Thanks Ewa aka @ewart for taking part in our black and white illustrators’ interview series!
How long have you been drawing?
As a kid and teenager I used to draw and paint a lot, but then I had over 10 years of break. I have started again 4 years ago.
What’s your process?
The first step is choosing the right paper as I love to experiment with craft, handmade, toned, cotton papers etc. I also spend a lot of time on searching for good reference photos of animals, trees or silhouettes. Sometimes I use my own photos too. Then the pencil sketch – sometimes I have to repeat few times before I achieve a satisfactory result. When I am ready it’s time for inking or watercoloring. Pure fun, I can do it for hours.
Digital vs traditional?
For now only traditional.
How long does it take to create it?
From 2 to 10 hours. Only a few pieces in my portfolio took me longer.
Is it a hobby or your career?
Art is life:)
Why do you draw?
When I draw I am myself and happy. I also think that the world needs art, not only visual, but also music, books, poetry. They can trigger so many beautiful emotions: delight, admiration, joy, sentiment. The act of creating is also an incredible, spiritual experience.
What inspires you?
I have many of interests, but mostly I am inspired by nature, music, magic, also ancient symbolism. I hardly ever have problems with the new ideas, they come one by one while the process of creating.
What is the proudest moment that you have achieved?
When the Blackworknow featured my work 🙂
What is the biggest obstacle that you have faced?
I try to keep optimistic and not to remember about obstacles. I am thankful for all opportunities I meet in my life: thanks to social media I can show my art to so many people, I sell my pieces, I can work from home.
You have one day to live, how do you spend it?
If I could choose I would see the mount Fuji – one of my biggest dreams. Then I would go to a party:)
How people can get in contact with you?
My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Feel free to write!
Also Ewa with the pilgrim statue after doing her Camino de Santiago way
A view of Silesia, the place where she lives.
One of her favorite places: the Silesian Museum in Katowice
Ewa likes to travel – this photo was taken in Norway.