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Heyyyyoooo KC! This morning we have another phenomenal interview with Woody Woodward! I asked Woodward a couple of questions to get the inside scoop on what it’s like to be an artist in the kc art district, what motivates them, and just a little about them! Keep reading to see the full interview!

“Hey, all! My name is Woody, and I am a fantasy illustrator and muralist. While I do private commissioned work, I am also working on a world-building project called ‘Auveriah’. This new world I am creating is a result of my inspiration of different cultures around the world. Auveriah will include a variety of lifeforms – from humanoids to dragon-esque creatures known as ‘Knolavymn’. I am currently writing a book on Auveriah, and hope to have a first draft within the next year or so.

My creativity is inspired by the cultures (both past and present) within our world. I draw on these inspirations from areas such as Greco-Roman and Meso-American– just to name a couple. Pop culture also provides great inspiration to me as well. I am a big fan of Lord of the Rings and Star Wars, and I study them intently to find what makes them memorable as a world and as a storyteller.

Making it in the art world is difficult so I find that I have to have several irons in the fire. I currently work for Storytellers Inc. as an artist and muralist and sell my art through local shows like ArtGarden. Simultaneously, I am also a freelance Illustrator working for various clients to keep up with the bills. However, I do keep a non-art related job as a ‘mover’ to help pay for expenses when needed.

While I did not grow up in KC, I found that being in the community here has inspired me to push my art further. My artist friends and I share our work with each other and encourage growth both in our messaging and technical skill. These critiques from friends have not only helped my technical skills, but my ability to communicate my art with other people.

Art is a form of expression for me. I can express my emotions through storytelling and support it with combinations of different light, color, and movement. If I am happy or sad, the expression comes through. I believe the same goes for society as well. Whenever an event happens, the art that is influenced from that occurrence can emote what people are feeling.

My art represents escapism. The world can be a harsh place, and sometimes people just need a place to escape. Just like our favorite pop culture movies and books, we can escape to another world. However, we might be able to find something within that other world that we can relate to in our lives. Like pop culture, my art’s purpose is to give people an escape through the storytelling and compare the story to their own experiences.

My favorite medium changes constantly, but currently my favorite medium is digital painting, i.e. photoshop and procreate.”

To check out more of Woody Woodward artwork go to to view, and go to to inquire! & don’t forget to follow their Instagram

As always thank you by making this possible, and giving kc more room to use their voices! Thank you again Woody, and thank you KC!

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