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Featured Aritst ||| Kristopher Kotcher
Kristopher Kotcher creates a lively cast of characters in fresh and futuristic colorways, and create busy worlds where cute meets acid trip. We love it! Kristopher is originally from Austin and is currently living abroad in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, where he is creating a Vietnam-inspired set of illustrations for a collaborative book project with local artists. He is also painting a mural, is scheduled to paint a Vietnamese food truck, and had an art opening just last night. We are so happy to be able to share a bit about Kristopher Kotcher; one busy dude and a next level artist.
Bio: Kristopher Kotcher is a freelance illustrator from Austin, Texas currently living in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. His work is highly influenced by the Children’s books and cartoons he loved as a child. He also grabs influences from graffiti, lowbrow art, and American folk art. The name Frenemy comes from his background in graffiti. For over 12 years he has done traditional letter form graffiti, and has recently moved his focus more towards character street art.
Kristopher has studied graphic design and has taken some animation courses, however, he primarily defines himself as a self-taught artist. He has exhibited his works internationally and collaborated with my brands such as Converse and Rad.co. He has also been published in magazines such as Anorak, the happy mag for kids. He is constantly drawing, creating, and imagining. He describes himself as a bit of a hermit; most days you can find him hulled up in his studio making things. Kristopher has a deep love for Hamburgers, cartoons, cats, castles, and collecting any kind of strange toy he can find. He does not like spiders, paper cuts, and brussel sprouts.
When asked about his inspirations.
I am very inspired by the books I loved as a child. Dr. Seuss, Maurice Sendak, and everything by Shel Silverstein. They all had a huge impact on me as a kid and inspired me to draw. I would spend my time copying the illustrations and as I got older the whole idea of building this world all my own really appealed to me. When I got older, I got into graffiti and that also had a huge impact on my art. I did letter form graffiti for years and years writing the word Smere. I was completely obsessed with it and it actually taught me so much about art. From how to use color, to balance, using line widths and patterns. I was living with a tattooer and I started to emulate how he painted his tattoo flash but with my characters and I found I could get that same feeling of painting a graffiti piece but just in my own home and instantly got hooked. So graffiti has had a huge impact on my illustration work as well. Soon I started doing my characters on walls instead of doing letters and I found I could reach a much broader audience and I really liked that. I want my work to be open for everyone to like weather its a small child or an adult looking at the characters and remembering the favorite books they loved as a kid. To give that feeling of wonder and escaping into an imaginary world the way you do as a kid. The older we get the less we use or imaginations and in that way I have yet to grow up. It is something I will never let go of.
When asked about his upcoming projects.
As for upcoming projects, I have been working on both a comic book and a Children’s book I am hoping to finish this year. I am also doing a really awesome project here in Saigon I am excited about with the people who put out Saigon ArtBook it is a really nicely done book they put out 4 times a year. Each book features 4 artists who are living here. We each do 12 illustrations that are influenced by Vietnam. They give the book away for free to try to promote the arts here in Vietnam. When the book is released they hold a big exhibition and after that several community events where each artists will do several projects along with locals. I will be painting a mural in a neighborhood a long with the locals who live there. Street Food is huge in Vietnam and I will also be painting a local food cart that travels around the city with my characters advertising the food cart. So that will be a really awesome project.
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Article by: Shayna Yasuhara