|Johannes Wessmark in his studio|
It's FRIDAY!!!! Today I have Johannes Wesmark as our Friday Feature. His work is out of this world. I found him on facebook and am just astounded by his work. I think you will be too. Make sure to check out his fb page he does great work in progress postings.
|"Utan snus tva dagar" Acrylic and colored pencil by Johannes Wessmark|
How did you get your start? What’s your artist journey so far?
It all started with my schoolteacher who gave me good grades and I was inspired to paint more.
Later in life I was an illustrator for 15 years. Now I am a full time painter witch always have been my big dream.
Where were you born?
Karlstad, sweden 1962
|"Pumpkinsplash" Acrylic and colored pencil by Johannes Wessmark|
If you could live anywhere where would you live?
Somewhere not so cold. Maybe France...
|"Emmy Resting"Gouache and colored pencil by Johannes Wessmark|
What’s your favorite thing to paint and why?
I have no favorite subject. But women, and nature is always fun and inspiring.
Could you talk about your painting techniques?
I often start by airbrushing the ground of the painting with acrylic on canvas or paper.
Then I make the details with small brushes with oil or colored pencils if its on paper.
|"Emmy Backhair" Gouache and colored pencil by Johannes Wessmark|
Do you have go-to paints/colors, what are your favorites?
No. I use a lot of different kinds. Derwent is good.
Do you have a favorite artist? Who has been your biggest inspiration?
Ralph Goings was my first and biggest inspiration.
|"Hair Study" Gouache and colored pencil by Johannes Wessmark|
What have been some of your crowning achievements?
Becoming a member of IGOR - The International Guild of Realism,
Being chosen to be the artist of the year on the biggest Swedish book-fair.
What are five things you would like to happen in your life in the next five years? Dream big here:)
Be able to buy and renovate the house I rent.
Start workshops here at home.
Exhibit in New York
Being able to make a living from my art and I never need to be employed again.
Buy an iPad :)
|"Predator" oil by Johannes Wessmark|
What is your advice for other artists who are just getting started in their career?
Follow your dream.
If you can, paint what you like - not what you think will sell.
Be inspired of your colleges.
Buy my book witch is full of inspiration and tips ;)
|"Gota Tobak" watercolor and colored pencil by Johannes Wessmark|
What is the best advice that you have received as an artist?
Turn off your computer when you work.
Chocolate or vanilla?
Your dream vacation spot?
Book or movie?
Steve Jablonsky and Hans Zimmer who write movie-music.
I dont read books.
Avatar or Batman... or Jurassic Park.. I dont know... Inception maybe
Night owl or morning person?
Thank you so much Johannes!