Swedish photographer and retoucher Erik Johansson is a favorite artist of many in the Photoshop community. His work has been described as a "genetic mix of Dali and Escher" and many artists have come to respect his work for both the quality of its execution, as well as the creative ideas behind each piece. I recently had the opportunity to chat with Erik in a Google+ Hangout. During our conversation we talked a bit about his work, his workflow, as well as a bit about his creative process. If you would like to learn more about Johansson, please take a moment to review this fantastic interview.
Full Video Interview With Erik Johansson
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Created back in 2008, "Go Your Own Road" is one of Johansson’s most-recognizeable pieces. In this part of the interview we talked a bit about the process that went into creating this piece, as well as what he might have done differently if he were to re-create this piece today.
"Fishy Island" is another older piece from Johansson’s portfolio. This piece depicts an island built on top of a giant fish. Johansson explains the creative process behind this piece in more detail during his Adobe MAX Keynote Address embedded at the end of this article.
During this part of the interview, we also discussed his Three Steps to the Creative Process.
- Planning and Idea Development
- Collecting Material
- Putting Pieces of Puzzle Together in Photoshop
"Set Them Free" is a more recent piece from Johansson’s portfolio. This piece was also discussed in more detail during his Adobe MAX Keynote Address. In this section of the interview, we discussed how important problem solving is to the creative process as well as how he was able to construct many of the props seen in the artwork below.
"Drifting Away" is one of Johansson’s latest pieces. In this part of the interview we discussed the behind the scenes video that he created for this piece, as well as the meaning behind it.
Photoshop Live – Street Retouch Prank
With over 17 million views, Johansson’s live street retouch prank video is one of the most successful viral Photoshop videos ever.
Erik Johansson’s Adobe MAX Keynote
Please take a moment to review Johansson’s keynote address from Adobe MAX 2013.