Interview with Digital Collage Artist, Joshua Drakes

How did you get started doing what you do?
I got started doing digital collage from doing various art styles over the years.

How would you describe your creative style?
My creative style I would say is weird, spacey, and colorful. My collage art is usually a mix of old images from various eras of time, vintage National Geographic images, and space. I find those are great ways for me show my creative style.

What’s your inspiration?
My inspiration is life, music and sometimes myself. I do my art for me and nothing else. If I had to list some artists that inspire me, it would be artists like Andy Warhol, Dali, and a few others.

What is art to you?
Art to me is a way for me to express how I feel currently. A way for me to show a piece of my mind in every piece.
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What does your typical day look like?
A typical day would be: I’d get up in the morning (sometimes afternoon), do some light exercise, write down some notes for the day, check up on my mother, and just get to it; put some music on (usually Frank Sinatra or Dean Martin or hip hop) and create.

How long does it typically take for you to finish a piece?
Typically, it’s usually an hour or less- depends on how complex I want to make the piece. Sometimes it can take a couple hours or even days if I get busy with life.

How do you keep motivated?
Thinking about my dreams and the fact of not letting my myself, friends and family down.

image (5)Interview with Digital Collage Artist, Joshua Drakes on Jung Katz Art BlogHow would you say your surroundings have influenced your work?
I’m constantly inspired by my surroundings. Manchester is a great place to be influenced by. From the buildings to the art galleries and to the people
What do you hope to accomplish with your work?
I hope to show galleries and people all over the world that digital art is just as important as traditional art. I also want people to realize that anything is possible with digital art.

How have others reacted to your work?
Amazing! Almost every day I get people telling me how weird but great my art is. From regular people to art collectors to even celebrities, always great.

What do you want others to take away from your work?
That if you have a mind for it, you can create the weirdest things.

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What, if anything, would you tell your younger self?
Play more weird video games.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given?
“Do what you do for yourself.”

Any words of wisdom to aspiring artists who want to pursue a similar career?
Never give up. Believe in what your art or craft is and just keep doing it.

Have any future aspirations that you’d like to share?
Take over the world. Nah I’m kidding, create more art on a bigger scale.

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What’s your dream project?
You know, I don’t exactly have one just yet. But if I was to say, it’d be to work with shoe brands.

What art supplies do you use?
My mind, my laptop, and Photoshop.

What’s your process like?
My usual process is loading up Photoshop, looking at a blank canvas or going through all my images to use in a collage, see what I like- what would make the weirdest thing, and just create. Sometimes I get ideas during my sleep or in my dreams.

How could the art industry become better in your opinion?
Embrace the young cats more. Embrace digital art more.

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