Behind the Project: Flying Junk

In this series, we’ll look deeper into some of the projects on that were especially admired in our community. This time, we spoke to Swedish Illustrator Mattias Adolfson, who’s been on Behance for 4 years, and has over 60 projects – not one of them has less than 1,000 appreciations (one has as many as 40,000)! It’s impossible not to be enamored by the fantastical, unique world found in his sketchbooks – indeed, it’s captured the imagination of Behancers, who send every new project viral. We spoke to Adolfson about his latest project, Flying Junk,  his inspirations, and his tendency to sketch while traveling. 

What was your inspiration for this project?

This project is taken straight from my sketchbooks. I love drawing in sketchbooks – I never know exactly what will end up in them, but I do have some themes that return time after time. Most of my publications started off just being sketched in my books. When I was sketching the images you see in this project, I was doing some traveling – you can see the influence of this in the amount of airplanes or flying things depicted in the pages. I also drew some of these on trains and buses. The only thing I can do when traveling on such shaky transportation is cables. But sometimes I can’t sit around and wait for inspiration – I’ll just start drawing and see what it will end up as.

Can you describe your process in creating this project?
I have a simple process – if I have some time, I sit down and start drawing! My sketchbooks are small, so I take them along with me everywhere and draw if I have a free minute.
When I’m doing personal images, I never do any prep or thumbnail sketches, but I’ll just jump in, starting with some lines and seeing where I end up. I do have themes that return, especially robots, tree, and architecture. These themes comes from my education history: in schools, I first started studying to become an engineer, then switched to architecture and finally ended up with a master’s in Fine Arts.

Did you go through many versions and iterations before coming up with these final pieces?

No theses pieces are the first cut and have no iterations.

Do you feel that this project is “done,” or is there anything you’d like to improve on or change in the future?
Generally, when I’m done, I’m done. I might return to some themes, making bigger versions of certain images. Some of my customers sometimes want something in the line of something they have seen on my site, so that would be a reason for me to return to a piece.