I drew since I was little...
I drew since I was little (in fact my sister said I was born with a pencil in hand) but it really became a thing when my parents gave me the "How to paint and draw" book for Christmas. It was a massive tome, and it described all sorts of drawing techniques. I never really got round to trying every one of them – I stuck to pencil and crayons.
Later, in school, I became fascinated with Japanese animation and comics. I drew a lot of girls with really big eyes, and even though the fascination ended, I have a fondness for the style and the culture.
After school, a run with university education, and finishing a course in computer graphics, I started working at Pajka Studio. My first gig was to create a logo for an apartment building and it just kind of went from there.
At some point, in between graphic jobs, I sat down and worked with paper and a fineliner - hundreds of dots and lines, all through the night up until the next day. At that point I remembered I kind of know how to draw. I finished one piece, then the other and the "oddities" series emerged out of that.
Since then my professional work mostly consists in graphic design, and illustration is the relaxing part of the creative process. Having said that, at this very moment I'm working on t-shirt prints and illustrations for a book - that's the way it flows.
Working in graphic design gives freedom and independence, and I do value these things, probably more than anything. At the same time, the relationships with clients are always changing - some times they are the tiring part of the job, and one wishes work could just flow without external demands. Other times encountering clients - their needs and ideas - is an intrinsic part of the creative process.
I wanted to have my own graphics studio. I imagined that once I get to that stage everything will be sorted out which, of course, is not the case. But I do appreciate being my own boss, being free to take things and to walk out on them, too.
It is always flowing between the sense of agency and powerlessness.
Ideas take all sorts of forms.
When I don't have a clear idea, and I feel like just drawing, I sit down with a fineliner and carry on until I'm done (and if I don't like the result, it goes straight into the bin).
If an idea has been brewing in my head, I start sketching it with a pencil and then move on to the fineliner. I would then scan the drawing and perhaps put some colors onto it - although frankly, I rarely complete the coloring stage.
I have one rOtring rapidograph pen and I must admit it's one of my favorites: it gives nice, smooth line and it's really easy in use.
Good quality tool make work easier and consequently have a big influence on the final result of my artworks. I think this is really important.
I find a lot of inspiration in photographs of all sorts: fashion, nature, animals, vintage... Internet right now is a treasure trove, one can fish out great things.
I rarely look at the work of other graphic designers, the ones I like best are the ones very far from what I do at any given time. Other than that I enjoy the simple things: a sunny afternoon in a park, beer, books, especially travel books - perhaps because I don't have the opportunity or courage to travel myself. Mythologies (the fondness for Japanese culture is visible here) - as a good base for working on "oddities". I do collect books, they are good companions, very calm.
My latest creative venture is screen printing – I formed a team with a friend, which we call nasze7.pl and we work out of a studio in Warsaw. I'm also exploring signage lettering, it really fascinates me to the point that maybe some day I could do it for a living. But for now, I'm sticking to my dots and lines.