NASTIA SLEPTSOVA

nastia-1CH.89: If you were to categorize or describe the style of your artwork, what would it be and why?

NS: A few words to describe it would be calm, quiet, with a bit of melancholy, muted tones, a natural palette, details and space, illustrations with a little touch of Scandinavian coldness and Japanese tenderness. At the moment it’s all inspiring and touching.

CH.89: Where do you draw your inspiration from?

NS: My inspiration comes from everything and everyone around me. I love to watch people and their usual reactions to things. But mostly I love to be alone and find my personal reflections from everything that surrounds me, mixed with my childhood memories and dreams about the future. A good movie, calm music and little things can inspire and get me in a good mood. I also love to explore and visit old places like museums, antique interiors, empty streets, or visit old cities. I love natural landscapes too. There are just so many things I love and everything can be so inspiring!

CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about what your creative thought process is like when starting a new project/ piece of artwork?

NS: It depends on the project. If I have a commercial project with a tight brief and deadline, I’ll concentrate and try and be as productive as possible. The time for generating ideas is limited, so I’ll make very fast sketches since most of the time I have to make decisions really fast about what is ok and what is not. All details however can be corrected throughout the process. When I do more personal work, I can work a little bit slower. So I love to work in a good atmosphere where I can be able put myself totally in my world. As usual, I’ll have some ‘blurred image’ in my head and then I’ll try to draw it out.

CH.89: Is there anything in particular that you would want people to take from your artwork?

NS: I would love for people to stop and get lost in thought.

nastia-2CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about your lifestyle as an artist and what that is like?

NS: There is nothing very special in my lifestyle; I start my day with a cup of coffee. I love to take walks, take photos, and watch good movies in the evenings. As for my work process, I think it’s quite multifunctional because I am not only an illustrator who sits and draws everyday in a perfect atmosphere. I also have to deal with the business side of things because I have an Etsy shop where I print postcards and make wholesales. I’ll usually speak with my clients and go to the Post office to send orders. Everyday can be different and very busy. Sometimes it’s hard to find some along time but it’s the best source of energy for me, so I keep going.

CH.89: When starting out an artistic task, do you think it is better to have a particular direction/set plan guiding your way? Or, is it better to act on impulse and go from there?

NS: I prefer to have some direction at the beginning, at least when choosing the color palette and deciding over the overall look. After that I can change any element and it won’t destroy the whole image. There is always room for impulse of course… sometimes my final work and very first sketch are way too different.


CH.89: What is one major lesson you’ve learned as an artist thus far?

NS: Don’t try to be someone else. Everybody has their own story to tell.

CH.89: Do you regard personal style & taste to be of highest importance?

NS: Your taste and style is what you can give to your audience. But it’s very important to develop your taste, fill yourself with new knowledge and try to be interesting for yourself. That is important.

nastia-3CH.89: What do you consider to be the hardest thing about being an artist?

NS: Maybe for me at the beginning the hardest thing was that I didn’t know what to expect from the future. What will I do, where I will find my clients, who will need me? I think if you are an independent artist who doesn’t work in a big company, the hardest thing is to find a job as well as to stay independent and true to yourself.

CH.89: What is one thing you love about being an artist?

NS: The freedom to do what you love and to be able to improve everyday, with every new project.

CH.89: Is there anyone in particular, any artist’s that inspire you in any way?

NS: There are a lot of artists and they are all very different. They all inspire me because they don’t stop. They work hard and they have their own special vision.

CH.89: What do you think of technology in terms of being a useful tool for artists today?

NS: The Internet helps me get jobs. That is the main thing I can say about technology. You can be wherever you want and get to work with people from different countries all around the world. It is a useful instrument for artists.

CH.89: Do you think being an artist allows you to view the world differently from those who don’t follow creative paths?

nastia-4NS: Sometimes I think that every person is an artist. Everything is inside.

CH.89: Do you enjoy traveling? If so, do you have a favorite city?

NS: Oh yes, I do. But I would love to travel more. In Ukraine I love Odessa city, because of the sea.

CH.89: Do you have a favorite author or book?

NS: I still feel much love towards Jean-Paul Sartree and his ‘Nausea’.

CH.89: Any future goals or plans for your artwork?

NS: I would love to make some big personal project, maybe it would be a book.

CH.89: What does being an artist mean to you?

NS: Learning new things everyday, working hard, improving yourself, but never forgetting from where you started. Also, being on the verge of creator and marketer, being multifunctional, and not losing your artistic vision at the same time.

CH.89: What’s the last song you listened to?

NS: ‘Warm Foothills’ by Alt-J

CH.89: Any last words on the aesthetic of your artwork?

NS: It’s not loud, rather quiet. It’s not extroverted, rather introverted. It’s not as rainbow-like, rather a foggy day.

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