Kicking off our interview series here on CG.CreativeFan, we decided to seek out one of the best: Vitaly Alexius.  By far one of the most recognized artistic styles in digital art, Vitaly has been working with digital art in Photoshop since 2002 and has become one of the most popular artists over that time.

Presented today is the romantically apocalyptic art of Vitaly Alexius, along with an interview that offers insights into his creative mind, along with inspiration from his artwork and advice for aspiring artists.

Hope you enjoy the interview!

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  • Your Name: Vitaly S. Alexius
  • Your Age: 26
  • Location: Toronto, Canada
  • Your website or portfolio: svitart.com / rom.ac
  • Software you use: Photoshop CS4

Thanks for taking the time to interview with us. First off, could you tell us a little about yourself?

I was born in the year 1984, in the industrial city of Novokuznetsk, located on the Tom River in south central Siberian Russia.  For the first four years of my life, I lived amidst coal mining and aluminum/steel production factories; in a city of European architecture covered with columns and arches, surrounded by Russian Taiga.

Since I was four years old, I have been drawing tiny starships and celestial life fascinated me. At four, I moved to the city of Novosibirsk, the capital of Siberia, with my parents. There, in a remote, forest covered, ‘science community’ district of Akademgorodok, at 11 years of age, I studied traditional drawing, watercolor/gauche/oil painting, anatomy, model building, design, art history and illustration at a great high-arts institution for two years, expecting a move to Moscow to further my studies.

On April 11/1997 fate has given me an unexpected twist and by means of aerial transportation I was thrown about 5555 miles across the Atlantic Ocean to Toronto, Canada, where I am currently residing, in my own lovely apartment east of Chinatown. After completing my OAC’s at R. H. King Academy, I went on to the Ontario College of Art and Design, where I’ve finished 2 years of “Environmental Design” program studying: architecture, interior design, AutoCAD rendering, and 3d modeling. I’ve graduated from OCAD with bachelor of design in Illustration.
Since 2000, I’ve been tutoring on the subject of drawing and painting. In 2002, I’ve learned that magical program called Photoshop and have been using it ever since, to develop an innovative, digital-art style , which I gave a name – Dreaminism.

Currently I’m working as a photographer and an illustrator, painting various: book covers, graphic novels, posters and cd covers.

Modern Magic

How did you get started with digital art?

A friend of mine showed me photoshop basics and the rest I’ve learned on my own.

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A lot of your works focus around apocalyptic themes. Is there anything specific about those themes that you like, or a reason they recur in your art?

“We find that the average-there are a number of different size atomic bombs. The total devastation varies, but they average on this Earth map here… If they are expertly spread out, you’ll find we really get a complete coverage of all humanity”. Excerpt from Buckminister Fuller’s lecture, “The World Game”. From the darkest dreams of imagination in my starkly-realistic and highly-detailed style “Dreaminism” I bring to my viewers, visions of the future that will inevitably come to pass if mankind’s planet-wide industrial machine isn’t adjusted in time. I have stood witness to a fall of a Nation and great noble ideals. I have seen Russian cities ravaged by human carelessness, industrialization, depression, oppression, crime and war. I have seen science fail and unleash death in the dark cases of Chernobyl and the Aral Sea “accidents”. My vision is that of a Romantic artist, with one exception – to showcase not just the destructive power of nature, but also the destructive power of man.

Delicious Doomsday

What are your major influences? Any artists in particular who influenced you a lot, or other media such as music and movies?

Movies: The Matrix
Art: Russian Romantic seascape painter Aivan Aivazovsky inspired the majority of my art style.

Delphian Calamity

Are there any artists you look up to?

Digital painters such as Craig Mullins and Sparth.

From a creative standpoint, is it easier to work on personal work or client work?

Personal work, by far- no deadlines and no specifics.

Does your heritage, ethnicity or current residency location affect your art? If so, how?

Currently I live in a big city of capitalistic paradise of skyscrapers made of metal and glass, therefore most of my paintings feature big cities of doom.

Aburod Terra

How would you describe your style, in a sentence or two?

“Dreaminism” – a feeling experienced in the split second before the waking, a thin line in which the mind still doesn’t realize which is more real – the dream or the world you wake into, when you can still clearly remember the dream, yet it is about to fade away. In my paintings I create realistic scenes of existing cities- New York, Moscow, Toronto, San Francisco- with a catalyst twist in them.

Equinox-e

Can you describe your typical workflow when you’re working on a project, whether it be personal or for a client?

Wake up, eat, draw, eat, draw, spend time with girlfriend, eat, sleep. Or if I’m lazy, I do nothing productive all day. Weeeeee.

Do you have a favorite work that you’ve done, or something you’re especially proud of? Why that work especially?

Seasonscape, It’s been seen by 1.3 million people.

What draws you to the style of art that you make?

I used to draw oil paintings, until I realised at 13 that it was extremely similar to the Canadian painter Lauren Harris:

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Interestingly enough, at the time when I developed this oil painting style I was living in Russia and never seen his paintings.

Thus, I decided to radically change my style and move into a different medium of digital art.

One of the early digital paintings I’ve done was Antipodal Evolution, based on my love for sci-fi apocalyptic art.

Antipodal Evolution

It was a great success and gave me several awards on numerous sites. Thus I decided to do more on the same theme, and eventually developed “Romantically Apocalyptic”.

Romantically Apocalyptic Limited Edition Book

I’m very happy with my current style, it is recognized by a hundred thousand fans worldwide and is lots of fun to draw in.

What program do you do the majority of your work in, and why?

Photoshop CS4. I’ve stuck with photoshop from the beginning and I’m too used to it now to switch to anything else.

Do you use any external hardware such as a drawing tablet?

Yes – wacom 6×8.

Chronoscape Thundersnow

Do you have any advice for beginning artists out there?

Don’t ever stop drawing.  Don’t be afraid to show your work everywhere.  Follow my advice or you will be doomed as an artist and will settle making toothpicks for a living.

Where do you see yourself in the future, and how do you feel that you will be growing as an artist?

As a film director – I plan to develop my graphic novel into a tv series/feature film.

Anything else you’d like to say? Any projects you’re working on that you want to draw attention to, or closing thoughts for the readers?

Send me bags of moneys or I will blow up zee moon.

Meeting Zee Captain