I found my newest Etsy featured seller while doing an ACEO search. I've just created my first ACEO pieces myself (see my post, "The beginnings of digital art"). I find the concept of ACEOs to be really interesting and I was really drawn to those in Paul Wilkinson's shop, so decided to find out more about the artist. The fact that Paul is from England was also of great appeal to me as it takes me back to my roots!
How and when did you get started with creating digital art?
I started creating digital art about a year ago, mainly for my own enjoyment. My work improved to the point where I began to feel comfortable about the idea of selling my work and letting others enjoy my vision.
What is a fractal image?
A fractal image is basically a visual representation of a mathematical formula. Because it is generated by mathematics, it has a unique ability in that you are able to zoom into a part of an image, and instead of losing detail like you would with say, a photograph, you actually see more detail! Another aspect of fractals is that each one is completely unique in it's design. The only downside to fractals is the amount of time it takes to render one. Even with a dual core 64 bit processor, it can take anything up to 24 hours to actually have a print which can be sold!
How do you choose names for your pieces?
This is an interesting question. The names of my pieces literally pop into my head when I'm working on a piece. Sometimes a colour will remind me of something, other times it's the overall design that inspires me to choose a certain name. I'm a firm believer that when you look at a piece of art, the piece should emanate feelings to the viewer. I can often tell whether a piece of my art has the qualities I'm looking for by the fact that, if I look at it and can't think of anything to call it, then to me it doesn't say anything to my soul and so that particular piece won't go up for sale.
Do you begin a piece with a concept or do you let it develop as you're working?
Both. I don't like to be constrained while working on my art. Sometimes I'll be working on a piece and I'll know exactly where I want it to head. Other times I'll play with something that seems to hold no potential, just to see what I can come up with. I've created some excellent pieces that way.
What do you think are the main differences between creating digital and physical art?
The main difference to me is being able to try different types of media without spending a fortune! Using a computer with specialist software, I can digitally paint in oils, watercolours, acrylics, even pastels. Creating work digitally also means you can mix different media together without worrying about adverse interactions that might happen if I were to use real media.
Choose one of your pieces and tell me, what does this piece say to you?
I think it would have to be Heartbreak. The fractal itself is rather simple compared to my other work, but the design of it spoke to me immediately. It evokes very strong emotional feelings about love, passion, and loss. It's one of those images that grabs your attention as soon as you look at it and doesn't want to let go!
What do you like about selling your art as ACEOs?
I actually stumbled across ACEOs by accident, through Etsy as a matter of fact. I enjoy selling my work through the use of ACEOs because I think everybody should be able to enjoy, and afford my artwork. I love the idea of portable art, and I also think they would be great to put inside a greeting card!
Outside of Etsy, where else can we find your art?
My ACEOs are also available for sale through the website Art Cards Wanted. My larger prints are restricted to Etsy.
What's your favorite thing about England?
Well I could mention the glorious weather! My favourite thing about England would have to be we have the best fish and chips! :D
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
Without a doubt it would have to be Italy. All those brightly coloured buildings! I'd love to go there and take lots of photos (another passion of mine) to digitally paint! It's also I suppose a rite of passage for painters around the world to paint something of Italy, it's such a beautiful and unique country.