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Interview with Jessica Jimerson – Comic book artist, Game designer, Published author and Digital painter from the USA

Jessica Jimerson

Jessica Jimerson is an artist from the USA specializing in comic book art, game design, books, and digital paintings. Inspired by her mother and grandmother to purse art, she decided to combine her love for gaming and art to pursue digital art in the form of comic books, game design, books and digital paintings. You can read more about Jessica on wikipedia, view Jessica’s work and contact her through her portfolio on Deviant Art, her website, and twitter.

ExtraImaginary: Please give us a background of yourself and your journey with art.

Jessica Jimerson: Jessica Jimerson - Lara Croft (comic color work only)Well I grew up in a fantastic art culture, thanks to my mother (Annette Jimerson), and late grandmother (Jessie Jimerson-Philips). Both amazing fine artist who have been around the country in galleries and shows, with their work. So I knew from a very young age I wanted to be an artist too. I’d go around drawing character designs, and dragons all the time, but as I got older (around the age of twelve) I realized I wanted to take that and combine it with my love of gaming, in becoming a game designer. Another major fuel factor at the time, was so that I could bring respectable female characters to the gaming scene, because even a child of twelve could see the differences in how the female characters were dressed, compared to their male counter parts. Or their repeat roles as helpless damsels in distress.

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Interview with Clinton Kirkpatrick – Artist from Northern Ireland

Clinton KirkpatrickClinton Kirkpatrick is an artist from Northern Ireland. He is currently in Kenya preparing for his exhibit “Where he ran, and returned to.” at the Nairobi Museum from May 3rd to 31st, 2014. You can find out more about Clinton through his website or his facebook page.

ExtraImaginary: Please give us a background of yourself and your journey with art.

Clinton Kirkpatrick: Hello! Well my name is Clinton Kirkpatrick and I am 29 years old, I am 6 feet 4 inches tall, I have dark hair, I am from Northern Ireland, I am a painter and a woodcut printmaker. My journey with art has brought me, now, to Kenya but let me take you back a little further first of all. I left school when I was 16 to pursue art full time. Art and music is where I knew my heart lay so I had to choose one to study. I am glad I went with art in the end as the journey has been quite incredible.

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Interview with John Hansen – Artist in the USA

John HansenJohn Hansen is an artist from the United States of America. He is a self taught digital artist. His art is mostly abstract, although he also does landscapes. You can connect with John on Facebook, or you can visit his website to learn more about him and to purchase his art.

View John’s art portfolio. You can also view his art after the interview below.

ExtraImaginary: Please give us a background of yourself and your art.

John: I have always had the ability to do better than average art, never was commended for my efforts though. I took a couple of art classes, but I never could please the instructor. I was always trying to find my own comfort zone, rather than please the teacher. I got married and did not try any art for 35 years. I got a windows 98 computer with 815 megabyte hard drive in 2004, the hard drive was too tiny for any kind of large programs, but I did start using windows paint. That got my creative juices flowing. I then got a HP Presario with 30 gigabytes, downloaded Twisted Brush, ArtRage, and Dogwaffle I started using them, without looking for instructions, just experimenting with all the tools, filters, alphas, and whatever else there is there and started getting ah ha’s. 5,000 digital art pieces (FILES), amounting to 6 years later, I am totally in love with art. I do art because I am compelled to do so. Not because people give me accolades or money … I do art because my cells, all of them … tell me … DO ART! My art is basically abstract, I can do very good landscapes, still life, and so forth but I have a strong tendency towards abstract art. I have learned through the use of all programs and file system use, to create interesting compositions.

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Interview with Evi Apostolou – Artist from Patras, Greece

Evi ApostolouEvi Apostolou is an artist from Greece. Her recent art is about the consequences of technology, biotechnology and biosciences in our everyday reality. Evi has studied both theology and art and is currently a theology teacher.

You can connect with Evi on Facebook or you can visit her website to find out more about her and to purchase her art.

View Evi Apostolou’s art portfolio. You can also view her artwork after the interview below.

Extraimaginary: We have Evi Apostolou here with us today. Evi, please tell us a little bit about yourself and your art.

Evi Apostolou: Well, I have studied theology in the University of Athens. This is about religions. Then I studied art in Athens School of Fine Arts. My interest in art came very early when I was a child. I have been always painting all my life and I love every kind of art and especially visual art.

My recent artwork ‘Boundaries at the age of surreal’ (2009) was made for my university diploma. It is about the radical consequences of technology, biotechnology and biosciences in our everyday reality.

14-xenotransplantation-digital-110x140cmAll artworks are based on real facts, such as transplantation from animals, like pigs, to humans, the misuse of animals in order to find therapies for human diseases or for the science to go further, the very fast growing field of nanotechnology, the bionic brain (a brain with an artificial hippocampus) and the total artificial heart, which is going to be used by humans in the future.

At the same time all artworks are an open door to the imagination, real and surreal can be easily confused. I found very interesting to combine art with all this scientific knowledge I had after my two years research about these issues. I also believe that art can be a very strong communication tool, and I wanted to share everything I already knew with people. Something very important I have to say now about the unit ‘Boundaries’ is that I have tried a lot to represent everything in such a way so I would not cause very strong emotional reactions, because the purpose of this work is to represent the reality as it is, not to confuse, but to stimulate people for a clear thinking.

Apart from this unit, my artwork at the moment is painting, digital art and a combination of computer produced images, photographs with painting. I am mostly inspired from biology, exploring the interaction and coexistence of spirit and matter, as well as of the natural and the artificial world. I find very interesting to combine biological, organic with technological, inorganic elements. I also want to express a particular state of mind and soul. Human body, both internal and external, and every living matter could be transformed into images of a flowing energy, and, even though a still life could be seen as something breathing and alive. Everything in my art is living, can be connected, everything is like an organism, or a part of a bigger organism.

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