Interview with Digital Illustrator, Fredrik Rattzen

How did you get started doing what you do?
Having no clue what I wanted to do after finishing high school, I started asking myself if there was something that I truly enjoyed doing even if I took money out of the equation. I had been drawing since I was a kid, so my love for drawing came to mind. While doing research for colleges online, I happened to stumble upon a school called The Art Department, which offered a really solid program. I applied for a scholarship and was fortunate enough to get one. I had some trouble getting work the first year out of school, but then clients started coming to me on a more regular basis and I was able to pursue illustration full time.

Interview with Painter, Fredrik Rattzen on Jung Katz
What’s your inspiration?

If I had to pick one it would be nature. It never stops fascinating me.

What does your typical day look like?
I like to start off my day by spending an hour on personal work no matter what, since it’s often where I struggle the most. The rest of my day then tends to revolve around client work with the exception of a longer break during the afternoon when I like to hit the gym.

Interview with Painter, Fredrik Rattzen on Jung Katz

How do you keep motivated?
I get motivated from a number of things. Learning is one of them. The great thing about art is that there’s always more to learn. I continuously take online classes and travel to workshops. Another motivational source for me is doing things outside of art like traveling, hiking, spending time outside and experiencing things which I then try to translate into my work.

Interview with Painter, Fredrik Rattzen on Jung Katz

How would you say your surroundings have influenced your work?
I live in a pretty small town where there’s not a whole lot do outside of art. Especially during the winter, since its too cold for me to enjoy anything outside.

What do you hope to accomplish with your work?
I’ve been exploring storytelling recently, and it’s something I hope to bring more into future work.

Interview with Painter, Fredrik Rattzen on Jung Katz

What’s the best advice you’ve been given?
“You have to become numb to failure.”

What are your thoughts on art school?
For me, art school made a huge difference. These days though, I don’t think it’s equally important since so much information is available online.

Interview with Painter, Fredrik Rattzen on Jung Katz

What art supplies do you use?
I work completely digital these days, so I only use a Wacom tablet. I miss working traditionally though.

What’s your process like?
I start out with a thumbnail sketch where I establish my values and divide them into three groups: light, grey and dark. That way, moving on to color becomes a much easier transition. Then it’s just a matter of fine tuning until I arrive at something satisfying.

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