Karl Wohkittel was one of my superstar students and I always looked forward to seeing his problem solving solutions to the projects in my class. He created a board game called Fancy Ghosts which I completely, totally, 200% love and wanted everyone to see his work!!
C: Have you always been interested in art/design/illustration? If so, why? If not, what were you interested in?
K: I have always been interested in art and all the aspects of it, honestly, but what a lot of people may not know is that it wasn’t until I was already underway in college when I decided to actually make it my career path. I originally started off at FSU pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering! It was not until I took a couple of art-related courses for the sake of fulfilling the base requirements that I began to shift gears into another direction entirely for my bachelor’s degree
C: How did you get into art? What was your spark?
K: I could not even reliably give you an estimate for when I first got into art since I have just always been involved with it for as long as I can remember. I was always doodling on papers in class and there would be the inevitable student peering over my shoulder to compliment whatever it was that I decided to draw. Though, it was not until 2014 (with thanks to an introductory course on graphic design) that I had the spark to make art my lifelong passion.
C: Goals you’d like to achieve in 1 year? 5 years? A lifetime? (a biggie, I know!)
K: Within a year, I would like to at least hold down a job specifically in the field of graphic design. Perhaps not as my full-blown career, since that would be more fitting for the 5 year goal, but at least something to put down as applicable experience for when I do find that perfect job. My lifetime goal is just to make a comfortable living doing something I very much enjoy.
C: Favorite creative and why? (past or present, either’s fine!)
K: Eric Carle of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” fame and other such iconic childhood books. Perhaps I am just easy to please, but the layout of the pages and hole-punched “eaten” images of food, along with the wonderful aesthetic of the illustrations, has left a forever lasting impression on me. Eric Carle took the simple idea of a picture book and turned it into so much more. The man is 87 years old as of writing and he is still releasing new books consistently. Plus, and this is something I have only recently discovered, Mr. Carle himself used to be a graphic designer before transitioning into a writer/illustrator!
C: Why do you create?
K: I create because I can. I feel as though art has always been a cathartic outlet for me and the simple act of creating something on a whim can lead to something amazing.
C: What (or whom) is your inspiration? Why?
K: My inspiration is quite literally all around me. It may be taken for granted, but every consumer good or manmade object required a designer and a lot of careful thought. Sometimes I will sit and simply look around a room just to think of the journey that each object went through to become what it is. There is just something really awe-inspiring about how much work can go into the tiniest thing. I want to put detail and thought into everything I produce, regardless of its significance.
C: Where do you see yourself going on your career path? What are your hopes/dreams/aspirations?
K: Maybe it is not the best way to approach life, if there even is some universally accepted best way to live, but I take everything a day at a time and find it difficult to have a solid endgoal in mind at this point. After all, I used to be a mechanical engineering student a few years back. My simple hope is to have fun, be paid for having said fun, and maybe make a few new friends along the way. I want to be able to have my work make some kind of influence on something or someone, no matter how minuscule it may be. I just want to design.
C: Best advice you’ve ever received?
K: I would say the best advice I have ever received would be my parents telling me to actually pursue a career in something I would be comfortable in and not a career that I might think they would want me to have. Leading up to my college years, I had my mind deadset on engineering that I was genuinely horrified to let it be known that I was thinking of alternate degree paths. It is silly looking back on it, of course, but I have a tendency to make mountains out of molehills at times. My family is greatly supportive of me and the choices I have made and I could not be luckier for that.
C: Gimme the deets! What’s your instagram/twitter/snap/society6/redbubble/etc and website info?
as a post script, here’s a link to his game:: thegamecrafter.com/games/fancy-ghosts