Thanks Eleni Georgiadou @elenig for taking part in our illustrators’ interview series!
How long have you been drawing?
Since I was little. At the beginning I was just doodling weird faces and after my school art teacher encouraged me to do body and more details on them, I started developing my sketches even more. I remember drawing during all my school classes but after I went to college I stopped for some years. I started drawing again 4 years ago.
What’s your process?
For my personal projects I usually start right away, while having a clear mind and a good mood. I am always working during night, I can’t get so creative and comfortable in other hours. As you have noticed I love drawing characters always starting from their eyes which I believe they are the mirror of their souls. For commissioned projects I am following a different route, like doing a research first to get some knowledge on the subject. After that ideas come and go and when I have the initial idea ready I start sketching it roughly. I stop when I am pleased with my composition and then I start drawing it, digital or traditional depending on what I am asked to do, adding all the details everywhere it’s needed.
Digital vs traditional?
I used to work exclusively traditional but for almost one year now I tend to work more and more digital. To be honest I love both and I really miss drawing on paper and experiment with different mediums.
How long does it take to create it?
When I start to draw I completely loose the sense of time, my minimum is around 6 hours and maximum can even take days.
Is it a hobby or your career?
It’s my passion and something that I feel I am good at and can evolve more and more.
Why do you draw?
I draw cause that is something I really love and it has become a part of me all these years, it’s who I am. Drawing for me is a tool of mind-travelling to undiscovered places exploring your self-consciousness and heal yourself.
What inspires you?
Everything that surrounds me can be a source of inspiration such as nature, animals, poetry, music, people, movies and so many more. Need to mention that Tim Burton’s work influenced me a lot.
What is the proudest moment that you have achieved?
I can’t say I had the proudest moment yet but I am sure that moment will eventually come. I sure have memories that I felt proud of myself though!
What is the biggest obstacle that you have faced?
I think that my biggest obstacle was myself, my lack of confidence and my doubts on whether I was good enough as an artist. Seeing people appreciate my work gave me the necessary strength to overcome it and continue doing what I love the most.
You have one day to live, how do you spend it?
I would prefer not knowing it was my last day cause I would most likely panic. So the last day if I had the “luck” to know I would do my best to calm myself and spend my last moments with my family sharing memories, eating and listening to music and of course I wouldn’t miss a walk next to the sea…