DREAMY FEMALE FIGURES - Interview with Veruella

Hi, my name is Veronika but call me Veruella, I come from Brno, Czech republic. I graduated at art school with focusing on multimedia, now I’m study university and trying to start my art career.

How did your journey as an artist begin? How early did you know you wanted to be an artist?

I have always been that kid sitting at table with crayons and paper, but I never paid too much attention to it. When I was little girl, I imagined my dream I was going to work as historian, paleontologist, archeologist or dancer. As I got older, I couldn’t dance anymore, because of some health problems, and my passion for history wasn't as strong anymore. Then, there was the biggest decision in my life - choose high school attendance. In my 14 years I totally didn’t know what I wanted to do in life and then my brother, who studied art school at that time, asked me why don't you try it? Until then, I had no great experience with art… maybe better said, I had no experience, but I tried it and they accepted me. Now I can’t imagine my life without art, because it taught me so much and I totally fell in love with it. I feel that I’m looking at world in totally different way than I was before six years ago.

Can you describe your style to us?

I would say it’s feminine, soft, cute, maybe dreamy with defined features on the face, textured hair and pom-poms on the ears. I try to style them into photography feelings to look them like instagram photos, because this is the only social site where I’m posting my illustrations, so I think it’s fine to incorporate it and work with it in my illustration. Also I’m trying to choose not too many aggressive ranges of color and color palettes. Mostly few shades of color.

What influenced the beautiful women in your illustrations? Is it the same woman in your illustrations?

There are lot of things that influence me. My emotions and feelings. The situations in which I depict them are mostly something I’m just experiencing, then some fashion and things I like, like the pom-poms earrings and fluffy coats or film and photography. The stylization is something I come up with naturally. I always was drawing those big lips. Maybe I could say that all my life influence me. And yes, there is one woman I am illustrate very often. It’s long, brown hair lady with fringe. I create this character whose is very sympathetic to me and I can’t tell her goodbye so easy.

What do you love most about illustrating this woman/these women?

Because it’s something different I was doing till now and I can still find something new in my stylization and process. Be totally free without some rules, my mind is always so open and I am not really thinking about what I am creating. So, I'm always surprising myself at what I created and I can’t wait what it’ll be next.

What’s one thing about your artwork that you’ve learned about yourself?

As I said previously, I am not really thinking about what I am creating. Yes, I do have some idea, but I don’t push myself into it. And when it comes in a different way then what was my main idea, I’m alright with it. Because, each of my illustrations I am most happy with is a coincidence, and every time when I thought I’ve got totally brilliant, deep meaning idea... I was just sadly sitting and pushing myself into work, because it wasn’t according to my idea. So, I learned to be more open minded, not to be so much in stress and push myself into work, even when I am not feeling good. Because, all of those dark thoughts will be reflected in the artwork. It doesn’t mean that if something is not going according to your imagination today, that the next day it’ll be the same. The best things always come by coincidence.

What is art in your opinion?

Wow, this is a very difficult question, especially nowadays. At first I must say that it depends on the kind of art, because I’m looking at every kind of art in totally different way. For example, what I find great in illustration I don’t find great, for example, in cinematography... etc. Hope you know what I mean by that. But in little bit easier way, I think the form and style is not important to me, but what is more important is idea. When the idea is brilliant, catchy, funny, emotional or with some deep meaning, I absolutely love it and the form is not much important to me. The art couldn’t look brilliant and beautiful to be excellent. The most important thing is the idea and that you can feel the artist through their work.

What do you like to do when you’re not illustrating?

Haha, doing absolutely nothing! No really, I’m not a very sociable kind of human and I like to spending time just with my thoughts time to time. So I love sleeping, watching films or documents, reading, playing video games, listening music, going for a walk something where I can find new energy for next work and don’t be stressed.

How do you get yourself out of a creative funk?

I probably never have this "problem." When I’ve got creative mood, I am creative, and when I don’t, I’m not pushing myself into work, because it’s useless. When I start to feel bored or tired while painting... I just stop and came back when I’m in the mood. It’s also true that I am painting overnight, so often when I finish the painting is around 4:00 -5:00 am and I’m already looking to bed, so I’m getting out of creative mood mostly just because I am tired.

Is there a different style or women you want to explore illustrating?

When I was starting with illustration, my style was totally different. I would describe it like half human and half animal creatures. Those were much easier to me to catch them in motion and I loved to invent them based on some character or symbolism of the animal. I sometimes return to that style and it helps me to see what I’m doing bad in the other style and what can I do differently. So my style is still changing. When I look one or two years back, it’s something totally different, so I'd rather leave it to fate. But, what I would really like to do, is get my women more vivid, in motion and with little bit more cinematic felling. That is something I’m still fighting with and maybe doing some zines in the future.

What is your favorite song, artist or band you enjoy listening to while you work?

While I’m working, I’m trying to choose some music that doesn't distract me from work, so those are mostly my favorite artists and songs which I know well. Mostly they are Queen, The Darkness and The Struts.