About Me


I decided to teach myself to draw at age 25. I had never done it before and I was horrible at it. I thought it was impossible - something you had to be born with. I decided to try it, because if I thought it impossible, but it really isn't - then many more things could be possible.

Since then, art has been my daily practice and my path to mastery. I've gone through hundreds of courses from the best in the industry. Through learning about art, I've learned so much about learning itself, managing complexity, discipline, grit, execution - what it takes to do hard things & realizing that nothing is impossible with the correct strategy, mindset and discipline.

I love everything about art and design. They are a perpetual challenge. Nothing is ever easy and you always get humbled if you think you're winning. Every day is an attempt to get better than the day before. I love the creativity inherent in the entire process of design, from choosing the right tools, to combining software, to the execution and meaning that can be infused in a piece.

It is my ambition now to develop a depth of understanding of artistic and design principles and combine them with all the various tools available to artists today - from drawing and painting, to photobashing, 3D, Sculpting & VR. I also share a lot of my artistic journey on my YouTube channel, hoping to spread the ideas and mindset that have helped me not only improve my art, but also my entire life.

I currently work freelance as a Concept Artist, Designer & Illustrator out of the UK - please get in touch if there is anything I can help with ck.volen@gmail.com
One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Featured Blog Posts

June 15, 2016

Art & Life Lessons From Shaddy Safadi – One Pixel Brush

For those few who may not know him – Shaddy Safadi is the outspoken art director and co-founder of One Pixel Brush – a cutting edge studio producing concept art for AAA titles. The studio’s mission, as Shaddy outlines it, […]
March 28, 2016

Learn Squared Term 2 – Big Notes and Insights From All Courses With Jingna Zhang, Maciej Kuciara, Jama Jurabaev and Ash Thorp – All 8 Weeks

Term 2 for Learn Squared has started, I’m sure a lot of people are curious about the courses or are wondering which ones to take. I’m taking all 4 courses again and sharing the notes so even if you can’t […]
November 3, 2015
Post Apocalyptic City InPursuitOfArt Learn Squared

Learn Squared Term 1 – My Notes and Insights From All Four Courses With Anthony Jones, Maciej Kuciara, Jama Jurabaev and Ash Thorp

There are probably a lot of people out there wondering about the Learn Squared courses. Put together by some of the biggest names in the concept art industry – Anthony Jones, Maciej Kuciara, Jama Jurabaev and Ash Thorp – I […]
June 3, 2014
Stop-Procrastinating

Stop Giving Up

How many times have you thought to yourself “This is it, this is the last time I do this”, the last day I slack off on my work, the last time I waste the whole day playing games, the last time I […]
January 9, 2014
Apollo - God of Knowledge

The Key Behind Progress and Learning

“I hear and I forget, I see and I remember I do and I understand” – Confucius A lesson is not learned when you can recite its contents word for word, or when you receive an A in school or […]
December 15, 2013

Your disadvantages are your greatest assets

There are countless stories of the most unlikely and disadvantaged people becoming successful at what they wanted to do. There are athletes with no limbs, deaf musicians, blind painters, motivational speakers and humanitarians with the bleakest life stories imaginable. Any […]