Yelena Bryksenkova: “My carefully curated world, in which I am surrounded by things I love, never feels lonely or boring.”
The illustrator Yelena Bryksenkova creates architectural and furnished spaces where her characters seem to be fantastically alive. She uses watercolors, pen and gouache in her illustrations which have soft color combinations that give a vintage feeling in spite of her modern settings. Her illustrations depict both a dreamy and realistic world that is inspired by the scenes of everyday life, her love of home and the comfort of everyday objects, as well as more magical, mysterious and melancholy themes. Every object, character and pattern have amazing details which have their own mesmerizing beauty.
“My carefully curated world, in which I am surrounded by things I love, never feels lonely or boring.” ― Yelena Bryksenkova
She started out working in watercolors and outlined every single detail in pen before adding colour. Later her discovery about the acryla gouache, she just started to paint and let her style evolved. Her texture is creamy and her palette has vivid colors.
“The most beautiful drawings are made by people who draw from life, often and fearlessly, without worrying about the end result too much.” ― Yelena Bryksenkova
She lives in Western New York and works as a freelance illustrator and fine artist. She loves traveling, going on long daily walks, practicing with Greek sculpture and likes to collect objects. Moreover, she has an imaginary pet elephant. His name is Vaclav who is a dream pet, a comforting thought and a kind of talisman.
“I’ve always dreamed of being the kind of person that cares for plants and enjoys cooking and it’s finally happening naturally.” ― Yelena Bryksenkova, an interview on frankie.com.au
Yelena Bryksenkova Illustrates Everyday Life Without Fear and Worry
“I’ve always been easily bored with observational drawing; my attention shifts from the object I should be carefully observing to the drawing I’m working on and before long I’m making up lines and shadows that aren’t there. it comes from a fear, before I’ve even begun, of failing to make what I perceive to be a ‘good’ drawing, even though I’ve long understood that the most beautiful drawings are made by people who draw from life, often and fearlessly, without worrying about the end result too much. In a bid to conquer my fear and laziness, I’m practicing with Greek sculpture because the graceful lines and subtle shadows lend themselves nicely to ‘just going for it’ with a confident line and little worry of botching the proportions.” ― Yelena Bryksenkova, a quote from her blog
All images © Yelena Bryksenkova