suckerPUNCH: describe your project.
sebastian ONUFSZAK: A lot of my projects are a mixed-media-development. Usually I start to scribble some rough sketches on a memo. Then I use a huge sheet of paper, on which I illustrate the outlines with a black pen. In the next step I scan and digitalize the artwork and colorize it in Adobe Illustrator. There I try different color combinations and refine everything in Photoshop. After printing the illustration on canvas, I rework some details with color pens, creating graphical patterns or intensify the outlines.
Personally I feel most comfortable during the creative process using the pen on huge white sheet of paper and visualizing my idea. Thereby I have total creative freedom, independent of any external factor — no machines, no computers, just me and these dirty thoughts about naked women dancing on a two-headed hyena chained to a toaster — impulsively eating a piece of its hind leg.
sP: what or who influenced this project?
sO: Reviewing my personal works, there are a lot of private particulars integrated: experiences, emotions or cogitations. Everything reflects a certain chapter of my life. Projects I did were often inspired by my environment or situations I lived through, therefore many of them have different styles. Concerning technical production, motive or conclusion, I just do what I feel for at this very moment. Actually I think that my personal illustrations display more details about me than any person could tell you I am associated with. Although you shouldn’t try to interpret every of my artworks otherwise I would be regarded as a perverse, misgynic, masochistic monster. Most of my visual motifs are a reflection of my environment — selected randomly and abstractly connected. That’s an expression of inspiration and interpretation.
sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
sO: Everthing starts of course with a good concept. When I have no idea, I try to get inspired by my environment. I read an interesting book, view the latest fashion magazines or walk through the city watching people doing their stuff. A good many times it is the details that lead to a brilliant idea. An alternative is to find several different words in a lexicon and to attempt to combine them in a special kind. But also a talk with colleague will help to start a project successfully, too.
sP: whose work is currently on your radar?
sO: It depends what kind of work. I like the illustrations of Fernando Vincente, the paper sculptors of Jeff Nishinaka
or the music of E.A.R.L.