Ever since Velly attended her first Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week show, she has invested her artistic talents into fashion illustration. Check out her brilliant story and work below.
Say hello to Velly:
Where are you from? Where have you been?
Born and raised in Moscow, Russia. I’ve been to Poland, Greece, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Turkey, Spain, and Great Britain. As you can see, I’ve only visited a few countries, and I wish to visit more in the future.
What’s your favorite place in the world?
The last place I visited was Great Britain, and I absolutely loved London. The city is magnificent – full of contrasts and open-minded, kind people. It seems like everything is possible there and everyone can be whoever they want to be in that city.
What is your dream project?
My dream job is to work in a fashion branch as an illustrator, and I am also interested in creating new, outstanding outfits for a fashion line.
How do you find your inspiration?
I acquire my inspiration from music. Listening to my favourite artists fills my head with amazing ideas and new inventions.
Do you get inspiration blocks? If so, how do you overcome them?
That usually happens after I have finished a massive project that I had been working on for weeks. It is an enormous amount of hard work, so I allow myself time to rest and get new ideas for my upcoming masterpieces.
What sparked your interest in fashion illustration?
The first time I touched the world of fashion was when my friend gave me an invitation to one of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia shows. Before that, I had no idea that such events even took place in Moscow. That experience enabled me to realise that I love drawing fashion illustrations.
Who are your top three favorite fashion designers?
Olivier Rousteing (BALMAIN), Alessandro Michele (GUCCI), and Karl Lagerfeld.
You create your own denim jackets – do you see yourself transitioning into fashion design?
I am very intrigued to create my own fashion collection if an opportunity comes along. I would prefer working in men’s fashion as I find that niche more interesting.
What is your background?
I studied in a school of Arts, but did not really like the way the art was taught. Upon graduating from art school, I made the decision to never touch a brush again. However, two years later, I came back to drawing and illustration. I started drawing portraits of people and selling them on the internet. That led me on a path to meeting a lot of fashion-related people, bloggers, and Instagrammers of Moscow, who showed me the world of fashion. Through that, I discovered my love for illustration and design. It also helped me find a new interest in oil painting.
What mediums do you work with most frequently?
I use a broad variety of materials, but by far, my favourites are Touch Twin markers and Faber-Castell Polychromos coloured pencils.
Out of your works, which three are you most proud of?
I do not have my favourite pieces because I always feel that I can do better than I have done before.
What impact do you hope your work leaves on society?
I think my work represents the fact that nothing is impossible, as long as you work hard to get what you desire.
What was the most memorable response to your work?
Once, people tried to convince me that my works were only print outs of photos, which was rather complimentary since they could not distinguish between my drawings and the photos.
Professionally, where do you hope to see yourself in five years?
I do not usually think of what I am going to be doing in the future. I prefer living in the moment, where and now, and going with the flow. I will find out what happens in five years when the time comes. However, I can guarantee that from now and until then on, I will continue expressing my beliefs and thoughts through my artwork.
What’s something no one knows about you that you’d like to share?
I’ve got a synesthesia, so I can see and taste music. I know, it’s weird.
What’s one of your biggest fears?
I am extremely scared of heights.
What’s something you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t?
I would like to go skydiving, because I believe that the only way of overcoming your fears is to face them head on.
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Velly, thanks for sharing your story with us! 🙂
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