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Enter the VOYD: an interview with V

Journal Entry: Sat Sep 8, 2012, 4:45 PM
Helloooooo all! :iconbadassplz: I'm back again, after the last couple hellish days. :faint: But now I'm taking the time to post a new Feature Interview for ya all to enjoy :D

Last time we had an in-depth look at the stunning works of the awesome artist DAN MITCHELL :icondeathmetaldan: If ya missed it, you can catch it right here: diamoneyes.deviantart.com/jour…

Today I have the honor of interviewing an artist who I consider to be on the top 5 artists here on DeviantART. :icongritoplz: Down-to-Earth, supportive, and downright SEXY as HELL!!! Of course I'm talkin about "V" :iconvoydkessler:

Time Flies by VoydKesslerSnow Villiers by VoydKesslerMerry Christmas Baby by VoydKesslerStark's Proof by VoydKesslerBeauty and the Beast by VoydKesslerThe Posterboy of Nymphos by VoydKessler

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So without further ado, let's get this on road!!!

:icondiamoneyes::iconsaysplz:  Glad to have you here! Please give our readers a small background of yourself.

:iconvoydkessler::iconsaysplz:My name is V and I'm from the windy city of Chicago, IL., and trust me it really is windy most of the time.   I live with my amazing and inspirational wife :iconliamjohansen:, who for the most part is my source of strength and everything amazing.  She is the Watson to my Holmes as it were. LOL  I currently am just taking a focus on my digital art for a job, but I also tattoo on the side.  

Hawkeye by VoydKesslerDown But Never Out by VoydKessler

:icondiamoneyes::iconsaysplz:  Intriguing! Please tell us a little about about what you do. :woohoo:

:iconvoydkessler::iconsaysplz:  Well, I'm a digital painter for the most part, though I do sketch with my Prisma pencils and Copic markers here and there, but its mostly at conventions where I do this.  As for the digital aspect I use a Wacom Intuos 4 medium tablet and Photoshop CS5 as well as Painter X.  I use one or the other depending on effects or styles I want though I gotta admit I use Painter way less.  Its not that I don't like it, its that I suck at finding my way around it. XD  I had to teach myself Photoshop and after 6 years I'm still finding new things I didn't know it did.  Sad right!?

Why Hello There by VoydKesslerRumur by VoydKessler

:icondiamoneyes::iconsaysplz:  :laughing: Not sad at all! I've using that program for years and STILL find out new stuff nearly each time I use it :D When was it that you discovered your artistic abilities?

:iconvoydkessler::iconsaysplz:My mom was the one to actually figure out I had some artistic chaos in my head. :XD: I was ALWAYS doodling and sketching from the time I could hold a pencil until now.  Since I'm adopted I have no idea where my creative juices came from but I credit my dad with that one.  He was always drawing with me and watercoloring for me when I was little.  I still have a watercolor painting he did for me when I was 8!  Its a few tulips and a bee.  It's my favorite piece of art. :love:

Luca by VoydKesslerJimmy Art Trade by VoydKessler

:icondiamoneyes::iconsaysplz:  WOW! :D You know I watch your live-streams VERY often :woohoo: [GREAT music, btw :headbang:] What's your process like when you go in to create a piece?

:iconvoydkessler::iconsaysplz:  I LOVE to Live Stream though lately I have been failing at actually getting the time to do one. :ashamed:  I suppose I think of the pose first for the character or characters I want to draw.  I use a light blue color to roughly make a diagram of what I want the piece to look like.  Then I go over that in a new layer with a darker blue then more layers up to a charcol black to put in details.  Then the fun part happens.  I get to decide on gray scale or color.  Thats actually fun for me as weird as it sounds.  I love both! :love:

Suspension by VoydKesslerSnake Charmer by VoydKessler

:icondiamoneyes::iconsaysplz:  :D Aside from making art, what is another hobby that you feel truly passionate about?

:iconvoydkessler::iconsaysplz:  Besides drawing I love to make jewelry. I was inspired by 2 things. Drawing Voyd and painting all of his chunky gothic rosaries, and the necklaces my friend Lukas Rossi wears onstage and off. I make them now using crystal and glass beads and have shipped them all over the world in painted wooden coffins. Yes coffins. :XD: Those are a hell of alot of fun to paint. What better to ship them in!

