Anton Semenov

Today, we will be taking a look at the incredible artwork of Anton Semenov. Semenov is a 28-year-old digital painter and graphic designer born and raised in Bratsk, Russia. His unique style and incredible attention to detail have gone into creating artwork for several clients. Anton has also been a contributor to the SlashThree collective’s exhibitions since late 2009. Let’s take a look!

Interview with Anton:

Q. Welcome Anton, it’s an honor to do an interview with you. Can you give us a brief bio, for the people that dont know you?
My name is Anton Semyonov, I am 29 years old. I was born in the city of Bratsk, Irkutsk region, where I live now. What more could I add? At the present time I am working as a designer at an outdoor advertising agency. In my spare time I draw sketches, album covers, and play electric guitar (Hello to my neighbors!)

Q. How did you get started in this field?
I started to draw early, it was so early that I don’t even remember when that happened exactly, it feels like I’ve done it forever. Roughly at the age of 14, I was attending course for computer graphics. I remember that the first classes were about Paint. I even participated in the city’s first competition with the work, which was done in this program. Later I have mastered the Photoshop basics, which, essentially, serve me fully to this day. In fact, I cannot say that I am a computer graphics specialist, the whole matter is rather about the perseverance and attention to detail.

Q. Can you tell us what are your tools of the trade, hardware and software?
It is very simple. I draw in Photoshop CS with Wacom Intuos4. Sometimes (very rarely) in my work I use CorelDraw 13, 3ds Max 8 and Sony R-1 camera. That is about it for me to be happy.

Q. From where does your inspiration usually come from?
It is just about anything that can inspire me for a job. Everything around us  have a lot of different sides and meanings, and what is left is to look at some ordinary things “under a new light”. Interesting things are to be found in some unusual places. For example, one can see faces in the peeled off plaster.

Q. Could you give us a brief description of your workflow when you are starting a new project?
Well, I do not have any common principles or rules, everything is very different. The spontaneous work starts on a small sticker (I have a fear of big white sheets of paper). If in that sketch I see what I intended to express, then the serious work starts. Work on order starts from several options which are presented to the customer, then the selected one is brought to life.

Q. Creative blocks, a problem every designer faces occasionally, how do you overcome it?
It is a difficult question for me, as every single day I am straggle with myself, straggle with my laziness by means of a doubt. This is a never-ending war, and at times I lose the fight. The important thing is not to give up and look for ways out of the deadlock.

Q. If you could improve some aspect of your designing skills, what would it be?
I would like to learn… If it could be called a designing skill, I would like to work fast and not to have any doubt that the chosen path is the correct one.

Q. What is your favorite peace of work that you have done and why?
“SOCIETY” is my favorite peace of work, that was not just simply work, that was a victory over self. Up to the very end I did not believe in me to be able to finish it. Actually, that kind of a self-torture lately became a habit.

Q. Do you have any advice for the people that are just coming up and want to get in this business?
A I suggest for them to find a good teacher, which will cut dramatically the learning time, who will bring that basic arsenal of skills, which will help them in the future to solve the tasks in hand. I want to say that one should pay a very serious attention when choosing a teacher! If the teacher uses a wrong approach, that could ruin your carrier and your desire to draw. As well, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to decide for yourself if this is indeed business you want to be in. If the answer is yes, than one should leave any doubts behind and start their heroic journey!

Q. Thanks for providing us with the opportunity for this interview, do you have any final words of wisdom you would like to share with our readers?
I want to wish to all the readers to be patient and future success in your work!  And, perhaps, to do only what you really like.

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