Based in New York City, Noah Kocher is a Nashvillian artist who works on digital and physical illustrations. Focusing on manipulation, Kocher gained more popularity during the lockdown when he shifted his full attention to creating his artworks. During the past two years, our lives changed in the sense that we have known. We have all shifted to the digital version of things instantly and have had to live digitally for an indefinite amount of time. This new “normal” affected the artists too, directing them to create digital artworks. Noah Kocher, a talented artist from Nashville, was a new member of New York City when COVID-19 caused the whole world to stop. He was working for an art gallery back then, but after the quarantine restrictions, he had to turn to art to provide for himself. Fortunately, things turned out well for Kocher, art provided him highly and his career took off. Kocher creates physical and digital artworks, which grew his popularity thanks to social media. He is known for making digital collages and experimenting with the liquify tool that became his signature style. He states that his art changed after his initial move to the city which was before the COVID-19 pandemic caused everything to be indefinitely closed. The artist explains that digital artworks are more convenient while physical artworks have more sentimental aspects for him. They might take up to months before being completed, but digital artworks are more straightforwardly done. Kocher sometimes mixes the two forms to experiment. He might start with a physical piece, scan it and afterward manipulate it digitally. Although Kocher is very popular on social media, the artist mentions that it took him six years to get recognition from the people he resonates with. On the other hand New York City provided him with a creative environment with like-minded artists that grew Kocher as an illustrator. See also Jose Berrio Mashes Up Analogue Textures and Typography to Create Retro-Futuristic Illustrations Realizing that he can provide for himself through his art was the most uplifting moment that Kocher recalls. Although it has been his dream to live off of art, he had his doubtful days just like any artist who tries to reach their goals. Now that he is more confident with himself, he remarks that every artist has a different creative pace. According to Kocher, his art changed a lot during the years he has been working. He recalls his first drafts and drawings to be very bad but still holds an appreciation for them because his current practice level was shaped thanks to those early works. The artist thinks that some pieces happen effortlessly as they are meant to happen. He enjoys letting go during his creative process and seeing what comes out. Constantly working with the same medium bores him, so occasionally he switches to painting, collaging, digitally editing, and experimenting with different mediums to see what else he can do. Kocher is influenced by anything that is surrounding him, even by random items that are supposed to be trash but make him think that he can make something out of it. He explains that his art communicates with him in a way he still could not decode. As an artist, he aims to keep creating his art and keep living with a sense of fulfillment. You can get to know Noah Kocher a bit more through the video below and follow his Instagram @noahkocherart to be up-to-date with his recent artworks. Do not forget to let us know what you think of Kocher’s artworks in our comment section below! Images: Noah Kocher’s Instagram You can also find us on Twitter and Instagram.