Everything started in 2016. with an identity crisis. I was in a weird life period where I needed a system reboot. I turned off all social media, ignored emails and spent a lot of time alone. Parallel to that, I started using drawing to vent out all the accumulated creativity that I neglected for years. I started drawing every day, and for hours and hours on end. I was persuaded to create an Instagram account as a platform where I could post my drawings and keep track of everything I drew so far. I wanted for that profile to be not just a collection of doodles, but a chronological display of my progress as an illustrator.
Tim Burton was a huge inspiration in the beginning, to the point where I was more of a plagiarist than an inspired artist. I was always attracted to his darker aesthetic perfectly combined with a childlike naivety.
His character design has a perfect ratio of creepy and cute, and that’s something I also try to achieve with my work. Naturally, the more I drew the more I strayed from Burton and started building my own aesthetic, which is a natural progression for someone who works on their craft. However, no man is an island, and the influence of other artists from different artistic areas is always present and palpable.