Meet Our Serendipity Illustrator: Anton Yermolov
It has been a tradition at CreativeMornings to work with an artist in our community to create an illustration for the monthly theme. May is all about the Serendipity.
The illustration is everywhere — in 170+ chapters' social media channels and at the events.
While the artwork speaks for itself, we wanted to get to know the artist on a personal level and introduce them to the creative community. We’re delighted to introduce you to…
Anton is an illustrator from Crimea who is also specializing in infographics and web design. He has worked with such companies as Megafon, Microsoft, Kaplan, Yandex. Currently he is working at Pixies studio (Moscow, Russia). He has technical and design backgrounds whose combination influences his style of work.
How did you get into illustration work?
I’ve been occupied with graphic design a great while. Few years ago my wife was taking part in the course of intensive illustration headed by Steve Simpson. I joined her for the sake of company because Steve’s works inspired me and I liked his technique. During the course I restored my illustration skills, as I haven’t been drawing since my graduation from the school of arts many years ago. After the course I was focused on infographics where facts are often represented by different visuals. And soon after I started to work with commissions concerning only illustration.
How would you define ’Serendipity?’ What does that mean to you?
Serendipity is a talent to find valuable ideas unexpectedly. I think it’s more about power of observation and ability to see unusual things in usual things. Since childhood I like to assemble different compositions using sea stones with white strings inside. That’s reflected in the monthly illustration.
At what point in your life did you realize that illustration was your calling?
I realized that while I was working in ‘Ferdio’ (Copenhagen). They are specializing in infographics, and we had plenty of work related to data visualization. Then I decided to focus directly on searching of my personal style, and I keep on doing it until present day.
How has your work evolved over time and what were some influences that caused it?
During the few last years I have tried many different styles, sharpened my composition and color skills. Every new work was a challenge, but I did it with pleasure. I get the most part of inspiration in the web. I study works of other colleagues and catch trends in art, design, and illustration. I try to attend significant events and exhibitions related to design and illustration that helps me to be-in-the-know.
What advice would you give to fellow illustrators?
I would like to advise to take interest in nature and outward things, to follow the activity of other illustrators. Observation and patience are the two key things that bring our skills to the upper level and help us to make essential progress.
What’s something about your city that people should know about?
I was born in Sevastopol (Crimea). It is famous for its nature, history and Black sea. Unfortunately today my home city is facing hard times because of geopolitical situation.
Tell us something about yourself that we can’t find on Google.
Before starting my career as a graphic designer, I used to play in two music bands, as a guitarist and as a drummer. We’ve been rather popular but that was before social networks era. Our music can be played back on a CD and it lives in the hearts of our fans, haha.