Our next featured artist is Alexis Marcou. Alexis graduated from the University of Plymouth & since then has illustrated for large brands such as Nike. We asked him to answer a few questions about his work and life as an illustrator:
What inspires you and your work?
One of the greatest sources of inspiration for me are photographers portfolios.
I am also inspired by creative blogs, movies and other artists work.
What are your goals as an artist?
To improve my techniques and create illustrations that hopefully will inspire others.
Which artists inspire you?
Many artists inspire me such as Richard Estes, Carine Grasset, Masamune Shirow and David Downton.
Do you have any top tips for drawing?
To be patient is of the greatest importance and to use the best instruments/materials for you. Also it is always good to practice a lot.
How and when did you start drawing?
I was very young when I started to drawing. I started out of curiousity.
How has your style changed over the years?
It evolved gradually into a more cubic and expressive style.
What have you learned about yourself and your work over the years?
I think the most important thing I learned over the years is to appreciate other people's artwork more and to be my hardest critic.
What are the most enjoyable and rewarding aspects of being an artist?
The most rewarding aspect of being an artist I think is the positive feedback. The most enjoyable aspects are being able to work with a variety of people and work on new techniques which most of the time result in suprises.
You can find out more about Alexis on his website: www.alexismarcou.com