Superhusbands Necklace by VoydKesslerOne Last Thing by VoydKessler

:icondiamoneyes::iconsaysplz:  CRAZY!!! :iconepicsmileplz: That's so cool! Getting into specific works of yours, I'd like to start with "SCAR". WOW! I totally called it too when I saw that image I was like "That's a human Scar from the Lion King!" Please tell us a bit about how you came about making this one.

:iconvoydkessler::iconsaysplz:  Scar was a totally random thing that popped from my head.  I was talking to my wife about humanizing animated animal characters and what they would look like.  I instantly said Scar because he was my favorite cartoon character from the moment I saw the Lion King on the big screen.  He was SUPER fun to paint and in my head the entire time was Jeremy Iron's voice.  I really tried to bring focus to his eyes and hair, trying to keep him lion like even with human features.  I want to do more of these sometime.

Scar by VoydKessler

:icondiamoneyes::iconsaysplz:  You totally should :iconyesyesyesplz: "Biomech Medusa" is a very original take on the legendary character. :jawdrop::wow::faint::ambulance::tombstone: This looks like something I'd expect to see in "Heavy Metal Magazine" (one of my favorite magazines ever)! It kinda has this H.R. Giger-vibe, while still being completely your own style. How did you come up with this idea?

:iconvoydkessler::iconsaysplz:  That piece popped up from a random sketch I was originally going to scrap while I was at the tattoo shop.  I just hated the original and really had no inspiration to do more to it until I started to look through a random Giger book and my brain went into ALSKDFJLSKJDJSDHF mode.  I had never painted anything bio-mechesque before so the challenge was really good for me.  I worked on it super zoomed in for detail and it took me almost 30 hours to complete from start to finish.  It was worth it though as this was a contest piece for Anime Central 2012 in which I won best in show digital for it :party:

BioMech Medusa by VoydKessler

:icondiamoneyes::iconsaysplz:  CONGRATULATIONS for that! Gotz to LUVZ H.R. Giger! :nod: In addition to your incredible fan art, you also have a HUGE assortment of original characters. I must say this right now. If the word "SEX" was personified, VOYD would be the face of it!! :D Give our readers a small background on who Voyd is, and how he's come to be your signature character.

:iconvoydkessler::iconsaysplz:  Voyd is smirking and arching his brows. :iconcoolsmileplz:  Thanks for getting his ego all riled up. :XD:  Dear Lord.  Well, Voyd was an accident.  Seriously.  It was storming one night while I was drawing and couldn't sleep.  I was doodling really when he just sort of happened.  The next thing I knew I had Voyd and his iguana "Agave."  I'm glad for insomnia sometimes. ;)

Waiting by VoydKesslerVoyd by VoydKesslerHappy Halloween by VoydKesslerHappy Birthday by VoydKessler

:icondiamoneyes::iconsaysplz:  God bless Restless nights! :iconjesuschristplz: :rofl: "Carnival Reject" is a stunner! I. WANT. THAT. HAT!!! What was it that inspired you create this piece?

:iconvoydkessler::iconsaysplz:  I want that hat too!  If you can find someone to make it let me know. :laughing: Seriously though on all of my Voyd pieces I think thats the most seen comment.  I want that hat.  I want them too people!!!  :)  I really like the idea of dark carnival clothing.  Let me be honest though.  I HATE CLOWNS.  There.  They scare me.  Alot. :fear: So no clowns will ever happen, BUT I love designing punkish clothes with that theme.  Carnival Reject was way more popular than I ever imagined so I continued with that theme for a while.  Its still fun.  Man I want to go draw now.....damn you! :XD:

Carnival Reject by VoydKessler

:icondiamoneyes::iconsaysplz: :iconmasterhandplz::iconevilclownplz::iconcrazyhandplz:  "Inked" is just plain and simply beautiful. I love that you gave him a pet here. How did you come up with Voyd having an Iguana as a pet, as opposed to a say a dog or a more traditional domesticated animal?

