Luke Liptak also known more commonly as ‘Lipsmak’ from Orlando, Florida. Currently attending SCAD, Savannah College of Art and Design, Georgia.
Lipsmak’s early influences come from his painting and drawing background, developing a strong interest in digital art in his middle school years. He has progressed to focus mainly in this medium with the subject matter of existentialism and finding inspiration in the day to day and life experiences with the aim to ‘find meaning in my own life’.
His works are honest and transparent as he can be, even though at a young age he lays his thoughts and themes out in his works which have become vastly important to him.
His works almost dream like become intertwined with the digital age, the result of being born into a world dominated by technology, there are representations of his life all with a computer graphic edge, a touch of the things to come for people living in the 21st century where even our dreams become computerised?
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Lipsmak has also created a range of t-shirts with the BAE which can be found here https://blockchainartexchange.com/?s=lip+smak
What is your background in art and how did you get into digital art?
I am currently an art student at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and majoring in computer animation. I got into digital art in high school when I started using blender (3d animation software) for the first time.
What art inspires you most?
I’m inspired by a lot of artists. I would say some of my biggest inspirations though are Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jamie Hewlett, Pete Docter, Richard Dadd to name a few.
Why do you create digital art?
I’ve always used computers growing up so I suppose digital art just followed. But I do think digital art gives me a lot of freedom artistically and room for self expression.
What is your process of creation?
I make my characters using 3D modeling software and collage the images together using Photoshop. I use a number of different programs for each project, so it’s a pretty long process.
Is there any meaning you want to get across with your artwork?
All of my art has meaning. I treat it as a stream of consciousness, so most of my art is based around my own personal life and thoughts.
Has digital art impacted your life?
Digital art has impacted me hugely. Even as a kid, art has always.
Any advice for people thinking about joining digital art?
I guess my only advice would be to just go for it. Digital art at the end of the day is still just art, so there’s no need to be hesitant. I would also say to just be yourself and have fun with it.
Anything else you would like to add?
I would just like to add that I’ve no clue where I’m going and that’s okay.
Interview with Lipsmak by Sascha Bailey - Blockchain art exchange C.E.O. 2020.