The f.a.q journal is now updated! I hope this makes up for my recent delay in replying question messages.
Q:How did your style evolve? Were you inspired by a certain artist either on dA or somewhere else?A: My biggest source of inspiration were my friends, who had the same interests as me. We've been meeting every weekend just to draw together and have fun. One of these friends was She proved to me that everything can be achieved just with hard work, which is what I strongly believe up until now. First few years of my artistic journey were strongly affected by popular anime shows - mostly Gundam Wing, Naruto, Loveless, in this order. Later on I concentrated completely on a style which I could call my own.
Q: are you a student at animation? or did you finish animation college? or an regular art college?A: I'm a graduate of Art of New Media at Polish-Japanese institute of Information Technology in Warsaw, majoring in animation.
Q: Do you have any favorite video game series? Anime? Or Cartoon series?A: My favourite game for the PC platform is the first "Rayman" game. I was so into it back when I was 10-11 that I've been even drawing fanarts! My number one game for consoles would be "Ace Attorney" series and "Professor Layton" series. When it comes to anime, it would be "Shingeki no Kyojin" "Uchuu Kyoudai" (Highly recommended even though it's not that popular outside Japan. It should be!), "Death Note" and "Gundam Wing". My favourite non-japanese cartoon is "Gravity Falls".
Q: How much do you work every day?I try to draw at least for 8 hours a day.
Q: When have You started drawing?A: Shortly before I started using my first DA account: . it was around 2003.
Q: Do You have a favourite pencil?A: Not really, my pencils tend to break so often I try to not get fond of them. but I indeed have favourite pencil leads- it's pentel B. I've tried many leads before but only with these I'm 100% satisfied.
Q: Which techniques do you use and which one is your favourite?A: I simply love experimenting with techniques and every time I take up on a new detailed illustration, I try to make it in a slightly different way to improve my versatility. Recently I started experimenting with Ambient Occlussion and it's been very fun to do. My favourite technique would be combining traditional sketch with digital coloring, giving the piece rather warmer tones.
Q: How do you shade/mix the colors? Have you learned it from a teacher/tutorial?A: I've learned basics of fast shading at an architecture course. I like to think that my way of mixing the colors is my own invention. Plus, pink overlay is my best friend.
Q: Do you still do "practice sketches" everyday? Do you think it is essential to learn how to draw properly?A: I strongly believe so, yes. I try to make practice sketches everyday, almost always outside home. At cafes, restaurants, trains, buses.
Q: Is it better to draw from photos or from life?A: Definitely from life. Drawing 3-dimensional objects teaches you a lot about lighting, which is hard to comprehend just by studying flat pictures. Also, life drawing teaches you speed, teaches you how to quickly choose lines that defines the subject. It teaches creativity, instead of just copying. This is just my opinion
Q: Do you have a steady job? Can you live of your art?A: Yes, I do have a game in a Game Developing Company, however I'm not stopping here, because what I really would like to do in life is to work in movie, animation or comic industry. I can live of my art and I see my future as an artist in bright colors. I do love my job!
Q: Do you enjoy working for customers or would you like to just concentrate on your own projects?A: I'd love to have more time for my personal projects, but I do enjoy working for my customers very much, as I often draw subjects I would probably never take up on while drawing for myself. Also, well, how to put it. You don't smile at cheese you bought for supper. Ok maybe some of you do. What my point is, when I send off a finished commission, many customers reply with a note of joy. I feel like I sell happiness, and that feeling is glorious. I'm very thankful for that, once again, I love my job.
Old DA account. Check for fun!