Kugali Spotlight: Nikolas Draper-Ivey


If I were to describe his art in one word it would be phantasmagorical, each piece possesses a dreamlike quality reflecting influences from both Eastern and Western art. Nikolas has expressed his creativity in a way that is truly unique and captivating while reading through the sample pages from the Dream Vesper prologue I was so engrossed in the visuals that I could almost hear the symphony of an orchestra the imagery is beautiful yet ghastly. To say I’m excited to see the final product would be an understatement, I’m ecstatic. From what I’ve seen I still think the best is yet to come.


K: What gave you the courage to pursue a career in art?

NDI: It was really the only thing I felt I was decent at.

K: Can you describe the reaction of your family and close friends when you told them you wanted to pursue a career as a professional artist?

NDI: My family wasn’t too impressed by this. Hahaha. But now they seem to be coming around to the idea. My closest friends are very supportive.

K: Now that you’re professional there’s a certain level of quality your fans have come to expect. Has this changed your creative process?

NDI: I still don’t consider myself a “professional” despite what others might feel. I probably won’t feel that way until I put out a book. I do feel pressure to improve the quality of my work before that happens.

K: Describe your favourite job or project and why?

NDI: Working on my own material I like having creative freedom


K: Describe your worst job or project and why?

NDI: I don’t want to answer that question I have an answer but it’s a long story

K: Describe your creative process from the point of inspiration to completing a piece.

NDI: I usually have something in my head and then it stays in my head for a while until I decide to draw it. I try to come up with original designs and I always feel inadequate as an artist if someone compares me to something else. There are thousands of people that disagree with that logic, but thats just me. I try to pull from life and make it as cool as possible.

K: What do you think separates good art from great art?

NDI: Perspective and effort. There is art that is passable and “technically” good, then there is art that raises the bar. Meaning you see it and it blows your mind. It should you hit on an emotional, almost spiritual level.

K: When you think of beautiful art what is the first name that comes to mind?

NDI: Beautiful art, man…that’s tough. Everyone is different. I can’t even call that. My standard of beauty might not be the same as someone else’s.


K: Kugali Laboratories have condensed the flux capacitor into a device that allows you to call yourself 5 years in the past, however, the call only lasts 15 seconds what would you say to your younger self?

NDI: You’re still not good enough.

K: Who are your top 5 favourite artists?

Olivier CoipelTakeshi ObataAlphonse MuchaTetsuya Nomura and Gustave Dore.

K: Describe your art in a sentence?

NDI: …. I can’t, actually I’ll just say it’s unintentionally reminiscent.

K: What can we expect from you in the future?

NDI: I’m working very hard on Dream Vesper, thats something to look forward to. I’ll probably release it as a webcomic first. I don’t want to announce anything to soon just yet.

K: We honestly can’t wait for it! Thank you very much for your time

NDI: Yep!

For more artwork check out his: Instagram | Facebook | Tumblr