Around the world – #21 – Daria Hlazatova – Chernivtsi, Ukraine

Daria Hlazatova

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Artist: Daria Hlazatova
Location: Chernivtsi, Ukraine
Website: dariasgallery.blogspot.co.uk

Who are you, where are you from?
I am Daria. I live in the multicultural city of Chernivtsi, Ukraine, very close to Romanian border and Carpathian mountains.

What do you do?
I draw mostly, besides having a couple of other jobs. I actually draw when I am doing my other jobs.

Why do you do it?
I think drawing is a perfect way of existence, a very self-expressive, problem-solving, soothing occupation and besides it brings joy to others, too.

How does the place you live impact upon your work?
Greatly. Indeed, I owe my hard-working attitude to my city. Because the cultural life is nearly absent here, I have nothing better to do in the evenings than to sit and draw! If only I lived in London or New York, I imagine I wouldn’t have any time to make art because I’d spend all my days in galleries, theatres and at the concerts. I’d also be penniless. Besides this, I certainly owe a lot to my cultural Slavic background. Everything from the trees I see from my window to my noisy neighbours have had a great (both positive or negative sometimes) impact on what I’m doing now. It’s a long story.

Daria Hlazatova

How do you create these images?
I usually use pens and sometimes pencils to highlight the colour of the eyes, for example. I use very simple materials and my creative process is also not complicated. What I do is I come home after work, draw and then maybe go to bed :)

Who are your influences?
I usually avoid looking at similar work to mine or indeed at any work online. Still, I am influenced by people, who do their job perfectly. A recent visit to Tate Britain was a big influence on me. John Singer Sargent in particular. When I see masterpieces by such artists, they speak to me something like : “Daria, go home and do some drawing!” At home, by the way, there are piles of children’s books that have been in our family for years. So I think it’s fair to say that Russian illustrators such as Vasnetsov, Benois, Konashevich, Bilibin have had an influence on me since I was tiny.

What inspires your work?
Seeing other countries! My current inspiration I brought from Italy’s Florence, which is an absolute wonder of a city, and I still have ‘a piece’ of Rome left from last year in my inspiration cupboard.

Daria Hlazatova

What do you like?
I really like plants and flowers and dancing in the gardens!

What don’t you like?
Stupidity, MTV and cruelty towards animals.

Find Daria Hlazatova here:
dariasgallery.blogspot.co.uk
facebook.com/DariaHlazatova

Around the world – #20 – Cédric De Smedt – Brussels, Belgium

Cedric De Smedt

Artist: Cédric De Smedt
Location: Brussels, Belgium
Website: flickr.com/photos/cedricdesmedt/

Who are you, where are you from?
My name is Cédric de Smedt, 22 years old, from Brussels, Belgium.

What do you do?
I study art in Brussels. Besides, I am an artist/illustrator and blogger for my artistic/musical blog (http://chutedestrings.com)

Why do you do it?
Because I think I’m cut out to do it, create, bring to life,Illustrate what goes on in my head. Like any artist, I can’t help doing it.

How does the place you live impact upon your work?
It has an everyday impact. Every morning I see people in the subway, people who go to work, who are in love, old, almost dead, who shout. Life mills about but stinks death, you have to show the ridicule,the pitiful or the adorable of all that shit, what I do while drawing.

Cedric De Smedt

How do you create these images?
With many different tools : posca, gouache, acrylic, Indian ink, walnut skin, etc. On different surfaces : wood, cardboard, paper, tracing paper, canvas, … Then the dark and bitter world in my head leads my hands to create those images.

Who are your influences?
I don’t have any, only music influences me in my work of illustration.

What inspires your work?
Love, religion, God, death, life, madness, stereotypes …

Cedric De Smedt

What do you like?
The unknown, the mystic.

What don’t you like?
Yelling children.

Find Cédric De Smedt here:
flickr.com/photos/cedricdesmedt/

Around the world – #19 – Dominic Davis, South Carolina, USA

Dominic Davis

Artist: Dominic Davis
Location: South Carolina, USA
Website: www.visualbeliefs.com

Who are you, where are you from?
Where am I from? Well, let’s see. I was born in New York. Raised in Japan and Mississippi, and now I live in South Carolina. Let’s just say South Carolina.

What do you do?
I am a freelance illustrator and author. I combine my love for character design, portraiture, and storytelling to grant others freedom from their personal woes.

Why do you do it?
I illustrate because I want to help steer the youth in the right direction. Today is a crazy world for children to have to grow up in. I aim to educate, entertain, and inspire others. To answer your question, I do it because I have to.

Dominic Davis

How does the place you live impact upon your work?
I can honestly say that both Eastern and Western cultures have had a huge impact on my work. Having lived in Japan for seven years, all I knew was anime and manga. Therefore, all my drawings were focused on big-eyed, big-haired characters. It was not until I moved to the U.S. that I started drawing figures realistically. Now, I take time to make my subject matter anatomically proportionate, while maintaining a hint of impossibility.

