Q: Who are you and what do you do for a living
A: I'm an artist, an illustrator, a pattern designer. A young mom carrying the entire world on my shoulders, a wifey to my best friend, a daughter to two old funny folks, a sister to a talented model/photographer Aziza Mirtalipova. I'm a cat owner, a dog lover, children advocate and I'm anti any war nor violence. No opinion on neither politics, nor religion. An introvert. A same-tune-on-repeat listener.
Q: You have an accent. Where are you from and where do you live now?
A: I am not a native English speaker. I was born and grew up in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. No, it is not the same as Pakistan. Uzbekistan was once one of the Republics in the Soviet Union. My family and I moved to the US and currently we live in snowy Ohio. I pretty much learned English after we moved here.
Q: You speak Russian, but you don't look Russian.
A: Yes, it's because pretty much every child from the Soviet era spoke Russian. I'm considering myself Uzbek, however I have a great mix-up in my blood like Uzbek, Russian, Georgian and even a tiniest percent of German.
Q: What is your inspiration?
A: Folklore, old songs my mom used to sing to me, fairy tails from when I was little, a wall rug hung above my grandma's bed, cultures, story telling, textiles and fabrics.
Q: Where did you go to school? And do you have a degree in art?
A: I went to school for Cybernetics and Computer Science at Tashkent State University of Economics. Back then I considered my doodling abilities as a plain hobby. I never knew that one day I can turn it into my profession.
Q: What do you use to create your illustrations?
A: I sketch, scan and use photoshop for production jobs that require color control, layering and when I know there will be changes. I prefer gouache and acrylics for soul paintings and personal journals. But there are times when I do just quiet the opposite.
Q: Do you create your patterns in Photoshop or Illustrator?
A: I prefer photoshop just because I tend to work with raster rather then vector.
Q: Can we invite you do a workshop or show us your way of creating patterns?
A: I sure would love to get to share my knowledge, but please bare in mind that my way of working may not be the proper way they teach at schools nowadays. Because I figured it out on my own from watching free video tutorials and studying books from libraries.