March 21st, 2018
Jesse Gussow


The first time I saw the incredible digital paintings by Victoria Obscure I was floored. It was as if I was looking at a Brothers Grimm Fairy Tale come to life. Dark and twisted but crafted into a bright and beautiful portrait. For me, it was love at first sight! Also, it wouldn’t be just to not mention how incredible the eyes look in her works. I think that’s what hits you first when you look at one of her images. The eyes are so incredibly powerful, so bright and colourful, and display a complete range of emotions. The digital paintings of Victoria Obscure are downright wicked.




Where are you from?

I was born and live in Skopje, Macedonia.




How did you get started in digital art?

I started doing digital art about 5 years ago, before that I was into photography and also traditional painting. Around that time I got my first pen tablet so while I was editing my photos in Photoshop I started experimenting more with the software and I realized that I could combine both photography and painting so I switched my real brushes for digital ones.



Your work has a old Brothers Grimm Fairy Tale feel to it. Where do you get your inspiration?

I can't exactly define my source of inspiration; a lot of things inspire me but yes, certainly the Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales are one of my inspirations as they are as equally disturbing as they're wonderful.



What software do you use? Why do you use that particular software?

I use Adobe Photoshop from start to finish, as it offers endless possibilities.



Do you use your own brushes?

I used to make my own brushes, but nowadays I only use the default brush preset.



How long does it take to do a piece? What is the complete process from start to finish?

Depending on the complexity of the artwork it takes me from a couple of hours to a couple of weeks. It all starts with a rough sketch, I then shoot some photos or search for photo references which undergo a heavy transformation, then I paint, paint and paint some more.



What is the most time consuming part of the process?

Details. Since I’m quite a perfectionist I always get stuck on the details, it often happens that I finish an artwork and then spend hours trying to fix the colors.



What do you dream of when you sleep?

Whatever my sub consciousness has in store for me that day.



What are your favourite books?

I love reading so I have many favorites. To name a few: Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice, The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson.



Do you listen to music while you are working? What do you like to listen to?

I always listen to music while I work. It's absolutely impossible for me to work in silence. I listen to mostly darkwave music.



What is your favourite colour?

My favorite colour is black.



When doing a digital portrait, which body part is your favourite to sculpt?

Eyes definitely. I really do think that the eyes are the windows to the soul, so when doing a portrait I spend most of the time working on the eyes.



How many pieces do you start and never finish?

Not many actually, I really hate to start something and not finish it, so if I am not happy with that piece at the moment I just keep going back to it and work on it until I get it to be the way I had it in my head.



What is a challenge that is exclusive to digital artists compared to photography and painting?

I think that the challenge that most digital artists face is that people find digital art somehow inferior to traditional painting or even photography. But I am happy to see that that is slowly but surely changing.



Do you prefer Oreo or Fudgee-O cookies?

Oreos for sure.

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