Illustration & Concept Design
Hi, this is Volen.
The Short Story
I currently work out of the UK as a freelance Artist, Concept Designer & Illustrator. I also teach beginner artists via one-on-one mentorships. Please get in touch with any project you could use my help on – firstname.lastname@example.org
I have also earned a First Class Degree in Film & Digital Art from Canterbury Christ Church University in the UK.
The Longer Story
I had never drawn or painted anything until the age of 22. I didn’t even doodle…
I just didn’t know about art. It was never a part of my environment and I had never seen anyone do it. When I first tried drawing, after starting a film course, I also found out that I was profoundly untalented. I thought it would be impossible for me to learn. So, naturally, it became an obsession and a personal challenge.
I spent the next several years working every single day on improving my craft and learning from the best. I went through every single course I could find, read every book I could get my hands on and ultimately art has become my vehicle for self-improvement, not just as a practitioner, but as a person. It has taught me more than any other activity I’ve been involved in, some key lessons being discipline, consistency, humbleness and gratitude. It has also taught me about what Carol Dweck calls the growth mindset – which is our infinite ability to improve, so long as we perceive everything as a process that can be worked on, not a gift, personal defect or lack of innate ability. Art has also taught me how to learn, which is a skill I sadly did not manage to master or understand during 15 years of school and university combined.
I’m self-taught, but I can say without a doubt, that art has been my greatest teacher so far. For those on the same path of improvement – I hope to be able to help by sharing my journey on the blog , YouTube and sketchbook containing years of work where you can see my progress from a complete beginner. My mission is to help people learn how to learn and to spread the growth mindset to as many people as I can reach.
Thank you very much for stopping by!