Presenting: Per Svanström
Many years of drawing has led Per Svanström to go from commission work on a hobby level to starting his own business. His photography-like creations are all drawn by pencil and the result of pure talent and a lifelong passion for portraits. Read his inspiring story below.
4 questions for Per Svanström
Tell us about your background!
I have loved drawing since I was a child and have always been fascinated by portraying what I can see. I am self-taught, and with over 10 years of experience as a portrait artist, I have come to be known for my realistic pencil drawings. In the autumn of 2015, I moved to London because of my work and since then have my creativity never been better. Many of the posters you see in my gallery today were created in the spring of 2016. Before that, I only sold original drawings, mainly by commission.
What inspires you to create?
Art has long been a passion for me, in all of its forms. One of my favourite sources for inspiration comes from experiencing new places and cultures when traveling around the world. What inspires me the most however, is other artists. Every day I am amazed by seeing, on social media and other channels, what other artists and performers can do. That inspires me to create, to try new things and to always improve my techniques.
What made you decide to start your own company, and what do you like most about it?
I have been drawing portraits, mainly as a hobby, for over ten years and even though that gives me much joy I have rarely created something without having a reference to look at. In the summer of 2015 I decided that I wanted to use what I learned over the years to create my own unique art – and I love every second of it. Drawing is the best way for me to relax and when I get to create I feel totally liberated.
What are your plans and dreams for the future?
As I mentioned in my background, drawing is not my main profession. I draw as often as I can but not as often as I would like. My dream and goal for the future is to be able to live only by working as an artist. I would at least like to try.