Give us a brief introduction of yourself.
My name is Mr Kobo and I’m a visual artist, based in North Wales, in the UK.
When did you start designing?
I’ve been drawing from as far back as I can remember, and art has always been a passion of mine. As a young child I was always drawing and making things and I particularly loved to draw my favourite characters from various comics, cartoons and video games!
I’d say my current style started to take shape around 6 years ago, where my inspirations and experiences began to culminate into a more recognisable form.
Tell us more about your style.
It can be difficult describing my own style, and sometimes find that other people who like my work are much better at putting it into words! With art being so subjective, different people see different things.
I like to experiment with different mediums and materials, so my artistic process can vary from time to time. But I mainly use pen & ink to achieve smooth and fine grayscale works, and spray paint for my bolder and brighter pieces. One of my favourite ways of drawing though has to be good old fashioned pencil and paper.
I tend to include meaning and symbolism throughout my work and often base a piece around a central character.
I’m heavily inspired by the cultures and communities I experience whenever I go somewhere and take inspiration from the spirituality, myths, legends & folklore encountered during these times. I’m also influenced by a range of art forms including the Graphic Arts, Graffiti & Street Art as well as art movements such as Pop Surrealism, Art Nouveau & Visionary Art, with my work treading the borders between fine art & illustration as a result of this.
All of these elements along with the experiences of life, have fused to create what can be defined as my style. I feel that as I develop and grow as a person, my art develops and evolves alongside it.
Any exciting projects lined up?
try to keep myself drawing and illustrating as often as possible and find it important to keep that momentum going for my creative process. So more often than not I always have a few projects on the go.
I’m currently focusing on a series of new works inspired by my recent travels throughout Central America, where I found all the ancient culture and tales of supernatural deities truly fascinating. The vibrant colours & traditional folk art also left a lasting impression.
With summer approaching, I’m looking forward to focusing more on larger scale art work & murals with my crew, which we work on at numerous festivals and events. This is always a fun time of the year.
Also lined up for this year is the latest instalment of a project called ‘Collaberation Nation’, which I help to organise as well as take part in. It’s a very exciting project that brings together artists from all backgrounds and from all over the world to create collaborative works of art!
(more details can be found here: http://www.collabinternational.com/)
Tell us some random fun facts about yourself.
I am of both Persian and Celtic descent, being half Welsh and half Iranian.
As touched upon, I am a keen traveller having explored over 40 countries, with the hope of visiting many more in the coming years.
When I’m not travelling I live in a little wooden cabin in the welsh woodlands, nearby the mountains of Snowdonia, surrounded by nature and wildlife.
I have a background in computer visualisation, having graduated from the NCCA (National Centre for Computer Animation).
I’m a keen footballer and once played for: Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.FC…!
I love Stickers!]
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