As an artist, it’s hard to put into words the feelings you get when you create. The key to the creation process is hidden in your heart and soul – it’s something that’s completely individual.
To me every new assignment is a challenge and gets me involved in a new adventure. A challenge of the mind and the imagination, a battle to overcome all the boundaries, prejudices and complexes I’ve imposed on myself.
Materials don’t matter – whether it’s analogue or digital, what counts is the inspiration and the energy you can use to transform your artwork.
Every character I draw has a story. I’d rather challenge the imagination of the viewer than present a ready product with clear, visible conclusions. For me, it’s important to have a bit of mystique, so the perceptions can be teased. I had the concepts of “sexy” and “chick” in mind, but I wanted to put a twist on my dragon princess.
I wanted her to have the aura of someone gentle and gracious, but at the same time strong and decisive. All of this had to be contrasted with a non-typical environment.
I soon had several keystones: a beautiful heroine; dragon; fire; colour. Now I could sort out the relations between the elements of my composition, and settle on the colours.
I decided to put her in the middle of the flames, making her strong and invincible, in control of her situation. This instantly puts the dragon in a subordinate position, because his most powerful weapon is fire.
From issue 17.