[ September 2, 2009 ]
I work in two styles - one is very simple and clean (2D vector) and the other one rather rich and heavy (3D). My 3D work mostly is based on the surrealist method of automatic drawing. My goal is to collect the fragments of life and situations, which are difficult to catch in material - it's a drawing of crying after a bad day, drawing of travelling at a London's train on my morning way to work when people are stressed and sleepy in that particular moment, drawing of happiness etc. The most important part of the process is to draw in exactly that and the only intense and fragile moment, which is full of tension and emotion, whatever the condition is.
I have played with the automatism in drawing since 1999 and produced hundreds of sketches. In 2006 I got the idea to get them to another dimension and started to explore the 3D technique. It's a contemporary mixture of surrealism, cubism and constructivism produced with a huge help of state-of-art technology.
What are the main differences or limitations between working on a self-initiated project and a commissioned one?
I have a library of drawings, I sometimes go through them, look for most interesting compositions or ideas and think how they could work for the specific brief, what changes need to be done so I work around it a bit. Sometimes it is better to start with a blank sheet, focus on the theme and let my hand draw whatever the impulses send me.
Some Illustrators say that when doing an illustration for themselves they do not consider an audience. Do you agree with that statement or do you think that not having a defined audience makes us unaware that there is always someone who will see our work?
Have you ever felt restricted of exploring and developing your style by the demands of clients and audience?
Do you believe that as an illustrator you develop a visual language and then clients commission you because they like your style or we unconsciously develop our style according to what the market demands?
I google images, photographs and write down relevant words to find appropriate symbols and think how they could work together. I also read articles to study the subject and learn to understand it and find my own opinion.
What do you consider your biggest achievement so far?
Your dream project?
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