Art direction / Graphic design / Digital art / Illustration / Design for music / Event branding / Packaging / Publication design
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Valp is a freelance digital artist, art director and graphic designer.
Maciej Hajnrich, also known as Valp has been making creative industry tremor with a mixture of breathtakingly intricate illustrations since 2006. Such is depth and detail of his complex images, he gives a viewer the chance to immerse themselves further and embark on an exploration journey into the world of vibrant and colourful tales. He doesn’t cease to surprise, excite and inspire whilst pushing the envelope.
Based in Polish town of Katowice, Maciej has now got international reach with portfolio bursting many weird and wonderful benchmark pieces for some of the biggest names in the world. He is, after all what he calls himself, a graphic illusionist.
— words by Radim Malinic
“It’s the attention to detail, the moodiness paired with color and the beautiful visual compositions that give Valp a distinctive, inspiring style.”
— Charis Webster, Photoshop Creative
"He is an extremely talented artist, who also has a great love for teaching others his craft. He has been such an integral part of the Digital-Tutors team."
— Cheyenne Stansberry, Digital-Tutors
"Characterised by bright colours and a vibrant energy, the creations of the self-styled ‘Graphic Illusionist’ are unlike anything his contemporaries are doing – and have featured on websites, album covers, TV adverts and even London buses."
— Ruth Stokes, Wizz inflight magazine
"Valp gives a viewer the chance to immerse themselves further and embark on an exploration journey into the world of vibrant and colourful tales. He doesn’t cease to surprise, excite and inspire whilst pushing the envelope.
He has a passion for his chosen vocation – and what began as a hobby 15 years ago has grown into a fulfilling career. The self-taught artist takes his inspiration from the visuals in the world around him – from static to motion, ancient to contemporary – and uses a combination of photography manipulation and hand-drawn effects to make his ideas a reality."
— Radim Malinic, BrandNu
Selected Clients —
Record Labels and Festivals:
Earstorm/Big Beat Records
Echo Location Talent Agency
Rockfest Festival Finland
Sony Music Entertainment
Warner Music Group UK
Warner Music Poland
Weekend Music Festival
Aerocool & ThunderX3
CD Project RED
Copernicus Science Centre
ESPN The Magazine
Fondation Française des Jeux
Kraft Foods Poland
Red Bull TV
Selected publications —
Computer Arts Projects
Practical Photoshop Polska
Web Designer Magazine
Wizz Air Inflight Magazine
Los Logos 04, Die Gestalten
Adobe Master Class: Photoshop Inspiring Artwork and Tutorials by Established and Emerging Artists, Ibarionex Perello
Crossover Design Book, Cypi Press/NewWebPick
Design Elements: A graphic style manual, Timothy Samara, Rockport Publishing
Heibosha Dictionary of Today’s Design
Onet.pl "Jego portfolio robi wrażenie" (Polish)
AdMonkey "O pracy graphic designera, procesie twórczym i inspiracjach" (Polish)
Pendulum's Immersion album cover creation
DesignTaxi front seat interview
Photoshop Creative interview
Behance Portfolio Review 2014, Kraków, Poland
Photoshop Tutor —
Pluralsight (Digital-Tutors), 2014-2016, series of Photomanipulation and Digital Painting video tutorials
eduweb.pl, Photoshop Masterclass 2 video course (Polish)
shiftart.com, various artwork breakdowns, featured artist