Patryk Mogilnicki is a draughtsman and illustrator. He completed studies in Graphic Techniques at the Department of Graphic Design, Painting and Sculpture of the University of Fine Arts in Poznań. Mogilnicki was born in 1976 in Poznań. He works and lives in Warsaw.
Mogilnicki creates illustrations for several publications in Poland: Gazeta Wyborcza, Przekrój, Wprost, Zwierciadło, Playboy, and Newsweek. He has also collaborated with such magazines as Gaga, Exklusiv, Film, Smak, A4 Architektura, and Podróże. Apart from press illustrations, the artist also designs posters, music album artwork, book covers, and comics.
In 2008, Patryk Mogilnicki received a silver medal in the Press Illustration category from the Advertising Creators Club (KTR). A year later, his illustrations were included in the prestigious publication Pictographic Index 1, presenting an international selection of draughtsmen. His portraits were also featured in the book 1000 Portraits Ilustrations, published by Quarry Books in Spain and the United States. The artist received an honourary mention at the International Biennale of Children's Book Illustration Illustrarte in Lisbon, and from the Polish Section of IBBY – both for his illustrations for Olga Woźniak’s book Dirt (Brud).
His favourite graphic medium is silkscreen prints. He carries out the entire production process of his works in this technique – from the concept, through design to printing.
I have influence on the work at each stage of its production. From the idea to the colour of the paint and paper on which they will be printed – Patryk Mogilnicki says in an interview for Culture.pl.
When asked about his most important projects, the artist mentions illustrations for the science fiction book by Jeff Vandermeer, titled Annihilation (Unicestwienie).
Insofar as the cover is an outcome of some kind of compromise, all of the illustrations in the book were accepted exactly in the form I proposed; that is what makes me the happiest in commercial projects.
He greatly enjoys designing posters for the Improvised Theatre Klancyk and Warsaw’s (now defunct) Powiększenie club.
The freedom I am given when creating posters for them is pretty much unlimited. And the results seem to be rewarding for both sides.
He doesn’t seek out inspiration, because it finds him anyway – sometimes even too often, as he says. He always needs to line up and order his ideas. His mind gets stimulated by things such as overheard bus stop conversations and unusual situations or by Gregg Arraki’s films or Bret Easton Ellis’s books.
All of these stimuli mix up in the process and need to be distilled.
So far, it seems, he has been coping with that very well. In the future, he would like to draw a long, proper comic, but he always lacks sufficient free time.
Author: Katarzyna Zacharska, May 2014, transl. Ania Micińska June 2014
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