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CHOPPING BLOCK: ANIA TOMICKA

Every angst-filled teenager knows that happy music doesn't make sad people happy... sad music makes sad people happy!

Think about it... if you're in a funk and someone starts blasting "Shang-A-Lang" by the Bay City Rollers, more than likely you'd want to punch them in the face. (Although, in all fairness, I think that song makes everyone want to punch somebody in the face). On the flip-side, if you're bummed out and "Please, please, please, let me get what I want." by the Smiths comes on the radio, you start to smirk while feeling all warm and fuzzy inside.

What in the hell does any of this have to do with Ania Tomicka and her paintings? Well, the way she paints is just as bittersweet and tender as Morrisey when he sings in that beautiful Kermit The Frog voice of his.

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ania

POW: Certain elements of your work contain popular themes found in Manga, such as the delicate features and overstated eyes in your painted subjects. Would you say that your style is heavily influenced by Japanese animation/comics?

ANIA: My style is heavily influenced by american pop surrealism, like Margaret Keane, Mark Ryden and others. I believe that the entire movement is in some degree influenced by manga, so I should say yes, even if I am not a huge fan of japanese animation, although one of my heroes is Hayao Miyazaki with his melancholic animated films that I adore.

AT_2THE GIRL WITH THE IRONY MASK by Ania Tomicka

POW: I noticed that you post your drawing exercises onto Facebook quite frequently. For someone with an obviously huge amount of artistic ability, some people might question why a person like yourself would need to practice something you're already good at. Could you please describe what the purpose of these exercises are, and how do they effect your style if at all?

ANIA: Thank you so much, but I feel like I always lack artistic skills to do what I really want. This is why I love to study and watch tutorials, each one teaches me something new. I want to master the oil painting technique to be able to express myself better I can, I think is very important. Also I would like to show others that only with hard work, with learning and exercising you can obtain whatever you want and pursue your dreams.

AT3Anatomy Artist Workout Day 2 by Ania Tomicka

POW: Not only do you paint traditionally, but you're also well versed in painting digitally. Some artists struggle when attempting to bridge the disconnect between illustrating on a tablet or mouse as opposed to more traditional methods. What were some obstacles you've experienced when creating art digitally, and how did you overcome them?

ANIA: I love digital painting, for me is something really relaxing. You can make a lot of mistakes and don't care much about it because you can fix all in 5 seconds, it's amazing!!! I was lucky enough to be able to do it without obstacles, because once you are able to draw traditionally, and your hand is used to it, digital drawing and painting came really easily! Well, I am not very good yet, but my plan is to improve in this field too.

AT4Digital illustration created in Photoshop with the aid of a intuos 4 tablet by Ania Tomicka

POW: Most of the characters in your paintings appear to be incredibly morose. Is there any reasoning behind this reoccurring theme, such as a reflection of your temperament during the time of each painting? Or do you find joy in painting sad people?

ANIA: I believe I am a morose person, yes! Lol... just kidding! I love melancholy, it's something that makes me happy even if it's a quite sad feeling. I need to feel this way to paint, it's something that keeps my art going. Even in paintings of others, I love to see deep and sad feelings... well, it's hard for me to explain myself, I don't want to seem like a sad person, I am usually very happy.

AT5LISTEN TO ME by Ania Tomicka.

POW: We've noticed that much like yourself, many of our Gallery Artists are international. Do you feel that Prints On Wood allows artists who live outside the US to grow a larger fan base? How has the response been so far?

ANIA: Sure, I had a nice response from your website, I saw that some of my prints were viewed buy a nice amount of people, so I am really happy about that!!! Also I am happy because I am among amazing artist and I am really grateful for this!

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Views? C'mon people, we can do better than that! How about showing Ania some love with a wood print or two.

Thank you Ania, your english is perfect! ;)

To learn more about Ania Tomicka, visit her website at: http://www.aniatomicka.com/

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