Cornerstone’s Artist of the Month for June 2017
Maximilian is a watercolor artist and student in his junior year of high school. When he is not cramming for an exam, he can be found drawing or painting. He is more commonly known as “Death
Below is a recent Q&A with Maximilian Romanauskas.
Tell us briefly about your background & how you got started in your medium.
I ALWAYS HAD A STRANGE FEAR OF PAINTING. IT WAS UNCONTROLLABLE, MESSY AND VERY FAR OUT OF MY COMFORT ZONE. THAT WAS UNTIL I WAS CLEANING OUT MY OLD ART SUPPLIES AND STUMBLED UPON AN OLD WATERCOLOR SET. FOR WHATEVER REASON I WAS INCAPABLE OF THROWING IT OUT. IT SAT ON MY DESK FOR WEEKS, HAUNTING ME. EVENTUALLY I COULDN’T TAKE IT ANYMORE AND SAT DOWN AND PAINTED. I COULDN’T STOP PAINTING AFTER THAT AND WATERCOLOR BECAME MY GO-TO MEDIUM.
How does your medium inform your viewpoint? Or what do you like most about your medium?
COMPARED TO OTHER WAYS OF PAINTING SUCH AS ACRYLIC, OIL OR GOUACHE, WATERCOLOR HAS A UNIQUELY SOFT LOOK. THE COLOR IS OFTEN QUITE THICK AND SATURATED NO MATTER WHAT SHADE WITH OTHER PAINTING MEDIUMS. WATERCOLOR, ON THE OTHER HAND, IS TRANSPARENT AND HAS A MUCH MORE NATURAL FEELING. I SUITS MY STYLE MUCH BETTER THAN MOST MEDIUMS COULD.
Who or what have been your artistic inspirations?
WHEN I INITIALLY HAD DEDICATED MORE OF MY TIME TO ART I HAD FOUND INSPIRATION FROM ANIME AND MANGA. OVERTIME I FOUND MYSELF PUSHING FOR A MORE REALISTIC STYLE AND LOST MOST OF THE OBVIOUS JAPANESE STYLE. NOW MY ART IS MORE INSPIRED BY INDIE ARTISTS AND COMICS.
Do You Have a Favorite Piece in Your Portfolio?
I BELIEVE PARENTS SHOULD NEVER PICK FAVORITES, BUT IF I HAD TO PICK ONE FROM MY FULL PORTFOLIO IT PROBABLY WOULD BE “REAL BOY”, WHICH IS THE PAINTING OF A VERY UNFORTUNATE PINOCCHIO. HONESTLY IT TOOK SO LONG TO MAKE THAT IF IT WASN’T MY FAVORITE I’D BE A LITTLE UPSET.
What would be your advice to artists just starting out in your medium?
MY ADVICE TO ARTISTS STARTING OUT IN WATERCOLOR WOULD BE TO JUST START PAINTING. IF YOU WANT TO PAINT THEN YOU SHOULDN’T GET CAUGHT UP IN ALL THE REASONS YOU “CAN’T”. THE MORE YOU PAINT, THE BETTER YOU WILL GET, BUT YOU HAVE START PAINTING.