuning. Being color blind, I tend to stay away from painting or mixing colors by hand. With all that said though, I am no stranger to pulling out the pencil and eraser and going to town on some sketches.

Q: Please tell us how people can further support you and your work.
A: I don’t have much set up professionally yet. I’m new to the big bad world of art and still getting my bearings. But I am on Facebook, you can find me on Twitter, or on Instagram. All of my work will be posted on one, if not all of those.

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