Country of residence: Poland
Hobbies: Graphic arts, science fiction (in films, books, comics and games), instrumental music and—just for a change—long-distance running.
Favorite Book / Author: Thorgal comic book series, The Stainless Steel Rat series. My favorite authors are Harry Harrison, David Morrell, Lee Child, David Weber, Jack Campbell and many others.
Favorite Artist: Chris Foss, Alan Guitierrez, Achileos, Gimenez
When did you start creating art? I was interested in drawing already in kindergarten. In 2003, I changed the pencil for a computer mouse, and paper for a monitor. It was then that I created my first works.
What media do you work in? Wings for modeling, Bryce for rendering and, naturally, Photoshop to put it all together.
Where your work has been featured? On book and magazine covers, and in several online galleries.
Where should someone go if they wanted to view / buy some of your works? Some works can be found on my website: www.maciejgarbacz.pl. Perhaps it will be soon possible to buy my works on my website.
How did you become an artist? First, I should say I don’t consider myself an artist. Although I had contact with graphic arts before, I preferred playing computer games. I took up graphic design by coincidence, persuaded by a friend. At one science fiction convention, I met a publisher who offered me my first cover. I think that was the crucial moment.
What were your early influences? I think I took a liking to graphic arts and science fiction thanks to the Star Wars saga and science fiction magazine covers. I almost forgot. . .of course, there was also the Japanese cartoon Battle of the Planets.
What inspired the art for the cover? I can’t remember exactly, I suppose I was watching Titanic and I was wondering whether we would ever get to the wreck. Now we know it’s possible. This is where the idea for the underwater graphic came from (and there are only few such works in my gallery).
How would you describe your work? I leave the assessment of my works to others, I hope people will like them at least a bit.
Have you had any notable failures, and how has failure affected your work? My greatest problem is that I spend eight hours a day working as a graphic designer in a printing house in front of a computer. Then I come back home and I do the same. I’m often tired and I no longer enjoy what I do. In such moments I go running. Nothing works better for me than a ten-kilometer run.
What have been your greatest successes? How has success impacted you
/ your work? My greatest success was meeting my wife and the two children that are the result of our relationship. Without them, everything else would mean nothing. If we talk about graphics, each published cover is a great success for me. And the exhibition of my works at the 19th International Science Fiction Festival in Nidzica in 2012.
What are your favorite tools / equipment for producing your art? A mouse and a large screen.
What do you hope to accomplish with your art? Heh. . .there is no plan, there is no message. . .I just do what I like.