In this week's blog, we meet an artist who takes animal art to a new dimension. He mixes animal breeds to form new fantasy species. Meet Kenneth Kudulis, DBA kudu-lah and explore his unique take on animal inspired art.
I draw critters, which are inspired by people and animals that I’ve encountered during my travels. Most of the critters are combinations of several animals. For instance, Derblin is reindeer goblin, Moxie is a cycloptic cat fox and her boyfriend (yeah they have relationships), Squppy, is a squirrel puppy. Squppy was actually drawn from my dog, Smokey, a Pomeranian / Lhasa apso mix. Smokey was very fluffy, had a snaggle tooth, was partially blind and obsessed with squirrels. My drawings are inspired by sometimes a physical trait and other times personality. For instance, Albee, our purple monkey is actually based on our Frenchie, Pixel. She’s always on the lookout for treats and so is Albee.
The critters are always drawn with ink pens. Then the critters are digitally painted, similar to a water color technique.
I started kudu-lah in 2007, but have been drawing and painting since I was a child. I really started painting in high school and later worked in the scene shop in college. I figured I could professionally paint and hone my skills as a scenic artist. I was 1 of 2 accepted paint interns at Juilliard in New York, then later freelanced with the Santa Fe Opera (NM), Public Theatre (NY), Apollo Theatre (NY), Spaeth Design (NY) and numerous off-Broadway shows. I got to a point where I was tired of painting other people’s work and decided to start painting my own.
My wife and I are the proud parents of two French bulldogs, Pixel and Scribble. Actually Scribble just joined the family last week. She is 10 weeks old, brindle () and really enjoys throwing herself into monkey grass. Pixel is a 4 yr old fawn ( ), and loves to go hiking. Her longest hike to date is 6 miles with 1600 ft. elevation change; for a 16lb Frenchie with 5” legs, we are pretty sure that’s the equivalent of hiking Everest.
I don’t really have a favorite piece of artwork I’ve created myself. I paint in hopes that it is someone else’s favorite piece of artwork one day. You can’t get really attached to your own work. It’s more out of a necessity to create. I just get an urge to paint, I finish and then I’m satisfied. Honestly, my favorite artworks are the pieces we are collecting from other artists. We just picked up some amazing pieces by NC based artist, Faryn Davis, who paints dreamy woodland scenes encased in resin.
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