Artist Interview: Paul Vizzari

Paul Vizzari is a graphic designer and illustrator from Melbourne, Australia. We really dug his artwork and decided to drop him a few questions not too long ago. And here is what he had to say:

Q: What is your artistic background? How did you get involved in art?

A: I have no formal education in art other than having a bachelor in Design, I’ve always drawn though since I can remember, apparently when I was a youngster the best way to quiet me down was to put some sheets of paper and a packet of pencils in front of me. In the past few year though I’ve really been drawing a lot more, I really want to gradually shift my career from designer/illustrator to full-time illustrator in the future.

Q: What is your favorite artistic medium?

A: I like to work with a range of mediums, I usually start out with ink or pencil before scanning my work onto a computer and completing in Photoshop. My all time favourite would be screen printing though, I wish I had the time to do more of it.

Q: Where do you go for inspiration or to learn more about art/design?

A: I’m always being inspired by things around me, I love going to galleries or exhibitions for inspiration but more often than not it’ll be something I didn’t seek out like today I saw someone with an awesome print on their tee at the supermarket, it made me want to go home and draw.

Q: Growing up in Australia, do you have any roots to surfing? Are you a surfer?

A: I grew up near Melbourne so I was never able to go for a walk down to the beach for a surf but every summer we’d make trips to places like Lorne and Torquay, I’d be more of a bodyboarder but I’ve always wanted to learn to surf.

Q: What is the goal for your art? Is there any message you are trying to represent/portray with your art?

A: My art’s very much about just relaxing and coming out with something unexpected, often when I start a work I have no idea how it will end. I guess in itself that’s a pretty accurate portrayal of my personality.

Q: What is your fascination of drawing bears and birds?

A: Haha, that’s a good question, I really should try and move onto some other animals but I find there’s a certain awesomeness in bears and birds I don’t see in many others. I think bears remind me of people in a way and birds have some cool patterns going on, my work usually has pattern involved in some way.

Q: What other artists inspire you and why?

Wow I’m a fan of so many artists, to name a few favourites I’d have to say ‘The Little Friends of Printmaking’ a screen printing pair of illustrators from Milwaukee who always crack out some awesome prints. ‘We Buy Your Kids’ is another duo from Sydney this time, they’re incredible illustrators and I always admire their bold use of black, simple colour combos and textures. Oh and Miroslav Sasek, a Chzek illustrator from around the 50’s to 70’s, he illustrated children’s books, his gouache paintings were incredible. At the moment my favourite illustrator is Cristóbal Schmal A.K.A. Nomono, a Chilean Illustrator now living in Berlin, his work is so simple and bold, it really reminds me of illustration from the the 50’s and 60’s which was my favourite period.

Q: What is the best advice you received as an aspiring artist?

A: I think the best advice I could give is that you should find your own style, there’s a lot of popular styles out there and often they look great but you’ll find it harder to stand out. Other than that just work hard and be nice! To see more of Paul’s work check out: http://www.paulvizzari.com/ or http://paulvizzari.blogspot.com/

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