Office tale of Penko Gelev, freelance illustrator, cartoonist and comics artist

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Who are you :
Penko Gelev

Your current job :
Freelance illustrator, cartoonist, comics artist

In which city are you located?
Sofia, Bulgaria

A word to define what kind of worker you are :

What tools are essential to your life (app, software, etc..)
Corel Painter, Photoshop, ZBrush

What does your office space look like?
As cosy as a grandma’s chamber

What kind of music do you listen when you are working ?
I don’t listen to any music, I work in silence.


Do you have a way to organize your day to maximize your work ?
No. I usually plan on the previous day, but pretty often, on the next day, it turns out that I’ve overrated and I’m not able to complete all that I’ve planned.

What tips would you give to improve productivity ?
Tranquility and concentration. When I start drawing, I try to forget all the rest that I have to think about.

You're better than your colleagues to :
I can build computers.

What is the best advice anyone has given you ?
What are you idling about – you should have had 5-6 kilometers strokes done, by now!

What is your best tip for saving time ?
I don’t have such a tip. I don’t try to save time. Some years ago, there was a joke, attributed to Lao Tzu: “Waste your time, save your force”.

What is your routine start and end of the day ?
A coffee for a start, and a book at the end.

Aside from your computer and your phone, what gadget can you not you go without?
My sketchbook and the Swisstool.