Hey THJ Friends! Are you ready for another illustrator of the week because we are about to get to know Iryna, the backbone of BuzikArtShop! She’s a watercolor artist and enthusiast who loves to share and express her ideas through strokes and colors. Let’s wait no more and check out her story from our interview below.
Could you tell us about yourself?
Hi there! I am an artist and illustrator Iryna from Kharkiv, Ukraine. I’ve been loving drawing as long as I remember myself – since early childhood. After graduating from an economical university with an international management specialty, I realized that art is what I’m really interested in. Shortly after I discovered watercolor and started learning about platforms to showcase my designs, I really wanted to help people to create their project using these illustrations.
I’m sure that in order to achieve something, you just need to follow your interests and do not deviate from it. Recently I discovered watercolor, but I also draw with alcohol markers, soft pastels, colored pencils and acrylics as well as mixed media. I started my art journey with portraits, now it’s food illustration, animals, objects, landscapes, etc. I created a personal brand (shop) named BuzikArtShop and am planning to develop it.
I also make commission drawings, clipart for stocks and marketplaces, participate in contests, art marathons, film videos, create seamless patterns, and also work on personal projects improving my skills and practicing.
On my Instagram blog @irinab_hobby I share drawing tips, art reviews, helpful resources, ideas; and of course communicate with followers. Right now I’m sharing up-to-date information about the situation in our country.
How long have you been in this industry?
I have been in this industry for about 1 – 3 years.
When did you know you wanted to pursue designing and start selling it?
Soon after I started watercoloring I realized that I want to create illustrations, patterns and other designs that people can use in their projects. Because it’s amazing when you can help someone to implement ideas and to see your art on the end products.
What inspires you the most? Where do you get your inspiration?
I find inspiration from nature, mountains or sea view, beautiful sunset, good music and films, articles, magazines, blogs, I try to follow trends. A walk through the park becomes a great list of ideas I might want to try.
I would also say that my source of inspiration is other artworks or designs from illustrators from all over the world and seeing my own progress and the way people find my illustrations useful and helpful. Sometimes, inspiration just happens. When you’re least expecting it, you see something or hear something or experience something that moves you deeply.
Are you a traditional or digital artist? What are your preferred mediums to create your designs and graphics?
I’m a traditional artist. My most favorite and used art medium is watercolor. For me, watercolor is meditative and attractive; it’s all about transparency and glow that you can achieve with this media. Painting process is magical and often unpredictable.
Could you describe your design style?
I would describe it as modern realistic watercolor style.
What is your favorite part of the designing process?
I think it’s the drawing part itself. Process after transferring sketches on watercolor paper and starting to color it. All stages are important and wonderful, but painting is something truly exciting. In addition I enjoy creating presentations and patterns, but it’s computer work.
Have you ever experienced creative blocks before? How did you handle it?
Yes, I’m not an exception. Usually what helps me is taking at least a short break, write down all ideas and thoughts. Go outside into nature and have a walk alone. It allows your mind to slow down, but at the same time see a myriad of colors, flora and fauna. Hike, camp, just sit and watch the bird and insects. Take a break from social media. Remain away from negativity.
“Time is the best healer”; We all have heard this phrase and it’s definitely true because when you can’t help yourself with the situation, let time do it for you, maybe you just have to wait.
BuzikArtShop’s Top Pick
“My all time favorite product is my newest one – it’s about my beautiful country Ukraine.”
Do you have any advice or tips for future graphic designers out there?
1. Keep creating, trying and learning new things, experimenting and improving skills.
2. Draw, design regularly and don’t be afraid of mistakes, never give up on your dream!
3. Do not lose motivation, try to stick to daily plans and love what you do.
If there is something you wish TheHungryJPEG could do for you, tell us.
I enjoy being part of TheHungryJPEG creative community and I’m extremely happy to have an opportunity to tell more about myself. This platform is amazing.
Maybe I would like to suggest adding a percentage of progress while uploading zip files of products. And also that would be great if there could be some more weekly emails with popular, trending products or like staff picks. It’d be great to have more licenses options for purchasing (personal and commercial).
I am sincerely grateful to all your team! It’s convenient to work with you.
I wish you further development and prosperity! Keep improving!
Thanks for reading! I’m grateful to have such an opportunity to tell more about myself. Stay safe, take care!
Iryna’s store is a must-visit digital store in case you would want something like colorful watercolor inspirations, engaging designs and a wide range of art supplies. Just like herself, all of her designs really portray her energetic and cheerful personality and that is what makes her works look astounding. Try to give it a shot and you will find yourself amazed with her creative works. Check out BuzikArtShop now!