Inna is a young talented artist who paints... digitally! Her personal quote is "Impossible... but doable" and this can also be seen in her works, where she achieves pure awesomeness!
You are a very successful artist, what do you believe are your most important features that made you pop out of the crowd?
That’s a tough one
Personally I think the most important thing is that you need to love what you’re creating. Always put your heart and soul in your creations and make them for yourself, not for public.
What do you want to express through your artworks? What inspires you the most?
The answer is really simple – my soul. I always express my vision of beauty through my artworks. Beauty is everywhere and I capture it the way I see it.
In your opinion, the quality of your art depends more on technique or on its message?
I think it should be both in every piece of art and that’s what I’m trying to do as well. But to tell the truth, what I consider to be the most important is that your piece triggers some emotions in the viewer’s heart. Either it’s an intriguing color scheme or some message they saw behind it or anything else - as long as your piece got something that makes the viewer stop and stare I consider the mission to be complete.
Your works are particularly realistic and detailed - do you believe that what you do requires a particular skill or it's just about the practice? What skills do you consider to be the most important?
Practice, practice and once again practice. There’s no skill without practice. No one takes a pencil or digital tablet for the first time in their life and creates a masterpiece. I’ve often seen/got comments “I wish I could paint like you”. Well the thing is you can. Every artist can if they’ve got enough patience and endurance to never stop practicing, experimenting and mastering their skill. Talent is not the crucial thing, it is something that can speed things up but never do the job for you. If you want to succeed you need to practice practically every single day, learn from other artists and the most important thing - you need to WANT to improve. If people draw doodles and leave in the artist’s comment note “I don’t want critique” then how can they improve? Ask for critique, listen to it, learn from your mistakes and never stop aspiring for better. The magic won’t be done in a week or a month, but if you’re patient every single effort you made will pay off.
Most of the artists wish for their own style. How would you describe yours, and how did you develop it?
The funny thing is that I don’t think I’ve fully developed mine yet. I’m still learning and practicing and experimenting with different things, I haven’t come to the point of developing something unique, something truly mine. There are few things I do in a certain manner, but this is not what I call style in my book.
What are your favourite tools and how were you introduced to them? Did you experimented or someone recommened them to you?
Photoshop and a digital tablet are my loyal friends. The thing is – it doesn’t matter which digital program you use or what brand of digital tablet you buy. High-tech knick knacks and latest versions of programs won’t do the job for you since all you need is the brush and eraser tools along with your imagination. If you want to do something, you’ll create a masterpiece with a piece of coal, if you don’t – no magical program will help you.
What role has deviantART in your artistic life? Do you use it solely to expose your art or you also make friends and learn? Why did you join?
dA had a huge role in me becoming an artist. To tell the truth, I joined solely as an art admirer and gradually started making my own steps some time after that. This is truly an unique place which helps you to learn, to aspire for more, to never stop. I think never letting you stop and be happy with what you’ve got is one of the best things about dA. A year or so ago, when I started getting decent results I was so proud of myself, like “Good girl, Inna, that looks close to the pieces you admired, your mission is complete”. And then I opened my inbox, seen some breathtaking artworks, dropped my jaw and understood that I still have a very long way to go. No time to rest, I grabbed my tools of trade and get moving on.
And surely I met some wonderful people along the way – great artists to admire or just wonderful people who always find a minute to give you a piece of advice if you need it. It’s great to be surrounded by people who also speak the “language of art”. I joined to follow one great 3D artist, about whom I will talk later. Didn’t want to miss a single piece of his and he inspired me to do my own simple renders. By the way, yes, my first works were silly little renders just for fun and only some time later I turned to digital painting since 3D just didn’t give my imagination the real freedom I wanted.
Regarding your own art, what do you think has been your greatest achievement so far?
I think improving and actually seeing that you’re improving is one of the greatest achievements for each artist. One of other great things is when your work gets appreciated. It’s funny how only a few months ago I’ve been telling that one of the things I’d really love to do is to work on a comic or some graphic story, but i'm just too lazy to make my own and recently I got an invitation to the graphic novel team. Dreams come true and efforts pay off, you just need to be patient and persistent enough.
Show us the pieces that you are most proud of. Do they have a story behind them? What is the reason you consider them your favourites?
Ohhhh… to tell you the truth, almost every piece has a story behind it. No worries, I won’t be endlessly babbling about each of those, I think I’ll stick to two.
This is one of the combinations that inspire me the most – beauty and fragility controlling lethal power. I’m a big fan of GoT and Daenerys and her dragons have always amazed me. These fire-breathing darlings can cough and put everything on fire, but at the same time they affectionately love their mother and are ready to do whatever she asks for.
And this one my absolute fave as well. I’ve had a vague concept of some painting involving a beautiful girl, loads of folds and rose petals for a long time and recently got the final click in my head that Esmeralda is just the one I need for it.
Do you have favourite artists on deviantART? Could you show us some art that you like and/or inspire you?
Definitely so. The list could be huge, but I’ll just name two people who are really like gods to me.
- The gorgeous 3D artist who inspired me to start creating something on my own. I rarely see 3D pieces that have something eye-catching about them and don’t have that plastic doll/base morph feeling and this artist simply does real magic. Practically every single render tells a story and makes you believe that the world depicted by them is real.
- My favorite digital artist. Real genius of composition, technique, colors choice, everything. One of the things I admire about Stephan the most is how easily he handles everything, he seems to be simply toying with the tablet and gets a real masterpiece in a matter of few hours. While I might be scribbling on some detail for hours, he uses this time to complete the whole piece. Such a combination of speed and quality is something I’m aspiring for the most.
How do you choose your models (celebrity or not)? Did it ever happen to have a stranger come to you and ask if they can be your model?
Different schemes. Often happens that I simply look through the galleries of my favorite stock providers, see a photo and my brain makes a Click! sound and starts crazily making a concept... and so in a minute or so I know what I will do next. Sometimes I just have a certain idea and search suitable materials for it. Even happened that I had to pose myself.
Yeah, happened once that one girl wanted to be a model, but it works for the best if I’m the one choosing my model. There has to be a special connection between the artist’s soul and the subject of the painting, if what I paint triggers zero emotions it just turns into a drag.
Is there anything else you would like to add? A few words for your audience and/or other artists, maybe?
I’ve repeated this few times already, but this is truly the crucial thing – never stop practicing and mastering your skill. Don’t give up and say that you’re not made for this if few months pass and you’re still not making full scale epic scenes. Everything comes in time. Just be patient enough and all your efforts will pay off.