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Apofiss is an artist from Latvia that is known for his dreamy pictures of adorable dinosaurs and mischievous cats. He is also the creator of “Boggart,” a humorous comic that centers around a somewhat egotistic fairy-cat. Apofiss also makes live wallpapers (images that move even when set as a background on a phone or computer), which you can find videos of on his Youtube account, along with videos of how he speed paints some of his images.
ToonariPost (TP): How and when did you first start practicing your art (are you traditionally trained or self-taught)?
Apofiss (A): I would say I returned to drawing back in 2008 and not long after that I got my first and current tablet. I’m fully self-trained; learning and creating new things is always rather exciting and nowadays with such a huge resource as the internet it is quite handy to do!
TP: What mediums do you use for your art work? Which is your favorite and why?
A: I tend to work with digital mediums such as Photoshop or Paint Tool SAI, both great software to work with. As for the traditional approach, it’s mostly a sheet of paper and a mechanical pencil.
TP: What piece of your work is your favorite and why?
A: The is the hardest question. I like most of my works, really… yet if I have to pick only one then “mutual thing” is the one because, basically, it’s where it all started. Also the concept itself turned out quite original and visually eye-catching.
TP: When you first started did you ever hit any bumps in your art process? How did you overcome them?
A: Of course, there are always times when I get frustrated with something and can’t get it to look the way I want, but this is just a part of learning and growing up art-wise. How do I overcome such moments? Well, I think I overcome these moments rather naturally and easily, as the learning part is something I really enjoy!
TP: Who or what are your inspirations and why?
TP: What artists would you consider working with to do a piece?
A: So far I prefer to work alone, because I don’t think I have what it takes to work together with artists I like or actually to create a piece I would be super proud of… but we’ll see!
TP: If there was any art medium that you wish you could master, what would it be and why?
A: Traditional oil painting! I definitely love the traditional approach and the results you get… such work has a bit more value to it, you can actually touch it!
TP: What are your goals in life? Do you plan to continue art as a hobby or make it a career?
A: Personally I don’t really like the word “career”, at least not in its usual meaning. I want to keep my art as a hobby, a serious hobby because of the healthy conditions it provides to create original and hopefully amazing art for myself to enjoy and for others to appreciate.
TP: What is it about “career” that you don’t like?
A: Career in its classic meaning ( or understanding? ) usually includes a lot of work done for the sake of money. I like to put the enjoyment of the work as the primary matter and financial matter as the secondary one… it doesn’t always work out like that, of course. In other words, the enjoyment of creating something is what keeps me doing what I do.
TP: Do you feel that your culture has influenced you in some way that makes you different than other artists?
A: I think it has an impact to some degree. In my opinion most artists have something specific about them, it’s like a signature of life experience that shows in every brush stroke. We each see our world a bit differently. The environment and overall life experience is what makes us different, yet amazing when it comes to art.
TP: Can you tell me more about your background? What experiences brought you to be the person you are today?
A: I think I have creating something for ever, beginning with sand towns, papercraft, even chemistry and experimental “inventions”, haha, back in my childhood that is. Back in 1991, I think, Disney’s “Duck Tales” was the first one to steer me back to drawing while it wasn’t anything that serious.
Later animation movie The Lion King or the movie The Fifth Element had a HUGE impact on me, it’s was like a whole new world! Also,the gaming world has had a big part in everything, still has, it kind of kept me on the creative side.