Masks and Mysteries
Using digital technology, James weaves his mysterious and magical creations. Let’s hope we see a lot more of them around our city soon!
We asked the artist…
My work lately has been predominately digital, working expressively with line and shape to create characters and monsters. The majority of my personal work starts from a few quick movements, then I build up and experiment to create a final piece. Colour has been a big stress of mine for years, so I have been pushing myself to use it as much as possible.
What inspires you?
I have a huge catalogue of Artists and Illustrators that I often drawn inspiration from. For example James Jean, Jeff Soto and Drew Millward… however it can be overwhelming looking at all the talented people out there so I try to gain inspiration from observing people, nature, life. I’m always a sponge!
What materials do you generally use?
For the last few years i have been mainly working in Procreate, sketching/painting with an Apple Pencil.
What’s been your favourite project to work on so far?
My favourite project so far has been my own personal experimentation with colour and character; most of the work you see submitted for this exhibition. It’s been interesting playing without the constraints of a brief and this work has been basically my natural “doodles”.
What are you currently working on?
Currently underway and slightly secret; is an ongoing commission for Southsea Brewing Company. I cannot go into too much detail, but what I will say is that I am hoping to create a long term project, that’s deep and detailed. Alongside my other passion, beer!
Where can we find more of your work?
You’ll find me on Instagram (@james_mankiewicz) but please do also check out my day job: Sea Dog Print Studio on Goldsmith Avenue (@seadogprint). I work with some very talented people, and collectively we come together to make some awesome work!