Show Your Work: Meet Classmate Anya


What class are you currently taking?

FolioFocus Spring 2018

Tell us a little about you: 

My name is Anya Kopotilova, I live in Denver suburb, USA with my husband and two children. I work with a variety of media including watercolors, markers, soft pastel and digital applications. I was not always an artist, but  I truly believe it’s my calling and every day doing art is an adventure.

What brought you to the course?

Classmates from a different course were suggesting I join Folio Focus and I was so glad I did! I was and am attracted to the idea of 10 weeks of exciting and marketable assignments and contests. The community is fantastic- very kind and helpful.

Can you describe your process for us?

My process is inspiration driven, as soon as an assignment or prompt gets clear, I find part of it that catches my attention and start sketching out the ideas, they are then formed into an illustration or a pattern. I may start working on paper and move on to digital or do everything on my iPad from start to finish.


How did you go about working on this week’s project?

This week’s project took my breath away immediately – it is such a darling concept to draw objects from an old house. I had a quick look around on Pinterest for old houses and jumped straight into sketching, I first drew a simple outline of a room (I attach a floor plan I made for the little house I'm illustrating), then added furniture and little things, coloring them as I drew. I am working completely on my iPad Pro this time, trying to work as fast as possible before the ideas escape me. I have a very clear image in my mind and maybe even a little story.


Is this how you usually work?

I do work fast, I try to focus on an idea and see how it develops further. Sometimes it even takes me to a completely new direction and I want to try and hold on to little details that pop up in the process. Also, time is precious for me and I try to make use of every minute.

What are your favourite design tools and or programs?

I adore Procreate application for iPad Pro and work mostly in that, I also like Adobe Illustrator, though I am still learning it and it’s a long process. For non-digital media, I especially love gouache, markers and soft pastels.

What are your ambitions for the future?

Illustrating children’s books is my ultimate goal. I am also hoping to create an apparel or home decor collection one day.

Where can we find you online?

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You can find me on Instagram:

and on my website