Welcome on my page. My name is Jozef Mikula but you will find my work under nickname SkiFi or SkiFi SK.
I live in a small town in Slovakia and am 31 years old.
WHAT I DO?
Currently I am 2D artist or a concept artist and a freelance graphic designer.
I also produce ambient - IDM music which is directly linket to the things I draw.
I mainly draw my sketches by hand but I also work with a Wacom tablet. In my last works I mostly try to use the wacom tablet and improve on that.
My main focus is sci-fi, fantasy, surealism and manga.
I try to focus on manga and sci-fi a lot latelly but can do a variety of genres if required.
I started to draw early as a little child when I was around 8 years old.
Around year 2000 I started to experiment with oil colours and did some oil paintings.
In 2009 my first exhibition took place in Senica and was a huge success. I presented my drawings and 7 oil paintings.
In 2010 I started to work in a TOP 10 Slovak graphic design studios "Intertec Media" and was there for about 2 years.
In 2012 the company was diveded into two different studios and I decided to leave and start my own business.
Ever since that moment I am a Freelance designer.
in 2013 I had another exhibition with another 2 artists. It was captured by the local TV (TV Sen) and also by some local magazines.
During this time I started to shift from commercial design into copcept art as that was mostly the thing I was drawing in my free time but never did this for commercial projects.
So I started to learn from tutorials, books, people how to draw on a tablet to improve and advance much faster in computer graphic.
In 2014 I got my first chance to show my skill directly in the gaming industry. I created a set of icons, theme and background for a slot machine game called "Pharaohs revenge". It was all based on existing Egyptian architecture and gods which I also had to study from various books. The sample of this work can be seen in my pdf portfolio file which can be downloaded on my site in the downloads section. The design was approved after first review :)
During this experience I learned a lot and ever since that moment I kept on improving my technique. I started to work on various small projects and on a novell of my own. All the artwork is currently under construction and will be the song of future.
Started in 1999. During all the years my music was played on several radios, included in many mixes. released on many labels and compilations. too many to name. I have produced over a hundred tracks wich most of them are available on beatport, itunes,bandcamp or simply on youtube. currently i am producing a mix of ambient and dub techno or pure techno.
Adobe Photoshop - expert
Adobe Illustrator - expert
Adobe Indesign - expert
Smith Micro manga Studio 5 - advanced/expert
Pinacle Studio - advanced
Adobe Audition - expert
Fruity Loops - expert
My goal is to improve in computer drawed concept art to create epic scenes, characters and show my ideas or ideas of others in a very professional way.
I focus on planets, tehcnology. weapons, characters, story behind characters, alien races, spaceships, fantasy realms, magical beings etc.. In manga I focus on the female character and it´s beauty.
The ultimate goal would be to start working on my own computer game or even a movie - or joing a project which is already in development and is covering my field of interrest.
PERSONALITY and other SKILLS
I am: friendly, openminded, communicative, positive, social, flexible, independent, fast learning and creative
I speak: ENGLISH (fluent), GERMAN (fluent-intermediate) and SLOVAK/CZECH (native)
I have a driving license and am open to work-travel-relocate in other countries.