Hello Rajacenna, first of all, tell us something about your upcoming work. What are you into at the moment?
I’m really busy working on assignments right now, but at the same time I’m making creative sketches for upcoming drawings that I can finish as soon as I have more time… I have a lot of ideas for new drawings coming up!
Tell us a little bit about yourself: where is home, and how long have you been a drawing artist?
My home is in Vlaardingen, located in the Netherlands. I have been a drawing artist for 5 years now, I started when I was 16 years old. I saw a man in an Italian city drawing other people on the streets and I was very inspired to try it myself when I got home that summer. After I was drawing for only 3 months an American publisher asked me if would like to be in a drawing book that contained one of the best realistic pencil artists in the world. I was very suprised to be a part of it because I was at the time very young and only drawing for a very short period of time!
Faces, faces, faces… How did you decide upon some of the portraits in your work?
I like drawing beautiful woman, but the most important thing I find about a face is always the eyes, they tell a story and can have a lot of emotion in them. So if the eyes are very interesting to me in a picture or in my mind then I’m very inspired to draw it.
For some reason when I look at a lot of your pieces, I see things that remind me of angels. I don’t know if anything in those pieces is actually supposed to be religious in a way, but I end up taking that from it more often than not. Is that just me or is that represented in the work?
I really love angels and the fairy world, they represent a kind of power and energy beyond our own world, they can show us that there is something more to this life… I find that very intriguing and important. In the future I want to reflect that much more in my artwork.
Would you give a brief walk through your workflow?
When I draw a realistic portrait I always start sketching a few brief lines, then I will begin with in detail sketching the eyes, the nose, the mouth, the skin and the last part is the hair. I always see drawing as solving a difficult puzzle or math problem, but as long as you stay concentrated and focused it will all fall into place.
How has your work evolved over the years from when you were beginning?
When you see one of my first drawing you can really see a difference compared to the artwork that I make today, you never stop growing of course. The thing that I wanna evolve in the most is creativity and to be more authentic, drawing is always a growing process on all levels.
What’s the hardest and the easiest part of your drawing passion?
The hardest part for me is that I’m highly perfectionistic so I’m not soon satisfied with the work that I make, that can be frustrating at times. The easiest part (or the most fun part) is that I have the chance to earn money with doing what I love most, that’s the best thing in the world!
These days in the office turns a trick, tell me what will you do, or what would you like to do, in 5 months, 5 years, 10 years.
My dream is always to inspire as many people as possible to also express theirself through creativity. I would love to have made a book with my own stories and illustrations in it, that’s my goal.
Something you’ve always wanted to do, but have yet to.
Make a book with my own illustrations in it.
Something you want the world to know about you.
That I always felt a little lost, but when I found a way that I could express myself through art, even when I thought I was not good in it, I felt suddenly good and relieved. You can express yourself in any way: art, music, sports or something else, it doesn’t matter, but to have an outlet or something that you can express yourself in is really important… It can make you peaceful and happy!
Something that annoys or frustrates you about people.
That people can be very jugdemental towards others. We all live in our own world with our own thoughts, ideas and limitations, sometimes it’s good to step outside your own limitations and to see things from an whole other perspective, that’s also important with making art, when you do that you realize that sometimes things are very different than you have always believed and there is always more possible than we think! We are all unique.