CH.89: If you were to categorize or describe the style of your artwork, what would it be and why?
RM: I would say cozy illustrations.
CH.89: Where do you draw your inspiration from?
RM: I draw my inspiration from small everyday things in my routine that I like, the love and care of the people around me, and from my childhood dreams.
CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about what your creative thought process is like when starting a new project/ piece of artwork?
RM: My creative thought process starts with chaos, it’s like I’m on a speedway and the images grow closer then disappear, everything’s fleshy but I manage to reach out and grab the most attractive images, doodle them quickly to remember the idea and form, then repeat the race several times.
CH.89: Is there anything in particular that you would want people to take from your artwork?
RM: I would like people to feel warm and cozy, positive vibes – that’s what my illustrations are about.
CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about your lifestyle as an artist and what that is like?
RM: Working as a graphic designer, in order to stay productive, a working routine is very important. I work 5 days a week, morning session 10am-2pm and evening session 8pm-10pm, during this time I work hard and avoid distractions. I also work on the weekends but only if I feel inspired – mostly however weekends are a time for ‘mind-racing’ for new ideas and projects.
CH.89: When starting out an artistic task, do you think it is better to have a particular direction/set plan guiding your way? Or, is it better to act on impulse and go from there?
RM: I think at first there is no plan – you have to feel free to create new ideas, but once you do – you totally need a plan! The smaller the task the better because sometimes you can feel buried under the weight of a big project – so I recommend simplifying tasks.
CH.89: What is one major lesson you’ve learned as an artist thus far?
RM: Never give up! It’s not an easy job to be an artist and sometimes we all think: ‘I’m not good enough for this, I should find a normal job’. Don’t let it bring you down – you ARE good enough!
CH.89: Do you regard personal style & taste to be of highest importance?
RM: Style is important – but the message you put in your work is of highest importance!
CH.89: What do you consider to be the hardest thing about being an artist?
RM: Hardest thing is to be a merchant – because you have to sell your art, so you have to switch your mindset from creativity to business and then back again.
CH.89: What is one thing you love about being an artist?
RM: The flow – I love the feeling when I’m absorbed in my work, so much that I don’t even know where I am or how much time has passed!
CH.89: Is there anyone in particular, any artist’s that inspire you in any way?
RM: There is a bunch! So many talented artists are on Instagram now – my gosh! My personal inspiration comes from artists such as @gigis_lab @lanajay_art @sydneycarts @helber.mensch @0073.uv
CH.89: What do you think of technology in terms of being a useful tool for artists today?
RM: It’s true. Procreate by Apple is a great tool. Still, painting by hand is cool in its own way.
CH.89: Do you think being an artist allows you to view the world differently from those
who don’t follow creative paths?
RM: I guess so, and my mission is to let people take a look at the world with my eyes for a second.
CH.89: Do you enjoy traveling? If so, do you have a favorite city?
RM: I like the vibes of my own city – Kyiv, but travelling gives a great boost for inspiration! I think my favorite places so far are Delphi, Greece, and Venice Italy.
CH.89: Do you have a favorite author or book?
RM: I’m a HP and LOTR fan, also I love Stephen Fry.
CH.89: Any future goals or plans for your artwork?
RM: My current goal is to open a shop.
CH.89: What does being an artist mean to you?
RM: It means alot! I feel like I finally belong.
CH.89: What’s the last song you listened to?
RM: I listened to ChilledCow – lofi hip hop radio – I recommend it while working.
CH.89: Any last words on the aesthetic of your artwork?
RM: Still a cozy illustration.