Arm yourself with a magnifying glass: Ultimate detail in Matthias Adolfsson's illustrations
Matthias Adolfsson loved mathematics, was fond of architecture, made video games - but succeeded as an illustrator.
Previously, Matthias Adolfsson was involved in creating video games, but then he switched to paper, pen and watercolor - in a world where Pixar's graphics are full, his drawings look at least unusual.
And the fact of Adolfsson’s cooperation with Nickelodeon and Disney says that the time to bury the paper illustration has not come yet.
“I create all the illustrations with a pen and watercolor. I worked with 3D graphics for many years until I was tired of it. For work, I need inspiration, but, oddly enough, I am not looking for it in art, but I find much more in music.
At first I was going to be an engineer, but with all my love for mathematics I did not become one. Then he became interested in architecture, but he was confronted with the fact that he was not very good at designing modern buildings. And then for ten years I created video games, until I made a choice in favor of illustrations on paper.
Illustration can be earned. My drawings are not cheap, but the work on each takes a lot of time and requires effort. I would like to do art without thinking about money. And the illustrator must constantly sell himself, which is not at all easy. I released six children's books, one of which in 2014 was recognized as the most beautiful book in Sweden. The publications in The New Yorker and The New York Times allowed me to feel like a real illustrator, but working on books is much more interesting for me. But seriously, I still wonder how I became an illustrator: I could just as well be anyone else. ”
Adolfsson gives some advice to young illustrators. First, he says, you can't sell yourself cheaply because everyone around you is trying to get you to work for free. Secondly, one should not extol one’s country and its traditions in drawings in order not to be trapped in an outdated style. Finally, it is extremely important for an illustrator to know languages, at least English, in order to promote his work.
Via Matthias Adolfsson & fishki.net