Interview: Marija Tiurina


Name: My name is Marija Tiurina.

Where do you live:
I am originally from Lithuania, although moved to England in 2009 and have been living here in London ever since.

Known for:
I call myself an artist/illustrator, which probably is the closest description to what I do, even though my works include other things as well, like design, crafts, animation, game art, etc.

When did you realize that you were going to work with this?
I started drawing a long time ago, basically since I’ve remembered myself. Although I have always considered it just a hobby as it’s almost impossible to find a creative job in Lithuania. Things changed when I realized I could move to London and study there to secure myself a future in the professional field I love.

If you could choose one place only to live, where would that be and why?
I haven’t seen many places in this world just yet, and I feel comfortable in Europe. But who knows, maybe one day I will go somewhere and decide that it’s just perfect and that I have to stay there forever!

How would you describe your creativity?
It’s hard to define my work in one particular style as I am still looking for one. At the moment I love illustrating little everyday situations, funny idioms and thoughts, re-imagining characters from fairy-tales and films. I am also a big fan of detailed work, which takes patience and time but is very rewarding.

How and when did you start to work with this in a serious manner?
I started taking my own art seriously when I was about 14, this is when I got my first job as an illustrator (even though I had to lie about my age to get paid). Since then I have been working on my portfolio, which still keeps growing every week or so.

What is the most important thing in a workplace/studio for you?
For me a workplace is very important – I have to have everything I need within a reaching range, have my brushes and papers, or my tablet.

What is your favorite film?
Hard to define a favourite film as I am quite a big fan of cinema, but one of most special ones is “Leon the professional”, as the actors together with the characters, the story and directing is the best (music, too).

Who would you like to invite for a dinner and why?
I would love to have a beer with Bill Murray – he seems like one of the best people ever walked on earth.

How do you like to spoil yourself?
When I want to spoil myself I go to an Italian shop and get myself some of that best quality Parma ham, or buy the biggest steak and grill it – we make a perfect couple.

What is the nicest compliment you’ve received for your creative work, and from whom?
There were many people who said nice words about my art, which is great. But it matters most to me when my art inspires people and makes them want to draw – that’s the best compliment an artist can get!

What is luxury for you?
A happy life is where I can create my art without having to worry about anything else, which is not very far from reality. I still have a full-time job to pay my rent and stuff as London is one of the priciest cities, but I am quite happy with the way things are at the moment as I am lucky to have my job (I work as a games artist at a studio named Mediatonic).

What does a regular day look like for you?
My regular day is pretty much that – I get around on my bike, drink loads of coffee and draw, draw, draw.

Who is your professional role model/inspiration?
Some of my favourite artists are Mark  Ryden, Sachin Teng, Eric Fortune, Sam Wolfe Connelly and many others. It’s enough to look at their works to get inspired, loads.

I have also recently discovered Pinterest – I recommend it to anyone looking for inspiration!

Which is the one thing you can’t live without?
One thing I would find it very difficult and almost impossible to live without is my sight. Losing arms would still mean I could adjust to creating art in some other way, and I would still be able to see it. But losing ability to see the beauty of this world would kill me.


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