Interview with lucid-light
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. AllArtSupport Hello Eli, please tell us a little bit about yourself. How did you get into the world of fractal art?lucid-light
My name is Eli Vokounova, I am 22 years old, female. I am about to finish a bachelor degree in Humanities/Liberal arts during this semester at Charles University in Prague.
I stumbled upon fractal art on DA. Being a curious person and hungry for knowledge, I googled what fractal art is and then tried to do it myself. That was in 2006.AllArtSupport Which are the reasons you have made an account in deviantART? What do you expect to achieve with it?lucid-light
I made my first account in 2004 (on a friend's suggestion) to present my drawings to the world. I wasn't serious enough about drawing though, so I left quite soon. In 2006 I came back with a new account. I've started creating fractal artworks at that time. I was eager for some feedback and I wanted to get in touch with other fractal artists. I wanted to belong somewhere.AllArtSupport Could you name some of your favorite artists? (Painters, musicians, writers, etc.) lucid-light
Musician: Trent Reznor. I can't even properly explain the deep connection I feel when I listen to his music and lyrics. His words had been there for me when nobody cared about me. His words reminded me that I am not alone in my suffering, that he's been there too.
I wish I could meet him one day.
Painter: H. R. Giger. I visited his exhibition back in 2005 in Prague and it left inerasable mark on my soul. There is a certain beauty in the utmost horror.
Writer: P. K. Dick. I love cyberpunk and the themes of his books. He messes with perception of reality a lot, which makes me question my own perception of reality.AllArtSupport We all express ourselves with our art, what does “lucid-light” expresses through those beautiful intricate fractals?lucid-light
It depends on the particular artwork. Mostly I try to express some concept through the artwork (like summer or love or anything else), sometimes I use fractal art as an art therapy. In these cases the fractal artworks express my current emotional struggles and help me handle the emotions.AllArtSupport What are your tools of the trade? Why have you chosen those particular things?lucid-light
I use software called Apophysis to make fractal artworks. I've tried other fractal programs but Apophysis suits me the best in terms of interface and functions. I also plan to work with Ultra Fractal in the future, but studying keeps me too busy for that right now.AllArtSupport How do your pieces come to life? What’s your process?lucid-light
I usually have some idea in my mind and I just try to morph it into a fractal artwork. It's kind of like drawing or painting, people usually know (more or less) what they're going to draw but it may not always come out as desired - it's the same for fractal artists. Naturally, I need some inspiration first and it comes in unexpected times, which makes me a little bit of a compulsive artists. When I have inspiration, I just have to sit down and create even if it's 2 in the morning.AllArtSupport The colors of your pieces are very dynamic, how do you choose the colors for your fractals?lucid-light
I usually try to match the colors to the overall theme and concept but I always go with my gut in that matter, I don't follow any list of specific rules. I browse color gradients, adjust them and when I find the one, I just know it's the right one. When I can't find the right color gradient, I know that I'm on the wrong track and I have to work on the shapes more or scrap the whole artwork.AllArtSupport You have managed to make a living as a fractal artist. How did you achieve that? In your journey to reach that achievement, what were your main obstacles and how did you overcome them?lucid-light
I just started posting my artworks to various POD sites like Zazzle etc., from time to time a customer contacted me about a fractal art commission. In last 3 years I started making enough money by selling prints and doing commissions to pay for rent and food and become an independent young adult.
The biggest obstacle was the way I was raised. I was told a thousand times to study at university, get a degree and that the degree will ensure my future employment. Up until recently I was terrified of not being able to finish the school and become another loser without some fancy diploma... I had to re-think my attitudes and set my own goals, instead of following the path someone else had designed for me.AllArtSupport Out of all your beautiful work, which piece is the one that has given you more satisfaction and why?lucid-light
I think that "Fly" will always be the most precious artwork to me. I had some serious health issues back then, I spent a lot of time confined to bed and couldn't live fully. With "Fly" all the horrible suppressed feelings escalated, I had to embrace the fact that I can't live like that anymore and learn how to cope with my condition. "Fly" expresses my deepest longing for freedom, wanting to able to live like a normal person again. My friends and fans had reacted very strongly to the image and supported me wholeheartedly in their comments. I never expected such an enormous amount of supportive comments, even absolute strangers wished me to get better.
Now, a year later after posting "Fly" to deviantart, my supposedly incurable condition was cured. Perhaps all the kind people who stopped by and spent a minute by reading about my condition and wishing me all the best had actually, on a spiritual level, somehow helped my body to get better.AllArtSupport What would be the most valuable lesson you’ve learned in reference fractals? lucid-light
Patience. I used to give up very soon when I couldn't learn something fast enough but learning fractal art is in some aspects a never ending process. Now when I look back I see that it took almost 7 years to gain a certain skill in fractal art. I know that I can't become a prodigy in anything else overnight but now I know that hard work throughout years will pay off. AllArtSupport What would be the next thing in relation to fractal work that you would like to try? (That you haven’t explored yet) lucid-light
A friend of mine suggested that I could do fractal animations for psychedelic trance music shows. I'd definitely love to try that out.AllArtSupport Could you please inspire us with your quote?lucid-light
I'm not sure if I really have a personal quote. Maybe something like "nothing is impossible". Many people are miserable because they are too lazy to actually get up and do something to make their dreams come true. They all tell me how lucky I am to have my dream job, dream boyfriend, slim figure etc. but everything I achieved is because I work hard to make it happen, luck has nothing to do with that. Okay, maybe finding a boyfriend does involve some luck AllArtSupport If you could give a useful piece of advice to someone who is considering doing fractal art, what would it be?lucid-light
I'd suggest trying out different fractal software and choose one that fits you. There are many types of fractal art and different people prefer different types. You will also need a lot of practicing to get some decent results, so don't be discouraged if it takes a few months to fully understand the software. Be patient AllArtSupport Any last words of wisdom you would like to share with us today?lucid-light
Trust no one.AllArtSupport Thank you so much Eli for sharing your world with us today!