Friday, January 11, 2013

Friday Feature: Johannes Wessmark

Johannes Wessmark in his studio

 Hi Everyone,

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.

To see more visit his website or facebook page. 
"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?
Somewhere warm

Book or movie?

Favorite author?
Steve Jablonsky and Hans Zimmer who write movie-music.
I dont read books.

Favorite movie?
Avatar or Batman... or Jurassic Park.. I dont know... Inception maybe

Romance or comedy?

Favorite dessert?

Night owl or morning person?

Thank you so much Johannes!


  1. I'm hyperventilating just looking at his work!!! I think I need to throw things out! perhaps my pastels?! What a wonderful interview and his work is absolutely "Outstanding"!!! thank you Carrie for sharing.

  2. Thank you, Carrie. I love his meticulous work, and it was fun to read a bit about his personal life.

  3. Wow - this almost makes me want to give up, lol!
    This is intimidatingly brilliant :0)

  4. Holy moly!! That is some intense realism! But it's not just photo realism, it has so much feeling too. Sometimes I think that 'photorealism' can be a little cold, but not so with his work. It's so beautiful!

  5. His work is amazing, Carrie. Thank you for bringing new artists to light for me.

  6. It makes me want to paint, which end of the brush goes in the paint again?

    Realism like this I could live with.

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