As part of Traditional Art History Month I will be interviewing some of the Traditional Art Community, including your lovely TradART Community Volunteers
Today it's the surreal `SRaffa, your Community Volunteer for Traditional Art
Hi `SRaffa, tell us a little about yourself and your style of Art.
I grew up loving comic books and album covers, and that's the art that's had the biggest influence on me. I went to art school, and pursued work as an illustrator as soon as I graduated; I didn't start doing personal work for myself until eight years after I graduated, and I'm still doing that. My style of art is largely about trying to visualize psychological and spiritual states in a way that makes them emotionally compelling.
What is it that attracts you to Traditional Art?
I work digitally in my job as a graphic designer-- it's not a full time job anymore, but I still freelance. At the end of a day of digital art, traditional art means even more to me than it did when I was a child-- it's just the physical connection to both the tools of the trade and the physical connection to the finished piece that really sets it apart from digital stuff, for me-- there's something very satisfying and personal about the tactile nature and physicality of traditional art.
How much do you think that the roots and origins of Art affect what we create today?
Well, I think it would be hard to escape the impact that Da Vinci's and Michelangelo's imagery have had on any sighted human being's visual sense-- their vision really has permeated the human experience ever since they walked the earth. Likewise Van Gogh, Goya, Salvador Dali.
What do you think is the most iconic painting of all time?
Bound to be the Mona Lisa. For my generation though, it might be Barry Godber's cover art for King Crimson's "In the Court of the Crimson King" album. [link]
Are you a member of any dA Traditional Art Groups? If so, which?
I used to be in several of those groups, but the sheer amount of art that I ended up looking at by the end of the day was just paralyzing-- I'm currently watching too many artists as it is; Groups just aint a practical way for me to go about the deviantART experience, if I'm going to have anything else I'm involved with in this life.
Did you study Art at School / College / Uni? Or in your own time?
I've been painting and drawing since I was a kid; I went to the Art Institute of Colorado, and just loved that experience. Mostly for the chance to meet other artists-- people who are as enthusiastic about this stuff as I am.
Which is your favourite Traditional Art piece on dA?
God, hundreds of pieces! But I am full-time obsessed with *Sleetwealth's Leacothea sculpture and have been since the first moment I saw it.
Who are your favourite Traditional Artists of all time?
Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci, Abdul Mati Klarwein, Robert Crumb, Art Spiegelman, Moebius, Neal Adams, John Byrne, William-Adolphe Bouguereau, Remedios Varo, George Tooker, and Michael Parkes
Which Artist(s) have inspired your Art?
All of the ones I just mentioned, and, doubtless, many more.
Thank you `SRaffa!
Check out the #ArtHistoryProject for more about Traditional Art this month and be ready for the other galleries over the next year!