Hi! My Name is Kateryna Savchenko (follow me on Instagram, Facebook, and Behance!). I’m 27, and a mom, wife and watercolor illustrator. Originally, I’m from Ukraine and for the past four years have lived in Norway. I fell in love with Norway from my very first visit and I still think that this is one of the best places in the world!
I graduated from the university with the diploma of Bachelor In Architecture, but now watercolour painting and design – is everything for me! Another very important part of my life is Diamond Way Buddhism and most of our vocations we spend on the courses and empowerments.
How did you choose to use watercolour instead of other materials?
I was so lucky that while studying in the university we had so many hours of drawing and painting. During these 4 years, I had a chance to try most of the materials and watercolour became so special to me because this is the only one that has transparency.
And putting a few layers of paint on paper allows you to create absolutely unique colours that play and sparkle. Every watercolor painting/illustration is one of a kind and you never create a copy even if you want to.
Compared to oil paints, it’s easy to work with (as it doesn’t have the smell) and you can always take a palette with you. Two years ago, I also spent some time drawing with watercolour pencils (I still use them sometimes for botanical sketches) it was fun! Especially, I recommend them to people who find it difficult to control watercolour. But the work goes much slower and is not as spontaneous.
Could you tell us where your inspirations come from?
Well, inspiration comes from everywhere! At the beginning, inspiration mainly came from works of other artists, like those vintage botanical illustrations found on Instagram and Pinterest.
And after a while, I started my own search of beauty and elegance. It’s like a burning desire to create something absolutely unique, that would have a bit of your own personality inside. Now I make a lot of photos of flowers, fruits, and leaves to use as my own references. And now, nature is so much more inspiring to me than a few years ago.
What is your favourite illustration work so far?
Recently, I made a series of illustrations of “Drinks and Desserts” and, so far, this one is my favourite. I was working on different textures like glass, metal, textiles etc. and I think this is so exciting! All the objects, which have reflections, became so fascinating to me after this project.
And for my wedding invitation projects, I was surprised how the combination of watercolour and calligraphic pen can beautifully work together. And in the future, I plan to continue working in this technique.
How long have you been designing / drawing?
I was drawing since I remember myself. I don’t really remember much from that period, but my mom saved many of my paintings and there were a lot of princesses there. When I look at those paintings now, I’m fascinated about how many different types of cloth and dresses I managed to come up with when I was so small. And I also believe that my passion to all shades of pink started in those days.
Which other artists / designers do you most admire and why?
I’m a big fan of Russian watercolour illustrator Natalia Tyulkina! Her colour combinations and shapes are just perfect! You get a feeling that objects just shine from the inside. It’s a pity that she doesn’t teach, because my biggest dream is to see how she paints.