Who is Karl Liversidge and what do you do?
Who is Karl Liversidge? …Honestly I am still trying to figure that out myself after 31 years. What do I do?…I am a passionate freelance Illustrator and Digital Painter, most of my work is focused and used in the Advertising Industry but I am also trying to expand to some Fantasy and Fashion industries.
How would you define your style or art?
My style is always changing and varies I think. For a lot of my client work I do a lot of Realism rendering. My personal work I take the time to explore and try many different things although I think over all it is a lot more Painterly. Sometimes for fun I like to do things a lot more cartoony and my style then is a nice mix of eastern and western semi-realism animation styles. I take a lot of influence both the east and west. I feel my style is still trying to come out because I have so much to learn still fundamentally and only recently getting more into pushing past realism.
What inspires your work?
I pull inspiration from all over the place. Mostly through trawling the internet, finding great pieces of art from some of the current industry stars, or even work from the old master painters. I also get inspired by beautiful photography. I like shiny things! I’m also very inspired by positive and motivated people, that have big goals and want to be very successful and master their trade as best they can. I find these people give me enormous amounts of energy, motivation and inspiration to keep doing my best, working hard and smart. And this is something I try to emulate and do in return to others. Knowing I’ve inspired others and helped them want to keep pushing toward their dreams is better than any award or compliment I could be given for my work.
What are you currently working on?
I am currently working on several personal project. I find these keep me aware of why I love art so much, as well as help me learn and expand what I can offer clients. I have 2 or three Fan art series I am working on. I enjoy these because they let me explore how I interpret some of my favourite characters and at the same time I find a lot of people can relate to these very easily. I have 4 personal projects I am working on. One is a project based off a graphic novel/script from a local writer and friend. Which revolves around a biblical theme and events. The second is a series of portraits I am trying to build up in hopes to one day have all printed and have exhibited in a gallery or something along these lines. The third is a Fashion series of illustrations, mostly just to experiment with and an excuse to paint pretty girls. Lastly, I am also playing around with creating some of my own characters, I’m not really sure where it is going yet, but it’s something for fun and to have a chance to play with ideas and concepts. At the same time I am always trying to better my trade, be it by learning/strengthening my fundamentals, studying master painters from the past and present as well as trying study different techniques and subjects.
What advice would you give young creatives looking to do what you do?
The younger you are, the less you will have to sacrifice. It’s easy to find excuses not to do things, but when you really want something you give yourself to it and let it consume you. If you want to be a master or great at something you are going to have to work your ass off and spend less time playing video games, browsing Facebook and partying. Lastly, don’t fear failure, the only failure is never trying or starting something.
Where can our readers follow your work?
I am all over the internet, Facebook and Tumblr are my most used platforms for sharing my work. This link has all the links to different platforms where I can be found. http://flavors.me/souracid <— links to all my social sites http://www.souracid.com <—- Online portfolio site
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