Kai Suede is an artist and an illustrator whose work can be recognised by detailed hand-drawn patterns, vivid colours and mysterious animals and creatures starring intensively with hypnotic eyes.
How did you start drawing – have you always been inspired by the same
themes as today?
Themes vary but I was always more interested in living things. I’m fascinated by characters, emotions, stories and so on. I never feel like drawing a chair or other lifeless objects.
What is the most important part to you, when you are drawing a piece?
If you start randomly drawing on a piece of paper, without a plan, what do you usually draw?
I usually start from eyes. They are such an amazing part of the body. Eyes not only let you see others but also from your eyes other can find out a lot about you. Once I draw the eyes it’s easier to find and create the whole character.
What is more important to you, the colors or the character itself?
The character is more important. It dictates the colors and the mood of the picture.
Is there a color you avoid using and why?
I’m not a big fan of green. I love green in nature but when I put it in my paintings it doesn’t feel right. I still use it every now and then but I prefer more synthetic colors.
What themes or creatures inspire you right now?
I’ve recently been working on two series of paintings. One is about death and rebirth, second is about synthesis between animal and human emotions. I’ve also started creating a zine with my friend illustrator Egle Zvirblyte that will explore feminine sexuality and the power of female body.
What is your favourite animal?
Tiger. I can look at pictures of tigers for ages.
What is the most inspiring place and time for you to work?
I like to go out, see things, meet people and get inspired but then I prefer to come back home and work alone there. Time is not that important, I lose a track of time when I work anyway.