Armed with a magnifying glass: Extremely detailed in the illustrations of Matthias Adolfsson
Matthias Adolfsson loved mathematics, was fond of architecture, did video games - but succeeded as an illustrator.
Previously, Matthias Adolfsson was involved in the creation of video games, but then switched to paper, pen and watercolor - in a world where Pixaran graphics filled everything, his drawings look at least unusually.
And the fact of Adolfsson's collaboration with Nickelodeon and Disney suggests that the time to bury a paper illustration has not yet come.
"I create all the illustrations with a pen and watercolors. I worked with 3D graphics for many years, until I got bored with it. For work I need inspiration, but, strangely enough, I'm not looking for it in the fine arts, but much more in music.
At first I was going to be an engineer, but with all my love for mathematics I did not become an engineer. Then I got carried away with architecture, but I was confronted with the fact that I do not design modern buildings very well. And then for ten years I created video games, until I opted for illustrations on paper.
It is possible to earn by illustration. 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 easy. I published six children's books, one of which in 2014 was recognized as the most beautiful book in Sweden. Publications in The New Yorker and The New York Times allowed me to feel like a true illustrator, but work on books for me is much more interesting. But seriously, I still wonder how I became an illustrator: with the same success I could have been anyone else. "
Adolfsson gives some advice to young illustrators. First, he says, you can not sell yourself cheaply, because everyone around you is trying to get you to work for free. Secondly, you should not extol your country and its traditions in drawings to avoid being trapped in an outdated style. Finally, it is extremely important for an illustrator artist to know languages, at least English, to promote his work.
Via Matthias Adolfsson & fishki.net