Hey Aaron, Tell us a bit about yourself.
INTERVIEWING – AARON CAMPBELL
EXHIBITION I – GRAVITY
I was born and raised in the suburbs of Vancouver, British Columbia. I love all kinds of art, and I’m interested in doing a lot of them, including graphic design, illustration, cartoon/comic/graffiti characters, fashion design and photography. I’m obsessed with hip hop and the culture. It’s all I listen to day in and day out. The name I use, Ecstatic, comes from my inability to do art when I’m sad. I’m not one of those artist that can be sad, sit down and put it on canvas. It just doesn’t work at all. It seems the happier I am, the better I do, and the easier things flow.
When and how did you first become interested in Art?
I started drawing ever since I was a little tike, before I had the training wheels on my little bike. I first started to get organized with my art when I was 10, I would draw characters, design levels, and make video game concepts and such. Later, when I was 13, I was on forums and got into tag making in photoshop. My two graphics friends when I started, RetroWedgie and Sixpack, helped me get started and taught me some of the basics. I started to get more determined to improve and eventually moved on to large art. Since then photoshop and digital art has really stuck more than any hobby in my life, and since I got started with photoshop I really considered digital art as my career choice.
What are your influences in general?
Video games have probably influenced my art more than anything else. Ever since I was little I payed a lot of attention to details and the visuals, and i’d draw characters and stuff from games; especially games by Nintendo, like the Mario games, and games made by RareWare. They always inspired me to do art and drawings, and still to this day whenever I play game, they always spawn ideas for a new piece. Honestly, without video games, my art would not be the same.
Is anyone in your family an artist?
No, although my dad is actually quite good at drawing, but he never got into art, so I guess that was a path untraveled. I probably get some of my drawing ability from him though.
What is your favorite piece so far in your career?
“The Invasive Species”, which is the piece I’ve spent the most time on and put the most work into and seemed to get good reception from the community, and I’m quite happy with how it turned out. But another one of my best pieces which I like just as much as the Invasive Species has yet to be released from Evoke.
What do you see yourself doing in the near future?
Going onto university shortly after high school, and possibly getting a children’s book published based around my ‘KING’ series illustrations which I’ve done many more of but haven’t released.
Is there anything else you would like to add?