surname: V Bach
year of birth: 24/12/1978
Q1: When did you start making art?
As far as I remember, I started drawing around 7/8 years old . As a child my drawing style was mainly influenced by manga and japanimation, during my teen years I mostly drew pencil realistic portraits and now, since early 2000, I do digital mixed media. Art has always been a part of my life, may it be a pasttime in my early years or now my activity.
Q2: What does inspire you?
A bit of everything, mostly music, feelings, movies sometimes. I have always been attracted by dark and surreal concepts and representations, may it be in music, art, books, and so on. I think I am pretty inspired by mythology too (greek, roman, viking also), I like to render my own visions of classical myths, I think they’re somewhat eternal, timeless and it’s always interesting to bring them to life again through digital art.
Q3: What are your techniques?
My technique is called mixed media, a combination of photomanipulation and digital painting. I always start my images with a photographic reference, I erase the unnecessary parts of it and repaint all the rest. It’s not pure photomanipulation but it’s not real digital drawing since I keep some photographic elements into the composition of the final artwork. My aim is to move completely to digital art, but it needs time and much practice too !
Q4: What is the main idea or feeling behind your works?
Honestly I am not certain of it, I know that they convey a certain idea of loneliness (all my characters are alone except for one or two artworks), but not in a sad way. My characters are always secure, comforted by their loneliness, maybe there’s more hope and quietness in my images than pure sadness or fear, or any harsh feeling. And, exactly like many artists, I look for beauty, in everything that I create.
Q5: What is the main color of your art and why?
I really like cold tones, blues, purples, greens, I really feel more at ease with them. I hardly ever work with warm colors, unless for commissionned work. For me there’s much more mystery in nightly shades. I just do what I like, and most of the times, it ends up being blue or purple:)
Q6: What would you improve about your work and why?
Like I said earlier, I’d like to switch technique and just do pure digital art. I also want to improve on details and lighting, as well as focus point and composition. I am now ‘studying’ composition in classical art, and there’s really much to learn about it. Beauty is one thing, harmony is now what I look for.
Q7: Do you have any project for the future?
I have many projects for sure ! I just completed artwork for Anneke Van Giersbergen’s new album ‘The Diary’ (band called The Gentle Storm for Century Media) and I also took care of the stage backdrops that she will use for her european tour. I am working on many book covers, and will be participating into a crowdfunded art project gathering a ton of amazing artists.
Q8: Describe yourself with 3 words capturing the essence of AlexandraVBach.
Feminine Dark Mysterious
Q9: Show us (link) your very first work. Describe it from techniques till feelings.
Unfortunately I have lost track of my old works, so I have chosen to talk about one of my recent works, Hades and Persephone HERE. I have used as reference a simple stock picture and from the original, kept only the faces, all the rest has been redone and repainted. I so wanted to portrait the twisted relationship between those two mythical characters, and the power of attraction and seduction, into the Hades figure.
Q10: What did change from your first work till now?
There’s nothing left of my very first works, I’d say they were very simple, and were just basic photomanips (I mean a girl picture pasted on a background picture). Over the last ten years, my style evolved a lot, I now try to add more sense and feelings to my artwork, as long as a good and striking concept.
Q11: What is art for you? Escaping from reality or the essence of life?
Both of them : Art is everything, and is 100% part of my life. It’s my constant source of occupation, it’s my refuge too, when reality is a bit too harsh, it’s like a comfortable place I like to stay each time I feel the world is going too crazy for me. It makes me a better person, it soothes me and it’s my favorite way of expressing myself.