DRIS 1: Interview with Henrik Moses - A Pencil Drawing Expert

In an initiative to present best artists on the world wide web, who created eye-opening creations and their creation became viral on social media websites. Today I am starting Design Rapid Interview Series (DRIS) to interview all those painters, photographers, designers and all those who had proved the depth of their skills to us.

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Today I am going to interview Henrik Moses, I found Henrik on DeviantART. I got impressed by his creations. After researching for him, I found him very popular among pencil drawing professionals. He is the first artist to get interviewed here on Designrapid. So here we go :-

Tell us something about yourself.

- My name is Henrik Moses. I’m 44 years old and currently living in The Netherlands.

What is art for you and whom do you inspired from ?

- To me, art is like a doorway. A passage through which I can express myself to the outside world, and in the same time go inwards to my own mind. When I draw, I'm not only focused on what I'm doing, but also on what I'm feeling. It’s like a meditation; a perfect way to be alone with your feelings for a while, try to learn from them or just let them go.

 My inspiration comes from all sorts of things or people. I don’t have a role model. I do however have a great admiration for Leonardo Da Vinci. Not because of the artist he was, but because of all the other magnificent things he did besides his art.

What to learn -

Art is not just a skill, it's a passion for that skill. After reaching a point there is nobody to teach you, because people expect you to bring new things and values. Love your passion.

What were the obstacles you faced in starting days of learning pencil drawing ?

- I started drawing at a very young age. My skills kind of grew with me, so it’s hard to tell what obstacles I faced and when. I guess creating a good likeness was hard to master. It still makes me crazy from time to time!

What to learn

Most of the expert artists I have interviewed started at a very young age. Expertise comes with experience.

Which is your best piece of art ?

- I really couldn’t tell. I put a lot of thought and emotion into my works, so every one of them has something that makes it special to me; an idea, a certain technique, a memory… It’s like asking which one of your children is your favorite.

What to learn

Art is not a business, try to love every piece of art made by you.

How did you decide to become an artist?

- I didn’t. Like I said before I started drawing when I was very young, and I never quit. I make art because I just love doing it.

Tell me about some of your work? What are you currently working on?

- Well I’m kind of taking a break right now. Not because I’m tired of drawing, but because I have other priorities at the moment. I just started a new business (web and graphic design) so almost all my time and focus goes into that.

What is your creative process like?

- This might sound weird but it usually starts with an urge. A need to tell something – something that I’m going through, or a certain emotion that I want to get out of my system. With that inner feeling as a basis I start thinking about a way to translate that into an idea that once on the paper, not only is aesthetically pleasant, but also understandable, accessible, something that the viewer can relate to. Then I start gathering examples for the details, whether online or real life objects which I use to create the right setting and make some conceptual sketches. As soon as I’m pleased with the result I start with the actual drawing.

What to learn -

Everybody has his own processes, try to make your own process. It's far simple.

How has your style changed over the years?

- My style has changed along with me. I like to think that it has become deeper and more mature compared to, let’s say, 10 years ago. Back then all I cared about was making something beautiful, but it had no substance, no meaning. That doesn’t satisfy me anymore. The more life experience you have, the better you get to know yourself. Once that happens, it affects almost every aspect of your life, including (and especially) your creative side.

Many artists struggle to find ways to sell their art. Who are you buyers and how do you sell your work?

- I don’t sell my artworks. I mean, they are for sale, but I’m not actively engaged in selling them. Every single drawing that I’ve sold has been bought by people who have contacted me through my website or my deviantART profile page. No galleries, no collectors, just regular people who said they liked to own one of my originals.

What to learn

As I said art is not a business, if you do great job then people will find themselves. But according to me its good to market art and make people aware of your creations.

Can you give few tips for beginners? 

- Like I said, selling art has never been my main goal, so I’ve never gone through the whole process of marketing and all that stuff. Maybe because I’ve always had another job as my main source of income, so I’ve never needed to make art for a living. Is that a good thing? I don’t know. Maybe if I had no choice, I would have been a more successful or established artist by now. But I’m not complaining, I’ve been blessed with a wide range of interests so I am passionate about almost everything I do.

I do have a piece of advice for beginning artists: in order to become a professional artist, you need to be a passionate artist first. Remember, people buy an artwork for 3 reasons: 1- it provides them with a certain status 2- it’s an investment 3- they pay for the passion that went into the artwork.

Every artist leaves his or her mark in the artwork. It’s might be invisible but it’s there. Make sure you leave one that can resonate with the viewer. If you can do that, they will want to buy your work.

Here is some great pencil drawings from Henrik

Link to Henrik Moses official website and portfolio on DeviantART.

Please contact me raman@designrapid.com, if you want me to conduct an interview for you.

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  1. Hi Ramandeep,

    Thanks again for the interview, and good luck with the new ones!

    Kind regards,

  2. Ramandeep Singh21 May 2013 at 09:50

    It's great to talk to you sir, I am inspired by your drawings.