10 questions with Polina Pravdikova
This friday we are interviewing the very talented fashion illustrator Polina Pravdikova. We love her detailed androgynous illustration style where she combines haute couture with botanical elements!
Hello Polina! Great to have you here.
1. Tell us something about yourself.
I 'm a freelance illustrator, graphic designer and a mom of two wonderful boys...
I was born and raised in Siberia, Russia, where I attended art classes since I was about 10 years old. Now I am living and working in beautiful Nuremberg, Germany.
2. How did you get started as an illustrator?
I graduated from the University of Applied Sciences Nuremberg in Graphic design and Illustration. After my degree I started to work for a big German company as a graphic designer and illustratorfor several years where Ihave gained a lot of professional experience . But I gave up my full time job about three years ago because I realised that I have to try it as a fashion illustrator. That was a passion I simply had to follow....
3. How would you describe your style?
I like to think of myillustration style as elegant, a bit melancholic, sometimes poetic, but also a little bit whimsy including lots of details.
My „hero-ine“ is a person with androgynous features (not necessarily a classic beauty), somebody with a unique sense of humor (at least I hope so); a person who doesn't take her/himself too seriously.
4. What’s your technical/creative process?
I am a huge fan of traditional tools! I always start on paper with a pencil or mechanical pen but I use photoshop to color my drawing and to make the whole illustration complete.
Before my graphic design studies I learned about pattern making, sewing and tailoring for men's fashion for three years. The knowlege about how clothes are made is a very important element for me as a fashion illustrator.
5. Who or what inspires you and your work?
I love the "gender fluidity" in today's fashion! Fashion has no rules and limits anymore ...And this is great and absolutly inspiring!
So I feel very inspired by theoutstanding, forwardthinking and extremely innovative work ofThom Browne, Rick Owens , Ann Demeulemeester or Shayne Oliver for Helmut Lang SS18 (to call only few names....)
Of course I also find inspiration in art and photography.
6. Which brands do you work for or do you love to work for?
My clients include N Style Guide Magazine (Germany), Nargis Magazine (Azerbaijan), L'Officiel Italia. I also would love to work for some major luxury fashion and beauty brands .
7. What is your favorite thing in the world to illustrate?
Fashion, for sure...
But I also love making botanical illustrations, creating patterns, drawing portraits, sketching, painting ...all this great things! (I only wish the day had 48 hours!)
8. What’s your dream project?
I really enjoy drawing, the process itself...
My illustrations are always a part of me and my life, so I love every project!
Each illustration project is a dream project to me: a challenge, an opportunity to improve my skills and simply to make what I love!
9. What 3 things can't you live without?
-my mechanical pen (because I always use traditional tools)
-a good audiobook (to listen to during drawing)
-and...a reliable babysitter (because it can sometimes be very hard to balance motherhood and freelancing)
10. Any words of wisdom to aspiring artists?
"Draw, Draw, Draw! Develop your skills permanently! Use the social media platforms to share and promote your work. Be patient and enjoy what you do!"
Thank you Polina. Have a great weekend!