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In this interview, children's book illustrator Soosh shares her unique style, which she describes as "fairytale realism." She explains how she captures the little moments of everyday life in her artwork by observing closely and paying attention to people's facial expressions, gestures, and acts of kindness. She also talks about her background and how she identifies herself.
If you've seen her work, you'll know that it seems as if a magical fairytale was reborn. By also adding her voice in the form of stories, she makes it a full-rounded magical experience bringing her fairytale characters to life. Keep reading with a cup of hot tea and prepare yourself for a pretty special fairytale journey.
How would you describe your children's book illustrations style?
I am aware that there are modes of drawing and painting that we call styles, I never gave much thought as to what kind of style my drawings would qualify as.
If I would try to find the words to describe it, it would be a "fairytale realism" kind of style. But speaking frankly, no style.
What's the key to capturing the little moments of everyday life in your children's book illustrations?
I think the key, as I understand it, is to see with your heart as much as with your eyes. It may take some practice to notice the small things, like with any other skill. You need to become quiet for some time and very much present in the moment. Pay attention. Observe closely, without haste.
My main focus has always been people. Their facial expressions, their mimics, their gestures, their acts of kindness, and their weaknesses - all of it is so fascinating and intriguing for me. Afterwards, it's just a matter of time, a couple of pencils and some watercolour to dive in and bring to life those daily pictures on paper.
Hello, I'm Soosh. I was born and raised by people. I identify myself with no country, nationality, religion, or anything else. I am spending my life observing people and myself, diving deep into the details of everything. It's a tricky path, I haven't chosen it deliberately, but I am on it. When it comes to traditional art education, I have none whatsoever.