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Mathew is a Slovakian Pinup artist who I stumbled upon on Facebook! His work is incredible, and really has a unique painterly style. I love the way he uses Photoshop to create his artworks, and really wanted to find out a bit more about his work!

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How long have you been creating Pinup works – and how did you get started?

I started painting pinups in 2013, and this is interesting, as I actually started painting pinups because of my work! I worked in a tattoo studio for 2 years as a graphic designer and I was learning how to tattoo. It was a really lovely time spent in a studio learning so much stuff. I then found magazines that featured inked girls posing like pinups – and this was how I got started in creating all this fun artwork!

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What has influenced you style, and how have you found that your style has developed?

Oh, I was influenced a lot by one artist I found in the ImagineFX Magazine. It was Serge Birault! He is amazing, you should check out his work. I was also inspired by a lot of artists from Instagram, and of course my first inspiration was the lovely Vanessa Lake. She was the reason I started working on this kind of art and I am very thankful.

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What is your typical process when creating a piece of work?

It’s always late at night when I’m working on paintings, and I’m always searching for models I want to paint. Once I’ve found one, I just open my Photoshop and start working on sketches!

Who or what has been your biggest creative influence?

Serge Birault – because his work is perfection… His pinups are the best! And I’m also inspired by models like Rebecca Crow, Cervena Fox, AnnasthasiaSG and Vanessa Lake.

Who are your favourite artists at the moment?

Serge Birault, Senior Coconut, Olivia de Beradinis, Hajime Sorayama and Adam Hughes!

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How do you overcome those times when you hit the creative wall and get artistic block?

I just don’t paint… When I get into that mood I feel like I’m a loser! Am I ever going to paint again!? But yeah, for me, I stop painting, and do something else – like listening to music or going out with friends.

What do you like to do when you aren’t creating art? What is a day in the life of Mathew like?

Hmm, just to be with friends and go out and have a beer! I just like to have fun and to be with my friends and family and also travelling. I love to travel – Greece is where I’ve been most recently, then Italy and Prague… I’m actually going to London for my first time so I’m super excited about that! (I’m going to London Tattoo Convention – so this is my dream come true!)

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What are you art essentials? What couldn’t you live without?

I couldn’t live without my Mac, Wacom tablet, and Photoshop! Perfect Trinity!

What does the future hold for you? What are you working on next?

I really don’t know. I’m still worried about being good enough to do this! I definitely would love to do my first exhibition here in Slovakia, but it can be really difficult. The people here don’t seem to be as accepting of my paintings as it’s seen as too erotic. I’m still working hard on my painting skills, and I want to do an excellent job so that people enjoy my work! A dream of mine is to be able to take my own reference photos of models for my artwork.

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What words of advice would you give to someone who is starting out as an artist?

Just keep on doing you work… Work, work, work! Don’t allow someone to tell you you’re not good enough to do this. Love what you are doing, and develop your skills.

Thank you so much Mathew for taking the time to speak to us – we really appreciate it, and wish you well at the London Tattoo Convention!

You can see more of Mathew’s work on his Instagram at @theartofmathew, his Twitter account @stvartakmato, or his facebook page https://www.facebook.com/artofmathew.

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