SO OK! i had an interview with Lee from Fantasy Art magazine and she was sweet and lovely, the interview is translated to chinese but i am uploading an english version of it! so here it is:
Q First please introduce yourself
A My name is Omri Koresh, born in 1986 and
currently living in a most controversial country, Israel, I’m a painter, always
have painted, digitally as well as traditionally and currently working on my
BFA to get that silly paper that declares that I have knowledge about art
stuffed into my brain although I thought myself basically everything alone.
How did you find your way to becoming an
A I was born one. Really. I didn’t have much
choice on the matter, if I don’t paint, create my little happy miniatures, read
about art to seek a new technique or ways to improve my work I just get
depressed and all of my passion and love becomes a bundle of knots that I can’t
do anything with unless I paint. It was always like that, I wake up in the
morning (after drinking coffee of course, I’m not insane) and I think about
what’s my next project and how to improve my artistic level.
How did you get your first art job? What is the
story of that?
A My first job is my current job, I always posted
my work online and a cool guy from a company named “Corbomite” asked me if I
feel like working for them as a colorist so I said OK so now I’m not a poor
student! I’m a working student with a touch of money.
Q How did you find your artistic style?
A As a kid I was influenced by my dad, he’s a
hardball person with a though and rough personality but with a good heart and
on top of that an amazing painter although he stopped painting when I was a
kid. I always went into the basement to see his old work, which has
surrealistic imagery, mixed with a guideline of rot, decay and melancholy I was
influenced by the famous Dali and MC Escher as well. In later years I found
more and more artists that I liked and got my head spinning with stunning
visuals and organic concepts that helped me along the way to become myself and
find my own voice.
Q Which artist had influenced you the most?
A The last artist I got inspired from is Michael
Hussar who is a much better painter than me, he creates what I like best-
beauty and the grotesque mixed together using vulgar and disturbing imagery, in
my final exhibition at my University I know that I’ll extract some of the color
themes and that dramatic energy that Hussar has in his paintings. I’ll create
Oil paintings because my main focus is to be truly what I am and that is an
artist not a “just” painter.
Q How long does a new image generally take you to
A About 20 hours traditionally and digitally
Q How do you train your skills in the usual?
A I draw in pencils all the time, sketching out
new ideas or re-plan an oil painting and conversations with other artists help
to exchange ideas and concepts. I work in my studio almost everyday and I don’t
give up on anything, I don’t leave anything alone unless it’s how I wanted it
to be, I have a natural eye for detail but I always give other people the stage
to explain to me what they see so I’ll learn a new approach towards art and
life on the way. I experiment with materials I never used and I constantly look
for tutorials on how to improve.
Q When starting a new work, what is the first
thing you think about? Can you describe your workflow and process?
A I usually know what I want and what to insert in
the picture, some very simple and dry information. Though the visuals- that’s
the problem it’s like I’m hearing voices but in visuals, I’m able to see inside
my mind the picture I must create, to clarify, not need, not want but I have to
otherwise it will drive me crazy it will pop up again and again and I won’t be
able to paint anything else until I’ll finish it. My work flow and process is
just as boring as anyone else- simple sketching, picking the best one and
paint, in digital I sometimes use a model, for Alice I have a specific one,
Brittany Elizondo, and I paint the rest, you can see my process work on my “you
tube” account, user name 0mri with a zero.
Q Do you listen to music while working? What kind
of music is your favorite? How does the music affect your artwork?
A I can’t work without music because it gives me a
beat to work to, in that way I don’t loose that fiery tempo that makes a good
artwork become good, when you work too slow the painting usually ends up
beautiful but without any human emotion and inner depth, I don’t have a
favorite kind of music because I listen to everything l like which is A LOT!
Like country, rock, pop, techno, metal, classical music like Schubert not that
wannabe movie soundtracks, musicals too but what helps me more than anything is
to sing along with the music until I feel my throat is a bag of rocks I love
singing although I’m an average singer.
Q How do you usually find inspiration?
A I don’t. I don’t believe in inspiration, I won’t
be dictated by some emotion or concept of “when I should paint” or create
something new so I work my ass off to create what I must, every chance I get I
work in my studio and continue with my projects until I feel my eyes shutting
down. Even when I don’t feel like it when I work that “inspiration” will come.
I always download images I like; I keep them in arranged folders for each
segment and that way I can get ideas or references for my work.
Q What is your most difficult challenge when
making art? How do you overcome it?
A I don’t have a problem working for hours with no
end the main problem is that I work, study, I’m in a relationship and I have a
lot of friends so my big challenge is actually- time, I barely have time to
sleep properly the only way I can manage my time properly is actually set up
meetings with friends a week earlier, plan ahead as to concerning work and time
limits and to keep a journal and write everything down- if it’s not written it
doesn’t exist! - That’s the motto.
Q How many companies have you worked for? What the
peculiarity of each company your feel?
A One. Corbomite. To tell you the truth I don’t
care much for concept art and stuff, don’t get me wrong it’s fun! But I
basically do it to pay the bills it’s a job. I am a traditional and digital
artist but I don’t like being told what to do. The people I work with are very
cool and very professional and I really enjoy working with them.
Q Are you looking for some kind of special
aesthetics? What have you found?
A Like everyone else I love beauty but I prefer
the twisted, the dark, the black color and the rotten hearts of the characters.
