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Kenshjn Park is a 20-year-old artist from Vietnam with an eye for detail. Although he likes to experiment with shading, his linearts are exquisite; take a look at his gallery to see for yourself. Even though Kenshjn’s first language is not English he tried his best to relate his life to me and below are the results.
Toonari Post (TP): How and when did you first start practicing your art (are you traditionally trained or self-taught)?
Kenshjn Park (KP): I’ve liked drawing since I was a child. Watching anime and reading manga and comics allowed me to focus more on my skills because I just love drawing my favorite characters as well as creating some of my own.
TP: What mediums do you use for your artwork?
KP: I usually do my artwork with pencil and pen. First I do a lineart with pen, and then do the shading with pencil. I also started practicing digital color recently, however, I have a lot more to learn.
TP: What piece of your work is your favorite and why? Which one are you most proud of?
KP: My favorite artwork is “DOTA Allstar – Stand of the Heroines“. DOTA Allstar is my favorite game and I love all the heroines in it. They’re so beautiful and have amazing skill with various elements. But the artwork that makes me proud is “The Fairy Sisters.” I’m happy to know that many people love it, and since it got a Daily Deviation on DeviantART, more and more people know about my art. So I am really proud of it because at first I didn’t think it was outstanding compared to my other artworks.
TP: When you first started did you ever hit any bumps in your art process. What were they and how did you overcome them?
KP: I don’t really have any trouble creating my pieces. The inspiration comes and I draw. The only times I find that I have trouble is when it comes to commissions because the inspiration and ideas is not my own, but that of those who want me to make the artwork. If I run into any difficulties I usually surf the internet looking for images that I feel are similar to what the commissioner is asking for. This helps me to get even more ideas for their artwork requests.
TP: Who or what are your inspirations and why?
KP: DOTA Allstar is my first inspiration because I love the heroes and their background stories. That’s why most of my beginning artworks are about DOTA.
TP: 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?
KP: I haven’t had to think about it yet because my art is not as incredible as other digital artworks are. And if some one likes it and uses it I would be kind of happy because it would mean that some people love my art enough to claim it as their own. But if my art improves, I will only upload a small image and add a watermark if necessary, like other artists do.
TP: What is your favorite subject to draw and why?
KP: Game concept, fantasy creatures and character in a variety emotional faces and poses. I love fantasy games and the fantasy world.
TP: If there was any art medium that you wish you could master, what would it be and why?
KP: I would love to master digital color because I think digital artworks are so incredible and game concepts are usually drawn with digital color.
TP: Outside of art what is your life like?
KP: I’m a lazy boy, bored of school and like to travel in my own fantasy world. I would make a story of my own imagination if I had the time.
TP: What are your goals in life? Do you plan to continue art as a hobby or make it a career?
KP: I’d love to be a game artist. Right now I can make money from my art and there’s no reason that you wouldn’t like to take a job that’s also your hobby.
TP: Do you feel that your culture has influenced you in some way that makes you different than other artists?
I’m kind of affected by the Japanese manga, although I am Vietnamese, but most of the books that Vietnamese read are manga, you know.