There’s not too much art, is there? That’s what I thought. Today’s guest has a special way with colors, and his art gives you a sense of tranquility. Without delay, Owl:
Welcome, Owlcath! Please tell us a little (or a lot, we won’t mind) about you. Where do you come from? What are you doing?
My name is Kate, but in personal relationships I prefer to call myself Kathi because there are so many people who are called Kate. I come from Poland, where the language is full of consonants, so keeping my nickname makes it easier for foreigners too! Owlcath is geared more towards the needs of a “brand name” as I’m trying to work towards something more unified. I am 34 years old and I have a master’s degree in art history. After that, I majored in packaging and oil painting at the Academy of Fine Arts. I’ve been working in a graphic design studio/advertising agency for quite some time now as a graphic designer, but my duties cover various creative fields, and I hope to go freelance in the future.
Thanks for your interest in Destiny 2 and all the amazing art you’ve done for the community. What made you fall in love with the game?
The visuals are what got me here, most definitely. I’ve longed for Destiny for a long time. I didn’t have a console at the time, so I opted for Destiny-themed accessories even though I didn’t play the game for a minute. When the Destiny 2 beta released, I signed up immediately. I have stayed since. Not only for the sheer beauty of the game, which is a constant factor, but also for the gameplay and lore. I can’t even express how connected I feel to the design, art and themes of the game. “Someone used the Neue Haas font for the interface!”, “That balanced geometry!”, “Wow, that Nessus color palette!”, “Ancient philosophy! Mythologies from around the world! Abstract concepts!” – And so on. There is this particular configuration of form and meaning that I have never seen elsewhere. As I have a soft spot for Awoken and Fallen, I particularly like Tangled Shore and Dreaming City. I was very relieved when it was announced that the expansion content would no longer be removed. Last Wish is a unique experience and I never tire of it. The music, the tempo, the movement of my Hunter, everything blows my mind every time.
Who is your favorite Destiny character? What part of his story made you choose this person? Do you have a painting of this character too?
Given my fanart portfolio, that would be Uldren, now known as Crow, I guess. I think the two Sov siblings are my favorites, each for different reasons. Our Guardian is in balance between their polarizing qualities. Crow being fragile and human, he invokes our compassion and our need for protection. Mara is the absolute ruthless and goal-oriented that awakens a harsher side in me. One or the other, from a story point of view, would be “less” without the contrast given by the other. Tension and contrast are what make art work. I think the line drawn between them, two sides of the same coin, is a work of narrative art.
For each artist, inspiration is something different. Who or what inspires you?
These are the most difficult questions. It could be anything, even something as simple as how sunlight works on a specific surface. Right now I’m very interested in how light works in my paintings, but I feel like I can’t do this forever. I need to face my comfort zone and explore other areas. If I actively seek inspiration, I simply drown in random images, see which feelings are strongest, and maybe find a spark of creativity. Most ideas come on their own, or through a certain song or line in a movie. Sometimes it’s an observed moment, or just a singular memory. I have a huge backlog of work in progress because ideas come in faster than I can execute them in my spare time. Some of them are almost finished, and others are just sketches waiting for a better development.
When I checked out your art, I had a feeling that your calm color scheme will be a perfect fit for our next expansion – Lightfall. What excites you most about Lightfall?
I think almost everything excites me about Lightfall! Yes, the color scheme is totally my preference (I shouted at the trailer). I can’t wait to hear more about Cloud Striders, as they seem to be bringing a whole new aesthetic to the game. I’m also excited that we’re right before The Final Shape’s grand finale. It’s always the best part of any story, when all the pieces fall into place, but there’s still room for speculation.
Do you have a special Destiny 2 memory that you would like to share with us?
Something memorable that happened in-game or out-of-game, but related to the Destiny community? There are so many. I think there are two important ones. The first is being in a TWAB with my first serious work with Thorn and Lumina. This revived my activity in the community. Until then, I considered my drawings as something rather banal. The second is when I was invited to the Community Artist Series, which was totally unexpected! Being included in the Community Focus is another amazing step and I feel honored by this opportunity!
Who are your favorite Destiny artists? Who should we pay attention to?
Another tough question, because the Destiny community is full of really, really talented people. It probably won’t come as a big surprise to name AviixeArt and Flauzino_FLZ like two artists working on the pictorial side. As for more linear work, I’m always looking for Plumli_Art. They have this facility to work with lines that I never tire of. But these artists are only the tip of the iceberg of an entire community brimming with creativity and talent. The people of D2ArtEvents are a wonderful force of nature, and much of my work is featured in the events they organize.
Where can Guardians track your creations?
I would suggest checking my Twitter or Instagram, and you will find links to all the accounts on which I am active!
Do you have cries?
To any aspiring artist, DON’T FEEL BAD ABOUT YOUR WORK. SHOW IT TO THE WORLD, because if you don’t, you’ll regret it later! And, since the most important message has been delivered, I want to thank my family (especially my husband who always supports me), my friends and Bungie, for the best adventure I have had and for honoring me so many opportunities!Also, I wanted to remind everyone cfanprojects and their Destiny Community Fanart Calendar. They’ll be announcing something new for 2023 soon, and this time I got a little contribution there too! Each year, all proceeds go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital!
To answer a question I posed at the start, there isn’t “too much art,” so we’ll continue to feature artist interviews in future Community Focus articles. And with so many Guardians with a wide range of talents, we already have quite a queue. Thank you for your interest and support.
Ivan exited. See you soon!