Artist Interview: Victor Zastolskiy (aka vicnt)Posted: June 21, 2012
This month we feature the multi-disciplinary talents of Victor Zastolskiy, aka vicnt. Victor lives and works in Nizhny Tagil, Russia. His portfolio includes an eclectic mix of 3D rendering and photography, combining sleek interior spaces and quirky portraiture into a unique body of work.
Hi Victor. How did you get started in illustration, design and photography?
VZ: I graduated from the Academy of Art. Later I worked as an artist for a long time in the computer games industry. I was also engaged in interior design. All of these skills helped me later in the creation of my images.
Who or what inspires your work?
VZ: I am inspired by the world around me, all I see. Life is wonderful!
What’s your favorite subject matter?
VZ: Perhaps most of all I like the theme of forces of nature. It fascinates me. I often dream about a tornado…
Describe your style. What do you try to capture in your images?
VZ: If I have an idea, at first I make sketches in pencil. At this stage I do a basic composition for the image. Then I choose the means to solve the problem: what software do I need? What photos will I be able to use from my archive? Do I need to take additional photos? Then comes the work of compiling all the material in the final image.
If you had to pick just one camera, medium, program or tool to work with from now on, what would it be?
VZ: This is terrible! I really do not like constraints to the tools of an artist. I am currently working in a 3D editor, then 10 minutes later I need a scanner, after half an hour the camera, then colored pencils and ink, etc…
What do you like to do when you’re not working?
VZ: I love to travel; I love cycling and snowboarding. I ride in as many different countries as possible. I am also engaged in engraving on wood.
What one tip would you share with someone who’s just starting out in the stock industry?
VZ: If you have an idea for an image, first check the extent to which this theme is already represented in stock. If you feel that you cannot do a better or more interesting picture on this theme, work on another idea. It is better not to create similarities.
Do you have a favorite artist/photographer at Crestock?
VZ: On Crestock there are many excellent creators. For example, there are many hidden ideas in these images by egorr.
Is there anything else you’d like us to know about you?
VZ: I am very modest.