Hi, Lars! First of all, congratulations on being our featured artists for the pack ‘Tarot’. Were you surprised to hear you’ve been chosen?
INTERVIEWING – LARS SOWIG
EXHIBITION XX – TAROT
Oh yes! It was a nice surprise! I am very happy and feel honored. I am also happy Cosmosys is having a little comeback here.
Alright. Can you tell us a bit more about yourself?
I am Lars, 25 years, from Germany and I do game-oriented art which also has become my job. I enjoy the craftmanship and all the steps an idea has to go through a pipeline to become something alive and beautiful to watch and feel.
It certainly does strike to animate the models you’ve been creating. How did you come about CMS and what made you wanting to become one of team Cosmosys?
Thanks! Oh, I think it was during my studies. I found out about Cosmosys through Behance I think. I really liked the exhibitions and also the Cosmosys Logo got me interested :). I found out later what the logo actually is. So I applied and Joeri helped me creating an account on the forum after a while… I was in and Cosmosys helped me growing and is still a very inspirational source to me.
I see, the Cosmosys logo can make one curious what it could be about. Let’s talk about the exhibition ‘Tarot.’ How did you begin working on your card ‘The Magician,’ and what drove the idea of a sci-fi based Magician?
Oh, I had a completely different go on it before-hands and you may remember that I replaced a previous submission. I had some sort of forest elf with a magical item before. I had the idea to re-purpose one of my freetime projects and I felt my most recent project fits the card and theme in its way. Most of my work is sci-fi stuff, so I should stay loyal to it I guess ^^
The Elf Magician seemed a very potent piece for what it was. But it’s certainly more viable to stay your usual sci-fi subject approach. The result is intriguing, and makes one wonder the magical aspect – serving a quite strong inspirational work.
But that’s my take on that, how do you personally feel about how it’s related to the concept of the Magician card?
For me, a magician is simply a person with an unnatural skill. I imagine a magician as someone who has a visual, effectful skill and less a grey old man with a magic staff (long stick???). Dont get me wrong, I admire these types of magicians the same way I do admire the less cliche counterparts.
It’s quite prominent in your works, how your approach is a balance of existing concepts and pushing those aspects much further with your mech and sci-fi approach. Which, I’m sure, is very inspiring to all artists in general.
How do you describe your way of working, your tools and style?
I got inspired by Deus EX – Mankind Divided (a game which I’ve played recently) and if you look at their characters you will find some similarities like shapes, clothing style and such… but on every single element I took my own go without having any reference open and it developed from there to something personal.
My tool set is pretty big I guess. I like juggling around my assets in diffefent software and use every tool I am provided with to its advantage to get the best out of each. I think my style is always pretty central, and focal driven. I rarely have big environments with crazy compositions. I try to lay a focus on design and in addition to that I often add augmented UI elements as a personal signature.
I see, that seems to be a suited approach for a high focus on design itself. Certainly resulting in both high quality graphic and concept.
Do you have any favorite piece(s) form this particular exhibition, apart from your own work?
Oh yeah! There are a few! I liked ‘The Justice’ with that black and white split, pretty cool card… ‘The Star’ with the Universe flowing out of that jar, very clever idea and of ‘The Emperor’ with those shiny colors; that would make a perfect holographic gaming card and people would be jealous about some others owning this card for sure!
I do see that could happen with The Emperor card! Well, thanks for the interview, Lars. It’s been a pleasure to know a bit about you and your work. Would you like to share any last words?
Thanks for having me – my last words go to the collective and their inspirational input. Thank you guys for the great time! :)