I really dig your stuff, I am so glad I found it. This is what I want to do. Do you work full time as an illustrator or do you do other design work or have another job? Also your work reminds me of some of Tomer Hanuka's illustration.
Glad you like it! I have worked full time as an illustrator for around 7 years now. Tomer’s work is great, as much as I know he’s a big Hokusai fan, as am I (who isn’t ha) - definately some of the asian influences cross over.
I saw 'Natalia' via SUPERSONICART and then your Inprnt profile.I wanted to ask if using Inprnt has been beneficial for you either monetarily or exposure-wise. I also want to add that what I do artistically is nothing like what you do, I'm treating this as if I am an unconcerned third party. In any case, I want to start selling prints, but there are so many outlets for this, and I don't know if anyone truly realizes any benefit. What are your thoughts?
I don’t think its been beneficial for exposure, I only set it up purely because I was travelling and couldn’t handle shipping prints or products while I was away. I will be opening my own online store pretty soon. It’s a great option if your not completely sure with how much will sell and don’t want to invest the money into numbered runs and/or if you lack the time to ship them yourself.
Hey man, just discovered your work, really cool stuff! Just wondering, that series with the plane, boat, legs, and truck with painterly strokes: is that all digital or real media? Thanks!
It’s completely mixed - underlying sketch was on paper, I added some perspective lines in photoshop, printed then painted a lot of it and then re scanned, scanned more paint bits I drew/painted and adjusted all the colours in photoshop.
I was just fortunate enough to have seen some of your work. the ghost, the reaper, the rock and the hops in particular is brilliant. are you planning on doing more pieces like this? i get such a kick out of anything that's japanese inspired with a sense of humor.
Might carry on with this series further down the line - it’s purely personal work so it comes in between jobs or in my own time which is not easily found sadly. I am and often work on other jobs with a similar japanese inspired elements - I’m sure there will always be a good amount of it around as it’s some of my favorite art :)
How much and to what extent do you use reference images for your illustrations?
Differs for each job - Naturally some jobs or subjects require more accurate results but for the most part I’ll gather some anatomy ref’s (nude study/anatomy drawing) if drawing people, gather style refs of things I like (anything from patterns to clothing, type, colours etc) and use these as rough refs.
How did you feel when you first went into freelance illustration? I really want to freelance full time but it seems so much more riskier than a steady job. :/
No doubt its riskier but also more rewarding. Same as everything in life, if you obsess and put everything into im sure it works out. Hard work > skill, all day. I kinda transitioned into it from a full time job, it just snowballed big time.
Key is to have a theme song - http://youtu.be/djV11Xbc914 , if you want it, do it - I’d rather fail than regret not trying personally..
what is some of your music for getting inspired? if not music what do you use to get inspired ?
totally dependant on the mood! I love all sorts of music but for some reason some good old school hip hop/rap or 80s stuff gets stuff moving pretty quick. tumblr is pretty sweet for inspiration also as well as the endless supply of material on lifehack.org about procrastination and productivity usually sorts it out