The Mentor Program here on Shadowness have several mentors (and students!) up for grabs who delve into different areas, mediums and have different kinds of experiences. This interview series which will come out every Monday (instead of Monday Feel Good) will let you know a bit more about each mentor on the list.
If you find an interviewed mentor interesting, don't hesitate to send them a private message and if they say yes contact me so I know who's mentoring who! You can of course sign up as a mentor and/or student in search of a mentor, on the list, by sending a private message to /Caja
I'm Luca Molnar, a digital artist form the far away country, Hungary. I'm working as an illustrator since 2006, it doesn't feel that long though :) I've written a few tutorials for Advanced Photoshop magazine, worked for Ogilvy, MTV Networks and the KDU. My works were featured in a bunch of magazines, such as Computer Arts, Digital Artist, Digital Arts and Advanced Photoshop.
What does ART mean to you?
I've been waiting for this questions for years now! For me art is materialized emotion. Art is a diamond clear world, which doesn't include any lies or shadows. It is a place of honesty, truth and beauty. For me art is the only way to live an honest life in this crazy world.
What is your art form? And how long have you delved in this?
My art form is digital art and I've been doing it since 2006.
Was there anything or anyone in particular that prompted your choice of art form?
Nope! I'm this extremely weird person, who managed to find her way without anyone telling me what to do or how to do it. I really like the fact that my life is free of such things. I made my mistakes, but I'm the only who's responsible for success as well. I wouldn't have it any other way.
How would you describe your art to someone who haven't seen it?
My work has a sense of an old empire, freedom and some modern edge. My illustrations contain lots of white, gray and some very bright colours, often orange, blue or pink. I'm obsessed with symbols, geometric shapes, nature and beautiful eyes. I would say my work is like breath of bright, colourful, fresh air.
Have you had education in art or are you self-taught?
First I've been self-thaught, then I decided to study Graphic Design and Illustration at the University of Hertfordshire and graduated earlier this year. It was a great experience, although I wasn't an ideal student. I always loved just following my heart and do, create whatever I felt was good, and the truth is school is not a place for that.
Who and/or what inspire you?
I'm inspired by love. I don't necessarily mean romantic love, I mean the ultimate love towards beauty and nature. I'm inspired by many things, such as great lyrics, history, art, antique furnitures and great stories.
What is the greatest lesson in art that you've learned?
Not to listen to anyone. It's a hard one, because as an artist we all need feedback, but it can be dangerous to rely on these feedbacks too much. At the end of the day, as tacky as it sounds, you have to just listen to your heart and know deep inside if a piece is good enough or not. You have to decide it for yourself.
What can you teach others?
Actually I'm not brave enough to say that I'm in a position to teach anyone anything. I could say that I can teach techniques and Photoshop or whatever, but the truth is it's stupid. What I think has to be taught is the mind, the idea behind art. First a person has to be on a certain level in their mind and heart and after that they will be producing really good work. Our work is just a reflection of us, so first we have to work on ourselves, and that's the hardest part.
What tips can you offer to better oneself in his or her art?
Follow your heart and don't be scared of being better than others! Just do it.
Is there anything you'd like to add?
Just one thing. The art/design world is a though industry, but being an artist/illustrator is something worth fighting for.