What has your creative journey been like?
Full of unexpected turnovers, that’s for sure! I started around 10 years ago, when I decided to explore the secrets of design and digital arts for the first time. As a teenager, I made some illustrations that I considered cool (obviously, my opinion is slightly biased). I never learnt to draw, so I focused on photo manipulation and in hindsight – that was a great choice. I was limited by the resources I had access to, not being able to create every idea that came to my mind, but I learned to carry on regardless. Now I can say that I was completely satisfied with the role that digital art played in my life. Later, my life took a slight turn when I attended Military University of Technology. Over 3 years without enough free time to grind skills I’ve cared about the most and a head full of mathematical mumbo – jumbo. That was a nightmare. And then I asked myself – What would I like to do with my life? The answer came right away! That is how I became a member of Ars Thanea, the best production studio in the world.
WHO or WHAT inspires you?
I remain open to inspiration around me. By staying open-minded I allow a daily routine, city life, books, comics and even plain movies to inspire me. Also, the works of other artists inspire me. Actually, I believe that a good artist is an even better observer.
What does your daily routine look like?
It’s a constant struggle between work and private life. I spend most of my day at work, so I had to learn how to use most effectively what’s left. It took me a while, but now I’m very satisfied. I divide it between family/friends, private non-commercial creativity, gym/sports and just staying by myself.
What does your creative process look like?
It’s usually the same. The idea strikes me out of nowhere. Then, I try to harness it by sketching and choosing the composition concept as well as the technique I’ll be using. I feel best at 3D and photo manipulation so the choice is usually between these two or I combine both. If I can’t find the right photos, I create them in 3D software. Then, I try to transfer the idea into the digital world. At the end, I almost always think that in the artwork looked better my mind.
What advice would you give to someone just getting started?
You must be determined to work on yourself, but also stay patient. And do not listen to guys like me.
Please list all your favorite tools/gear/medium you love using?
I like to use my imagination most of all. Photoshop has never invented anything.
Do you have a favorite quote?
‘Do. Or do not. There is no try.’ – Yoda