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Segmation’s Exclusive Interview with Artist Endija Zvirgzdina
Today we are pleased to present April’s artist of the month, Endija Zvirgzdina. Endija is an immensely talented artist who is in the springtime of her life. She has known from the time she was a small child that she was meant to be an artist. For her, art is life, and she admits to loving art more than she loves herself. Read on to learn more about this artist and her dreams for the future.
A) I work with different styles and techniques to make my works unique and to make them stand out in comparison to other artists. For the last 6 months, I have started to make doodle art, which involves working with pens and colored pencil. My favourite medium is Pigma Micron and especially Uni Pin fine line pens. I draw with graphite, ink, markers, watercolors, and acrylic. I also love to paint with watercolors.
Q) You are a self-taught artist, right? Tell us about how you taught yourself art skills. What did the process look like for you?
A) The process started 14 years ago (I’m 18 now) when my mother let me take a pencil in my hand. It was then that I realised I could reflect my ideas on paper. It all came very easily. The older I got, the more I had this need to be artistic. I had a big imagination — that is why I’m always trying to learn something new as an artist. Cartoons also had a large impact on my artistic path. I learned to read books at very young age, which also had a positive mark on my artistic ability. Music, especially classical music, helps me in my creative process. I’ve spent many long evenings sitting and drawing, and I have always had this need to put my thoughts down on paper. It is something I can’t really explain. To this day, every time I need to wait on someone or have a free time, I draw/ doodle something in my sketchbook. The message I want to deliver is more important to me than having the work ideal technically. I think this is what art is about.
Q) What are some of your artistic goals? Where would you love to be in 3 years?
A) My biggest goal in art is to illustrate a book or to design a cover for musician’s albums. Of course, I would like to be a well-known artist, to inspire others, and to have an exhibition of my works. In 3 years, I would love to have my own book made, a colouring book for adults. It would feature bedtime stories or fairytales. I’m also interested in designing postcards, planners, and calendars. It would be great if I could develop my YouTube channel the way I desire and to be a full-time artist.
Q) Who inspired you to take up art? Is there a family member whom you take after in this area?
A) No one in my family is an artist. It came naturally for me with no outside pressure. I think I was born this way. When I was little, I got bored very soon by reading children books, which is why I started to illustrate them after I’d read them. I think sometimes an illustration can say more than the text itself. As far as I can remember, I always was interested in the art world and believed that since I have this passion, I need to utilize it fully.
Q) What do you want people to know about who you are and what you are about as an artist?
A) I am a very creative person with many ideas and future goals. I love art more than I love myself. I devote more time to it than anything else. I love nature and have a huge interest in animals. Aside from art, I try to learn new things and meet new people. I am open to giving advice and helping people who are in need. For me, art is everything.
Q) As an artist, how important do you think self-care is? What do you do to ensure your mind and body are consistently ready to make the best art possible?
A) Self-care is really important for me. Personally, I am very strict with myself. I am an idealist. I believe that if you are not taking care of yourself, no one else will, and your mind won’t be creative enough. Dancing, writing, and watching films are all part of my self-care plan. I feel most motivated in the morning to do self-care activities.
Q) What is your biggest challenge as an artist?
A) My biggest challenge is getting noticed. There are times when I feel like people don’t care about the art I make. In today’s world, it is hard to stand out from other artists. For me, inspiration is not a challenge, but getting noticed is.
Q) What is your favorite color?
A) My favourite color is blue. It calms me down and makes me feel balanced.
Q) What would you like our readers to know about your artwork or who you are as an artist?
A) Every piece of art that I make reflects a little part of me. Everyone who notices and appreciates my art makes me feel motivated to move forward with making my dreams come true.
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