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Interview with Kaspian Shore.
Posted on 7th August 2008 by Lucia Demarchi

Having a look to the artists that Dripbook promotes, I saw some amazing works by a German artist: Kaspian Shore. Here there is a short interview with Kaspian, through his words you can undestand the passion behind his art.

Q: What does usually inspire you, and how do you manage your work?

A: I used to write poetry and short stories, which revolved around a beautiful boy named Andrian. You could say that all of my graphics and paintings are illustrations, transcriptions of the great pool of ideas and words I have been collecting over the past years. Andrian is my main inspiration for everything I do.

Q: Can you describe me your creative process?

A: I never actually have to think of or look for a new subject to draw but they're all within me, permanently. Something interesting is going to trigger me, may it be a tune, a smell, a picture, a feeling... mostly the big changes in my life that shake me frequently, and I will be overwhelmed with an intense passion and pressure that might be reminiscent of a non-artist's sexual drive. I suddenly get a clear vision of the new painting's composition, and I have to sit down and start immdediately not to lose it. This is one of the main problems in my creative process; I am not able to scribble a note of my ideas and come back to them later, but I have to put them on paper straight away.
I work as quickly as possible. I forget to eat, I do not move away from my desk for ten to 15 hours but continue drawing, until my fingers feel numb. What I receive in the end is a massive rush of adrenaline that makes up for all the stress and tension.

Q: What kind of tools do you usually use to express yourself?

A: I work with pencils, a simple nib and an ink pot, watercolours, acrylic paint, and–most recently–oil paints. I pick whatever creates the look I want to attain.

Q: All your works represent a figure with such a strong expression, what is the reason behind it?

A: I have been asked this question numerous times. The expression of the face is one of the few things I do not actually control in my pictures. I have never considered myself an illustrator but a painter, someone who's inspired by the heavy-hearted opulence of pre-raphaelite art, someone who puts all his love, all his gentleness, all his fears, his good and bad memories into his work, and I can only surmise that this is what reflects in my character's faces.