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The ability to put one’s mind on display is a powerful, psychological tool. When creating art, my goal is to capture viewers and send them somewhere else, somewhere that doesn’t cage one’s imagination or display the mundane. My work allows me to escape the world around me and visually express not only what I feel emotionally, but also what I find interesting and even fear.
My inspiration is found in the range of human response and emotion. Human behavior is such a broad and captivating topic because every human in existence is different in some way. The decisions that one makes can affect him and those around him indefinitely.
Crime, judgment and corruption are downfalls brought upon humanity from the mind of man alone. Government and religion are two creations that are based entirely upon a planned belief system; Good vs. Bad, morality. My work explores the scandals and secrets that exist inside the very structure meant to keep our world in order. This idea existed not only in the historical past, but here in the present-day Midwest.
Powerful subject matter requires powerful imagery. Utilizing pen and ink with splashes of vivid color, I find satisfaction in making bold artwork. Expressing political and profound content can be informative and at times, quite shocking. I use loose yet tedious detail partnered with strong, powerful mark making in an attempt to pull a viewer into the composition and not let go until every aspect of the image has been explored. Explosive color combined with graphic, outlined imagery assists concept in a journey to become engrained in the memory, appearing again only in the darkest corners of our dreams.
I find illustrating the strange extremely therapeutic. I am given freedom to express my ideas and beliefs regardless of what is best for one to behold. Many long hours have passed working in what seems to only be minutes. I get lost in my work; that is what I wish for an audience as well.
Camron Johnson is an illustrator based in Normal, Illinois attending Illinois State University pursuing a B.s. in Studio Drawing. Specializing in traditional pen & Ink/ watercolor, he is on-track for a career in book, editorial and freelance illustration. As a story-teller, he enjoys creating many different styles of art that will leave a viewer tickled, twisted and at times... terrified. He hopes to one day be a published illustrator and have his work in the hands of future generations, for when it comes to influential literature, there is no book better than those with pictures. You can contact Camron with any inquiries @ firstname.lastname@example.org
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