How do you create these images?
My illustrations all start with an idea. After completing absorbing that idea, I take my 2H pencil to my sketchbook. Once the sketch is developed, I move on to Strathmore drawing pad and render with my B and 2B pencils. Once I am satisfied with the drawing, I scan the image. From there, I finish the piece with Illustrator and Photoshop.

Who are your influences?
My major influences are Dr. Seuss and James Jean. Though they bother are completely different from one another in terms of artistry; they both shared one thing in common. That one thing was pure imagination. Dr. Seuss made it clear that the simplest characters can deliver the most powerful messages. James Jean is just an amazing talent that seems to know no bounds. I respect his passion to explore any and all mediums.

Dominic Davis

What inspires your work?
Life inspires me. My family, friends, strangers, animals, music, literature, you name it. Current events and social causes serve as key inspirational sources. I am also inspired by other artists and their amazing renditions of the world around us and beyond.

What do you like?
I like a lot of things. I like spending time with family and friends. I like watching cartoons and reading manga (huge Naruto fan). I like shoes, cars, high-tech gadgets, things of that nature. I like to read children’s books and philosophy related literature as well. Any and everything that promotes equality and fairness make me happy.
What don’t you like?
I dislike only a few things. I dislike any and every form of bullying, discrimination, and hatred.

Find Dominic Davis here:
www.visualbeliefs.com

Around the world – #18 – Martynas Pavilonis – Vilnius, Lithuania

Martynas Pavilonis

Artist: Martynas Pavilonis
Location: Vilnius, Lithuania.
Website: www.whitewhitedog.net

Who are you, where are you from?
My name is Martynas Pavilonis, I’m an illustrator and graphic designer from Vilnius, Lithuania.

What do you do?
I do many kinds of art, from illustration, graphic design to some photography and even acting sometimes. As matter of fact tomorrow I’m gonna play some indian for a short-movie of a friend. But my main thing and focus is illustration.

Why do you do it?
Because I love it, simple as that. I do really enjoy creating illustrations, it’s one of my main expressions. Creating illustration is like therapy for me, escapism from “reality” to my very own planet. I like reality but my own planet is even more fun. I love surrealism.

Martynas Pavilonis
How does the place you live impact upon your work?

I live in Old Town of Vilnius, whole atmosphere is very mystical by its old buildings, churches and streets, it’s really great place to get inspired. I love abandoned old places, there’s something intriguing and scary but tempting about it. Also Lithuania is surrounded by many forests and lakes. I love some nature. You can see a lot of forest and atmospheric moments in my works.

How do you create these images?
I just need time when I’m alone and it’s dark outside and all the magic happens with the help of ink, paper and computer.

What inspires your work?
Everything. There’s no thing in the universe that’s not inspiring, but especially I love to get inspired by the dreams. Images that comes from that are very magical and honest to me.

Martynas Pavilonis

What do you like?
Good people.

What don’t you like?
Bad people.

Find Martynas Pavilonis here:
www.whitewhitedog.net
www.society6.com/martynaspavilonis

Around the world – #17 – Rey – Paris

Rey
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Artist: Rey
Location: Paris, France
Website: cargocollective.com/reybow/

Who are you, where are you from?
I’m Rey, a 22 years old freelancer illustrator who lives and works in Paris, France.

What do you do?
I do mainly black and white illustration. Besides this love for drawing, I created 2 years ago the MMav (it’s mean My Mindwill or – Mon Moulin a Vent in French) with a Friend of mine who is an illustrator too and Now, We are working together on elaborate creative projects! We recently made our first self published fanzine and it’s now available in some places in Paris like in the library of The Centre Georges Pompidou.

Why do you do it?
I started drawing because it feels very natural for me to tell stories. So drawing was and still is for me the best medium that I’ve found to express what’s on my brain. It’s really what I need to do to be. It’s a way to share my own feelings with others through my creations.

Rey
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Who are your influences?
When I was studying Art in University, I discovered the work of these extraordinary artists from the Ukiyo – e scene with Hokusai & Hiroshige especially, it really changed my way of seeing drawing. So the Japanese scene was really important but now it’s always changing, of course since I’m working in black and white, I try to look for artists who work in black and white too. So I would say the work of genius like Moebius, Otomo and Tatsuyuki Tanaka really influenced my work. But I can watch the work of some fantastic background artists too..so its really what I’m looking for to create in my work.

What inspires your work?
Really everything that can stimulate my brain.

How does the place you live impact upon your work?
Well I guess it doesn’t really have a direct impact on my work. I like to travel and visit different places but Paris is definitely a beautiful city. The things that captivate me sometimes are some architectural places.

Rey
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How do you create these images?
I don’t have any concept when I start a new illustration I usually begin by drawing something bigger or I start on the right / left bottom of the paper then I focus on the details. I need everything to be drawn before putting the ink. In my opinion, style doesn’t necessarily need colors. Inspired by the Japanese print, by the forms and their perspective, my work is a combination of lines and black and white tone combined in the same space.

What do you like?
The Food. The Rain. Travelling. Skating. Supreme. Listening Podcast, Spending time with good friends. Sharing, talking, meeting.

What don’t you like?
Depends on the mood!

Find Rey here:
Web: cargocollective.com/reybow
Twitter: @ReyMMav

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