Artist Interview – Mark van Leeuwen

What made you become an artist?

I’ve been a creative person, making music and drawing for as long as I can remember. The reason I started my journey as a lettering artist around 7 years ago is very simple and maybe underwhelming, but I simply saw this art form popping up more and more on social media and wanted to give it a go myself because it looked so exciting.

When I go back to the trusty pencil and paper it feels like home. The simpler the better.

How would you describe your art style in one sentence?

I’ve always struggled to identify a specific style for my work. I believe every artist struggles with this in one way or another. If I had to narrow it down to a few words I’d describe it as mostly expressive and playful lettering with a vintage touch to it.

Where do you find inspiration?
At the beginning I used to get inspired most by fellow artist’s work online, but over the years I’ve learned to seek for inspiration all around me, whether that is in old books, street signs, posters or stickers on a traffic light.

 

What are your favorite tools?
My favourite tools are divinely the essentials: pencil and paper. I’ve experimented with a lot of different tools, and lately I design most of my artworks digitally, but when I go back to the trusty pencil and paper it feels like home. The simpler the better.

Who is your favorite artist and why?
I don’t really have one favourite artist… I look up to a whole bunch of people but there’s no-one of them that really stands out among the rest.

The most important thing is to get the ball rolling, it’s all about the journey.

Favorite art gallery/museum?

I’m not a serial gallery or museum visitor, or at least I haven’t been to as many as I’d have liked too, but one of the most impressive has to have been the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.

What superpower would you love to have and why?
I’ve always wished I could teleport to anywhere I wanted to at anytime. I usually travel a lot between places (at least I used to, of course), and I feel like that superpower would save me a lot of time.

 

Which song is currently on top of your playlist?
I currently have “Strong” by London Grammar on repeat, which is an awesome song I only just discovered recently.

 

What advice would you give to young artists starting out?
The best advice I could give to anyone who is aspiring to become an artist is to not be afraid to just start. I hear a lot of people that are unsure wether they have the right tools or skills to be an artist, and that can be very overwhelming. The most important thing is to get the ball rolling, it’s all about the journey.


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