Who are you?
Hi. I’m Murat Kalkavan. I’m an illustrator and character designer. I graduated from Istanbul Marmara University, Fine Arts Faculty.
I make illustrations and character designs for advertisement agencies. In the meantime, I work on independent game projects, poster designs, and short comics. I love to do improvisations and random designs when I’m working on an idea for a drawing. Besides that I like to use various color compositions and use different digital brushes. I am working with Alex Dukal’s Impastoshop brushes a lot these days.
What are you working on?
I have two exhibitions in Istanbul in the near future. The first one is an independent group exhibition based on a concept of Fantastic Turkish movies—Süper Fantastik! For this exhibition, I tried to interpret a Turkish hero, Tarkan, and his struggle with the giant octopus. This also is going to be my very first acrylic work.
The second exhibition is called Villainz. I am interpreting an Anatolian mythological character design called Gulyabani.
Besides that, I’m working on a collaborative project for Star Wars Day (May 4th). I am printing copies of my illustrations on small badges to give away to my friends.
Additionally, I’m preparing to work on an illustration project with my traveller friend Burcu Başar.
Choose a favorite shot of yours. Why is it a favorite?
This work was a breakthrough for me. I was trying to adapt my style of projects for advertisement agencies and I didn’t have the courage to create a language and style of my own—until this. My first breakthrough happened to be Autumn Beast and it made a reference point for my new customers too.
Tell us about your setup. What tools did you use to create the shot (e.g. hardware, software, pens, paper, blowtorch)?
I moved to Gumusluk, Bodrum recently and I am trying to setup a new working environment for myself. I’m trying to enjoy the simpler life after moving from big city chaos.
I usually start my work on paper with pencil, then move the drawing to digital and complete it there. For my digital work I use Adobe Photoshop CC and Wacom Cintiq 13 HD. I also enjoy drawing with Posca markers on different surfaces like stone, wood, and ceramic.
Choose a favorite shot from another Player. Why do you dig it?
It’s hard to say only one shot, but this shot of MUTI’s has affected my style.