Today on the PopLurker Artist Spotlight, we are featuring Ihor Yarmolenko of Oldquaker Art! You can follow him all over social media, which are linked below.
Would you please introduce yourself for PopLurker readers? What is your name, where do you live, and what sort of art do you produce?
My name is Ihor Yarmolenko, I live in Ukraine in a city called Mariupol near the sea. I do digital and traditional art, drawing everything, but most of all – people, fictional and realistic characters, developing their appearance, apparel and environment. I’m hugely influenced by mass culture including movies, video games, books and music – and inspired by it as well as by classical artists and their masterpieces.
What are some of your favorite things? Like, anything, really. Tell us about yourself!
Being a multi-hyphenate I also play guitar and keys, love retro-gaming, collect retro consoles and stuff. I used to write and I had more than 10 blogs including the one devoted to so-called “b-movies”- low-budget films, especially science fictional. I don’t drink alcohol at all 🙂 I try to be fit and like to ride a bike cycling by parks and seaside. I also adore to learn new things and techniques – being a 2D raster artist I study vector at the time, interested in 3D modelling and study academic art at night school.
What inspired the name Oldquaker Art?
I wanted to make a new nickname for me and chose nickname “Oldquaker” in 2013 while registering at DeviantArt.com to emphasize retro-gaming hobby (‘Quake’ is a famous videogame from 90s, the one of the first in 3D era). So lately I called my art project Oldquaker Art – just for not changing the source DA account.
How has the public/the fandom received your work? Are people typically nice about what they see or do they nit-pick?
Typically they really like it. Sometimes I receive critical feedback, mostly from professional artists – and it makes sense – and I’m completely ok with it even though it’s obviously not as cool as admiration. But it teaches how to make things better next time.
When did you know that a lifetime of art was in your inevitable future? Is this a hobby or a career? How do you make time for the things that you love?
I decided to make art the main thing in my life more than a year ago – though I’ve been drawing as a hobbyist all my life. Now it is much more than just a hobby because I also take commissions in what I’m interested, what matches my own vision.
When did you decide to make the leap into Pop Culture art? What was the show or movie that really inspired that for you?
There was no just one inspiration, but as an artist I’ve been always inspired by everything around – including popular and mass culture obviously.
What would you say are your biggest fandoms? The ones you enjoy most or consider yourself part of?
I wouldn’t say I’m too much in fanart wave, I always try to make my own, but many fandoms and subcultures have inspired me: Cyberpunk, Steampunk, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Gothic subculture, and I’d say I’m a Nerd – if it wasn’t so mainstream now 🙂 I’ve always been a nerd in some ways even without realizing it – and to be nerdy now is to be cool – and it’s good because intelligence and enthusiasm are trendy again.
What are some fandoms or hobbies that your own fans wouldn’t expect? Something that never makes an appearance in your art?
Hard to answer, really. I try to reflect different parts of what is important for mankind. But still, I always try to avoid offensive things which are at first inappropriate for me.
Where do you currently sell your pieces? Are you in the convention scene? How far do you travel to build your platform?
As I mentioned before, I do commissions and sell some of my existing traditional and digital art. Speaking about comics – despite of my style, I’m not very into comic scene, I’m not a comic collector. But I really adore this drawing style and learn from it very much, and this is what I want to try next – doing comics by myself. About platrofms – I use all the popular social networks and some art networks as a platforms, filling it daily: Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest , Artstation, Reddit and others.
Is there anything new in the pipeline for you? Do you have any upcoming projects or secrets you want to share with us here at PopLurker?
I think I’ll go into vector art more soon because I study it right now. Also I have plans of doing comics by myself – so there will be new experience and new styles!
Do you have any social media or an online store? How can our readers find you and your awesome work? Plug yourself, your projects, and give me all your links!
You can contact me on every of these sites or just email me.
Here’s the complete list for those who prefer more platforms:
♦DA Portfolio: http://oldquaker.daportfolio.com/gallery/973178
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