Graphic/visual designer and web developer based in Seattle, WA for more than 20 years. I love and admire artwork in all forms and I always keep myself involved with some kind of artistic creation. I have a lot of respect for discipline in the method of making art.
In this project, AF Illustrator, I retake some of my roots in graphic design and in comic book illustration going back to 2000 and also leverage all of the things I have been self-learning ever since to grow my abilities as an “artist”.
In 2012, I spent the whole year pouring over resources at the Seattle Public Library, returning home with a backpack full of books each time to continue reading. One of my favorite ones was “The Guild Handbook of Scientific Illustration”; because of its scientific nature of it, it had a huge emphasis on technique and extensive direction on methods which have been instrumental for my most recent work.
My artwork or drawings are intricate and detailed and incorporate traditional methods influenced by Art Nouveau, nature, and fantasy creatures from the seventeenth century using mixed mediums, sometimes I mixed them together or I create only from one style. I draw women symbolizing beauty, vanity, and attraction, dangerous mythological monsters that owned mysterious parts of the world that keep traders and explorers away from fear, precious flora, and fauna that are borns and die to give the piece an environment to live with.
In the scientific illustration area, I don’t modify or combine anything trying to keep the visual descriptions as accurate as the specimen.
About the paint most of the time I like to use iridescent or metallic colors on hair and other elements, or luminous paint too, so that if you have a UV fluorescent or turn off the lights maybe you can find some hidden “stuff”. I don’t have a selected color palette, so most of the time I use colors freely. I like to paint and digital media but the execution will always be by hand.
In 2019 I started to think about tattooing and take my illustration a bit further, I wasn’t sure until I meet Katya Geta from Ukraine in her studio in Moscow and she basically taught me everything about tattooing, she’s my mentor and my friend. You can find more about this project here.
Little by little, my artwork and style will continue to evolve. I’ll keep pushing myself to explore the illustration and art world.