Hi Filipp! Thanks so much for taking time out to talk to Baremelon! To start with, can you tell us a little about yourself?
Hi guys! I’m young freelance illustrator. Just working worldwide for only 3 years but already done some projects with Wrigley, McDonald’s, Heinz, Kinder, Bounty, Danone, Beeline, Panasonic, Cosmopolitain, Henkel and with the biggest advertising agencies like BBDO, DDB, Lowe Adventa, Saatch&Saatchi etc.
What clicked in that precious mind of yours, which prompted you to choose art as a career?
I was always counting. First I went school. 1st grade. I sit next to the table and imagine to sit there for 10 years to finish school. That was like a prison for me you know. After that I went fine arts university. It was more or less better but still I had to go there everyday and I counted 6 more years to sit there. But I still had a chance to count. After I graduated I went to the office to be boring graphic designer and there were no way to count anymore. It was endless to my death. At the office I saw cool illustrations of Oksana Grivina and realized that I want to learn how she do it. Also there was one guy at my hometown in Khabarovsk Far East. Gordei! You must be heard of him? Andrey Gordeev started freelancing earlier than me and he had inspired me a lot. We became friends and he was telling me all that amazing stories that he is working with different clients from all over the world and with that crazy budgets I can’t even imagine at that time. So that inspired me even more and after two years of learning how to draw 3d like whimsical things in Photoshop I had been started to get my first clients from Moscow.
We are awed at your clients’ list and wonder how did your work reach out to them?
Mainly this is because of Behance Network. This is a worldwide professional graphic platform where anyone could share his portfolio. If you have an interesting project then moderators could feature it to be displayed at main front page. So everyone could see your work if it is really cool. Once my first project was featured there I started to get foreign clients. Also there is a Facebook with a great pr features. Your friend likes your photo, his friend see it and like your works. He adds you and so on. Facebook for me is also a way to show you are a real person and to interact with clients in other non professional activities. So everyone could feel a little bit of other sides of my life.
What’s the easiest way for a 2D designer to get the hang of 3D?
I asked few professional guys about it. One person is a great photographer and also he was interested in 3D Max so after he get used to see everything in 3D he understood how it should be drawn. In my case I also just look at the nature. Personally I can’t imagine something in depth. Something like complicated character. I have to see photos. Maybe I have to take some photos of myself. So you just learn from the real life. But also I know some people have very strong imagination and it is very easy for them to work without references.
Is there any artist/designer that you look up to or get inspired from?
As I’ve been told about two persons above, also there are a lot of them from Behance. I’m very proud of Max Kostenko, for example. He is very very talented freelance illustrator. But I know I never can learn such a things like his way of working. At this period of my life I’m very inspired with Van Gogh canvases.
What are the deciding factors in order to create characters around the client’s brand?
I don’t know. I think the clients just want me to draw some characters for them by myself. So I just draw. There may be some different details in briefs but in common this is just a character from Fil Dunsky.
How do you unwind after work?
First I’m unwinding before work. In a morning. I do my sadhana from Art of Living yoga. Breathing some pranayams for a while. Do some stretches. Few days a week I’m also a yoga teacher for others. This helps me to calm my mind. I almost don’t feel to be winded in a work. My workdays are always very interesting. Different clients, different ideas and tasks, adverts, book covers, web illustrations, posters etc.
Can you give any advice to illustrators/designers on how they can make their designs tell a story?
Well it should be started from a story first. You have to create some idea with a story first. Think about what do you want people to tell and do it. If you don’t know what do you want to tell you have to dive deep inside you to search there. There are a lot of amazing thing inside yourself. Try yoga :)
We happen to come across your sketch of Art of Living’s founder, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. How did you become a part of this organization?
It was a hard time I didn’t know how to relax. I’ve tried smoking cigarettes for about ten years. Also I was drinking alcohol from time to time. When I get 23 years old I felt myself like a grandfather. Awful back pain, my hair started to gray and a lack of energy to be happy and to feel that I want to do something. I was very sleepy. After some point I feel I want to try yoga. I’ve heard it is like narcotics but free and not bad for my health. It was a big luck to went to Art of Living courses. First time in my life I was really aware of what is that ego inside me. In different situations you count stop doing your habited things and jump out of a circle. First time I felt that I’m not body. I mean not in my thoughts but in your own experience you could see with your own consciousness that your body is something that is only an instrument. Maybe healthy people feels and knows this without any efforts but I have to do yoga for that. And of course you gain good health. But this is not the main reason to do yoga. So I started to do it few times a week and after about two years I became an Art of Living yoga teacher. I’m very happy to have my own living Master and my own path. This is a true brilliant.
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