Interview with InkRain

This week we have interviewed group member/artist John Willanski

1. Could you tell us a little bit about yourself and your equipment?

Ever since I was a little boy I have always drawn so I guess my main bit of equipment is a pen, pencil or other mark maker and a sketch book. I’ve also got a good computer with many drawing programs on it, a screen graphics tablet, a drafting board, air brush, cutting mats and knifes, wood carving tools, camera and a whole bunch of other stuff too.

2. What first inspired your interest in art? What continues to inspire you?

This is a difficult question to answer. I use art as a way to address a learning disability I suffer from and have since turned it into my life and business. I’m always drawing but now it’s not just a way of keeping my brain on task.

3. What type of art do you enjoy the most and why?

I guess I like art that raises questions in me and gets me thinking.

4. Where is the most spectacular place you’ve ever been?

I was once in the middle of the Flinders Rangers, beautiful clear sky, deep blue like a desert kind of sky. Then, in a matter of moments, great black thunderheads rolled in and it was raining. When I say raining I mean RAINING! It was so heavy it was like suddenly being at the bottom of the ocean and feeling the water pound against you. The next day the grey brown hills were already becoming green and purple with wildflowers, the creek had burst its banks and the air smelled crisp, clean and organic.

5. What are your dreams, goals and aspirations as an artist?

I’ve been in business as an artist and designer for just under one year now and I’d obviously like to keep living off of my art in the future. I’d also like to study art formally. I often get asked what art school I graduated from and I always find it a little weird saying I’m self taught.

6. What has been your greatest accomplishment as an artist up to the present date?

I’ve been developing a style of art all my own. I’ve called it Ink Rain. Ink Rain is based on the balance between small shapes and the corresponding white space. The style also uses smaller figures as shapes themselves to form part of the larger figure. I play with the balance and contrast between the positive and negative spaces to form interesting patterns and textures. The careful creation of the smaller shapes and their relation to one another gives the image a unique feel.

7. Do you have an inspirational message you would like to share with other artists?

I don’t really have anything new to add but my support to the statement “Just keep making art!” so I’ll go with a quote on animation that I feel can be applied to art in general “it’s 100% control but 100% responsibility”. Meaning; Make art but make it to the best of your abilities.

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