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Artist of the Week: Pixotato

Seattle might be notorious for niche coffee shops and scenic waterways, but locals know it's also home to an array of people who love to create. This city is chock-full of artists who we love to feature weekly on Seattle Refined! If you have a local artist in mind that you would like to see featured, let us know at hello@seattlerefined.com. And if you're wondering just what constitutes art, that's the beauty of it; it's up to you! See all of our past Artists of the Week in our dedicated section.

Seattle Refined: How long have you been creating? What mediums do you work with?
Pixotato: I have loved art since I was young. My earliest memory is sitting beside my mom at the kitchen table, drawing The Little Mermaid in pencil crayons together. As I grew older, I doodled over every available surface and drew many one-eyed anime characters (since drawing both eyes symmetrically was a challenge). I mainly work with digital art — 2D, 3D and pixel art. I also enjoy painting, doodling and crafting things in my downtime.

Can you tell us about your artistic process and how the different stages work into it?
I usually start with mood boards or photography to collect inspiration. I might sketch out something quickly as I'm testing different ideas. As the piece comes together, I'll continue to add refining details.

Tell us about where your inspiration for your art comes from.
I try to do something new or learn something new every day. Nature and This is colossal help surface new ideas. I enjoy pieces where I get to combine a variety of techniques and explore different lighting and textures.

Do you have a specific "beat" you like best – nature, food, profiles, etc.?
Lately, nature and architecture seem to be the most common themes. Silly faces on food make me laugh — I create more of what I want to see around me.

Do you have one piece of art that means more to you or is extremely special to you?
I like this piece with retro technology. The pace of change for technology is astounding. There's a time capsule element in older products (which are reminders of a specific time and place) and how they are made that I find intriguing.

If we want to see more of your work, where should we go to find it?
Instagram.

What is next for you? Anything you're working on right now that you're really excited about?
Exploring physical art in parallel to digital art. I'm enjoying the process of learning to make things with my hands, like shaping clay on a pottery wheel.

Lastly, how do you take your coffee? (We ask everyone!)
I'm more of a matcha latte or tea person — both are great for a boost of energy in the afternoon.

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