Devin Kraft Artwork

Artist Corner: Devin Kraft aka The Chesire Cat

Gay geeks and gaymers we have an amazing artist this week in our Artist Corner: Devin Kraft! And here are some interesting facts about him. He’s fluent in Japanese, was published in the New England Journal of Medicine, and even worked on a feature film.

So Devin, tell us a little bit about yourself.

Like, pretty much everything. All of the above in addition to graphic, web and motion design. I’m a huge music geek too-I get geeky with just about everything. My current obsession is ThreeA toys.

How would you describe your style of artwork?

My style is a mix of manga and western comics with a slight bend towards European comics. I try to keep everything dynamic and colorful as much as I can.

I think I try to analyze my stuff a bit more nowadays when I was young I just plowed through pages, but now I try to make lines I wouldn’t normally make so I can become a better or at least different artist.

Are you self-taught or do you have an educational background in art?

I received a bachelor in film from Baylor and studied abroad for a year of that at Hosei University in Tokyo. That let me read about as much manga as I could get my hands on.

What got you into art in the first place?

One of my earliest memories with art was drawing triangles and making them into cars, but I also used to make my Sonic the Hedgehog comics based on the old Archie series. I made loads of them!

When I was a little kid, I drew a ton, and my Mom helped me compile my stuff into comics using my Dad’s office supplies. I drew through middle school copying themes and ideas from Final Fantasy games before deciding I wanted to make comics when I was 14 or so. I’ve been at it ever since!

For aspiring artists like yourself, what kind of advice can you give them?

Becoming a good artist is just about practice, persistence, and constantly challenging yourself. It sounds simple, and it is-draw enough and you’ll figure out whatever you’re aiming at achieving!

What art do you most identify with? What other artists inspire you?
For me, solid line work and design light my brain up the most. I like solid black and white illustrations with intriguing anatomy. As far as artists that inspire me: Terada Katsuya, Otomo Katsuhiro, Kim Jun Gi, Paul Pope, Ronald Wimberly, Moebius, Ashley Wood, Matsumoto Taiyou, Takayuki Takeya, Frank Quitely, Geof Darrow

What memorable responses have you had to your work?

I’ve spent the last five years doing conventions, and I’ve seen people’s eyes light up again and again when they see some of my stuff, and that always makes me feel like I’m doing pretty good. One guy came by and asked if I drew the illustration of Porco Rosso I was selling. I told him of course, and he showed me that he got a tattoo of it on his arm. That was pretty crazy!

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

Ooh-this is tough. I often think I should be working smarter not harder. I tell myself any problem can be solved with time and persistence- I definitely heard that somewhere.

Where can fans get more of you (social media, websites, etc.)?

I’m just about everywhere!
Twitter: @cheshirecatart

Anything you would like to say to your fans?

You’re the best! Everyone’s kind words keep me pushing forward and constantly challenging myself.

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