In conversation with Mark Wardel

An interview taken from our June Issue. In this special issue, we wanted to give light to artists, especially illustrators and painters, to know how to quarantine time affected their lives and their process. We wanted to showcase a different story, different arts to give a voice and platform for these creators.

KALTBLUT: It’s been almost 2 months since self-isolation has been enforced worldwide, how are you feeling?
Mark: As someone who works pretty much alone, self-isolation is not, in truth very different from my usual state so it’s not affecting me as badly as it is others. What I do hate is that I can’t go anywhere, London is basically boarded up and I miss hanging out in Soho with friends.

KALTBLUT: What have you been doing to pass your time in quarantine?
Mark: From the start I decided to use the situation to get down to a lot of projects I’d been meaning to start, to keep busy and not think too heavily about the new reality we are currently imprisoned in. For the first few weeks, I produced a new drawing each day, I’m also working on a book/art project and have several commissions for portraits and paintings. Aside from this and to try to ease some of the boredom of my Facebook friends I have been running weekly ‘corona colouring competitions’ in which I post a line drawing which they colour in and the winner gets to own the original.

KALTBLUT: How has the situation affected your work?
Mark: I find that with fewer distractions I’m more productive than usual.


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