Bartosz Kosowski, freelance illustrator

Lodz - Poland
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Who are you :
Bartosz Kosowski

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Your current job :
freelance illustrator

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In which city are you located?

Lodz, Poland

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A word to define what kind of worker you are :
Deadline-dependent

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What tools are essential to your life (app, software, etc..)
Photoshop, Wacom CintiQ, mechanical pencils, Copic Multiliners

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What does your office space look like?
Clean and tidy (most of the time at least).

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What kind of music do you listen when you are working ?
I listen to lots of different kinds of music and I could give you dozens of bands or musicians I listen to while working, but – to name just a few, I should probably mention Anthony and the Johnsons, Swans, Nick Cave, Sigur Ros, the Smiths, Radiohead, Destroyer, Dead Can Dance, Efterklang, Pearl Jam, Toro y Moi or Mac DeMarco.

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Do you have a way to organize your day to maximize your work ?
Most of my days look pretty much the same. I wake up at about 9 o’clock, work out a bit, eat breakfast, have a shower and get down to work. 

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I start with answering the emails and then I start drawing. At about 12:30 I have lunch and then I get back to work till the evening when I eat dinner and then… I get back to work again. 

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Each evening I either go for a walk or ride a bike for a while. I usually go to bed between 1:30 and 2:30 in the morning.
Sometimes, to introduce a bit of variety in my life, I don’t take a shower in the morning bud do it after lunch ;)

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What tips would you give to improve productivity ?
Don’t say yes to each request, don’t do meetings if you don’t have to, get things done without waiting for inspiration.

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You're better than your colleagues to :
You should probably ask them to get the answer to that one:)

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What is the best advice anyone has given you ?
One of my art teachers told me not to be afraid of the blank space. I am not sure if it is the best advice someone has ever given me but it’s the only one that came to my mind ;)

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What is your best tip for saving time?
Start working from home – you will not waste your time commuting (though it will probably mean that you’ll be working non-stop).

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What is your routine start and end of the day ?
See one of the questions above

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Aside from your computer and your phone, what gadget can you not you go without?

As I am a real gadget freak, I tend to buy things like wireless headphones, bluetooth speakers, gaming mice and keyboards, cool looking power banks, wi-fi card readers, tablets and all that. 

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I am also a huge fan of Japanese mechanical pencils so I buy those every time I have a chance. To be honest though, the only thing I couldn’t go without is the Wacom CintiQ 27QHD Touch which really speeds up my creative process.

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