Yana Moskaluk was born in 1984 in Siberia, and moved to Moscow at nineteen to work at the Art.Lebedev Studio. Yana loves to travel, and draws inspiration from medieval art, ancient sculptures, old towns, legends, and fairytales. She takes the mood and atmosphere projected by such stories and items and recreates them in her own art within a modern context.
First off I’d like to ask you a question in the spirit of Nightmare: What scares you the most?
I’m really afraid of dogs. A pack of street dogs attacked me when I was in my teens. So now when I see or hear a dog, I immediately imagine its teeth around me. It scares me to death! I love cats.
What is your favorite medium to work with and why?
I love computer graphics because of the possibilities. I can change my work at any point to get a better result. I use Adobe Illustrator mostly, some Photoshop, and now I’m trying to figure out how ZBrush works, because I have an interest in creating something in 3D.
I prefer colored pencils and watercolors among traditional mediums.
Tell us about this month’s cover image, Ligeia. Who is the woman and what is she doing?
The image was inspired by a story with the same title by Edgar Allan Poe. It’s a pretty old art piece, so I reread the story recently. Ligeia is a dead young lady who comes alive again under scary circumstances. This is her moment of reawakening. I love Poe’s stories. He is a great inspiration.
What do you imagine scares the woman in Ligeia the most?
She doesn’t have any fear. I believe she is the one who scares you in the night.
Your portfolio includes a lot of black-and-white and monochromatic work. What do you find appealing about these palettes?
Actually, I always start to draw colorful things, but end up changing the palette many times (that’s what I like about computer graphics the most). Sometimes I end up with a black and white scheme if I decide it suits a particular work. Often I’ll decide colors are unnecessary, or that they’re more of a distraction from the subject than an aid.
Tell us a little bit about working for Art.Lebedev Studio.
I like working with talented people, and there are lots of them here. We create designs for everything, but my group focuses on illustrations. One of the projects I like most includes designing artwork for the Moscow subway.
Are you active in Moscow’s art community? Are there art related events you like to attend, or is art a more private experience for you?
I’m not originally from Moscow. When I moved here from a small town, I took part in many local projects and exhibitions. Now I like to think not about the Moscow art scene, but about the whole world. One of my pieces is currently traveling in Poland with an exhibition titled, “Across Poland with the Best Fashion Illustration.” The idea that art has no geographical boundaries is very inspiring to me.
Who has been your greatest artistic inspiration?
I’ve loved the Russian artist Mikhail Vrubel since my childhood. He was born in the same city as me, and is well-known there, so I was exposed to his work very early. I think his art will be my inspiration forever.
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