This article is a part of the series to discover female career paths within the creative and digital industries
Anya Dee is most definitely a charming female. And she knows how to draw – passionate sketching artist – that’s how I would say. Fashion illustrator – that’s how she describes herself. Anya or Anna is also a good photographer. And she is only 25! Let’s put our imaginary student outfit and try to look for inspiration for our own careers from what Anya has to share.
Sneak-peek – on top of all that, she has tried a fashion stylist role!
What is it that you do daily?
What is your mission in life?
To leave a print in history and create something memorable and yet unseen.
When did you first meet drawing?
At the age of 5.
What is your point of inspiration?
I get inspired by everything I see, touch, smell or dream of! I’m inspired by life, nature and people.
How do you think illustration is different from all other types of drawing – typography, graphic, ect.?
It’s something in the middle between a realistic painting and a few minute sketch, it doesn’t take as much time as an oil painting, however it already consists of some more detailed elements, textures. It reminds me of a dream – something unspoken but yet beautiful and impeccably wonderful and it’s always different.
Why fashion illustration? How did you get the idea?
I’ve been working in fashion industry for quite a long term as a stylist and photographer, always was interested in fashion world and in the history of arts. It took some time for me to put down in words what I love the most and got back to what I was doing all my life from the very childhood- drawing. Just had to find the right path and theme.
Who has helped you in the process?
My family always supports me in my strange life of a creator.
How much time did it take from the idea to the almost daily habit?
Almost all my life, from the very young age, however it’s always a question of practice. You have to sketch every day, to grow and improve you skills.
What is your wish for this project/career path?
To improve my skills, work hard and become known in the circles of people, who I’m interested in learning from.
What is the next step – what are you focusing on right now?
In making different interesting collaborations with designers, bloggers etc. and creating unseen content. Also I’m now working on a serie of illustrations for a Fashion Exhibition.
What kind of lesson have you learned so far?
Laziness is not a key to success.
How many people are there in your team, do you have any loyal supporters?
My family are my supporters, they believe in me and want me to be happy in any personification I decide to be in. Of course, I have some true friends, who are always near but I’m a complete individualist, I like being alone and focusing on fulfilling my ideas and dreams.
A lot of females have a hobby and once in a while think about pursuing it – can you relate to them in any way?
My life is like a one huge hobby, I don’t take what I do as my work, so I don’t get tired.
What would be your message to them?
To do what you love – then you won’t have to work a day in your life.
Whats your credo?
The earlier you start – the more you get. I started creating in my early years and now I live the life I love.
Do you have any favorite artists?
Yes, I get inspired mostly by classical illustrators, such as David Downtown, one of the nowadays influences is also Katie Rodgers, known as “paperfashion”. Also I’m inspired by all-time favourite Salvador Dali.
Tell us a bit about your greatest trip!
Our honeymoon with my husband, which happened to be not long ago – this summer. It was a very happy moment of life to remember and keep in our hearts.
What are your plans for Christmas?
I’m going to visit Norway and spend there Christmas and New Year’s Eve.
Do you like candy, what are your favourite?
It’s a very dangerous question for a creative woman, ‘cause most of my friends – artists love candies! So I do get my emotional energy from them. I like different sweets, but mostly, probably, macaroons.
What do you do on Sundays, is it the free-day for you?
I’m a freelancer, so I work all the time, or I can have a free day whenever I want, so I don’t have a standard week.
Have a great rest of the week 46 of 52 weeks in 2014, ladies! Yep, you still have some time to catch up with your goals for the year!
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