Martin Wickstrom [martinwickstrom]
What do you do? How do you define yourself as an artist?
I create illustrations for advertising, publishing, websites and more. I am a graphic artist.
What is your message?
Depending on the assignment.
Your biography in four lines.
Born in rural Sweden, likes to write, sing, play musical instruments, be creative. After school I wanted to see some more of this world. Along the way I moved to Spain and later on California.
Do you upload your work to the web? If so, where could we see it?
Check it out at www.wickstromillustration.com
How is an idea born? For you, what is inspiration?
I tend to find interesting looking lines. Color comes later for me.
What role does technology play in your creative process?
Sometimes it is apparent, other times not. I try to keep a crafty touch.
What is art?
What someone says is art.
When do you get your best ideas?
When sketching, or when about to fall asleep.
How do you evaluate whether an idea is good or not?
I leave it alone and come back five hours later.
Three creative ideas that you would have liked to have created?
The musical notes, the written language and the coffee brewer.
When and how did you begin to see yourself as an artist?
I try not to think like that. I try to take my profession seriously and myself very lightly.
Why do so many artists and creators have such volatile personalities?
Perhaps their jobs allow them to?
Do you consider yourself postmodern?
I try to avoid any -ism but when I think about it I actually really dislike postmodernism but understands its place in history.
How should a work of art be evaluated?
Depending on art form. Graphic art should be evaluated on the balance between lines and color.
Must an artist reinvent him/herself everyday?
The less self-aware the better. I create stuff, thats all.
Which artists do you admire and how do they influence your work?
I admire Dave McKean for his artistic versatility and extraordinary technical skills.
What do you think about public funding for the arts?
Is art necessary?
Sometimes, sometimes not.
Does it pain you to let go of a piece you have sold?
Is a work of art purchased, or is it better said, that it is the artist who is bought?
I could sell myself but immediately re-invent myslef and therefore avoid being sold.
In art, there is no guide. How do you know what the next step is?
How do you feel about the fact that the pieces exhibited in contemporary art museums are often of artists already deceased?
I donīt care about that.
What role have the figures of art dealer, gallery owners, representatives, and intermediaries in general played in your career?
What types of jobs do you usually do?
Which of your jobs or tasks do you most enjoy?
Finishing up an illustration. The fine tuning.
Do you personally collect any items?
Which websites do you frequently visit?
What advice would you give to those just beginning?
Find one style, not several. Focus on marketing.