FEATURED ARTIST: Interview with Dallas Artist, Travis Schluter

Travis Schluter

Digital Artist | 29 | Dallas, Texas

@schluterart |
We are honored to have, Travis Schluter, as our Featured Artist, he is a very talented artist that creates some really cool photo manipulations, we highly recommend you heading over to his while to check all his work out and while your over there make sure you hit that follow button to support a fellow artist!

How long have you been an artist? What is your specialty? Where do u find inspiration?
I got into art a little later in my life. I only really started taking it more seriously for about the last year. I had no prior art experience until one day I purchased a galaxy note 4 about 3-4 years ago. The phone had a stylus and I began digital painting. I started painting portraits of famous people on the phone, and slowly grew my skills and taught myself Photoshop. Now I specialize in digital painting and photo-manipulation and really enjoy the digital art space. I find a lot of inspiration from watching other artists on YouTube, there is something about watching an artists workflow that really gets the creative juices flowing.

Do you have a job in the art industry? If So, what’s one thing you don’t like about it? If no, where would your dream job be?
I do not have a job in the industry. I do sell my art on my personal website and take on freelance work from time to time. Im worried doing art for a “job” would suck out all the passion and it would become work instead of something I love to do. However I would love to own my art studio someday!

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Do you have a favorite Artist?
Erik Johansson is one of my favorite artists. His surreal moods and attention to detail are on another level.

What is one accomplishment you’ve had in your life? Does not need to be art related.
I am a published illustrator on several book covers. For me that is quite an accomplishment as when i started making art a few years ago i never imagined i would be able to make any money from my work.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years? 20 years?
I would love to be making art full time, and make a living selling artwork and doing commission work.

Long term i would love to open my graphic design company and/or art studio.

If you could meet and talk to any person in the world, dead or alive, who would it be?
I would love to speak with Picasso. I just want to know what was going through his head while making some of his amazing pieces.

How is one way you make money with your art?
I currently sell prints, and complete freelance work.

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If you could go anywhere in the world where would it be and why?
I would love to visit Iceland. It has some breath taking views and much cooler than here in Texas.

What is your favorite brand of art supply? Whether it’s a brand of pencils or brand of camera or software
Since i specialize in digital art, i wouldn’t be able to live without Adobe Photoshop. I also have a wacom cintiq and ipad pro which i use one or the other almost every single day.

Any advice for young artists?
Just keep making art. Try to set aside 30 minutes every day to work on art. I find that if i start making art for 30 minutes it usually ends up turning into an hour or 4 lol. Sometimes the hardest part is just sitting down and starting, do it everyday and you will be surprised how fast you grow. Also make sure to always listen, no matter how great you think you are, you can learn something from every person you meet… pay attention!

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