Although I've had no real training, I've been sketching ever since I was little. My family moved to the U.S. from Russia when I was eight and this was a way to protect myself from a strange and frightening world. By hiding behind a sketchbook, I could escape. I could transform the world around me.
I decided to participate in this project in order to make sketching a more regular part of my life and to work on styles that I am uncomfortable with. I find it easy to draw things that are realistic - the world is out there to be captured. I can resize shadows and lines onto paper, albeit with the skill of an amateur hobbyist. However, I struggle with anything abstract or cartoonish. This project was one of discovery and perhaps even courage for me.
Final note - I had joined the project a bit late, in the fall of 2017. In November, I was hit by a tram while crossing the street in Amsterdam. The impact of the injury set me back even further, so I only had a few months to really work on my sketches. I like to take my time on everything I draw, to explore details. So this was yet another challenge - to draw quickly and to accept imperfection as part of the process.
In any case, I hope that you enjoy this humble window to my soul. I draw to capture the beautiful places I visit as I travel the world, to reflect my passion for reading & imagination, and to etch stories into what was once just paper and pencil. Thank you for taking a glance at my drawings - please feel free to contact me if you have anything to say.
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