Kalon Cheong aka “Dusphite” is a software engineer living in Washington. He paints and draws purely for fun in his spare time. He believes art should be enjoyable, and should be more about the experience than the outcome.
In this episode, Kalon discusses:
-What his average day looks like and when he is able to get to his art, having a full-time job.
-How he picked up drawing back in elementary school, drawing “TV show stuff.”
-The differences between drawing from a source and drawing from imagination.
-How copying the styles of your favorite artists can help you to understand the methods of what makes their art great.
-How he took a great deal of time off in his college years.
-His great surprise when he found out that other people shared art on Instagram and other social media platforms.
-The different types of art that he does, depending on the mood that he is in.
-Some of the creative hurdles that artists, musicians, and other creative people have to face.
-How he keeps a “secret sketchbook,” to take some of the pressure off of himself while he draws.
-The danger that comes from comparing yourself too much with other great artists (Hint: Don’t hold your sketchbook up next to great artist’s work).
-How sometimes you need to take an “art fast.”
-How creativity comes in waves, and to try to hold on as long as you can when it strikes you.
-How your artistic eye can “level up,” which is a good thing, but inevitably means that you will think your older art isn’t as good.
-How in Computer Science, there is just one solution, but in art, there isn’t one correct way to do things.
Kalon’s Final Push will inspire you to just keep creating!
“When it comes to digital painting, I kind of just slab on paint until it looks right.”
“With art, there’s a lot of little hurdles that we have to face. There’s always these random creative blocks that we get.”
“I keep a secret sketchbook. I say, ‘I’m not going to share anything in this sketchbook. This is only for me.'”
“We’re individuals. So we can all have different voices.”
“We all start somewhere. The important thing is that you keep going.”
“It gives me a voice. I can share my thoughts in a visual way. And I think that’s the most appealing thing in art.”