Niels Kiené (a.k.a. Salventius) is a Dutch artist known for his portraits created with just one line. We thought his style was great for Joto, so we asked him to create something for Joto. Carmen caught up with Niels to find out more about his work and what he thought of Joto.
[Carmen:] Hi Niels, we’d love to know more about your background. How did you get interested in art?
It doesn’t feel like I suddenly got into illustration as I have always been drawing. To be honest, I don’t even consider myself an illustrator, a painter or an artist; I just like to create and I do it with love… So maybe that makes me more of a lover! At this moment I enjoy creating light paintings, tattoos, sculptures and 3D prints. All following the same single line style.
[C:] You’ve got a very distinct style. How would you describe it?
[N:] I’ve always liked to experiment with continuous lines and that technique allowed me to create spontaneous forms, mostly portraits. It’s also a way to challenge myself, as each drawing is created in the moment and I don’t lift the pen off the paper until the entire portrait is revealed. Then is when I finally get to meet that face I’ve created and the personality behind.
[C:] Where do you find inspiration for your work?
[N:] Faces I see, in real life or online; Music. I like to experiment with different activities and see how they affect the different personalities that I create.
[C:] What’s your design process like? Where do you start?
[N:] I just try to force myself to finish every work I start. It’s the only way for me to get the best result, and I hope that discipline and joy reflects in my work.
[C:] What tools do you use for your work?
[N:] Everything that allows me to create a continuous line: I use a flashlight and camera for my light paintings, spray paint on canvas for some other artwork, and I am currently working with laser-cutting and 3D printing technique to create continuous line portraits in 3D.
I’m looking forward to trying VR techniques with Google and Tiltbrush, although that’s a little too expensive to experiment with at the moment!
[C:] What’s been the most enjoyable work you’ve done so far? And the most challenging?
[N:] Being constantly experimenting with new ways of expressing myself though art feels like every work is both enjoyable and challenging at the same time.
[C:] What projects are you currently working on?
[N:] I don’t know where my career will take me, and that’s ok for me! If people want to join me on my adventure, they can follow my social streams: Instagram and Facebook. I’m currently doing a year long project #366daysofdrawing, that will end on the 12th of December this year. After that… Who knows!
[C:] Now you’ve doodled with Joto, what do you think of it?
[N:] I love the concept behind Joto and the technique it uses. The first time I heard about it, I immediately came up with ideas to use it for my own projects.
How nice would it be to surprise people with a new single-line drawing every day of the year?