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Q&A with Victor Melamed

Magazine illustrator and teacher

I am Victor Melamed, I am a magazine illustrator and teacher. In illustration since 1997, worked for the New Yorker and the Russian Rolling Stone and Playboy. I run a two year long illustration course, also I am art-director for children's books publishing house and manager of the community «tzeh» uniting over 70 Russian speaking illustrators around the world.

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Software / hardware

The regular set: Photoshop, Wacom Intuos 3.

Ideal work environment

A small team of friends ready to turn around in their chairs and get you unstuck. Been 10 years since I worked in one.

Work inspiration

Mostly my kids, the stories we tell each other. Traditional art of Africa, Asia, America.

Creatives you admire most

All the people of Tzeh, including the people of Shuka studio (; Igor Gurovich, Eric Belousov, Anna Naumova (the former Ostengruppe); Saul Steinberg, Lorenzo Mattotti, Andre Carrilho, Joseph Lambert, Ajubel, several hundred more.