Interview with Illustrator Elwira Pawlikowska

Interview with Illustrator Elwira Pawlikowska

Do you have any creative rituals to help you come up with a concept?

I like to listen to dark, melodic music which puts me in the right (i.e. grim, gloomy, melancholic) mood. I start with "brainstorming": in a relatively short period of time I browse through plenty of photos and illustrations related somehow to my task. I's more about increasing creativity than searching for particular references though. Then I make about dozen of thumbnail sketches just for myself.

Which is your favorite piece so far? Why?

I have a special fondness for my watercolor cathedrals, because they reflect my style quite well. I almost don't remember the process of painting them. It was like a "glimmer of talent". I didn't need to make dozens of concept sketches (like I often do) or develop all the details. They're mostly results of a subconscious thinking.

Did you always wanted to become an artist?

When I was a child I wanted to be an archeologist or paleontologist as I'm fascinated by the past. In high school I've been more interested in visual arts and decided myself to study architecture. Since then I try to combine my interest in designing buildings with passion for illustrating.

Is there any particular experience that influences you on how you approach your craft? If so, what is it?

It's rather a result of several years of continuous contact with drawing. Studying architecture had the biggest influence on that.  During studies I had a broad spectrum of art classes (drawing, painting, sculpting, study of colors etc). Even more important were classes from design and history of architecture. This was a valuable base for practicing at home. It enabled me to paint detailed buildings and landscapes from imagination. Furthermore I got used to show my works to others and to draw benefits from critique.

More about Elwira Pawlikowska

Elwira has been working as a freelance illustrator for about 3 years since she graduated from Faculty of Architecture. New commissions keep her going for more and the continuous development of skills is one of her biggest advantages as illustrator. She believes that no one can say: "Now I can draw anything in any possible way. I've already learned everything in this field." You can find more of her works on her Behance profile.

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