Artist: Olya Bosak
Location: St.Petersburg, Russia
🖼"Sup, I'm Reykat. I'm from Russia, and I draw things."
❓Who or what influenced your art style the most at the beginning of your journey?
🗣My dad. When I was a kid, he used to make notes and drawings in his notebooks, and I loved watching him do that. Later my parents helped me with that interest. The style... I've never thought about how it's been forming itself. I've never been looking for any examples to be alike. I had a big book with Boris Vallejo illustrations and lots of academic books. I've been thinking only about how to draw better what I have in my mind.
❓How did you start your professional career?
🗣Well, I don't have a professional career. But I would like to have it 😄
❓What software and hardware do you use, and why?
🗣Nothing special. Photoshop 6.x, an old tablet, lots of coffee, because I love it. Also, I like to watch out of my window, after the monitor. So I use that as well.
❓How do you like to work: as a freelancer, or maybe full-time or part-time?
🗣Definitely freelance. I have many health problems. Traveling is very uncomfortable for me.
❓What was your most challenging project, and why?
🗣"Project" is a very official word, but I was invited to illustrate some artbooks. Deadlines were very tight, and it supposed to be made for printing. I couldn't say I liked it, but overall it was fine. To be honest, I can't remember anything challenging in my background.
❓What was your most significant learning experience, and how does it help you now?
🗣I've been learning since I've got a pencil in my hand. I haven't finished any drawing classes or schools. But I improve every time I start working. I love studying everything by myself. I'm using different sources for that. For example, astronomy, physics, movies, etc., to better understand how the world works. I love it.
❓What is your dream project or art direction that you're starting to try?
🗣I don't have any extraordinary dreams. Maybe to develop my skills way better to translate my ideas in the best possible way? I want my ideas to attract people and make them think. If I could adding some visualization or concepts to some projects, I would be happy.
❓Can you tell us about a personal or professional project you are proud of?
🗣I can't. I cannot be proud of anything that I already have. The only thing that I have is the path. Like a samurai 🙂
❓Do you have any passion projects you're working on or plan to start?
🗣Not just yet. So far, I'm merely forming myself and my own things.
❓What are you passionate about, and do you have any hobbies besides art?
🗣My hobby is to listen to different lectures and studying the night sky. Besides that, no, drawing is the most important thing in my life at this moment.
❓If you had just one question about anything that you could ask and get an answer, what would it be?
🗣Is it a philosophical question? 😄 I'd prefer to find the answers by watching 🙂.