Interview with Boris Pelcer

by Thursday, October 20, 2011
Who’s the first illustrator that comes to your mind in a second? 
James Jean. I have watched his progress since 2006 and it is quite amazing the amount of exploration he underwent since. His strong conceptual connection with his visuals continues to amaze me.
When you were 13, what did you want to be?
Like many other kids I wanted to make animations for Warner Bros or Disney. However, I was quite fascinated with the Top Cow’s comic book art of Fathom.
Tell us a little bit about yourself: where is home, and how long have you been an illustrator?
I am originally from Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina. I lived in Bosnia, and later in Serbia until 1998 when my family emigrated to USA. I have been drawing since I was 3. I was quite fascinated with the idea of making something from nothing. The activity that initiated it all, was tracing the outlines of characters from coloring books on a separate piece of paper only to later on in the day redraw the same characters without looking at anything. I found the act of recreating something with the use of memory quite fascinating and as such I did it a lot.


What inspires you and how do you keep motivated when things get tough in the studio?I find a lot of inspiration in the work of other artists that display superb inter-connectivity of concepts with their visuals. Frequently I find inspiration in the simple everyday acts. Sincere but simple gestures inspire me just as much. Music is something always present during my studio time. The inspiration from music varies. Sometimes its just the overall energy and sometimes its the lyrics in conjunction with the overall emotional reaction of the song.

What’s the place or what do you do when you feel you’re thinking in a bright way?
Im usually highly energized and capable of working on projects for hours on end.
Tell me a song that has haunted you.
I embrace the strangest songs, and as such I can not recall any that haunted me.
What do you have in common with a teenager?  
Young at heart.
Something you’ve always wanted to do, but have yet to.
I always wanted to make a entire musical track all the way to the end.
Something you want the world to know about you.
I will do my work and let the world decide that for it self.
Your idea about social networks.
Its a perfect opportunity to help all of the creatives come together and expose their work at speeds beyond my own comprehension.
How many hours do you work in a day?
On average 10 to 12 hours.
If you had absolute power for one day, what would you do?
I would choose the power to teleport so I can visit all my family and friends located in different parts of the world.
Your house is on fire, what do you save?
Photos, my iMac & Wacom tablet.

How could you describe that precise moment….The one that makes you say: “Yes! This is great! I did it! I got it!”Its euphoric. It certainly feels like I am adding something worth seeing and enjoying to the pool of global creative work.

Before you put your work “out there”, do you have it critiqued by someone else, or do you just go with what your heart tells you is right? 

I let my heart lead the way.

Boris Pelcer website.

Boris Pelcer on Hyde

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