Wednesday, February 17, 2010

★ 5Qs with Valp | Maciej Hajnrich

Rob: Recently I came across the work of a man who gives meaning to the design phrase "make it pop." Valp gives life to all the work he's commissioned to do and from the conversation I had with him off-the-record it sounds like his work is only growing stronger. Visit his showcase at to see the amazing work he did for My Chemical Romance, Duke Nukem, Pakarabanu DJ Team, and Copernicus Science Center. Also, be sure to click here to view his blog. I have book marked it to a post where his work was included in a design book entitled "Crossover Design" but, there is so much inspiration and info in other areas of the blog as well : ).

Now let's jump into my conversation with him.

Q1: Hi Valp, Tell me a little about yourself?

Valp: Hi Rob. I'm digital artist, graphic designer, illustrator, player, music fan, and movie watcher. Also, I love coffee with chocolate croissants.

Rob: I never had a chocolate croissant lol. I love the cafè pic btw and obviously from everything I just said in my opening, i'm crazy about the work you do.

When did you first realize that you wanted to do this?

Valp: About 10 years ago, I was (and still am) keen on new technology and used to experiment with software from Adobe. I spent a lot of time doing some simple graphics just for fun, but soon I realized it was my biggest passion. Exactly 7 years ago (Feb 2003) I set up my first online portfolio. Even then, I was pretty sure I want to focus on design and graphics.

Rob: That's the great thing about being an Artist- Artists are born, not trained. We only need training to express our creativity in the right medium.

Q3: What do you feel is your strongest asset?

Valp: Being able to learn new skills and gain experience in a self-taught process.

Rob: That is always the best answer anyone can give. As a creator, you can never become comfortable; you always have to reach a little higher and push limitations back.

Q4: What would you like to be known for?

Valp: An Experimental imagination player and trend setter, or something close to that : ). I want to be known as unique artist with extraordinary skills, for sure.

Rob: You are on your way Valp, you are on your way!

Q5: Why Valp Now?

Valp: Now is instant, present time which is always actual. From a wider perspective it means what I am doing (now) and where I am in my career.

Rob: I always love the answer to this question because it gives me and my readers a deeper understanding of who you are as an artist. Thanks for your time Valp! More 5Qs to come.

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