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I first stumbled across oOKeitaOo’s art while browsing deviantart.com. He is one of thousands of artists that use this site as a community to view other artists’ work and promote their own. oOKeitaOo graciously agreed to do an interview, so I could show others the workings of the individual behind the art.
oOKeitaOo is a student in Russia finishing up his last year of high school and has been drawing ever since he could hold a pencil. When he was in his early teens, he was exposed to an anime show by one of his friends called ‘Naruto’. It inspired him to draw anime characters, and he eventually moved to digital drawing, which he has been working on for the past two to three years. It is hard to imagine that he went from just sketching in his notebooks to such detailed linearts, which are the works of which he is most proud.
In the dialogue that follows, ‘Toonari Post’ will be abbrevieated TP, and oOKeitaOo will be K.
TP: I see that you do a lot of linearts and allow others to color them and trace your images as long as they credit you. Have you ever had to deal with a situation where someone else took credit for your work? If so, what did you do to resolve it? How did this art theft make you feel?
K: It has never happened with me, but if it ever did happen, I wouldn’t do anything. If a person stole my art and said it was his, he would never learn to draw well on his own, so I would have less competition.
TP: What is your favorite subject to draw and why?
K: I think it would be clothes or something that has lots of details.
TP: When you first started, did you ever hit any bumps in your art process? How did you overcome them?
K: This has often happened to me. Usually, I just save it or set it aside. I don’t ever throw it out because, one day, these works may help me. I just correct it, and it will become good art.
TP: Why did you decide to join deviantart? What is it like to be able to be part of a community that allows you to share your artwork with artists from all over the globe?
K: I joined deviantart because I wanted to show what I can do and see what other people think about it. Its amazing to be a part of this type of community because I can see what foreign artists think about my art and have them critique it.
TP: What are your goals in life? Do you plan to continue art as a hobby, or make it a career?
K: I’m going to become an advertising designer. I hope to go to the University of Technology and Design of Saint Petersburg (in Russia).
If you would like to check out any of oOKeitaOo’s artwork, go to his deviantart page.
Image Courtesy of http://ookeitaoo.deviantart.com/