Artist Spotlight: 7 Dead Kingz (7DK)
7DK is Brandon M - who is also a resident designer with Pulse Of Prophets and his own company - Brandon M. Designs. 7 Dead Kingz is also a music project which you can check out here. Brandon is an incredible artist and designer and we really enjoy his work.
We asked him to share some details about the inspiration behind his art, process, how hecreates and more in our artist spotlight.
(7DK - Firebird Hoodie)
Tell us about your history with art.
Art and me have been going steady for a long time. Started off with drawing cartoons which lead to comics, followed by tattoo art (mainly portraits) and evolved to digital art. Started dappling with digital art when I was asked to create a flyer for a rave event in 2004. Self taught myself everything until an opportunity in 2012 came around to go back to school for graphic design. Graduated December of 2016 and started working for Pulse of Prophets. The rest is to be for told.
What was a defining moment for you with your art?
When i was about 5 or 6 years old I watched my dad sketch out Spider Man on a piece of paper. I was amazed at how a blank canvas of paper could be used to create such endless possibility.
Where do you draw inspiration?
I draw inspiration from everything, mainly from other artists.
What music (if any) do you listen to while you create?
I DJ'ed Hardstyle from around 2005 to 2013, so always have some of intense hardstyle going on the playlist. However, I listen to everything from classical, rock, edm, rap, and r&b. No walls of genres for this guy...i love music in general. Its my religion!
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(Blood Lotus Crop Top by 7DK)
What made you decide to make art your main focus?
After doing pretty well with djing and producing I started to think more about the future. My Dad said I should take a shot at school. Graphic Design seem to be my best fit and I have been consumed by it ever since.
What other types of artwork do you create?
I personally love photography and compositing (Photomanipulation) I also dabble in 3D mediums.
How does your art play a role in the world around you? How would you like your art to effect the world around you?
It's always been misspelling picked up by a client.
What is the future of your art?
Hopefully my art will keep evolving to a higher platform so that it can take on a bigger role in people being woke.
Why do you do what you do?
I love to create. It doesn't matter if its art or music, it's therapy for me.
(Dixon Stovall live painting)
How has your practice changed over time?
It's always changing. With each project I work on I learn and evolve from it.
What is your dream project?
I would love to work on a film doing special effects. Always been a fan of CGI and the magic created from it.
Most inspirational place you have been?
Seattle is awesome! Played a few events out there and I have always been inspired with every visit.
What wouldn't you do without?
Art or Music
What art do you most identify with?
Anything surreal, inspirational, or dark
Where can others contact you?