“I am based in Austria but my origin roots are from Balkan.
Since my childhood, I have felt drawn to creating art and I realized one day that my whole life pulsates around this one essence, which ended up in a calling. After finishing school for fashion design and clothing technologies, my self-taught path as an artist and painter continued.
In 2008, the responsibility to polish my drawing skills, participate in art shows, art contests and various activities related to art slowly began getting serious. “
About my art:
Our individual personalities are created by our experiences in life.
I express the impressions of my lifepaths through art. To achieve this, I dedicate a lot of time, learning new techniques for manifesting visions, dreams, and ideas.
My big passion for video games introduced me to the wonderful world of digital art. I imitated coloring with colored pencils first, but now the majority of my paintings are created with the graphics tablet since its speed enables quicker capturing of ideas. As a big fan of aesthetics with enigmatic moods, I also try to achieve the same feeling in my works.
Another big part of my creations are females and fashion. My focus rests on the face, body, and tasteful nudity combined with switching media for satisfying my urge to pour out creative brain workflow.
Hi, Tatjana! Tell us a few words about yourself. What does a typical day look like for you? Do you just do art, or is art just part of the picture?
Tatjana: I think that being an artistic soul is breathing art in every form and appearance, no matter what you do. To me, an artist’s life is more of a lifestyle. My days may appear monotonous for some people but an idea lasts just for a second and the rest is working on the realization of this idea which is about 90% crafting with appetite, I would say.
Even if I take a break from all my creative works, it´s just recharging my batteries and feeding myself with new impressions to repeat the whole cycle. So both, I do just art and also picture parts.
Tell us about your artwork, medium, style, subject matter etc.
Tatjana: All my skills are self-taught, since visiting an art education was hardly possible at this time. I use different media to gain the wished result. The majority of my paintings are digital which makes storage much more comfortable than making and keeping space for canvases. But there is still a need to do paintings in traditional media too. It stimulates senses differently when smelling real paint. My interest focuses on female bodies, faces, and beauty of nudity like in pin-up art.
My style contains 100% of my personality and I like the idea of calling the aesthetics of my art mysterious. No matter if painting a small series of decorative paintings or doing comic illustrations, there is always an enigmatic vibe in them.
What is the message you are trying to give with your art?
Tatjana: I don´t try to get a specific message to the observer but I would love if he or she feels my intended expression.
What is the process from start to final artwork, do you envision it from the beginning or is it a different process?
Tatjana: Every time I approach a new piece it´s different. My mind is constantly working. I see inspiration everywhere I go and find beauty in everything I observe. So some ideas had to be recorded quickly. It´s meant to be just a quick sketch in the beginning but often ends up in a “ready to hang” piece.
Other artworks are more conceptualized and take me a few hours or many years till I am finished. I enjoy both processes, no matter if it is a detailed work or capturing of expressive lines because, in the end, it´s the journey that bonds the artist/ designer to the creation.
What is your most recent piece of art that you have enjoyed working on the most?
Tatjana: I consider every artwork I do as important and liberating. It´s an urge to release creative sparks. Even if it wakes me up in the middle of the night or catches in “off mode” situations. My most recent piece, when I experienced this excitement, was an animated video I created during late night.
You say video games introduced you to the world of digital art. Which mediums would you say that early video games have imitated? And where do you think digital art it’s going?
Tatjana: When it comes to the visuals, I think of the old Mosaic pictures first. The display of early games was very limited in its technique. I am thinking of the game “Pong” at the moment. It was executed in just a few moveable pixels which were already recognizable characters. When resolution evolved, more complex pictures were created. The same thought on Mosaic stones. The smaller they are, the more complex the artwork can be. So monitors are basically replicas of mosaic stone artworks.
A more contemporary medium is maybe Qadratologo canvases.
Nowadays “Pixelart” is maybe one of the youngest art categories where this whole idea is represented.
I think the future of the digital art field depends on the courage of the world’s creative minds and artistic pioneers.
What are you currently working on?
Tatjana: My current passion project is called “Heartproject Bodhi”. It´s long term storytelling I started already in my teens and continued working on a few years back. There are many ups and downs during the process but it´s worth all the struggles when seeing the ultimate result.
What is the best way to reach people that are interested in your art?
Tatjana: I think being into a certain kind of art is like consuming games, music, films, or whatever entertainment media. Not everything hits everyone´s taste. The best I can do is putting my stuff online and interacting with people. One day there will be a tribe whose attention is drawn to your art aesthetics. That is probably the most honest and authentic way to reach your people.
You say a big part of my creations are females and fashion. Is there a real-life situation that inspired your artwork?
Tatjana: I can´t decide what a bigger impact on my art is when we talk about inspiration. My years in fashion design school or the cliché “Slavic fashionista”, since my origins are from Balkan. There is probably a bit truth in this. Maybe the heavy feminine component in my art was influenced by strong bonds with women in life like family members and female friends. Even my school was dominated by the female gender. Sometimes I wish for a more masculine aesthetic in my art but everything I create seems to be injected by femininity. At least, I think this way.
Do you see your art as serving a purpose beyond art?
Tatjana: Yes definitely. I experience a very zen feeling when diving deep into creative hours. It helps to reflect oneself. But when I follow this thought, life is art. So at the same time, the answer is No.
What’s next on the horizon for Tatjana?
Tatjana: Because my current project shows itself as a mammoth work, it will take me quite a bit of time to complete the whole telling. Some finished parts are already published on my website. But honestly, who knows what life is going to serve you, so I am catching it as it flows.
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