Chereksky gorge, Kabardino-Balkaria.
Recently I answered a few questions Rachael Amber. I hope that it will be interesting to someone, or maybe even useful.
1. What artists have influenced your work?
Frankly, I have only recently started to get acquainted with the works of other artists. For many years I lived in an information vacuum. I did not have money for art books, and the Internet appeared for me, when I was twenty-three years. In part to keep my mind in a vacuum was a conscious decision because I was afraid of falling into imitation.
Of course, some reproductions were available to me - first of all it was a reproduction of Soviet artists , that I tried to emulate them in his childhood . Although it turned out just disgusting, because to do in realism need to know much. I also liked Arkhip Kuindzhi, his work with light. I could see it in the original, as his paintings hung in the local museum.
Among the foreign artists I was familiar with the works of Salvador Dali.
At home we were perfume with his design. I remember when I was trying to create a picture on the basis of them decorated box. I also copied the beautiful scenery or historical reconstruction of the books and magazines taken in library, because I wanted to keep them to itself for memory. I think it was useful, since I thus developed a sense of composition.
In school, I was praised, but the mark on the drawing I have not been very high, as I did not liked to draw on the same topic and was grubby in the figure. In art school I drew pictures ecological, battles, aliens, also attracted me a Bible stories, especially those associated with suffering. I copied the illustration from a children’s Bible. I loved the composition, but did not like painting and drawing, where you had to paint still lifes. It was boring for me.
With seventeen to twenty years, I have never studied and it is in these heavy, full isolation of years I have invented some intuitive ways of drawing. Then I found out that they were invented long before me, but it did not matter, because I finally found what I was looking for.
At nineteen, I bought a book of Carlos Castaneda, with illustrations by Vladislav Erko. I liked his work so much that I realized that one day I will draw in this style. Another influence on me Ciurlionis, really, I do not know where he could see his work. When I finally saw it on the internet, I had a feeling that I know them so well, as if painted them himself.
In sum, Dali, Erko and Ciurlionis still remain for me inspired. Yet here include Max Ernst, I was given a printout of his books when I was in college, it was in that moment I realized that many of my intuitive techniques were first invented him.
2. What is your favorite subject to draw? (people, nature, buildings… etc?)
I have a fickle nature, cannot be guessed in advance that I want to draw. When I have an interest in himself , I paint portraits, to be more precise - I ‘m trying to express my emotions through someone else’s face. Basically I figure children, adolescents and the elderly, it is the people of those ages who are close to me . Sex on my drawings and rarely took the explicit expression, usually I draw androgynous . Faces almost always some asymmetrical, main focus I do on the eyes . The figures I depict rare, but if I draw, then it is most likely - will be seen from behind . The back seems to me that says a lot about a person.
I paint nature , when I go to the plain air and just take a break from face images . Landscape is also perfectly expresses emotions, but not so much the plot as a spot, line and color. Sometimes I paint imaginary landscapes, those in which would like to be, or those that were in a dream.
Active fantasy from clean slate is not peculiar to me . I have a lot of crutches - monotypes , stains on the wall, bad photos , dreams and hypnagogic hallucinations. This is the stuff that we just have to tweak - the main highlight and cut off unnecessary, that’s what I do - pattern recognition, followed by bringing them to the result that would satisfy me.
3. Do you have a favorite medium to work with?
The mediums are chosen according to my plan. Digital painting gives unlimited possibilities in working with light (luminescence, which are very difficult or impossible to represent in traditional materials), textures and allows you to do one of the many choices of one work. If I want to create something luminous and texture, as well as work on options to turn a bad picture or sketch to the finished work, I open the image editor.
If I want to do something tangible that you can touch, smell, hang on the wall, finally, that I open gouache or pastel. Most often I use exactly these materials. Pastel is good because it does not require anything extra - only and should - cardboard and paint-fixer. Gouache is easily mixed with dry pastel and dries not as fast as acrylic, but not as long as the oil, which in addition to need a lot of other materials.
4. Did you attend/are you attending art school?
Yes, as I said before, I attended art school (4 years) and the College of Art (also 4 years). The art school gave me a little in the technical plan, but her visit was my outlet, because learning in secondary school was just unbearable.
College gave me the technique, although I resisted this, and as I could.
5. How do you feel your style has changed from your earlier work?
Although the analysis of own work from the inside is quite difficult, I often try to do that. With the advent of the digital era, it has become easier to do, as an opportunity to consider the preview works, and lay them on the topics
Of course technology changes over time, I have become more courageous in the selection of materials and tools. Quantity transformed into quality. Now I’m less afraid of mistakes, because the mistakes may give rise to something new. Previously unsuccessful work frustrates me; I threw it in the distant box, now I treat it differently. I flip the sheet or layer on the computer, add texture and look - is it possible on the basis of this work to create something interesting.
Change of course affected not only the way to create.
For example recently I realized that I was less fascinate suffering. I’m picturing more people meditating. That certainly shows my personal change. I think that not only person affects the his works, but also works effect on a person, change it.
Especially if it does not art coming from the mind. Most of my work is such - they reflect not only the individual but also the collective unconscious.
6. Where do you look for inspiration when you are lacking motivation?
There is a saying - the appetite comes with eating. I try not to make big breaks in painting, as has happened in the past. Now I paint in any mood and health. With my inspiration of all standard - music, movies , view galleries of both old and modern masters . Also helps me a deep sense of mission. I believe that if you have some talent, then do not use it a sin. Payment for this sin will feel meaningless residence life, which can lead to depression and even physical illness. When you’re doing what you love, in other words - are following the path of the heart, you feel satisfied.