In 2002, after the unforeseen luck with the t-shirt design and after the failure to sell any of my paintings (which was even more unforeseen), I tried to approach somebody from a postcard company.
I don’t remember how I found them — must have found some RFP somewhere. I decided to make a series of postcards about some recurring characters, a family.
The person who saw them actually liked them, but asked me to make them less computery. I had no idea how to do that (in Paint, or whatever I used for these), cause I never had a computer before, not one with a graphic interface. I just came to Canada, you see, and back in Russia I only had computers running BASIC…
Properly, I should have drawn them with ink, scanned, and coloured in the computer, but I don’t remember what happened then. Maybe my aunt (in whose house I lived with the family) didn’t have a scanner, but more likely I was too cocky a 22-year old to submit to any art-direction. I came to Canada as an Artist — not some lowly designer :-) Little did I know, little indeed.