Interview: Domentijan Blagojević


Name: Domentijan Blagojević (Domi)

Where do you live: Valjevo, Serbia

Known for:
Being a fifteen years old boy, a high school student who enjoys drawing a lot.

Currently working with:
Currently working on my original comic book (Manga), and billboards for my school.

When did you realize that you were going to work with this/in this area?
Last year in May I started to draw.

If you could choose one place only to live, where would that be and why?
It would be Japan, there are many comic masters (Mangaka) I’d like to meet, and to ask for some great advice for the future. I like Japan because it is an exotic land and for us completely unknown.

How would you describe your creativity?
I think I’m inclined to everything that was said or while reading book, I can see in the picture. Sometimes they are funny pictures, sometimes romantic, sometimes as the Lord of the Rings I imagine fantastic characters.

How and when did you start to work with this in a serious manner?
During the summer holidays I have had plenty of time and I’m totally dedicated to it. I gave up basketball and going out and I was drawing all day long.

What do you do at the moment?
I`m currently designing characters for my original comic.

A recommendation for those who think about starting and running a creative business?
Never give up, surround yourself with things that inspire you, work hard. Be prepared to give up some things which you aren’t as passionate about, you can achieve as much as you want in the field where you decide to put your talent and effort.

Tell us how it all started.
My father is a sculptor, and my mother likes to paint. I’ve always watched that and it was quite natural to start doing it myself. And by the way, my parents bought a variety of Disney cartoons. Once they bought 5 Japanese cartoons – My neighbor Totoro, Howl`s Moving Castle, Castle in the sky, Porco Rosso and Princess Mononoke. My brother and I were thrilled and for days we got completely into them. After that I became interested in comic books and started to read them and at one point, while I was reading the comics (Manga), I started to draw them.

What is the most important thing in a workplace/studio for you?
The most important thing for me is that I have peace and quiet, a table full of pencils and rapidographs.

What is your favorite film?
My favorite movie is Lord of the Rings (Return of the King).

Who would you like to invite for a dinner and why?
I want to call Eiichiro Oda (manga) because it is one of my favorite comic book artists ever.

How do you like to spoil yourself?
I stay up late at night to draw, or sometimes, at weekends I love playing basketball with my friends for a few hours.

What is luxury for you?
For me the luxury is a full set of Faber-Castell crayons and pens for drawing.

What is the nicest compliment you’ve received for your creative work, and from whom?
The nicest compliments I ever received at the beginning of my drawing from my parents, who saw talent in me and supported me.

What do you fear most?
I have most fear of the night. I never liked  to sleep, it always seemed to me that I’m wasting my time. When I was little, I thought it’s time for play, and now I think it’s time to draw.

What is a happy life to you?
For me, a happy life is when a man does what he likes and he can live from it. So that his work is not a burden but rather a pleasure.

What does a regular day look like for you?
First I get up in the morning and go to school and after school I come back to my house and take a little rest, and grab something to eat. And after the meal I start to draw, after drawing I read books, after that I go with my friends and play basketball and at the end of the day I again take a pencil and draw until late at night.

Tell us about your dream project.
I would like to create my own comic book (Manga).

Who is your professional role model/inspiration?

My role model is Iichiro Oda because he is creator of One Piece comic (Manga) and thats my favorite Comic (Manga)

How would you describe your work style (academic field or fashion style, or both, or something entirely different)?
I love the Japanese style of drawing, although I admire other cartoons. I like to draw interesting characters with a lot of details. I love imaginative characters.

Which is the one thing you can’t live without?
I could not live without my family, and drawing.

What inspires you?
I’m inspired by all the creative and talented people who find their way and, notwithstanding the circumstances of persistently to go by that way, are moved by and keep moving with the love for what they do.

A book that has changed/made the most impression in your life?
The book that changed my view of the world is Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupéry).

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