It has been awhile since we brought in an inspiring Graphic Designer from TheHungryJPEG. For this week we have Julia, from the Kononenko ID store on THJ. She is one of the passionate designers who has ample years of experience in the creative industry. Let’s read more about Julia’s story and her source of inspiration from our interview session below.
Could you tell us about yourself?
My name is Julia Kononenko. I am a professional industrial designer from Ukraine. Since 2012, I have created my own studio, where I design furniture, lighting, decor, and recently I have become interested in rugs.
At the very beginning of my career as a designer, I worked for a game company as a graphic designer where I created characters and made graphics for advertising banners. And as you understand, we had subscriptions to all kinds of stocks, on which we took the necessary elements. Already being the founder of the studio, I thought about uploading my drawings to the stock.
Since I often draw elements for fabrics and paint, not all of what I do I use on my own, but for designers who create products, they can be useful at times. I paint my works with various types of paints by my own hands ))), usually using watercolor. Then I run the most interesting ones through the scanner and process them to an acceptable quality so as not to create unnecessary trouble for the person who will use them further 🙂
How long have you been in this industry?
I have been in this industry for about 5 years and above.
When did you know you wanted to pursue designing and start selling it?
When I started uploading works in 2018.
What inspires you the most? Where do you get your inspiration?
Each work is thematic, some are made purely from the understanding of the date of the holiday, a kind of stamp))) Others are inspiration and fantasies, the last set with Ukrainian themes is an analysis of a huge number of ornaments, paintings, and the style of traditional art. Some of the created elements were used to create textiles and rugs, others were uploaded here.
Are you a traditional or digital artist? What are your preferred mediums to create your designs and graphics?
Initially, everything that is created on paper.
Could you describe your design style?
In a word – cozy))) It is the comfort that I try to carry in my work. I can create classical drawing, realism, stylization and abstract painting (six years of art academy do not pass by).
What is your favorite part of the designing process?
When you get to the editors’ choice)))) Creating something like material or graphics, is a pleasure in the process from the beginning to the end. If you break the process into stages that you like and don’t like, you will have problems. )))
Have you ever experienced creative blocks before? How did you handle it?
There are doubts – all the time. If you’re happy with the results and don’t want to improve… Two options, you have a huge ego and you’re cramped in the room, or you’re new to design.
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Do you have any advice or tips for future graphic designers out there?
Make more items in the set. Try new drawing techniques. Be open to finding new sources of inspiration. More practice for yourself.
If there is something you wish TheHungryJPEG could do for you, tell us.
I do not like to advise people to run their own business – you know better THJ, and the site suits me completely. ))))
With more than 5 years of experience, Julia has grown into a successful designer and managed to create a lot of designs that can be used to complete any creative project. Ranging from seasonal contents to floral designs and watercolor graphics to seamless patterns, Julia is definitely nailing every design that she has created. Browse Kononenko ID today and impress yourself with Julia’s engaging design!