INTERVIEWING – DRAGOON
EXHIBITION XVIII – ALLOTOPIA

Cosmosys

Hi Dragoon, and congratulations on being the featured artist of our online art exhibition ‘Allotopia’. Did you expected to be featured, or were you surprised to find out that you are the featured artist?

Dragoon

First off, thanks to the Cosmosys members to feature me, I’m honored! Let’s see, it did come out as bit surprising because there were a few other artists which did very well this exhibit and the past ones. But I could start visualizing it after taking the response to my piece into account.

Cosmosys

Alright. Can you tell us a bit more about yourself?

Dragoon

I’m a young man, looking for new energies in life. My usual lifestyle goes pretty simple and looking for inspiration for any aspect of life. Digital Art is something I started doing exactly to cover some of my need in life.
To be able to visualize energies using shapes and forms inspired by natural aesthetics such as ink and other organic, natural sources somewhat fulfills my requirement to experience new things, as I get bored very often and it takes a lot to intrigue me, so I figured one of things I can do is express my mind, mainly surrealistically. This way I am able to filter the things which really matter to me, and this makes my life quite direct in terms of interaction which any kind of life. I’m also very much interested in literature, favorite genres being mainly surreal and such which help in expansion of the minds vision. It highlights my own essence and requirements, and this helps me to view things much more clearly.

Cosmosys

To a western mind, this sounds particularly spiritual. Would you see it as that? Do you consider yourself spiritual?

Dragoon

About the spiritual part, I think it has a wide range of meanings and perceptions across different regions of the world. I personally don’t regard myself to any definitions, only in mere relative sense. So in a sense, no I don’t see myself particularly spiritual but it is a relatively expressive word to define me I guess. In the end it comes to the fact that I have never done any spiritual related practices or anything in that regard; just my innate sense for things and life.

Cosmosys

I see! Anyway, you are part of the Cosmosys team for a while now. Can you explain how you found out of Cosmosys and how you joined?

Dragoon

If I remember correctly, it’s either I found out about Cosmosys on GFXForums which I joined in late 2011 or Tagfreak. It was when an exhibit was released. I got motivated to apply when I had some confidence in my large art area, and this is when Aleebr, a Cosmosys member asked me to apply in a sense of invitation. I remember well that it was in April 2014 or so.

Cosmosys

That is pretty specific, haha! How would you describe your own art style? You seem to have a specific style. I’d describe it as sort of shiny-colorful-vector-art-shapes. Not sure if that’s apt though!

Dragoon

To describe my style I think a proper way to put it is Surrealistic, expansion vision of imagination in regards to actual substance(s) in life. So it requires excessive detail. Another reason which provoked me to build up this style was I couldn’t be satisfied with simple usage of shapes. While I truly appreciate simplistic styles, I personally need to do something ‘more’ to keep my unenticement at bay, sort of. I tend to use iridescence often or rather almost always, because it works just so well with other aspects of my style. It also helps in viewing more and trickier dispersions and emitting light waves, crucial to provoke the never ending realm of energies. As I say this, I know there’s always more to it and it can be always upped. So that’s my persistency towards what I do, mainly with art. And this personal style, reflects quite general image of who I am. But it is far too tricky to see it ever-so-often, going along with the flow is the best way to view my works. This also helps you manage the procession and viewing of the image easier.

Cosmosys

Interesting to see how your style really reflects who you are! Let’s talk about the exhibition. In your own words, what does Allotopia means?

Dragoon

I see the first glimpse of another world or vision towards anything, a way of life or structure or whatever. This is a very interesting take at a theme to exercise at as all artist search for another ‘world/vision’. When I look at the pieces featured in the exhibit, it’s very obvious how potent the artists are in CMS. Truly a worthwhile experience to work along in such themed exhibit. Quite ‘ironically,’ being featured in this release is much of an honor as it reflects upon my aspect of art and such.

Cosmosys

Was it hard to find inspiration for this theme?

Dragoon

I don’t remember going deliberately with plans for the theme, but I do remember the initial inspirational and references posted along with the announcement of the theme’s subject. Which I am sure has helped somewhat subconsciously as inspiration. And there was tons of other sources of inspiration from the internet and with many other processions of energies which had contributed to my visualization of the initial structure and essence of the piece I completed. Major inspiration was my extensive exposure to Capcom, specifically Street Fighter. Ryuu is an all-time favorite and I thought why not see him as an dynamic, organic and cybernetic in an alternate sense to fit the theme.

Cosmosys

How does your process look like, of making Ryuu?

Dragoon

I have process images, but other than that it was building up upon bits and bits. With a base, I sketched on a paper and worked on it digitally later. I did a bit of research on cybernetics and I came up with an transformative and organic cybernetics, which seemed to suit well with Ryuu. From there I continued along the original, beautifully done illustration of Ryuu. The main reason why I chose to build upon an original was to fit the concept as properly as possible, as transforming a direct original means an ‘alternate’ or other world-like. This wouldn’t have worked in such a mirror like sync if I had chosen to depict Ryuu myself in entirety.

Cosmosys

I’ve seen artists saying they really like your step by step updates, indicated by percentages for estimation how far it is done. I’m sure you’re an inspiration to them. It was truly riveting to witness this piece into the exhibition’s greatest. Last question: What would you tell aspiring artists, who are struggling with making things come to life via traditional art or digital means?

Dragoon

Thank you for indulging into the processes. As a relay of personal experience to aspiring artists, the most crucial thing I believe is to keep pushing over the conventions and conformities as art itself is meant as an expression and further visualization of life and your own mind’s essences which contributes in experiencing and making new discoveries of things in aspect of relation to art. As everything starts from an essence in the form of innate experiences and inspirations from wherever. While being very understandable of known structures and concepts for better workability to create art or whatever, it is crucial to step it up with your individual sense. It is always inevitable to avoid to produce from your individuality, so it means you nurture your will to visualize and create.

Cosmosys

Thank you for the interview, and again, congratulations on being the featured artist with also your contribution as the team’s favorite piece! No small feat. Any last words?

Dragoon

Transcend yourself.

Submissions to Allotopia