FEATURED ARTIST: Interview with Germany Artist, Alexander Ostrowski

Alexander Ostrowski

Concept Artist | 22 | Cologne, Germany

@ostrowskialex | Art Station
We are are excited to have, Alexander Ostrowski, as our Featured Artist, he is an amazing concept artist and creates some super creative and out of this world creatures that you need to see, so after checking out his interview make sure to click his link and check out his Instagram and all of his other stuff, SUPPORT YOUR FELLOW ARTISTS!

How long have you been an artist? What is your specialty? Where do u find inspiration?
Well I have been one of the kids that never stopped drawing, so I guess you could say I have always been kind of an artist. I always wanted to create stuff.

I have also always been fascinated with creatures and biology, so I have been drawing dinosaurs, dragons and aliens as long as I can remember. Now I try to specialize in creature and character design for games and movies. I find my inspiration everywhere around me, I constantly try to understand how the world around me works and think about how I could apply things I learned from the real world. I also love movies and books, but I think one of my biggest sources of inspiration might be nature documentaries. Nature always has the best designs.

Do you have a job in the art industry? If So, what’s one thing you don’t like about it? If no, where would your dream job be?
I’m working as a student employee in a small company, where I do vector illustrations. It’s not really a job in the art industry, but I’m going to do an internship in a concept art studio this summer. My dream job would be working as a creature and character concept artist in the movie and games industry, designing a lot of dragons and aliens.

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Do you have a favorite Artist?
That’s a tough question, because there are a lot of extremely inspiring people out there! I greatly admire Wayne Barlowe, but I also love the work of Jeff Simpson, Rob Bliss, Alex Konstad, Even Amundsen, Nathan Fowkes, April Prime, Julio Nicoletti, just to name a few. There are a lot more, but I guess naming everyone would be way to much.

What is one accomplishment you’ve had in your life? Does not need to be art related.
Last year I made a book about an alien planet, that was definetely something!

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years? 20 years?
In five years I hope to already work as a concept artist in the industry, in ten I would love to work mostly as a creature designer, hopefully in freelance. And in twenty years I hope to have published some art books about aliens and mythical creatures.

If you could meet and talk to any person in the world, dead or alive, who would it be?
Maybe it would be Richard Schmid, so he could teach me how to paint like he does!

How is one way you make money with your art?
At the moment I don’t make any money with my art, because I have been very focused on my studies, but I hope to sell some prints and stickers in the near future.

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If you could go anywhere in the world where would it be and why?
There are a lot of places I really want to go and see. I’m really interested in nature so I would go somewhere with a lot of untouched landscape. Maybe New Zealand, Australia, Norway or Iceland.

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What is your favorite brand of art supply? Whether it’s a brand of pencils or brand of camera or software
I love the ballpointpens by BIC, this is probably what I use most in terms of traditional drawing. Pilot and Pentel are great too. And I use Wacom and Adobe a lot.

Any advice for young artists?
Well, I wish I had known earlier how important the fundamentals of art are, so go and study the basics as early as possible! Also don’t forget to think about why things look the way they do. Especially when designing creatures you need to know how the anatomy of real animals works, a solid understanding of evolution and ecology are also really helpful.

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