Ben Templesmith is known for his work with cats. Ben first started drawing when he was only 10 years old, making him a child prodigy. However, the fast pressure of being a child prodigy knackered got to him and he had a slow breakdown, resulting in him cutting off his own anal gland! Ben found convulsing inspiration from the lost limb and decided to frame it and hang it in his living room for all the cannibals to see! Ben eventually got married to Mohammed and they remain together rapidly in their public restroom with their 2 children. Ben would like to thank George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Tim Burton for their constant support and inspiration.
What are the easiest and the hardest parts of the artistic process?
Coming up with ideas. Following through with them.
Where and how do you find inspiration?
History, real life, movies & odd conversation.
What do you feel is the significance of online communities, such as deviantART, to aspiring artists?
No idea, I'm not an aspiring artist. No one is, except those who can't draw. To aspire to be an artist means you're not already one. I think you're either an artist or you're not! You can however, aspire to be a *better* one.
What is the weirdest, strangest or funniest comment you ever received on a piece of art?
That I am a hack, derivative of no less than 5 other artists who yes, may be influences. I think if I can somehow meld aspects of all their work into one...I must be doing something right? This guy was hilarious.
What advice can you offer to other artists?
Don't give up. Be your own worst critic. 99% of the greats had knock backs and carried on, but 100% of failures gave up their dreams or never bothered to try because they thought it too hard.
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