Helloooooo Ninjas!!!! Welcome, once again to this lovely Saturday! I’ve got another treat for you!! This week’s artist doesn’t stick to one medium, he likes to stick his hands in all the art and create a sauce with it! His name is Keith Krempl and he is from a little place in Texas called Garland. I love Keith’s work but his charcoal skills are killer. He is also a pretty awesome DJ. By DJ I don’t mean pressing play on a playlist at a wedding (he can do that too)… I mean gettin’ down on the ole 1’s and 2’s.. Actually mixing two records together is super hard but I have seen him in action. I don’t regret it… Anyway.. I always chatter. Of course I have those questions and Keith gave me some pretty good answers… so….. here we go
1. History lesson? Tell us a little about you.
– Not much to say. I’ve been drawing for as long as I can remember. My mother says I drew a lot even still in diapers. The moment I got into Middle School and High School, I always took an art class. Not because they were blow off classes but because at the time, I was so ADHD that art was the only thing to keep me calm and focused. I graduated from The Dallas Art Institute in 2003 with an Associate in Applied Arts with a focus in Graphic Design. I am currently attending TWU and am working on a Bachelor in Fine Arts with a concentration on painting. I’m still debating a Master’s degree but that’ll be the ultimate goal.
2. What medium(s) do you use?
– Anything I can get my hands on. I really enjoy charcoal, painting, comic markers and occasionally airbrushing. Don’t be afraid to try new things. You’ll be surprised at the outcome.
3. What inspires your creations?
– I read somewhere that inspiration is for amateurs. That’s not too far from the truth. I just like to doodle different ideas from my head. If it becomes something awesome, I feel like a genius and move on. If the idea behind it is cool but I don’t present it well, I create several concepts in order to find the best way to approach it. Drawing from memory and heart is the best way for me to go about what I need to work on.
4. Do you have a favorite piece of your own work? Like one that was the most fun?
– I’m such a fickle artist. I randomly improve myself. So something I drew a year ago, I can look back at it and think, “Yuck! What was I thinking?” I will say though, my most favorite piece is the “Pyramid Of Skulls” which is a Paul Cezanne recreation. I’m still proud of that one which was created over a year ago.
5. How long have you been creating your art?
-Many many years. The creative flow never stops.
6. Do you have a pre-sesh ritual?
– I’m laughing at this question because the other day I watched a Drew Struzan video and it made me want to go do some hardcore artwork. It’s the same concept as watching a skate video in my opinion. I may start watching artist videos before working now for that reason.
7. Are you currently working on anything?
I’m wrapping up the semester at school so I haven’t done much of personal art. I did just wrap up a stop motion short movie for my 3D design class that is quite interesting. I’d post it to Facebook but FB took it down because I put a Danny Elfman song in it. I did credit him at the end in my defense.
8. What was your favorite game as a child?
It’s too long to explain. Long story short, it was game called “colored eggs” that we would play in the pool where you guess the color and chase the other person to the end of the pool. Candy land was pretty off the hook too.
9. What advice would you give to the youngsters starting out?
-Just do what you do. Be yourself. Learn new techniques and try to approach a project with different aspects. Don’t be afraid to try something new and experiment with different mediums together.
10. Where can your new fans find you?
I have an Instagram too but I have no idea how to use it. Look up:
Awesome!!! Thank you so much, Keith, for answering my questions. I totally feel him on the skate video thing. We used to do that before going out for a skate sesh.. Now it’s time for the best part of this whole thing… THE ART!!!! Ready for his amazing talent?? As you know, you can click a pic and it will get bigger… or in case you didn’t know… now you do 🙂
See what I’m saying?! He is amazing!! That Maleficent is fantastic! Well… they all are but he really captured Jolie in it. Be sure and look him up fam!! Check back next Saturday when I have another amazing artist for you!!!!
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