Since graduating from art school, Sunra built his foundations through courses in 3D modelling, concept design, watercolour painting, graphic design, airbrushing, fashion and photography. “I studied all of them and it was hard for me to stop at one,” he remarks. “Over time, as I put all of these directions together, I chose the one I liked best which was illustration”.

Starting the process of a new illustration, the first part of the process is always a clean and tidy desktop. “Cleanliness is a white sheet where I can start to create something new with fresh new ideas.”

 
 
 
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 Next up, music: “I always include a playlist in genres like electronic music, ambient. Or music by composers like Ludovico Einaudi, Han Zimmer, Thomas Newman and many others.”

Now it's time to gather the pictures, choose some shapes and colours, and start sketching. 

 
 
 
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But where does the inspiration come from, and how does Sunra decide what he's going to create?

Alongside going to the more conventional spots (like social media) Sunra gathers different elements, references, and researches trends before starting the process of shaping a sketch. 

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“This is probably the most difficult and responsible stage in the creation of an illustration,” says Sunra. “Because the whole essence of further illustration depends on the initial idea."

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His best advice for fellow creatives is practice. Seems painfully obvious, but unfortunately when it comes to artistic ability there is no simple cheat code. Sunra recommends drawing different shapes of people, different objects, buildings, and landscapes. “It helps with time to feel the shape of the lines, to convey a certain dynamism and fluidity to your illustrations."

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Freelancing for a few years, Sunra has a few different style illustrations under his belt. These include watercolor, art-grunge, line-dot, bitmap and vector illustration. “I am constantly learning and practicing different styles and consider it normal for my work, thus I am constantly improving”. 

And concerning various comments comparing his style to that of Van Gogh, Sunra responds “I think there are as many opinions as there are people. I don’t get hung up on that. There are many styles but all ideas are my own”. 

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