Meet Vladimir Stankovic (@ArtRusDesign): Designer and Illustrator From Finland

In the spirit of giving back, and our desire to support local businesses and artists, we are doing an artist spotlight series. We will be showcasing a new artist each day for the next 31 days. Today’s artist is Vladimir Stankovic, a designer and illustrator from Finland.

Vladimir is a graphic designer and illustrator born in Nis, Serbia, where he graduated at the University of Arts, the department of graphic design. Currently he is based in Finland, Rovaniemi, where he received his master’s degree at the University of Lapland.

Marine Curiosities - illustrations done for the "FEAST" restaurant, Nashville, TN. watercolors, color pencils + digital

Marine Curiosities – illustrations done for the “FEAST” restaurant, Nashville, TN.

Question: How did you get into design?
Vladimir’s Answer: As long as I can remember I was always drawing or making something, so when it came the time to continue my education after primary school, studying design and illustration was a no brainer. I would have all my notebooks, whether it is math, physics, or biology (especially biology) embellished with drawings of monsters and animals.

Question: Where are you from, where did you go to school?
Vladimir’s Answer: I was born in Nis, a town in Serbia, which is where I also went to school.

Question: What are your tools of the trade?
Vladimir’s Answer: All of my illustrations and designs are done with the use of traditional media, and usually, processed with the use of programs such as Photoshop or illustrator later. Somehow I can’t seem to give up that handmade element of creating.

Question: What websites do you go to for design inspiration?
Vladimir’s Answer: Tumblr is a great place, and as I follow many different artists and creative people, my dashboard is like the weirdest and inspiring gallery you can imagine! Also, Behance is a great place to find quality works from every creative discipline and from all over the world!

Question: What is your favorite movie, band, and artist?
Vladimir’s Answer: I have so many favorite movies, one of them would be the Naked Gun, the other Hellraiser series (the first 4 parts though), and I just love Labyrinth, Legend and the Dark Crystal. As far as music is concerned, it is the same – I grew up listening to pop and rock and later I listened to grunge, and now I kind of just listen to whatever I stumble upon that is interesting and creative. The artists I find the most inspiring are Klimt, Ernst, Dali, etc. as I really love looking at strange forms and great color combinations. Also, great influence on my work has come from nature illustrators like Maria Sibylla Merian and Heinrich Harder.

The Illustrated Grimm's Fairy Tales

The Illustrated Grimm’s Fairy Tales

Question: If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
Vladimir’s Answer: I would go to Galapagos Islands! I would love to see those great cliffs and rocks up close, and of course to see all those rare animals! As a kid, I imagined of having the great Galapagos turtle as a pet who I would ride in my yard and on the way to school. Now I would just like to see one of them in person and make a few sketches for an illustration… and to have a photo of me on its back taken, that is, if the turtle doesn’t mind!

Question: When you’re not designing, what do you like to do?
Vladimir’s Answer: Just to relax, watch movies and nature documentaries, hang out with my friends…

Question: If you could meet anyone (dead or alive) who would it be and why?
Vladimir’s Answer: That’s a pretty hard one, but if I had to pick one person it would either be Jesus or Leonardo da Vinci. I think it is not necessary to explain why…

Question: What advice would you give to someone just starting out in design?
Vladimir’s Answer: What I always say to this question is that you should always create and draw and make sketches and do whatever you want to be good at. Try new techniques and see what works for you but don’t ever stop just because you think it is not that good or people tell you the same… Practice and not giving up really does make perfect!

You can view more of his amazing pieces at his website.