:iconvoydkessler::iconsaysplz:  Thanks!  Agave (his iguana) was something I thought fit his persona alot.  Voyd is just plain weird. :lmao: He loves macabre things like skulls, voodoo, and stuffed dead things.  He isn't the puppy or kitty type at all.  They are too fluffy for him.  Instead I envisioned him with something colder and since I had an Iguana when I was younger I thought it was perfect.  Agave is like a dog to Voyd however, as she has a harness and he takes her for walks, as well as having a huge myriad of collars for her to choose from.  She loves strawberries.  Thats her vice. :D

Inked by VoydKessler

:icondiamoneyes::iconsaysplz:  "Illusion" was among the first images I ever saw of yours and immediately knew that I was gonna be a HUGE fan of yours. :icondawwwwplz: I have to use this image to bring up an interesting topic. One thing that I LOVE about you is that you enable us to download HUGE-high quality renders of your art. You really can't see just how detailed your work is until you download it. I see a lot of artists who upload only small files of their work. But you give us a REAL treat here. Why do you enable us to just be able to download such high quality version of your art? (this is totally awesome of you too :D)

:iconvoydkessler::iconsaysplz:  I suppose letting people download high res. pictures is an open invitation to art theft, but if it's going to happen it is.  I don't think the world will ever be rid of them.  On alot of my pieces I let people see the higher resolution images because of the time I spent detailing the crap out of things. :nod: Things you might not see if you just glance over the image.  With the high res. the details are big and in your face to look over.  Illusion is a really good example of that.  I spent SOOOOO long on that hat my eyes almost went crossed. :rofl: I had to upload a bigger image so people could see it.  

Illusion by VoydKessler

:icondiamoneyes::iconsaysplz:  That's very kind of you, and I LIKE your pholosophy there too :headbang: I also enable pretty much the full quality for downloading. :nod: I am a sucker Kingdom Hearts-related stuff. And I must point out to our readers how beautiful they are. What is about Kingdom Hearts' characters that drives you to make these fan pieces?

:iconvoydkessler::iconsaysplz:  I got into the fandom REALLY  late.  I don't draw what's popular to gain followers and viewers. :no:  I draw what I'M into at the time.  My wife and I decided one day to pick up the first and second games and found them to be sort of addicting really. :XD: The second with the Organization members was just pure sexy though. :horny: I fell in love with alot of the members but mainly Xaldin and Luxord.  Fan art ensued.  It just happens!  Now my current obsessions are the Avengers and Sherlock Holmes :)

The Nobody's Heartless by VoydKesslerOrg Chibis by VoydKesslerLet's Finish This by VoydKesslerAxel by VoydKessler

:icondiamoneyes::iconsaysplz:  Any chance that we'll be seeing more fan art of anything Square-enix related in the near future? Hint, Hint: "Noctis Lucis Caelum" from Final Fantasy VS XIII. :fingerscrossed:

:iconvoydkessler::iconsaysplz:  I actually have a WIP painting of Noctis that I haven't had a chance to get back to as well as Cauis and a few others.  I love Square. :love:  They inspire SOOOOOO many amazing arts.  I remember playing FF7 when it first came out and falling in love with it.  I've always been a huge fan and meeting Nobuo Uematsu (the composer for most of Final Fantasy's music) was such a cool experience.  He signed my wifes arm in Japanese and I tattooed it on her arm that night.  We are Final Fantasy nerds.  HARD.  Always expect fan art of some kind from me in that department! :D

Venus Gospel by VoydKesslerReno and Rude for Otter by VoydKesslerJecht Shot by VoydKessler

:icondiamoneyes::iconsaysplz:  :iconyay-plz: That's so great! I met Nobuo as well at the Game Developer's Conference in 2005 :party: Inspirational for sure! :D How did you discover DeviantART?

:iconvoydkessler::iconsaysplz:  What do you want!  I don't remember what I did yesterday.  Or.......where am I right now?  Hello?  Anyone?....Just kidding. :XD:  I honestly think a friend told me about it but I don't know. X____X

Steve Rogers - Captain America by VoydKessler

:icondiamoneyes::iconsaysplz: :iconlolgirlplz: Are there any artists here that you particular look out for. Like the artists that you look up to here?

