Could you describe your path to becoming an artist and illustrator?
Becoming an illustrator was not something planned. I studied Fine Arts without a clear idea in my mind about what kind of a creative person I wanted to be. I worked as a Graphic designer for several years and from time to time I had illustration commissions so I would like to think that my identity as a creative person suffered a natural process.
What does creativity mean to you?
Creativity is solving problems. That is all I can say. There is nothing magical, whimsical or spiritual in the process. Only hard work.
How would you describe your artistic style in three words? And when you are looking back at the past years, how do you see your style changing?
Colorful, easy and quick. (But I don't like to define or describe my work!) Over the years my illustrations have become less childish.
Is there any time that your creativity is blocked? How do you deal with it?
Every day is complex in terms of creativity. Each new project means anxiety and fear. As I said previously, I think that the commissions are problems and I have to solve it. I usually make a cup of tea, listen to music and try to enjoy the process. If you are working the solution comes to you...
What experiences have you had in the past year that have influenced your work or creativity?
I do not remember anything in particular. Everything around you can change your mind and your working methods. But I believe that the most important thing that I learnt recently is to turn away from the hyper-connected world and its bad effects. I did a detox of my smartphone and now I always turn off it when I am working. I try to avoid disruptions when I am working or I am in my relax time.
Can the creativity be learned later, or is it a feeling that is always within the human being?
All of us are creative. When creativity is mixed with culture, intelligence, and good sense you can get incredible things and ideas but, actually... all people can be creative.
What does a typical day look like for you?
Breakfast, shower, work... there is nothing fashion and cool in the life of an illustrator.
Who is your favourite illustrator at the moment?
What music are you listening to right now?
I can listen a great variety of styles in the same day. Depending on the mood day.
What has been an important lesson you’ve learned so far?
Nothing happens by chance.
Which book is on your bedside table?
I am reading “Boy” again, the autobiography of Roald Dahl.
If you could go one place to escape, where would it be?
To a very silent and sunny place.
What’s one thing that most people don’t know about you?
I can't tell you. It is a secret :)
Hi! It's Nihan. I do an interview with people who really inspire me. And I also want them to inspire you. I hope you enjoy while reading the interviews.