Creative Process

Artist Spotlight: Kate Logan aka Artetak


Kate Logan also known as Artetak, describes herself as a cat enthusiast living in Atlanta, GA who occasionally moonlights as an illustrator. (Literally in that order). We had the chance to chat recently about some of her process and style.

CXC: When did you first start drawing? Kate: I’ve drawn for as long as I can remember. I was fortunate to have parents who encouraged it.

What are your primary tools that you work with? Right now I primarily work digitally with an old Wacom Intuos 2 and paint tool Sai. I used to use mostly colored pencils and copics, but it was extremely expensive to do when you’re young and broke. Not proud to say that most of my markers were stolen. I would scrape together enough money to take the train and have to walk a mile to get to the art supply store. It was awful but I had no other means of buying supplies when 100% of my paychecks from work were going toward surviving. It’s funny looking at my old art and seeing how colorful and bright it was when I was living in such a dark time.

What are your biggest influences or inspirations for your work? I’m absolutely obsessed with innocent imagery with darker undertones. Artist wise, I look to people like Mark Ryden and Trevor Brown as a model source of what I want to do artistically. Older kitschy things also are a huge fountain of inspiration. Pop culture, the occult, serial killers….you know, the usual.


Your cosplay of Cindy from FFXV was one of my favorites since it came out even before all of the video game hype. Cosplay is a big part of your life. What’s your personal favorite if you had to pick one that you’ve done? Thank you!! I was super bummed that nobody knew who I was when I wore Cindy to Dragoncon 2016 because they pushed the game release back. Ah well, I’ll probably wear her again this year. But if I had to pick a favorite, I always have the most fun when I cosplay Baby Firefly from House of 1000 Corpses. It’s not a complicated cosplay by any means, but I get to run around with my ass literally out and portray my favorite horror movie character.


Does one creative outlet influence the other and if so, how?  (cosplay vs gaming vs drawing, etc) Yes yes yes!!! I’ve been gaming since I was a small kid, and I used to trace the art in the art books and tell everyone at school that I drew them. Gaming is kind of a foundation for just about everything I do. I cosplay the characters from games I love (I’ve cosplayed from Assassin’s Creed, Dishonored, and Space Channel 5), I draw the characters I love. Basically, without video games I don’t think I’d be quite so artistic.

What have you been listening to lately? What about film or animation? I’m really into Run The Jewels lately. But my music taste is all over the place so I’ll go from hip hop to electronic to like….Lana Del Ray. As for films, last year I fell utterly in love with The VVitch. Folk horror is one of my favorite genres of film and the movie captured it perfectly. Also I went through a 70’s satanic sexploitation film phase for a minute there, thanks to a section dedicated to that particular genre in Videodrome. They’re so weird.


What is your biggest hurdle that you run in to when creating? I get bored really easily. I’ll be into a piece, working my ass off, and get bored with inking or coloring so I start to get sloppy. I have to train myself to stop.

Any specific designs have a significant meaning to you personally? I have a piece called Old Wive’s Tale that I’m obsessed with. It’s a dark mermaid in a swamp with the water full of fish and creatures swarming around her. I spent a lot of time working on it and it embodies one of my biggest fears. Dark water where you can’t see what is below the surface.


Have any favorite projects or breakthrough moments? I recently got to work with Deadmau5 and his team at Mau5trap records on some rad projects. It was a dream come true experience and they were the most pleasant people to work with. But hot damn did it stress me the fuck out.

Soo.. social media and the internet. I know you’ve had your run in with a handful of people stealing your work. Let’s talk about that for a second. Ooooh yeah, unfortunately it’s one of those things that happens when you put your art out there. I mean, look at poor Yoshita Amano whose Final Fantasy art I told everyone was my own in the second grade. But I’ve had this happen to me several times over the years since I was a young teenager running a website back in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. It’s frustrating, it’s annoying, and you can’t really do much about it.

Has that influenced you creatively? I’ve created a few pieces out of anger as a response.

Where are you showcasing your art for people to check out? The easiest way for people to find me is on facebook at or instagram at @artetak

What’s next? My lawyer has advised me not to answer this question.


Behind the Scenes of Alexander McQueen & Nick Knight – Blade of Light

It would nearly be impossible to have a decent conversation about modern couture fashion (hell, or any sort of modern fashion for that matter) without mentioning Alexander McQueen and Nick Knight. Each is a legend in their own standing and their collaborations changed the fashion industry forever with mind blowing shoots such as the infamous Blade of Light. Whether you are familiar with it or this is something new to you, I’m excited to share one of my personal favorite behind the scene looks at the creative process behind this piece. Nick Knight has always had an obsession for capturing not just a finished product, but all of the process from start to finish. This segment brought to us from SHOWstudio (Knight’s own founded and directed website) sheds light on not only the subjects, but on the artists as they think outside of the box and work together in producing the surreal finished result.

Consider what happens when we take pride in not only the finished work, but all of the problem solving, brainstorming and execution of our choices along the way, pausing from time to time to take a step back, enjoy the moment, and then dive back in to the process.

cuushe – Sort of Light

A new day, a fresh start and a theme song to go with it. The first time I heard this track by Kyoto born Mayuko Hitotsuyanagi, I did an instant double take. Under the name ‘cuushe‘ this deam pop artist perfects the balance of a sunrise dance track that you want to keep on loop until you’re dozing off to sleep.

Mayuko reflects on her home recording experience: “The walls are really thin in Japan, and if you sing loudly you’re going to annoy your neighbors. Plus I do a lot of recording at night.” I suppose we can partially thank thin walls for her soft vocals and beautifully reserved tracks, and I admire when artists like this have elements to overcome that prove to shape their signature sound.

I highly recommend checking out her other music when you get a chance. Her artwork is appropriately stitched with anime and dreamy visual elements. Personally, there’s a nostalgic element to her music that reminds me of when I first fell in love with DJ Koze, Gui Boratto, Ada and many other artist related to the seminal German based label KOMPAKT records back around 2007.

Here’s a very very special bonus DJ mix that cuushe did for FADER starting off the list directly below.

While cuushe is actually on Flau and Cascine records, it feels relevant enough to share a few KOMPAKT related bonus tracks ranging over the past 10 years or so.

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