Lucid dreams and psychedelic experiences by artist Aleks Nocny

Thanks Aleks aka @aleks_nocny for taking part in our illustrators’ interview series!

How long have you been drawing?

I’ve been sculpting, painting and drawing probably 13 years now. Sculpting was probably the first thing I’ve done when I was a kid and that how it started. Growing in poor country like Ukraine in late 80’s you don’t have many toys, so you creating them. You have to travel to fantasy world to have fun and enjoy your life and see some colour surrounded by grey and old buildings and sadness of communist country. I was always been interested in art, drawing and creating -out of clay, wood, whatever is playable. Illustrations and tattoo designing also tattooing is my full time job now.

What’s your process?

I usually work and create at night. I can’t focus at daytime, so always waiting for a bit of darkness behind the window. ‘Noc’ in Polish means ‘Night’.:) 

Depends what I do, but always starts from green tea or weak coffee and music or podcast. I’m really into a Terrence McKenna podcasts and his voice always calms my mind down and let me open for whatever is coming to my brain:)

Digital vs traditional?

Most of my drawings are digital now, I think if someone create that super tool like Ipad to make artist life easier, why not. I still respect hand drawing and doing it from time to time, but my tattoo design are all done digitally. It’s just easier and quicker. Still love smell of paper or acrylic pain, even unpacking of blank new canvas still give me a smile.

How long does it take to create it?

Depends what and how deep I want to go with it. I love detail, in illustration, tattoo designs, my paintings or sculptures. Every different think I do taking different amount of time. Sometimes I start and finish something month or year after. 

Is it a hobby or your career?

My hobby is my career..I love everything I do and I still having fun if I can create an illustration, funky drawing, new print , sculpture or T-shirt design. I feel like very important in my life is to finish what I started,that gives me energy to start creating something new. I like how thing are growing around me, my followers, my customers, sales etc, but also I like to see my stuff around, like paintings or sculptures, like to be surrounded by things I do. It doesn’t mean I like it all, but it reminds me that I accomplish something and didn’t give up.

Why do you draw?

I can’t imagine to do anything different that create art. Art is big part of my life and its something I’m focusing on most of my time.I don’t have kids or wife who will be distract me, I got all time for myself and thats why I do. Life is too short for sitting in front of TV and live other people’s life. My way of joy in life is to create. That’s why I do so many thing because I’m still looking and trying new things.

What inspires you?

I always liked fantasy, mythical creatures and stuff like this. Recently my stronger inspirations are visions from my lucid dreams and psychodelic experiences I had. I’m not ashamed of that than I use ‘drugs’ sometimes, but its all come from nature and if I can connect with nature and experience and see new things that I never seen before, why not. 

What is the proudest moment that you have achieved?

Probably my proudest moment was when my mural design won the competition and it was painted on massive wall in the town centre where I lived. My town organised a competition for artists to design mural in memory of one of the popular Polish artist. My design been selected with 2 others and they let the whole town vote. I won..That was the best feeling I had for very long time, still proud of that, even that wasn’t very creative design..:)

What is the biggest obstacle that you have faced?

Probably trying to live and create in Norway. I love the country and I will definitely come back there one day. My language barrier and the way how nobody wants to talk to you seriously because you don’t bark in Norwegian language. That was couple years ago and probably lots of things changed, but I never feel so uncomfortable and useless in my life, so spent time traveling instead:)

You have one day to live, how do you spend it?

If I only have one day to spend, I will probably do everything I can and go and see my Mother and spend some time with her. She live in different country and we don’t see each other very often. So that what I will probably do. Riding a full speed on motorcycle, sniffing coke from silicone tits and gambling with unlimited amount of money will do after death or in another life:)

How can people get in contact with you? 

My instagram is: @aleks_nocny

My new arty insta page is: @nocne_mary

My little Etsy store is:

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