I believe the human body is fascinating and when twisted or shown in a classic
pose the meaning of the human existence and our whole fear of dying are
Q Do you read some fashion magazines? What
magazines did you recently read?
A I love Vogue but it’s super expensive and I’m a
broke student and I usually read the news but I do get updated on the world of
Fashion from selected blogs and cruising for art on the web.
Q What feature of Alice attracts you?
A Her inner pain. I can relate to her suffering
and the fact that she’s misunderstood; by people, in her world, that isolation
and distance that’s happening simultaneously in her inner Wonderland as well.
Q How do you choose the suitable model?
A I look for the correct proportion according to
my character, it’s like a look a like game, you mix and match until you find
the correct model that kind of looks like the character you are going to paint.
For Alice it’s more of her stare, Britney knows and understands how to act like
her besides being beautiful and to resemble her. The stare and the body
movement must look natural and not forced and the model must know how to get
her\his photo taken.
Q What kind of man and woman do you find sexiest?
A Me. No not really. I love muscular big guys, with
a hairy chest and a beard with a bad temper, preferred or white or tanned with
Irish\polish facial features- something like my boyfriend! And I love black
girls! Flat stomach, D cup, round ass, huge lips and delicate features,
personally I think Naomi Campbell is the most beautiful woman on earth.
Q Would you continue to explore your target-painting
theme? Or you have another new target?
A I always have new targets but I will always, in
some way will create things Alice related, even if I’ll decide to stop, I love
that world because it resembles my own inner world and I feel at home there.
The images and characters have familiarity in my life and my imagination.
Q In the last 20 years, many
wars have happened in Israel, did these turbulences have any influence for your
art creation and life?
A Life, yes it’s not an
easy thing to have your country fight for a cause that you perceive is good and
the rest of the world thinks you’re the bad guy, but art wise It pushed me even
further from reality, most of the artists in Israel deal with Politics and
other clichés in some over obsessed manner in their art, I don’t, it doesn’t
interest me, I prefer to run away inside my mind and extract imagined worlds
than to deal with the banal and obviousness of reality.
Q You have mentioned
that you love Alice's world because it resembles your inner world. So could you
talk about what are the similar characteristics?
A In my world nothing makes
much sense, there’s a lot of emptiness and elements that don’t have a purpose,
I love the darkness I adore black, it reminds me of my mother, my work usually
go between the disgusting and the beautiful merged together, plastic,
especially dolls, I enjoy making them too. Those elements exist inside the
Alice world, wonderland has always been a big impact in my artistic world, it
evolved with the media and when the game came out it was a fantastic treat
because I knew from that moment that the presented world is a mirror image of
Q You have mentioned you believe the human body is
fascinating when twisted or shown in a classic pose the meaning of the human
existence and our whole fear of dying are represented. So what do you think of
the human existence and dying?
A We are born because of
some biological engineering of nature and when the time comes we die, people
should die if not otherwise there won’t have enough resources to survive, as a
species and I believe that the strong will survive just like in nature. Human
existence is the funniest think ever, we are so afraid of death and we are so
afraid that our species will extinct one day like the dinosaurs that you can
see reflections of that in our media and what not and people keep trying to
find “meaning” for living which I just don’t understand why not just have fun
and enjoy life! The human body in my mind is a temple so every body is designed
differently and has its unique attributes so I connect the human body to the
idea of loss and pain.
Q What do you think of the
Queensland's gothic style?
A I think that
Queensland still isn’t portrayed at it’s best, from the versions of the games,
they gave out a great visual but I still think everyone missed the point with
Queensland; that it should be spectacular, with a huge maze all around the
tower that IS the castle, it’s royalty! It should be far bigger and far more
elegant. I think that the Queen is a big diva so I always thought that the
castle should be designed accordingly.
Q You have mentioned you prefer the twisted, dark and
black color and the rotten heart of the characters. But as we know, this is not
popular nowadays. So would you insist to this kind of style?
A Yes, definitely,
because of two reasons, first I do think that dark and gothic art is very
popular in the world, for example in my Deviantart account, 0mri, I’ve seen a
lot of dark and wonderful art mixed with some pop elements, Tim Burton is
considered a genius and I do think that the dark & sweet style it will be
very popular in the future, and the second reason is that my visions and the
way that I see art IS dark, I love the disturbing and the twisted and I cannot
escape it even if I tried.
Q You have mentioned you
are very busy, could you please kindly talk about what do you do every day
A I work in my studio on
different projects, I work in my day job as a colorist, I go to school, I try
to see friends and hold a relationship steady and give my family some attention
so I have to juggle a lot of things to make them work together it’s frustrating
but that’s life, I really try my best and so far it’s working so I’m good! The
pressure comes and goes so I don’t sleep as much as I want to or just not at
all- but you get used to it, I have my ambitions and nothing will stand in my
Q If you have any chance
to create the Alice of your own version, how would you do it?
A Well first of all it
would look crappy next to the AMA version, not visually but actually story
wise. But in my version wonderland is an alternate universe and that world
called a character, someone from Alice’s family line, there would have been a
LOT of dialogues and quests to be taken, of course some fighting as well, when
the character would of found wonderland she will understand what happened to
her great, great grandmother, Alice. Eventually wonderland and our world would
collide and chaos will spread, death and destruction that our character will
have to fix in the next game. She’ll be or an albino or have platinum blond and
it should be as dark and cruel as possible.
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Anavel Yu ,excutive managing editor
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