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Rio S Carson
Artist | Hobbyist | Digital Art
I graduated from Arizona State University in Tempe in December 2010 with a BFA in Intermedia Art and a minor in Japanese. I love drawing and painting in every medium I can get ahold of, including everything from painting on the surface of ceramics and wood to using computer programs like Photoshop or Painter in order to express myself in an abstract-narrative sort of way. My work is mainly 2-D, but I hope to improve my ceramics skills one day enough to make sculptures.

In the future I hope to accomplish many things. I want to become fluent in both Japanese and Chinese (and Korean if I can!), write/illustrate several graphic novels, and teach/study abroad in any of the aforementioned countries.

Current Residence: Arizona, US
Favourite genre of music: anything with a good beat
Favourite photographer: my papa : )
Operating System: Mac OS X
Favourite cartoon character: Don Patch
Well, now that I've graduated, I feel like I should be a bit more professional, even here on DA.  Therefore, I've decided to upload my artist's statement.  You don't have to enjoy it, but, well, you have the option.  :)

More than anything, I find that my artwork is inspired by my childhood.  Having grown up in a sheltered environment and in the middle the big city of Phoenix, I found that my greatest asset was my imagination.  I would spend hours playing with my sister in the back yard, and with that simple backdrop, we invented countless numbers of roles and situations to keep ourselves occupied.  Today, my work reflects that time.  Almost all of the imagery I produce contains many layers of information, and always involves the city and some imaginative element incorporated within it.  

The images that I produce are a combination of what I see and what I would like to see.  They are almost always narratives, and I enjoy creating work which other people in addition to myself may feel a relationship to.  In my work, I often create strange and fantastic creatures that, in my mind, could really be living in some dark, forgotten corner of the city just waiting to be discovered.  They range from birds with long, human faces to giant, fuzzy cat-like creatures with long fingers and toes.  To me, these creatures are playful but unapproachable, and represent both my insecurities and my strengths.

I use many different methods to create my art.  My favorites include ceramics, acrylic paint, and digital paint.  For my ceramic work, I do both sculptural and two-dimensional work, which include ceramic paint or under-glazes applied to the surfaces of usually functional pieces.  When I work with acrylic paint, I usually paint on soft wood.  I especially enjoy painting on found pieces of wood.  However, if that is not available, I also enjoy painting on canvases.  With my digital paintings, I always use Corel Painter X and a Wacom tablet and paint entirely from scratch without the use of photographic bases to begin from.  

My next venture will be burning intricate drawings into wood.  After that, I plan on writing several children’s books based on my artwork and hope to get them published one day.
  • Listening to: florence and the machine
  • Watching: 30 Rock
  • Playing: Resident Evil 2


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vladimm Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2016   Digital Artist
Hey there! Happy Birthday!:party:
LORETANA Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Happy Birthday! :party: I wish you only the positive impressions of this year!
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:woohoo: :party: :iconcakelickplz: !!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!! :iconcakelickplz: :party: :woohoo: It's September 20th which means it's that time of the year again and your special day is here! We hope you have an awesome day with lots of birthday fun, gifts, happiness and most definitely, lots of cake! Here's to another year! Many well wishes and love from your friendly birthdays team :love: --- Birthdays Team This birthday greeting was brought to you by: :devSilversymphony:
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