Sibilla: What turned you towards art? What made you become an artist?
Travis Smith: Nothing intentional at first. I've been drawing pictures with varying
of quality since about age 3. Something I've always liked to do. Much later
in order to give it a purpose, i started drawing flyers for bands around
as I found their music inspiring. It was a good mix for me and began to
it that way..
S:What is your prefered medium?
TS:Personally, I prefer to use mainly digital, as it brings what's into my
to life a little better than anything else. I do like to incorporate other
traditional mediums into it whenever appropriate.
S: Who are your biggest influences?
TS: artwise? I guess you could say dave mckean early on, or just whoever i
to notice that leaves an impression on me, regardless of the field it might
S: Name some of your favorite contamporary and classic artists. Which is
your favorite period in art's history? and why?
TS:I like more modern, or stuff in the "now" as i tend to relate to it more.
It seems to better reflect what's going on around me in the present. I like
lot of the older artists, but never really developed a passion for it.
S:Which was the first band you worked with? (album covers)
TS: Psychotic Waltz
S:Who are some of your favorite bands?
TS:Anything with Devin Townsend's name on it, Katatonia, Anathema, and Opeth,
S:Has music always been such a big part of your life? Who were your
favorite musicians, or bands growing up?
TS: yes, i can never remember being without some kind of music around me that
loved. In the young years, It was Ac/Dc and Kiss, which were the good
air-guitar bands (and later Slayer, metallica, anthrax, megadeth, etc) that
started my path to the metal tastes.
S:Your work seems to revolve around a constant conbination of oposites,
beauty and horror, life and death, order and chaos. They at times seem
the illustrated poetry of Poe, Goethe and Dante. Do you ever find yourself
illustrating stories or poetry? Or do you find inspiration in them?
TS:It always seems to be like that with the bands I work with. there always
seems to be a search for light in the darkness or vice versa. I look at the
songs themselves as poetry, if that's what you mean and treat them that way,
as I tend to see things that way a lot, having 2 sides...
S:When you work with a band, do they come to you with the concept or do
you? Which covers are you most proud of?
TS:Most of the time They let me do my own thing and if it's right we run with
it. other times a band will have a basic theme or idea and want to see how
run with it. Other times, the band will have the complete idea in mind and
it's up to me to realize it how they see it. I am most proud of a lot of
but at the top i have to say Katatonia tonight's decision, and Devin
Check out Travis Smith's art at www.seempieces.com