Exclusive Interview to :



Will Kramer



Interview by Alejandro Suarez


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Welcome to Digital Artworks Will , it is an honour to have you with us.

 

Will My pleasure; thank you very much for the invitation.

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Tell us a little about yourself , where are you from? , do you make a living with your Artwork? Do you have family?

 

Will I live in Utah, US, but am not from here. It’s the job thing. You want to work, you go where the work is. I’m originally from Virginia, but travelled quite a bit as my father was in the Navy. It was a great life growing up.  I do not yet make my living from art. I have a pretty good day job as an air traffic controller, and with only 8 years to retirement, I’m unlikely to quit. I have received enough work from my art to be excited about retiring from ATC at the earliest opportunity.  I’ve been married for 19 years and have two children; a girl 18, and a boy, 14.

 

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What kind of  hardware and software do you use to create such a great images?

 

Will

First, thanks for the compliment. For hardware, I depend on an Athlon XP 1800 with 1gb of ddr ram, geforce 3 ti200. And the best 19” monitor I could find. It was expensive, but when it’s what you look at all the time, I wanted the best colors and fastest refresh rate I could find. For me, it was the Viewsonic p95f.

Like most digital artists, I’ve tried just about every 3d and 2d art program out there, but have settled down to using four- Poser, Bryce, Painter and Photoshop. One of these days, when I get more comfortable with drawing the figure, I’ll drop Poser and Bryce. I still have Truespace on my computer, I haven’t used it in so long, Windows XP reminded me there was an unused shortcut on my desktop. Yeah, thanks Bill. Oh, and Bill? Since you’re bound to find out sometime, I use two-ply

 

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Where or how ,do you find the inspiration for your images?

 

Will Everywhere. Things that pop in my head. Color. Motion. It may sound trite, but life is incredible… even sitting on my back porch I look at the grass and wonder how many shades of green there are… and not just grees, but yellows and browns and blues. The human figure is amazing; skin color is so dependent on the surrounding light. It’s red one time, blue the next. I look at the work of painters I admire. Why did they choose these colors? Why this point of view? Why this composition?  Like anyone else, you look at enough great images and think “I suck”. But I try to turn that around and instead think “there’s always more to learn”. I remind myself that no one else can see things the way I see them. We all have our unique view to give. I think that thought alone is inspiring. 

 

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Who is your favorite artist ?

 

Will Oh, you can’t expect me to answer with just one, can you?  All my favorite artists are painters (except Rodin- unbelievable sculpture); some from the 19th century, like William Bougereau and John William Godward. Then Maxfield Parrish. Some more recent painters like Frank Frazetta and Jeffrey Jones. Ok, I’ll pick one. Frank Frazetta. Sure, Boris is good. Royo is good. So are countless other fantasy artists. And most might always be better than me. But there’s only one Frazetta. Just about anyone could paint a lion; but when you see Frazetta’s lion, you feel it ready to pounce… see the muscles bulge and know that something is about to happen. You feel gravity. Not to mention he paints the most womanly women in art. Just my opinion, of course. A ton of people can paint; he is da MAN.

 

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Do you think that  he/she,  some how have a little influence in your artwork ?

 

Will Without a doubt. I think I have my own ways of seeing things; my own way of interpreting a scene. We all do. But I have been highly influenced by the colors of Parrish, the drama of Frazetta, the mood of Jones, the clothwork painting of Bougereau, the marbles of Alma-Tadema. Every artist has been inspired by those they admire. You look at all the different ways of doing things, find which ones ring true with yourself, and then develop your own style. And style is not something you “try” to do. It just happens. You paint enough pictures, and it just happens.

 

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Im sure many artist are familiar with the work and your site , Did you build the site ?

 

Will Yes. I’m not a rocket scientist when it comes to html, and I’m not crazy about web work. I’d much rather be painting. Rollover buttons are about as technical as I get. With my site, I just went for simplicity. People come to see the art, and I don’t want to get in their way. Show ‘em where it is, and let ‘em get there without pop-ups, flashing lights and weird fonts. I see way too many sites that are like “see what I can do” sites. If you’re a designer, that’s ok. But don’t make me move my mouse around waiting for it to turn into a hand to figure out the links. Sorry, easy question turned into a rant :)

 

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What do you expect for the future  as a digital artist ?

 

Will Tough question. I think the real question will be “what is art?” Because the line between  renders, photo-manipulation, and painting is getting blurred. Nothing you see printed is real. It’s all been enhanced digitally. Is that art?  I really love painting on the computer. But I also admire traditional artists, because in the end, they can still point to their brushes, oils, and canvas and say “I did it with those”. Real, tangible things. They have the dirt on their hands to prove it. Everyone should have a chunk of charcoal they can smudge around to remember the feeling of getting their hands into it. Create some art that requires soap for cleanup.

 

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Which one is your favorite image ?

 

Will I’ve heard some artists say “I don’t have one” or “all of them” or “my last one”. For me, most of the time,  it’s probably the one I’m working on. Today, it’s the last one I did called “At the End of the Day”. It’s all a question of “in which picture did I succeed the best in getting the picture in my head down to the sceen?”  I have two like that: “La Mer de la Naissance” and “Standing Tall”. Just two of my images that I don’t automatically think of something that needs to be fixed.

 

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One last question Will, do you think that you have achieved what you want to say in your images ?

 

Will Not yet. If I had achieved it, I wouldn’t necessarily quit, but I’d find another way to express things, like sculpture. With 2d art, there’s always an infinite number of ways to show a scene, to light it… so many ways to express feelings using point of view, form, and color. People have been painting figures for a hundred thousand years, and there’s no one image that you can point to and say, “that’s it, there’s no more to say.” Art is so cool… take twenty painters, have them do the same scene, and you get twenty different interpretations. The viewer will take different feelings from each one. We all have the ability to push or attract the viewer’s eyes in so many ways. How are you going to do it? Therein lies the fun. 

It’s all about the intangible things that an image can carry. Not just the lighting or color, but the feelings those things create in the viewer. For instance, we’ve all seen images of a woman walking along a beach. But what if you could do it in a way that made the viewer smell the sea breeze and feel their feet get damp? Now that would be something to strive for as an artist, wouldn’t it? Maybe I’m out there, but I think we have that power. I’ve seen images that do that to me, and that’s when I know I’ve seen a successful piece of art.

 

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Thank you very much for granting us this interview.

 

Will It’s been fun. Sorry for any ranting I might have put you through. Like a lot of people, it’s a passion. Get going, can’t stop, that kind of thing.  Can’t dance, might as well paint.

 


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