Mark Cooper creates psychedelic landscapes and gruesome looking figures with his detailed digital art. Cooper's intensely colored works seem to form an alien and darkly organic atmosphere. Many of his works are for Death and Extreme Metal groups with recent pieces for Serpentspire, Master and Pessimist. This is a dark, psychedelic, and intensely detailed work that embraces the fantasy and dark roots of Heavy Metal. Below is an interview from November with the artist.
Brief intro, who are you?
Brief? Alright. I am chaos and I exist! In a smaller sense, I am simply a slightly above average guy that spends most of his time drawing and painting.
What are you working on at the moment?
There's a digital painting of a man vomiting tentacles that has to be finished today. There are some other images that I've been working on for months. I should have at least one more high quality illustration done by the end of the year, as well as several less detailed drawings.
What are you doing when you’re not creating or working on art?
When I am not working I might be out walking at night or simply resting. I also have a passion for music. You might call it an addiction, but I limit how much I listen to. That's why I started working with bands to begin with. I used to be a drummer in bands. Weightlifting was also something I used to do religiously, but once you reach a certain level, it drains more energy than it creates. It also slowly wears down your joints and causes injury to your organs. Activities like meditation are much more beneficial to both the mind and body.
Do you admire any artists / photographers? What work inspires you?
I don't have any specific sources of inspiration anymore. Everything is a source of inspiration. If I was forced to name some artists, I would name any of the known dark artists like Giger and Beksinski. Some living artists that I admire who also do album covers include Ed Repka and Dan Seagrave.
What kind of creative patterns, routines or rituals do you have for creation?
I make sure to put 60 hours into art projects each week. so that I stay consistent. Other than that, my patterns are erratic.
What role does the artist have in society?
Artists should strive to distract people from themselves so that they remain divided and confused forever.