INTERVIEW WITH JULIUS KÄHKÖNEN @visualsofjulius
It is hard to believe that Julius is only 19 years old at the time of this interview. He is an entirely self-taught digital artist. His work is phenomenal, and his popularity on Instagram is evidence of this. Julius resided in Finland and started editing in 2017.
His outlook on life is well beyond his years; Julius is someone who is changing the way young people view the world. Sharing his less-tradtional journey away from academia, proving you don’t have to have a typical 9-5 job to be successful. By far, my favourite digital artist, he kindly agreed to share more about himself and his work. For anyone wanting to learn how to create composites, Julius has such an easy to follow program available on his website.
Firstly Julius, can you start with a little bit about yourself?
I am 19 years old and I come from a family of 8 people. Me, My Brother @wordofjoonas, two little sisters and two little brothers. I was always really good in school but I never liked it that much. During high school I started to think that I needed to establish different opportunities. I started photographing in the beginning of 2016 and I fell in love with it.
Later that year I lost my spark for photos because I could only shoot locally and it started get boring shooting the same location. During that time I began to learn editing and 2017 changed my life forever.
What inspires your creative vision?
My vision is inspired by a lot of different artists. In the beginning I remember trying to create similar work to others but then later figured out that the best way to stand out from others is to come up with my own style.
I am most inspired now by our world, nature and travelling.
What kind of photography equipment do you use to create your work?
Before I used free stock images from the internet to create my art pieces but now that I have a chance to travel around the world, I bought a Panasonic GH5 which is more for videos than photo but I’ve been quite happy with it.
Nowadays I mostly create my art from my own photos. On the Computer I use programs like Photoshop and Lightroom (adobe premiere for video editing)
Do you have a favourite lens and why?
I don’t have a favourite lens but I believe the 24-70mm is best for travelling and that is what I also use. I also have a 50mm lens for portraits.
Among all your work what is your most memorable image?
My most memorable image is my art piece called ’’Guiding Light’’. I skipped school and created the piece and it ended up being one of the most shared images on instagram in 2017.
That piece is a huge reason why I am able to do what I am doing.
What is it about composites that you enjoy the most?
About composites I enjoy most the feeling of being able to create whatever you like. When you only do photographing there’s not that much freedom.
With composites I can create whatever I have in my mind.
What is your preferred time of day to shoot?
I love shooting sunrises but I absolutely hate waking up.
So I kind of have a hate-love relationship with sunrises.
What is one thing you wish you had known when you first started your journey as a digital artist?
When I first started out I wish I had known that there’s so many inspiring creators out there. I only knew couple and I realized that my work started to remind too much of the artist’s work who I followed.
I started consuming more content and then my style started to evolve.
What methods do you use for editing? Can you explain you briefly explain workflow?
Digital art is quite challenging and hard to explain briefly but the main idea is that I have multiple photos and I cut parts out of those images and combine them again in a way that I create something surreal or unique.
I combine the photos in Photoshop and do some colour grading in Lightroom.
How do you educate yourself to become a better digital artist?
Youtube is my teacher. I learned almost everything from YouTube in regards to digital art.
My biggest ’’teachers’’ were PHlearn and Rafy.a
Who would you say are your greatest influencers and inspirations?
What is the most memorable country you have visited?
Currently I am travelling through Bali and I must say that this is the most memorable Place I’ve been to. Lofoten is also really amazing but Bali has been something else.
What motivates you to continue to produce your art?
I get motivated By the people who follow me.
I receive incredible messages daily and it keeps me pushing forward.
Lastly what is one piece of advice you would give someone starting out in digital art?
When starting digital art, try to really learn the techniques. Repeat the Basic stuff many times until you really understand what you are doing. It’s a lot easier to start creating different stuff when you understand the basics of Photoshop.
If you would like to learn how to create some incredible composites Julius has created multiple internet courses where he will teach you how to edit.
If you are interested in learning about Digital Art and composites Julius runs an easy to follow online course see his site here: www.visualsofjuliuscourses.com