Reading this interview with 3D illustrator Andrzej Kuziola and looking at his stunning works of art, we would almost be tempted to steer clear of any artist coming from a medical background.
Andrzej's imagination can be triggered by anything – be it music, people, even a corroded metallic wall and its colours. The surgical attention and the dark details of Andrzej's illustrations expose his clear passion and care for all forms of art, and a fascinating interest in dark horror and disturbing imagery. His works include burning moths, monsters, hints of anatomy and lots, lots of skulls.
And we are absolutely in love with all of it.
How did you get into the industry?
I am a self taught artist. I have a formal education in a totally different field - medicine. I "accidentally" discovered Photoshop when I was a student and immediately fell in love with art creation.
My first commission was for the 3D Artist magazine - an editor spotted my illustration on a graphic forum and asked me to write an article about my creative process. Now I am a freelance illustrator and 3D Artist based in Edinburgh. I was born in Poland but moved to the UK 14 years ago.
If you weren’t in your current industry, what would you be doing?
I graduated from a medical university and worked as a dentist before I changed my career to become an artist, so probably I would work as a doctor.
Can you explain your creative process?
The idea/concept for an illustration is what matters the most. I usually don't do sketches, I start my design process in 3d software straight away and then finish it in 2d.
I have got a rather "3d imagination" and it is easier for me to develop a concept and composition in 3d and then detail it in 2d painting software.
How has technology affected the way you work (if at all)?
Technology has a great impact on the way I work. All my art is created digitally and I hadn't had much experience with analogue art creation techniques before I started to learn art by myself. I like to constantly develop my workflow, learn new software and experiment with new techniques.
What’s your secret to staying inspired and motivated?
At first glance my illustrations look surreal, but all of them are inspired by real world things around me. I experience reality in different way when I close my eyes.
Music (I would call it the background of my life. I listen to music any time it is possible) is my most important source of inspiration. Sometimes it is just a short phrase from lyrics that triggers the creation process. I look for ideas in faces of people I pass on the street, in shapes hidden on stained old walls, or in the colours of corroded metal. Beautiful colours and landscapes of Scotland also influence my art.
What’s the work achievement you’re most proud of?
I was involved in the design process of limited edition packaging for my favourite Scottish whisky brand and I was a guest lecturer at Napier University in Edinburgh.
How do you recharge away from the office?
I often take breaks to play with my cat. I also like to take long walks.
What advice would you give to other aspiring creatives looking for work?
Post your art on social media and graphic forums. The more people see it, the more chances that someone looking for a creative service will notice it.