Show Your Work: Meet Classmate Anya

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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.

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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.

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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:

www.instagram.com/greenrainart/

and on my website
 
https://anyakopotilova.com