Hi, my name is Kris, although… most people call me Hartas.
I’m a self-taught pen artist.
I guess I’ll start this post with a bit of background about my career. I hadn’t always thought of becoming an artist. In fact in 2012, I finished my studies with a double degree in Architecture and Interior Design. And after this, as many of us do, took a couple of gap years to travel. When I finally returned home there were various opportunities available to me, however I had no real desire to pursue a career in Architecture. So, I worked casually while I was figuring out what it was I wanted to do.
Drawing at this time was more of a therapeutic thing I did every now and then. It was very experimental when I first started, different mediums and techniques. However soon enough, it became part of my daily routine and exactly one year ago I decided to take on art as a full time career.
The past year has seen me spend over 3120 hours at my drawing table, use around 828 unipin pens, complete thirty-two A1 drawings and fail at over a half a dozen of them. It’s been a journey to say the least, with just as much success as there were set backs.
One of the biggest issues I’ve dealt with this year is gaining exposure. If I’m being honest, I would’ve liked to have sold a few more pieces, maybe even gained a larger following on social media. But I’ve never been overly comfortable with self-promotion. And so first lesson learnt, as much as having a quality product helps, it’s also got a lot to do with who you know and how you market yourself. Now I’m trying new tactics and learning what works for me. I’ll get there.
The good news and what I’ll take away from this year is the fact that my work is getting better. My attention to detail and ability to shade has come a long way. I’ve learnt a lot! Never in my right mind would I have known how many ways there are to wield a pen.... mind blown!
For an artist, having a blog isn’t really part of the job description and it’s not something I thought I would do. But as an artist I spend a lot of time by myself, listening to music or podcasts, so I have a lot of time to think and therefore a lot to talk about…might as well write it down. This blog might be nothing more than a place for me to document my journey and thoughts but if it somehow inspires another persons to ‘chase their dreams’, than I feel it will have served its purpose.