:iconvoydkessler::iconsaysplz:  Holy crap.
:iconandaglas:  BOOOOOMER.  I love not only her art but her personality.  She's crazy, out there, and fun.  I think its her lines and the way she captures eyes and expression.  Always someone I look up to and love. Not to mention I love her sigificant other Boogie and her art as well <3
:iconelephantwendigo: - Audrey is a HUGE inspiration to me in the way she paints and her art always makes me smile.  
:iconjaysino:  Jay is one of the nicest guys I've ever met and he's a great comic book artist, so much so that I got one of his fan arts of Voyd tattooed on me arm.  He inspired me to start drawing traditionally again with inks and for that I can't thank him enough.  

There are SOOO many more but these are a few off the top of my head. :iconhappyblueplz:

Quit Being Creepy by VoydKessler

:icondiamoneyes::iconsaysplz:  :clap: Where would you like to take your art to next?

:iconvoydkessler::iconsaysplz:  I would love to get to the point that I could just do conventions but thats probabally not going to happen. :XD:  Im actually pretty happy just having my own company and doing my own thing.  its rewarding and its not stressful to me.   I would LOVE to do a cover for Marvel.  That would make my life I think :lol:

Tony Stark - Futurist by VoydKessler

:icondiamoneyes::iconsaysplz:  That would be very epic indeed! What is the ultimate message you'd like to have your fans take from your art?

:iconvoydkessler::iconsaysplz:  There are really no hidden easter eggs in my art though my watchers who really know my original characters are amazing.  They point out when I miss a piercing or something on Voyd's hat that I put there for them. :faint: I try to convey a feeling or emotion in all of my art by either color or expression.  I think both, if used properly, are powerful tools in art.

Devil or Angel? by VoydKesslerCooper by VoydKessler

:icondiamoneyes::iconsaysplz:  You have quite a huge following with your art! What kind of advice would you give someone who wants to expand their audience with their art, but are having difficulties in doing so?

:iconvoydkessler::iconsaysplz:  Keep at it. :nod: When I first started posting my art 6 years ago I was painting with a mouse.  It took me years to get into using a tablet and to get to the point I am.  I still have a ways to go but things are looking up :)  Just don't listen to the haters.  The world is full of them unfortunately.  Draw what you want and find inspiration in things like music and nature. :headbang: I can't ever draw without music of some kind.  Also, fav what inspires you and tell the artist why!   You might get a watch out of it! :)

Nikki by VoydKesslerNikki For Mike by VoydKessler

:icondiamoneyes::iconsaysplz:  VERY good advice! :D I hope people try this out. Any last words you'd like to share with us?

:iconvoydkessler::iconsaysplz:  Uh like advice?  Haters Gonna Hate.  Try to surround yourself with positive people even if that means cutting your circle down to a few people.  Its always better to know a few awesome people than a hundred fake ones.  Oh and I love my fans <3  Alot. :iconkissingplz::iconkissmote::love:

Like A Villian by VoydKesslerI'll Protect You by VoydKessler

:icondiamoneyes::iconsaysplz:  Thank you VERY much for your time and I am gonna be continuing to stalk you gallery as much as possible :iconstalkplz: MOAR VOYD!!

:iconvoydkessler::iconsaysplz:  I'm on it!  Promise.  He won't die until I do. Thanks for doing this interview!  You're amazing! <3  

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You Coming? by VoydKessler

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So there you have it!!! Another artist for ya to check out, and i hope ya enjoyed this interview! :woohoo: This is a VERY special one to me :love: Make sure to check out :iconvoydkessler:'s gallery and fave a few things while you're there! Until next time, Seeeeee YA later!!! :sprint:

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whendt Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Student General Artist
Great interview L And great artist!
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DiamonEyes Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
Thankz man!! :iconbadassplz: YOU are the BEST!
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whendt Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Student General Artist
Your welcome:)
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MeFlyingFree Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Wonderful interview hon! :clap: he's a fabulous artist:wow: Very impressive:nod:
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DiamonEyes Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
:worship::iconvoydkessler:
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MeFlyingFree Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
:iconyesyesyesplz: :iconikrplz: I think I fell in love with his character!:horny: :laughing:
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DiamonEyes Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
Yes indeed! :iconhornyplz:
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MeFlyingFree Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
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MeFlyingFree Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
And I could probably make a hat like that:D
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DiamonEyes Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
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