It’s all about the abstract and grunge also colorful rejoicing and inspiring
I started when I was 15 years old, got some basic tools for drawing and painting, but that soon wasn‘t enough, so I annoyed my aunt, a designer herself, to give me some of the programs she used. So I came to get Photoshop 7 and literally became an addict. Some day YouTube came up, and with that lots of great tutorials I used to watch for a long time to learn. I actually do not have any clue how come I have the style I use these days. It kind of is in my blood, I suppose. I love the abstract and grungy, dirty, damaged and so on; always did. Well, how did I get started? Likely answer: I use to sing in a band myself, a Death Metal band called ‘Pejora’. The band was founded in 2008, and that somehow was the very same moment I decided to not only make artworks for MY band, but others as well. I then came to meet different people, I networked and befriended other artists, learning from them, teaching myself in styles and even marketing and such things. That‘s basically how I came to do all this.
My technique definitely has its flaws and is by no means common in any sense. For example: I don‘t really work with often used tools or options such as “masks” many things are done via layer merging, and apropos, sometimes I don‘t even name layers, haha. My technique is rather chaotic, but I always happen to keep an eye on it, and it doesn‘t take me longer to design something special than others. Quite a lot is done by collage work, say, composings from many different pictures and elements, whatever these may be. I do a lot of color retouch, color rework or anything like that which leads me to an abstract style in the end. Then, I often put grungy elements by using layer filters, which is giving the whole thing its final touch. I love seeing these dirty and rotten styles, that‘s just my thing, hehe.
I’m deeply convinced that everything is connected. Art, and whatever that might be, is something that can be stunningly impressive and inspiring. To me, there is nothing alike. Generally, everyone has their personal taste of art, and so have I of course. I surely do prefer certain things myself, such as metal music and art that is progressive, inspiring and somehow sophisticated. In my opinion, there is great need for a message that needs to be carried and outspoken.
I’m not that much into the original theme of symbolism. I myself don’t really care, but I care about the message that is transported. I’m not a religious man, nor am I into occultism or things like that. I like mythological themes and styles, something that happens to appear magic or supernatural. To me, things also needn’t be dark all the time. Many of my works are colorful and may still appear bright or dark, whatever the viewer wishes to interpret. Anyway, I still like to use all of these elements, but they do not concern me personally.
Authors/books, films, history, mythology and all these are fascinating things. But why? Many themes are carried throughout these works, whatever that might be. A theme itself, a person/individual, something really abstract like Lem‘s Solaris e.g. Sometimes even a simple title may be inspiring. Where else? As mentioned before, I use to browse through the web a lot and like to explore and find new artists and those willing to become one. Of course, there are certain artists I “worship” as idols, hehe.
Interview by Alex Milazzo – Copyright 2016 © Heavy Music Artwork. All rights reserved.