name: Oksana
surname: Sudakova
year of birth: –
country: Russia / Ukraine


A Portrait of Baroness von Schafen
by Ksenos-ks


Q1: When did you start making art?
I loved painting since childhood, and in high school I studied at the art school for two years. Then there was 15 years break, when I didn’t paint. I took art classes again when I had a little child. A year later, I entered the Academy of Culture and Arts (advertising department), where I had been studying for 4 years. I started drawing in photoshop not immediately, first I made banners for a site. I tried to draw with a mouse, but it’s very inconvenient. I’ve got tablet 2 years ago, since then I paint and do photo manipulations.

Q2: What does inspire you?
I can probably say it’s the whole world. When an idea of a picture appears in my mind, I start thinking about it and just develop it until I like it completely. In the process of painting, I think out and add small details. Often when I go to bed and close my eyes, pictures appear before my eyes, they move, turn one into another. Sometimes I get up and sketch an image that I really liked.
I really like works of modern digital artists and some painters and graphic artists. I love to see their works and I may scrutinize the ones that I like best, it motivates me to improve my skills and try to do my work better and create new interesting images.

Q3: What are your techniques?
I make a sketch of a picture in Photoshop using tablet Wacom Intuos4. When detailed sketch is ready, I pick the colors and then start drawing. I start to work when the idea is fully shaped in my mind & in the process of drawing I add small details. For the photo art I make a simple sketch, find the resources and start working.
I love digital art, but now I also have the desire to engage in real, non-digital painting.

Q4: What is the main idea or feeling behind your works?
Each work is individual and carries different sense and meaning. Each picture has its own mood, depending on the feelings and ideas that I want to express.

Q5: What is the main color of your art and why?
I do not stick to a specific color palette. Each color has a right to live in my works. However, I can say I love the gentle pastel colors, and my favorite combination of primary and complementary colors is the combination of the opposite blue and orange colours.

Q6: What would you improve about your work and why?
I would like to improve everything: constructing techniques, painting techniques and mastering colors.

Q7: Do you have any project for the future?
I have a lot of ideas, but unfortunately not enough time to embody everything in life. When ideas come to my mind, I write them down in a notebook. I may also do some sketches in Photoshop and store them in the “sketches” folder. Sometimes I review them and start working on one of them. Right now I am drawing a picture, for which I made a sketch a year ago.

Q8: Describe yourself with 3 words capturing the essence of Ksenos-ks.
Mysticism, fantasy, humor.

Q9: Show us (link) your very first work. Describe it from techniques till feelings.
HERE is my first digital work that I fully painted with a mouse.
It was very hard and a long process. I painted with a standard hard brush varying degrees of transparency. It was very difficult to draw the lines, but I finally managed to draw the lines of rabbits constellations. I still like the idea of this work. A cute snowman is attacked by an evil rabbit in a mystical forest, full of rabbits-ghosts.

Q10: What did change from your first work till now?
My technique has improved, but I am sure it’s not my limit and I can still improve my skills.

Q11: What is art for you? Escaping from reality or the essence of life?
Art for me is something that makes me happy. I am glad I can express my feelings and ideas in my works, I like to see how a picture gradually appears on a blank sheet.

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