Q: Tell us a little about yourself. Who are you and what do you do?

A: I’m a self-taught, freelance illustrator from Budapest, Hungary.

Q: What art technique do you use, and what motivated you to use that technique?

A: Mainly I digitally draw on my drawing tablet as if it was a pencil or ink  because it makes working faster, in the end the artwork has to be digital anyway so I can save time.


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Q: When did you decide you wanted to be a creative illustrator? And has the internet become a good or bad aspect to life as an artist?

A: As a little child, 4-5 years old, I wanted to be an artist, but during my studies I forgot about this. When I grew up I got back to my roots. Thanks to the internet now I can make a living as an artist. whithout the internet it would have been very difficult. So In my opinion the internet is a very good thing if you are an artist. Artworks are available to more people.

Q: What do you dislike about the world of photography?

A: Snobs and artworks lacking good taste.

Q: What is the toughest thing about being a photographer?

A: Find the balance between work and private life.

Q: What’s your message to the World?

A: Be happy!


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Q: What was your first case of a piece of art being infringed upon?

A: Someone sold phone cases with my design on

Q: How did you feel about someone stealing your artwork and making money from your hard work?

A: It was very frustrating to not being able have it removed from Amazon, it took me 3 rounds of emails to have all the necessary info to have it removed.

Q: Do you feel it’s a necessary part of the market, to allow for free advertising?

A: There are some cases like charity. For charity I have allowed the usage of my art. Through free advertising more people can have access to your art and may become new fans.

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Q: What would you say to the infringers if you had the chance?

A: Don’t do it! 🙂

Q: How do you think this situation could be resolved?

A: Stricter rules and punishment.

Q: Have you ever been approached about infringement you have caused, or sent an email?

A: Yes. Someone thought that their design inspired me too much in my own work but of course it was not true. I hadn’t had any chance to see their work and they couldn’t have inspired me. When they think you copied their work it is more frustrating than when your work being copied.


Q: What is your view on copyright?

A: I can only repeat myself, Sticter rules and punishment.

Q: Have you ever innocently, or without knowledge of copyrighted laws used other’s material for your own work?

A: When I knew less about copyright I used subjects from pop cultural icons, but I try to be careful and I never use them deliberately.

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Q: How do you protect your own work against copyright theft?

A: I use all the legal possiblities when someone uses my copyrighted material.

Q: Do you think companies on the web do enough to protect artist’s work?

A: No, they don’t! Because for most companies the profit is the most important thing.

Q: What do you think about Creative Commons and Public Domain?

A: This is a difficult question, both can be good and bad things. 

Q: What do you think of artists that abuse the feature of CC and PD? And copyright “free” aspect of the internet?

A: This a sad thing and most people think that the internet is a copyright free place.

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