When did you start drawing?
I started drawing the very first time in 2012, had a little break and got back again in 2015, this time on full power.
How long does it take to finish a piece?
It depends on the complexity of the drawing, usually about 20-30 hours. I've also learnt that the longer it takes the better it's going to turn out.
What keeps you motivated?
My favourite artists, nature studies, books and lot of music. Also my love and protection of the Oceans.
What kind of music do you listen to?
Soundtracks from my favourite BBC nature documentaries like Blue Planet, Planet Earth, Our Planet, The Hunt, South Pacific.
How do you decide about your print prices?
The artist's hard work: research, resources, labour hours, donation towards charity.
What kind of tools do you use?
Faber Castell Polychromos pencils, mechanical pencil, Daler Rowney acrylic inks, Winsor Newton smooth sketchpads
What is your creative process?
While watching my favourite nature documentaries I'm catching myself imagining things. For example I'm watching whales diving and suddenly I start imagining the whale in my head. Once I know the movement of the whale I start thinking about the background, whether I should add any sea kelp or any other element. Once the drawing is complete in my head I make a fine outline and start building the layers. Slowly but surely the layers come along nicely and the drawing ready.
What's the hardest part of drawing?
'Just slap anything on when you see a blank canvas staring at you in the face like some imbecile. You don't know how paralyzing that is, that stare of a blank canvas is, which says to the painter, 'You can't do a thing.' The canvas has an idiotic stare and mesmerizes some painters so much that they turn into idiots themselves. Many painters are afraid in front of the blank canvas, but the blank canvas is afraid of the real, passionate painter who dares and who has broken the spell of 'you can't' once and for all.' - Vincent van Gogh