Meet Marcin Wolski – Illustrator and graphic designer from Poland
Introducing Marcin Wolski an artist from Poland. He specializes in both web and print design with a passion for illustration. Marcin lives and works in Sopot, Poland but, he works with multiple international clients from all around the globe.
I recently came across his work and asked him if he wished to be interviewed for Fifth Dimension. And I am so glad he was happy to accept my invitation so we made a following interview:
Fifth dimension: “When did you start creating illustrations? And was it just for fun or did you know that this is going to be something that you are going to do for a living?”
Marcin: “I started to paint and draw during school times. I liked to paint watercolors the most and I really made a lot of them. Then I switched to digital tools like Photoshop and pen tablet and realized that with some practice it might be a thing to do for a living.”
Fifth dimension: “All of your illustrations have this quiet emotion hidden behind the beautiful colors you pick. How do you create your illustrations? Where does this dream like scenery come from?”
Marcin: “I live in Poland – a country that has changed a lot since last 3 decades. When I was born it was still a communistic place. As I grew up everything was transforming into this new capitalistic reality, but it was a relatively slow process, so there were still some remains of the old times all around like old buses, crooked pavements and big housings – apartment blocks built with pre-made elements. It all reminds me of places and people who might have lived in this surreal socialistic (anti)utopia.
I create my illustrations digitally, with Wacom tablet, but I always start with a very rough pencil sketch. Then I do a couple of color sketches digitally in Photoshop, and when I am happy with one of them I create a full size illustration.”
Fifth dimension: “If you ever had a chance to say something you always wanted to about your work what would that be?”
Marcin: “I hope that people won’t notice all those little mistakes that I make in almost every piece.”
Fifth dimension: “Your illustration “Tram” particularly caught my eye. The atmosphere of the print speaks in a mysterious way to the observer. The windows of the tram are not transparent and the only figure walking is the man with the shadow over his face. What is a story behind this illustration?”
Marcin: “I wanted to show a worker who is going to start his shift in some sort of overwhelming facility and try to evoke a feeling of loneliness, and being just a small part of those bigger industrial structures. Soviet times were full of colorful propaganda posters, so I thought that I’d try to contrast the colors and light with a little bit gloomy narrative.”
Fifth dimension: “In the end, I would like to ask you a little bit about your life in your field of work. What is it like being a graphic designer and an illustrator? Do you have enough free time or is the work fulfiling large part of your life? Are you happy with your profession?”
Marcin: “Sure I am happy. Of course there are days when you have to work late or design some boring stuff instead of creative work only, but luckily I get more and more illustrative work to do, so it’s really nice. Work and my personal projects pretty much fulfill most of my time, but I try to go for a walk on a daily basis. I live near the sea and the woods so there are a lot of great places to go here.”
This was an insight of the life and work of the artist Marcin Wolski, if you wish, you can learn much more about him and his work by visiting his links below: