While researching artists on Twitter, I came across Richard Davies. Richard is a freelance digital artist as well as a designer. I was intrigued, so I asked him if he was interested in being interviewed for our magazine and well, he said yes.
How did you get into digital art?
I originally came from a more traditional background in painting and drawing but after leaving art college, I leant more towards and graphic design. Through being a graphic designer, I developed my computers skills to a pretty high level and started experimenting with Photoshop and Illustrator. I combined these skills with my passion for drawing and painting and just took it from there.
Why did you want to become a digital artist?
I'm not sure that I set out to be a digital artist. It was something that developed over the years. When I started experimenting with Photoshop, I wasn't sure where things would lead to, which was something I enjoyed the most about it. I was a secret illustrator I guess that discovered you could combine these skills with technology and create amazing unique art. Now digital art is so commonplace and you can make a living from being a digital artist which back in the early experimental days was something you could only dream about.
What is it about art that you love?
One of the reasons that I love about art is the ability to express yourself creatively. Sometimes you end up working in a day job that doesn't necessarily fulfill you creatively, so being able to go home and just create something personal is an amazing feeling. It doesn't cost anything, sometimes you just need a pencil and paper and an imagination and off you go. The process of creating art can also whisk you away to somewhere you feel comfortable and leave the stresses of modern life to one side for a short time. This therapeutic side of art can be extremely important.
What does art mean to you?
I think art means different things for different people. For me, as I'm quite an introverted and quiet person, creating a piece of artwork is a means of expressing myself and I see it as the equivalent of standing on a rooftop and shouting! It's a way of communicating in a way that you sometimes can't with words. Also, it's a means of creating something personal that only you could do producing a totally unique end result.
How did you become so passionate about art and why?
Since I was a child, I've always loved to draw. I think my dad was a pretty good artist, but he opted to keep it discreet, I'm not sure why. So I've always been encouraged by my family to do something that I was good at and make a living from it. I've also seen friends and family who were talented artistically but never made the most of it which is such a shame really. I truly believe if you are good at something then you should develop this talent and make the absolute most of it. I try to encourage other people in this way to make the most of their skills and it's something I try to push myself every day in my work.