I have been drawing all my life and I came to BHSAD after I graduated from HSE in 2009, when I realised that I was lacking knowledge about illustration and in fact I didn’t want to work in sociology. When I was writing my thesis, I came to the Open Day at BHSAD and decided that was the place for me.
Now I create magazine and book illustrations, teach and work on two projects — one on contemporary Japanese graphics in Russian and one on contemporary Russian graphics in Japanese. Before the final year at BHSAD I took a 5-year break — worked as an illustrator and art-director at a motion design studio, learned scribing and got some teaching experience. It helped me understand how to work and make money. I also started drawing more of what I didn’t really want — those were mainly commercial projects/ So I decided to go back to BHSAD and finish the course, firstly, to shake up a bot, and secondly, to have an opportunity to do an MA. This third year was very important and helped me to completely restructure my portfolio and stop doing what I didn’t want to. I also started doing what seemed impossible — go to residences, teach abroad, work with international artists and bring them over to Russia.
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