Although this brilliant, highly skilled digital artist may prefer painting conceptual landscapes and environments, Markus Lovadina — also known as Malo — is incredibly great with character design, as well. Malo is an artist based in London, the UK, originally from Germany, who also has Italian blood.
A Child in Love With Art Becomes a Self-Taught Artist
Malo began painting and doodling early in his life, when he was but a boy. He was during the ‘90s that the artist felt very much fascinated by graffiti art and traditional painting. Malo is a self-declared self-taught artist, who tried once to apply for the Art Academy Munich, but was never able to get in.
After that, he simply started working as a Graphic Designer for various agencies. He continued drawing and painting in his own spare time, and that was not a very prolific time for his own art to flourish. In 2010, however, the artist got into painting again, but this time with digital painting, leaving the canvas on the side.
A Senior Concept Artist With Huge Industry Experience
Malo was for 19 years a Creative Director. He is now working as a Senior Concept Artist, and freelance concept artist and illustrator for the game and movie industries.
Malo has, of course, accumulated a huge experience through the years, thanks to the time spent as a Creative Director, dealing with elements like 3D works, editorial design and graphic design projects.
As a concept artist and illustrator, Malo now works in a variety of other areas, which include book covers, art for games, indie (independent) projects, but movie projects, too — as video production is also another area in which Malo excels.
First Baby Steps in Digital Art Painting Start in 2010
Despite the fact of working for 19 years in the art industry, Malo began — as mentioned earlier — to digital paint with Photoshop (raster graphics editor) only in 2010. Before that, the artist used to work mainly with normal tools, such as pen and paper, oil, acrylic, and spray cans.
Of course, the artist spent a lot of time reading tutorials, downloading eBooks, and watch videos online to properly learn digital painting. Malo was highly interested to see how other artists were producing their art, trying to gather insights in their painting process, their technique, colors and brushes used.
Malo’s Typical Work Process: In Search of ‘Something’
As Malo himself explains in this very nice interview from a while ago:
“…The process always depends on the image and what kind of look and mood I’d like to achieve. Most of the time I start with blocking in rough shapes or pretty loose lines. Later on I try to see ‘something’ in it and start developing it further. Adding details and playing around with colors will come in later.”
The artist continues:
“The first thing I like to establish is the composition and the mood. The rest is pure painting fun. Sometimes you have to work with references — especially if the time frame and the budget are pretty tight. But it’s a good and quick way to show the idea or concept to a client.”
As for the software Malo favorites the most, he names: Photoshop, Painter, Sketchbook Pro, ArtRage, After Effect, Modo, Maya, and Cinema 4D.
Malo’s Influence and Inspiration Coming Not Only From Art
Even though Malo indicates he draws inspiration in everyday life, and nature, he also finds that music plays a big role in his production, during the painting session. Depending on the mood he would like to achieve, the music changes. Lastly, the artist is much inspired by movies, too. He often happens to watch films two or three times:
“The first time is just for the movie itself, the second time I focus on the effects and the camera work. In my opinion you learn a lot by watching and analyzing movies.”
However, as much as it happens for other artists, Malo finds very interesting to see how other professionals and fellow artists use their brush — be it a normal or digital one — so to understand more about their techniques.
Some talented personalities he gets inspiration from are people like Richard Anderson (also known as Flaptraps), Brad Wright, John Park, Ian McQue, Sparth, Kekai Kotaki, Simon Bisley, and Ashley Woods. But also old masters, such as William Turner, Egon Schiele, and Salvador Dali are great figures Malo tries to learn from.
Malo can be reached via his personal blog, which is updated quite often with new works or art.