Who is Magnus Fallgren?
“Since early 2000 I’ve been illustrating for games and books. As a complete novice of roleplaying games I’ve learnt to appreciate and love the thoroughly designed realms which I have the pleasure to depict, be it a deep space adventure, a fantasy setting or anything in between.
Growing up in an analog world I’ve adopted traditional techniques into the digital world as far as it makes sense. Though the world won’t let you get too comfortable and the competition for any artist is brutal, so one has to adapt, evolve or get run past.”
“If you could only show us one project of yours, to describe what you do, which one would it be and why?”
“This is a personal project as of this day. The reason I’d like to point to this piece as a favorite is that it refers to many influences such as norse mythology and folklore, as well as the forests that I have come to love. I also would like to identify traces of the titan of the entire fantasy art genre; John Bauer. Without his legacy I would not do what I do today- the way I do it.”
“What’s the earliest art project you were proud of?”
“The first time I was trusted the role as main artist for a full fledged rpg-project was special. This was a pretty well known license within the game community; Mutant.
As I remember my earliest job for the licenceholder, which for the time being was the Swedish company Järnringen, was the first time I had to adapt my style according to requests and approach the job as a professional. ”
“What art pieces blow you away and what specifically do you like about them?”
I was introduced to Ilja Repin during an art exhibition. The Russian Peredvizjniki painters created magic on their canvases and it hurts just to say their names in the same sentence as my own, but could I just extract one thing from these masters, Im happy.
All in all, I have the greatest respect for the old masters. They mastered this art on a level that I doubt will ever be done again.”
“Throughout your life, what kind of support did you have from the people around you when it comes to your artistic developments?”
“I have always been the kid that was good at drawing. I remember as early as kindergarten I drew racing cars and pirates, surely in the same scene. It runs in my family on both sides and my parents have always supported me as of supplying me with everything I needed to develop my hobby. Now when I have reached a more mature level of artistry, sadly I have to supply for myself if theres anything I need.”
“What are things that influenced you in your life to create the art that you create?”
“Movies and music are great sources of inspiration to me. Of course other artists as well, especially if they master a technique that I don’t. That’s when I want to learn to do what they do, just out of curiosity. Sometimes steal portions of what new I have learnt and make it my own. Theft is only a crime if you get caught!”
“What aspect of your art do you want people to remember you for?”
“Hopefully I do have a personal style enough be recognized for. I like to tell a story with my art and often I do have a story in my head which I try to express. Surely it would be nice if my art leaves an imprint.”
“Why are you creative?”
“I think that creativity is a way for the mind to exercise. It may be a way to give physical attributes to a feeling. Perhaps that is why when I’m done with a piece I sort of lose interest in it, because the feeling is drained and the piece of art has served its purpose for me personally.”
“If your friends or co-workers were here, what would they tell me about you?”
“I would be described as that guy who brings that pinch of extra energy to the room yet somewhat mentally distracted.”
“What’s one specific memory you never want to forget?”
“The big events in my life are several but the memories that are truly important to me are those of a happy childhood, the everyday little things.”
“What’s the biggest obstacle you’ve had to face in your life?”
“Growing up and becoming somewhat adult. I think I was a teenager until I was 30yo.”
“As you get older, what are you becoming more and more afraid of?”
“Time, I’m afraid that I’ll run out of time to do the the things I want to do by the time I’ve figured out exactly what it is that I want to do.”
“What is something everyone should try atleast once in their life?”
“Challenge yourself! And I don’t mean go skydiving, but stepping outside the comfort zone. Buy a house, move abroad, change jobs, grow a beard or shave it off! Get a nerdy hobby!
Perhaps it’s about reinventing oneself. If you end up the same as when you started- then you were right from the start!”
“What chapter in your life did you enjoy most?”
“Without a doubt becoming a father. That was a game changer.”
Remembering an artist’s name shows that you care. It’s not all about the artwork, but also who created it! If you could ask Magnus Fallgren any question, which one would it be? Post it in the comments down below!