About the artist
This week we meet Viktória Kováts, an artist living in Budapest, Hungary. Art has been Viktória’s passion from childhood, and she followed this up by learning how to paint and draw in an open art school. She has taken part in many traditional and digital art exhibitions; she also participates in several group collaborations on Behance. Her self-expressive surrealist imagery has its basis in the many photos she takes while she’s travelling and in her love of architectural decoration.
Viktória currently earns her living as a financial expert but is aiming to work in the design industry; she is current studying graphic design in her spare time and will gain her qualification next year.
How did you first get into digital art?
I tried to create digital art many years ago, using my computer but found it difficult compared to drawing on paper or paint on a canvas. My opinion changed when I was asked by a music band to create an album cover for them; this helped me to take the first step on the digital path.
Why did you choose digital art as your medium?
One reason is that I don’t have any space left in my house because of all my old traditional paintings on canvases! I like digital art as it provides unlimited possibilities to create multiple styles and moods from one image, and it is very exciting. Furthermore, there is an Undo option!
Tell us about the process you use to make your art.
I travel a lot, and I take a lot of photos during my trips. I find walking in different places is very inspiring. The photos I take become the base of my works, where I experiment in my editing apps. I’ll start to compose the image, choose a background, add an effect (I like to use lens flares a lot!) and an overlay. I also use light and shadows and sometimes masks. It is all about the mood that I feel best fits the picture.
What artistic styles are you particularly drawn to?
I don’t know how to define my style because I make every image was made in a different form. I like surrealism, and I strive for the pictures I make to contain something surreal.
What inspires you?
The sculptural styles of architecture particularly inspire me; it always makes me wonder how the beautiful ornamental embellishments on buildings, street lamps and windows were made in previous centuries.
What is your artistic motivation?
Although my main motivation is self-expression, I would also like to reach people, and induce feelings and thoughts through my pictures.
Of all your images to date, which is your favourite and why?
I don’t have any favourite, because every image is one stage in my development path. When I look back, over a year for example, I see how my technique and expression has improved.
Which three words or phrases would you use to describe your work?
Inspiring. Imaginative. Thought-provoking.
What memorable responses to your artwork have you had?
I’m grateful for all kinds of feedback; I especially love to hear or read that I made someone’s day with my artworks. I always feel honoured when somebody invites me to participate in an art project. I’m also happy and surprised by this interview.
Name three artists who inspire you.
René Magritte. David Lynch. Vladimir Kush
How do you think you’ve improved as an artist compared to when you first started?
When I began, my work was heavily rudimentary; I did have ideas, but the method to implement them wasn’t clear to me. I learnt a lot by discovering techniques and was glad when I started to understand how to achieve my visions. It is good that when I have an idea, I see not only the result but also the way to create it.
What advice would you give yourself if you could go back to when you started making art?
Believe in yourself, don’t listen to anyone!
What devices/equipment do you use to create your art?
I mostly use my mobile phone to edit images, but the basis of some pictures is a traditional drawing on paper. I often use a Sakura Pigma Micron pen and watercolour pigments. In the near future I would like to draw using a Wacom Cintiq tablet.
Which apps/programs do you use to create your art and which are your favourites?
I mainly use Photoscape X on my notebook. I have a lot of editing apps on my smartphone; for example Pixlr, Toolwiz and Photoshop Express. I am currently attending a graphic design course where I am learning Illustrator and Photoshop.
Do you use images from stock sites as well as your own photos and if so, which are your favourites and why?
I use my images only.
And finally, do you find that people dismiss digital art as a valid art form?
Yes, absolutely. In my experience, people think that digital art is fake because it isn’t a physical form in comparison to the art of the past created with traditional tools. We are in the digital age; artists are creating in a new way. There are certain limitations in traditional art unfortunately, what digital work can eliminate.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts and images with us, Viktória.