July 16, 2024


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Norbert Rybarczyk: Colors That Tell Stories

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Norbert Rybarczyk: Colors That Tell Stories

Hues are an significant software in the toolbox of a comics artist and no person appreciates that much better than Norbert Rybarczyk. A Polish illustrator and comics creator, he employs a wide array of hues, from shiny and vibrant to muted and moody, to make his perform pop off the site. In this job interview, we speak to him about his creative approach, inspirations, and his journey as an artist. 

The report is element of a sequence of interviews highlighting inspiring men and women and the passions that make them tick. It was originally revealed as part of our 2022 concern of Wall Stories Journal for the September version of the Maison & Objet trade honest in Paris.

Norbert Rybarczyk is an completed visual storyteller with numerous impressive tasks underneath his belt. Most notably, his quirky, adventurous comic textbooks, which includes “Staring from the Hill” and “Ghosts of Orwald,” he released by way of his self-publishing enterprise Amarok Comics. In addition to his first operate, he’s also established strategy artwork of characters from the world’s largest comic reserve and cinematic universes, which include Marvel, Star Wars, and DC.

Currently, he’s sharing with us some insights into his artistic system, what inspires him, and how he strategies color in his get the job done. But before you dive in, we questioned Norbert to curate a selection of artworks by Displate artists for your household. Test out his picks and get motivated

On The Beginnings Of His Innovative Journey

I started off drawing and dreaming of getting a cartoonist when I was very little. I think I was five or 6 decades outdated when I informed my mom I’d draw comics one particular day. Or, to be additional precise: I claimed to her that I’d be drawing Spider-guy a single day, so I guess I nonetheless have some time to achieve this. Back then, I examine tons of comics, largely fantasy, superhero, and some European comic artwork classics, so producing my possess characters and tales came normally to me. 

As a teen, I focused on getting to be a qualified illustration artist and designed my personal comic books in my no cost time. It’s a target I continue to this day.

On Picking Art For His Home

I have some of my initial artwork framed on my partitions. The black-and-white inked pages from my comics and illustrations convey back again old memories—but to be sincere, I never want to “live and breathe” my creations in my non-public house. 

In its place, I have a number of calming prints that do not distract me from my perform. I also have an ever-escalating collection of textbooks, comics (some all-time American traditional comic business treasures from the ’90s, ’80s, and even ’70s), and, of program, manga—I really like manga! So I guess it’s extra essential for me to “decorate my mind” with all the things I appreciate than to have it on the wall.

On His Behance Portfolio and Favorite Art Jobs

My Behance is really various mainly because, about the yrs, I have experimented with quite a few distinctive variations and mediums, which include illustration, portray, and layout. By demanding myself to consider new issues, I’ve been ready to switch artistic gears quickly, adapting my fashion to no matter what I’m operating on. But whilst my function is assorted, my favourite tasks are constantly the kinds that let me to invent my individual figures, tales, and worlds.

Choose a appear at an remarkable selection of posters handpicked for you by Norbert and other passion-driven individuals we interviewed, and give your partitions the makeover they should have!

On How He Results in A Globe Of Magnificent Legendary Creatures

The legendary creatures in my comics generally come from my adore of ancient myths and fantasy vibes. I’m influenced by my favored novels by J.R.R Tolkien, Ursula Le Guin, Robert E. Howard, H.P Lovecraft, Anne McCaffrey, and a lot of much more. Most of my people appear entirely formed in my head. The moment they do, I try my finest to transfer them from my intellect to paper. 

When I’m crafting my comics, I hear to some instrumental music like Mike Oldfield (mainly “Ommadawn”, “Incantations”, “QE2”, and “Amarok”) or film soundtracks by James Horner and other great modern day composers. I also like jazz and 70’s prog-rock bands like Yes.

On His Relationship With Colors 

You could say I have a unique “relationship” with hues. I started out my experienced vocation in the Polish comedian sector as a colorist. I also like to experiment with lively contrasts and “different tunes” my coloring is motivated by. 

I like colors, but I also know how distracting they can be. Ideal now, I’m incredibly deep into manga, so the two comedian textbooks I’m functioning on are all black-and-white with some grey scales and halftones. Sticking to monochromatic tones helps retain the complete narrative simple to stick to and is effective substantially greater than all the flashy, vivid and chaotic eyeball horrors. Colours are however existing in the other illustration-focused assignments I create in my specialist and private artistic everyday living.

About to You!

Comedian-e book artwork is usually missed by the mainstream but in reality, it is a correct artwork sort. If you are imagining of finding into the comedian ebook field, we hope this job interview has impressed you. And if you want to see additional of Norbert’s do the job, you can discover him on Facebook and Behance.

If you created it this far, you may possibly also enjoy other posts from our series:

All shots made use of in this post are © Norbert Rybarczyk, utilised with permission.

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