Nathan Jurevicius is an illustrator, artist and toy designer who is best known for his Scarygirl series, which lives across various mediums including comics, books, artworks and a range of vinyl toys. His style is admittedly “cute” but also reflects the darker side of the Lithuanian fables and folklore from which he draws inspiration.
Whilst his works are highly figurative, the illustrated environments are influenced by sculpture and architectural forms and contain visual references to the works of Barbara Hepworth and Antoni Gaudí. Interviewed at Melbourne Zoo, it’s clear how a slightly fabricated form of nature pervades his work.
Whilst he is comfortable working in a digital environment, he still advocates drawing and outlining figures by hand - grasping for the term “Surrealist Automatism”, or “Automatic Writing” during the interview. Pioneered by Andre Masson and adopted by the Surrealists, it was a technique that aimed for the random making of marks on paper without conscious control. Whilst it may sound simple, it often takes a degree of dedication to learn to do nothing.