It’s hard not to be taken by Vladimir Stankovic’s exquisite illustrations, featuring animals and creatures that are sometimes real, other times surreal.
“I’m not really sure what the genre of my work is, but I guess I’d say it’s very fairytale-like with the touch of surrealism and a bit grotesque,” he relayed in an interview with Astrum People. “Also it has a lot of nature’s elements as biology as a science has a big influence on my work as well… in general, I like to experiment and combine different genres and themes and I like to be surprised by the results.”
Combining both digital and traditional tools, he admits he’s more fond of the latter, employing watercolors, colored pencils, and markers. “With the use of traditional techniques I kind of get the results I want in the fastest and most fun way,” he says. The finishing touches are added digitally, using software like Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.
The finished result can be characterized as unusual, but also as unique and original. Which makes sense, judging by the fact that Stankovic’s inspiration comes from science and nature on the one hand, and fantasy, fairy tales, and mysteries on the other.
And when he’s not doodling, Stankovic takes part in different projects and exhibitions, explaining that “it is always fun and fulfilling to get feedback and see work from your peers.”