Today on the blog, we’ve got an interview with the artist, Timi Honkanen. I found him on Deviantart, and I was immediately struck by his art. He was nice enough to come talk creative process with me.
What is your main form of creative expression?
Digital painting and writing. Though I feel much more comfortable with visual than literary art, as my writing tends to only come to me while I am working on a visual piece. I hope to also be able to do music too someday as that is a huge source of inspiration for me! I have also dabbled in animation occasionally and I also want to do a bit more of that one of these days.
Do you work as an artist/creative full-time or do you have a different day job?
I am lucky enough to be able to work on art as a full-time job. It isn’t the easiest job and it doesn’t bring in the big bucks, but I get to know interesting people and feel like I am doing something unique and special.
How long have you been creating art?
I have been making art since I was 18, so 8 years now. I started taking it more seriously 5 years ago.
How do you handle the pressures of creativity being your job?
This is The question that is on the mind of every artist. I think I am still trying to figure it out myself, as I have only been doing art as a full-time job for only a year and a half! I think you have to have a certain degree of confidence in yourself to be able to handle this job, otherwise, you are second guessing yourself all the time and will never get anything done. When doing work for clients, it helps to be candid and establish a solid back and forth conversation with your client so you can understand them inside out, so you will be spared of the guesswork that would otherwise torment you. Taking care of yourself is also very important, as art can be a very solitary affair. Doing sports and exercising is key, so your body won’t fall apart thanks to the long days of sitting in awkward positions. Nothing stresses me out more than wanting to do art, but thanks to a wrist injury or a stiff neck being unable to do so.
Do you engage in any additional creative hobbies? Are there any you’d like to try?
Yes! I occasionally play guitar, do some sculpting (both digital and traditional) and on the rare occasion, some animation too. I wish I would do all of these more often though, haha! I would also like to try out composing my own music with digital software too. I should also start writing a journal so I won’t forget all the stuff that happens in my daily life.
Who are some other artists and creatives that inspire you to create?
I am a bit of a black sheep in this regard that I don’t really have any idols. There is such an overabundance of art in the digital era that it is too difficult to give out names. I just do what I do. However there are some musicians that inspire me, such as K:I Theory, Starcadian and lowercase noises. Whenever I paint, I like to think the music I am listening to serves as kind of a soundtrack to my painting, helping me to nail down the emotion and mood of the piece I am making.
Why do you create?
I guess it is to find my own place in this crazy world, and also to escape it a bit. I would also hope to inspire people to try out art themselves too, as in my view there is nothing more important in life than creation. I also enjoy the aspect of art how you can instill various emotions and thoughts in people you will never meet. I am sure most artists at some point have to struggle with the idea of art being just a novel thing and having no real value, but if we want to think in a very nihlistic way, nothing really has any value, so if it brings you joy, and maybe other people too, then keep at it 🙂
What advice do you have for other creatives?
Keep at it and ignore those who intend to shoot you down. Also, accept that we all start at the bottom and it takes time until you are even mediocre in your craft. Don’t let that stop you from enjoying what you do though, and let the thrill of creating something nobody has created before move you forward. Also to those who are looking at their social media numbers, don’t worry about them so much, likes and retweets have no correlation with skill, it is all about endurance, that is all 🙂
What are you working on right now?
Right now I am working on several commissions for individuals, while also working on several pieces for myself 🙂
Where can people find you and your work?
The best place where you can find my work is on deviantart, as there you can find my visual art, as well as my writings that accompany many of my own pieces 🙂
Thanks for letting me pick your brain, Timi! I love your advice to other creatives!