Kai is currently an undergraduate interactive media student at Bradley University. Kai's major focus is on animation but they love all things having to do with art and technology. Some of their favorite things to create are fractals, digital paintings, glitch pieces, and photographs. In their work, they usually try to show people the possibilities of other worlds by stretching their imaginations through creatures they've designed or by showing things from a new perspective.
Kai is also a worldbuilder and is in the process of making several fictional worlds, most of which reside in the same universe. These worlds each have unique creatures, cultures, languages, and environments, and even include many godlike rulers over the worlds' solar system. The worlds have been the basis of some of Kai's artwork and writing, and Kai plans to have many more projects centered around this large-scale undertaking.
Much of Kai's work focuses on aliens and technology, which are two of their favorite things. Their inspiration comes from science, religion and the occult, culture, and damaged things like digital glitches and lo-fi images and sound. In their free time Kai likes reading, studying religions, playing video games, and hanging out with their alien-looking whippet, the dog that inspired a universe.
The Alchemist was part of Inktober 2016, done later in the month after several other similar alien gods were already created that same month. The Alchemist is one of the many “Fates” controlling different parts of Kai’s complex fictional solar system; the Alchemist is responsible for the atomic rearrangement of materials by request of the solar system’s inhabitants. This image was drawn first in pencil then with ink.
This fractal was a personal project created using the Apophysis 2.08 3D Hack, a fractal generation program, and Photoshop. Kai’s fractals can often be rendered using different color palettes, perspectives, crops, and versions, and Kai never knows what the finished product will look like because of the natural process of fractal generation. It is one of the more open-ended and freely creative types of art Kai creates.
Moonlake is a piece modeled originally in Blender, rendered with Cinema 4D, and painted in Photoshop. The mountain and grid lake are part of a much larger model created for a project Kai is working on in their free time outside of class. The full 3D model took many hours to create and the Photoshop portion of this project took around six hours, involving many color adjustments and tests, placement of starfields and galaxies, and fractals to add texture.