I like to create things that do not exist in reality. Here you can let your imagination fly and come up with something new and interesting. The hardest challenge for me is to transfer an idea from my imagination onto the canvas, and not lose anything on the way due to deficiencies in technique. Making it convincing isn't easy!
I see, but when you start a project do you sketch out your characters and compositions on paper first or do you build them up digitally?
I used to sketch with pencil on paper, but quickly moved to a digital-only approach. I do not think that this is a particularly important thing; digital technology is just a tool.
I like the color scheme in your figurative paintings – who are your main influences and how would you describe your painting style?
Thank you, but color was always secondary to me behind form and tone. A classic academic approach attracts me most, maybe because I did not have that kind of education. Thank God we have the internet nowadays! I dig classic methods a lot and try to transfer it into my digital art. I think that my style and approach hasn't fully formed yet. Over time it changes. In each of my works I experiment by trying something new. Now I tend to have a bit of a stylized technique, with realistic lightning.
Without doubt, JC Leyendecker was my first influence. I was once browsing the internet and accidentally came across his work. I was shocked! I had never seen anything so perfect! I couldn't even imagine anything greater. He was a genius. Talking about geniuses, I have also studied Sargent's works; he is exceptional in terms of light and shadow.