David Art aka David Ambarzumjan specialises in watercolour painting and pencil work. The incredibly talented, young German recently turned 18 and with over 250k followers on Instagram he is quickly becoming one to watch in the art world! His work captures the wonders of our universe in a surrealistic way.
David has shared with us some insights into his working practises, influences and what he'd like to be if art wasn't his natural calling. Take it away David!
Q: How old are you?
A: I’m 19 years old.
Q: Where are you based?
A: I have Armenian roots, but I was born and raised in Germany and right now, I’m living in Munich.
Q: So, when did you know that you would be an artist?
A: Basically my whole life, I vaguely remember the day I painted a family of penguins on a small canvas with acrylics for the first time. I recall being so proud of the finished piece and wanting to create more.
Q: How long did it take to refine your personal style?
A: That’s a tricky question, because I don’t see myself having one particular style. It’s rather the love for nature and the cosmos that resonates throughout my drawings and paintings. Because I work in series, i am able to work with different mediums and experiment with new ideas. The "Cosmic Animal“ series that is available on Illustrate, combines wildlife animals with the cosmos to stress their importance in the universe and nature and to draw attention to the threat many face due to the way we treat our planet.
Q: Who are your inspirations, not just artists?
A: To name a few artists, Salvador Dalí and René Magritte inspire me to think outside the box, M.C. Esher and Rob Gonsalves motivate me to create something that makes people look twice. But there are so many more artists that inspire me daily.
Besides that, I love wild life and nature documentaries and David Attenborough is such an inspiring narrator and person in general. There is something about his voice that makes you feel for everything that you see in a special way.
Q: Do you have a favourite spot to work in?
A: There is a desk filled with art materials with an easel on top of it in the corner of my bedroom. This is where everything happens and I wouldn’t want it any other way.
Q: Do you have a dream workshop/studio?
A: Well, maybe a dedicated studio wouldn’t be a bad idea. A big white space that makes all the artworks pop with enough windows to let as much sunlight in as possible. A place where I can truly focus on my paintings without distractions. Wishful thinking at its finest! :)
Q: Why do you draw? Is there a particular idea you always look to portray?
A: I love to capture the mystery and wonders of our universe. There are so many dark things going on around the world that it’s sometimes hard to appreciate everything that happened so that we and everything else on this planet could exist, protected by a thin layer that separates us from the void of space.
Q: What are the unique struggles of working with your chosen medium?
A: Every medium works in a different way. While painting the cosmic animals, I used colored pencils for the animals and watercolors for the galaxy effect.
Q: What's your favourite part of working with this medium?
A: The struggle with watercolors is that you can’t control them that well, just like a wild animal that you have to tame. On the plus side, you never know what you’re getting yourself into and this allows for intriguing and impulsive movements on the paper.
Q: On average, how long does one of your pieces take to complete?
A: It really depends on the medium and size of the painting, but the cosmic animals probably took me about 5-7 hours each.
Q: If you could transform into an animal which one would you choose?
A: Probably a humpback whale! It’s a scary thought at first, living in the big, deep and dark ocean, but the way these creatures majestically breach out of the water with such a big force is breathtaking.
Q: You aren't an artist, what are you doing instead?
A: I love to work with computers and create user experiences that are inviting and fun to use. But I guess that’s also a form of art… I really can’t imagine doing something that doesn’t involve creative thinking.
Q: Finally, any advice for aspiring artists?
A: Patience! I know it’s a cheesy answer but there is really no other way around it! Hard work only pays off if you show up every time. There are good days and bad days but you still learn from both of them, so it’s important not to give up if something doesn’t work out the way you want it to.