Exploring the Creative World of A.J. Olson: Photographer, Designer, and Artist

January 29, 2023

As an artist, I've always had a passion for creativity. Even as a child, I was always drawing and doodling, always trying to push the limits of what I could create with a pencil. My artistic journey started with simple drawings of superheroes, but I quickly learned how to add an extra level of interest to my work by adding an x-ray effect, creating bones on the other side of the page.

Fast forward to my adult years, and I had formalized my love for art by receiving an associates degree in Art from Elgin Community College and later a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Visual Effects and Motion Graphics. I'm now known for my unique style of digital image manipulation, utilizing cameras, lighting, and software such as Photoshop, After Effects, Illustrator, and Premiere. But my ideas for these images come from a variety of sources, including dreams, what feels right in the moment, and even the music I listen to.

A.J. Olson's Motion Graphics Demo Reel 2021

Music has always been a consistent source of inspiration for me, and I love to create while listening to my favorite tunes. It's a powerful tool that helps me let my hands flow and create art to the beats. I also enjoy having a day job for consistency, but I also take on freelance projects on the side. Commission work usually comes through word of mouth, but I also actively search for new projects through social media.

PhotoShop Time-Lapse:"Beneath the Skin"

My personal style is dark, creepy, and erotic, and I sell my photo manipulation artwork at the annual Nightmare on Chicago Street event in Elgin, IL. If you're a fan of Halloween and all things creepy, this event is a must-see. I take pride in converting my living room into a studio space when it's time to take photos, and I spend a lot of time in my home office editing and designing on my PC.

For other artists, I recommend making three types of art regularly: art for yourself, art for friends and family, and art that can be used in corporate settings or advertising. Don't be afraid to reinvent yourself and the type of work you produce, and always keep learning and growing your skills. If things ever become stagnant, take some time to disappear and focus on your skills, and you'll be able to make a big comeback when you return.

In conclusion, I have a passion for art that has always been a part of me, and I'm constantly growing and pushing the limits of what I can create. Whether it's my favorite piece of work at the moment or my upcoming projects, I always strive to put my best foot forward and create something truly unique and captivating.
 

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