10 Questions with Sasha Ignatiadou
Love the bold colors and patterns of Russian German artist Sasha Ignatiadou. "Creating an illustration is like meditation - the process is more important than the result" is her mantra.
1. Hi Sasha, tell us something about yourself.
Originally I am from Russia, North Caucasus and I lived among mountains and beautiful nature until I was 25. I was born in a creative family. My mother wrote stories that were printed in local magazines. My father and younger sister played in a small band. And I loved dancing when I was younger. Now I live in Germany, North Westphalia, where I work on my illustrations and I I rarely have an opportunity to visit my native land.
2. How did you get started as an illustrator? Did you go to art school?
When I was 13, my mother sent me to an art school. That was actually the beginning. After five years of art school and a year of private drawing lessons, I entered the university of arts, where I learned to make ceramics, batik, I wove carpets and tapestries, made hot enamel. So, 6 years later, I received a diploma of the “Artist of Arts and Crafts” in textiles. After the university, I was engaged in exhibition activities. With my friends, we opened a few art exhibitions, and at the age of 25 I moved to Germany. In Germany, I began to draw illustrations, and this is what I am doing today.
3. How would you describe your style? What’s your technical process?
The main themes and motives for my works are the female figures, surrounded by floral ornaments and the main concept of my work is beauty. At the moment I'm working intuitively and all the illustrations that I create are rather an emotion that I try to show. I like to work in a calm, relaxed state, so I do not hurry to release one work per day. It usually takes quite a long time to develop a sketch and to choose the color scheme. Creating an illustration is like meditation - the process is more important than the result. After creating a sketch I transfer it to a clean sheet and work in color.
4. What do you love most about your job?
Freedom to do what I want and when I want it. To create only what I want to create and realize any idea, any emotion on paper. I can work for months and I can be completely captured by the process. That’s what I call happiness.
5. Who or what inspires you and your work?
Inspiration literally accompanies me everywhere. I love my work so much that it's enough for me to wake up early in the morning, to make coffee, to turn on the music and off you go ... There are no special attributes of my inspiration, ideas are born from what I see around me, in nature, in books, on TV, in magazines ..
6. Which brands do you work for or do you love to work for?
Honestly, I like to do personal works most of all. I am not limited by terms, time and in general by any limits. Therefore, if I may say so, I like to work for myself.
7. What is your favorite thing in the world to illustrate?
At the moment - these are female images, portraits. And also plants. I literally hunt for new, beautiful flowers, leaves.
8. What’s your dream project?
Creation of illustrations and patterns for a clothing collection.
9. What 3 things you can’t live without?
Husband, coffee, cats.
10. Any words of wisdom to aspiring artists?
It seems to me, that you should always trust your inner voice and your personal power, no matter how cool you think you are you should keep trying to get better in your work. Do not trust the success. Do not be afraid and believe in your strength and in yourself.