Jonathan Foerster has been drawing ever since he was two years old, mimicking the work of his father drawing up blue prints. By the time he was in kindergarten, he was already drawing full-shaped figures while all of the other kids were still struggling to draw stick figures. Since that time, he has never stopped drawing.
Once he turned 16, creating using a computer grabbed ahold of him and wouldn’t let go. Now, his artwork is created digitally, using a variety of tools such as Photoshop, StudioMax and Illustrator. Stitching together 3D elements, textures, digitally drawn elements and photos, Foerster creates abstract and surreal scenery in his artwork.
“Art has always been an escape for me; a way to cope, a way to think, a way to burrow deep into my mind for awhile and let the outside world vanish,” said Foerster. “With that said, it’s mainly life and my experiences. Sometimes I will have a general idea of what I want a piece to look like, but it will morph as the year passes.”
Creating is not a quick process for Foerster, with most pieces taking anywhere between six months to a year off and on. Sometimes he even tweaks and fiddles with a piece for over a two-year span. “These aren’t something I whip up in a week or a month; a lot of thought, tweaking, experimentation and a dash of insanity goes into my work.”
Foerster is a Senior Multimedia Designer at NuOrbit Media here in Indianapolis, designing websites, video and applications for clients such as Tropicana, Gatorade and Pepsi along with some local entities such as The Children’s Museum and The Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This will be his third year showing his work at ORANJE, bringing some new pieces with him that have never been seen before. “I’ve met some great people thanks to the event and I have a lot of fun doing it,” he said. “I think it’s one of the best events Indy has to offer. It blew my mind the first year I attended (not as a participant but as a spectator); it was stimulation overload. I said ‘I have to do this.’ Now, here I am.”
With pieces ranging anywhere from $5 to $400, Foerster sells a wide variety of work. Locally, he’s shown his work at several locations such as Bier Brewery and Indy Indie Artist Colony. In the future, he’d like to challenge himself more with his artwork. “I’d like to move back out of the digital realm and go back to my roots in traditional media. I’ve become too comfortable and it’s time to challenge myself again.”