We want to welcome a fabulous digital artist and photographer: Erik Johansson.
By looking at his artwork, one would definitely say that Erik has a life time of experience behind him, along with a genius talent, endless imagination and perfect techniques.
Only part of that is true, as he is as young as 25 and already famous for several years, because his photo-manipulations reach a very high level of “impossible” reality.
In the following showcase, some of his best creations will be shown, along with an exclusive interview on his life as an artist.
“Cover – Stratco, Australia1”
Q: Howdy Erik! Welcome to PxlEyes community. Please tell us a few words about yourself.
My name is Erik Johansson, I’m a professional photographer and retoucher from Sweden. I’m 25 years old and live in Norrköping, Sweden. I mostly work on personal- and commercial projects. For me photography is just a way to collect material to realize the ideas in my mind.
I get inspired by things around me in my daily life and all kinds of things I see, I always try to make sketches of the ideas I get. Every new project is a new challenge and my goal is to realize them as realistic as possible.
I don’t have any formal training in either photography or retouch but I have studied computer engineering and have a master in interaction design.
“Common Sense Crossing”
Q: Your photomanipulations are simply outstanding. Is there someone or something that inspires you?
Well, I have always been good at drawing, when I got my first digital camera it felt strange to just take a picture and be done. I wanted it to be a process, just like drawing and that is how I discovered retouch. I could create my own world, although it was quite basic montages in the beginning.
I never consider it as a job but rather as a fun hobby and my creative outlet. I get inspired from almost everywhere, things in my daily life or others artwork.
Q: Do you take the shots yourself, or do you use stock photography for your work?
For my personal work it’s all captured by myself, that is a rule I have. Never use stock for personal work, it makes it a bit more challenging in a way but at the same time it feels more like my “own” work.
For commissioned work I sometimes use stock photo but I rather not.
Q: What kind of digital manipulation software do you use and which is, according to you, its best feature?
I use only Photoshop CS5. The most important feature is the layer masks. To make different images blend together in a good way, it is crucial to create a realistic result.
The smudge tool is great to create smooth transitions of the mask, so that is one of my favorite tools.
Q: What other hobbies does Erik have when he’s not an artist?
I practice brazilian jiu-jitsu 3 times a week and sometimes play guitar.
Q: A little piece of advice for the newbies just starting our in this field or art?