Hello gentle readers! Its been awhile, hasn’t it? Today I’m sharing my interview with one of my favorite artists on Flickr, Alina Rubaneko.
Prue: Hi Alina! Thank you so much for letting me ask you some questions to get to know you better. I appreciate your time.
Alina: Hi, Prue! I want to thank you for this wonderful invitation.
My name is Alina Rubanenko. I was born and live in Ukraine, in the big and beautiful city called Dnipro. I am an artist, a writer, YouTuber and a huge dreamer. I am 31 y.o. beautiful blue-eyed woman. I graduated from Radio Electronics College. I used to work at a telephone station, at an Internet provider company, and even at the same college that I graduated from. But I have never been happy in the realization of these areas.
I love life. This is a huge playground for creation. I love Art. What I use in all aspects of my life today. I am a freelance artist, creating oil paintings and writing a books.
Prue: When did you first discover your love of art and how long did it take for you to see your talent?
Alina: I draw since childhood. And somehow I always knew that I had a talent. It wasn’t a discovery for me. Like all children, I loved to draw, but do it more and with a special interest.
My father wanted to be an artist, but he had to let go of this dream. He had no support in this from the family, probably it played a huge role in his life. And I inherited from him this passion for art.
Prue: Are you self taught or did you have a teacher?
Alina: Yes, I am self-taught. But I graduated from art school. It was in my teenage years. I was not particularly serious about studying at that time. Years later, I took my studies in my own hands. The art school gave me a certain base. Invaluable experience. But in reality it turned out – the best teacher is myself. Practice, practice and another ten times practice. Conscious and with a serious approach.
Prue: What are some of your inspirations?
Alina: Anything, even anyone can inspire me. It is always unpredictable and sudden. Music helps me a lot in the work process and inspires me very often. Movies and artworks of other artists.
It happens that inspiration comes when I sit down to work, in the process. When I don’t know what I want. Especially during commissioned work. I plunge into a special creative state, which is very difficult to explain. It can only be felt.
Prue: Are you active within any online games/communities? If so, which ones?
Alina: I don’t play online games. I don’t play games at all. This is very rare and in my entire life I can count no more than two games that I have passed. Well, maybe three. I used to be a part of the Sims community. And I still use this game to visualize my ideas.
Prue: What are your hopes for the future with your art?
Alina: I want to be more professional, learn more, be able to more. To be in demand and interesting to others. And, of course, making more money with my creativity.
I also want to inspire people, be useful and share my experience with others. I dream about greater happiness and prosperity for all of us.
Prue: Before we part ways, is there anything else you would like to add about yourself I may not have touched on with my questions?
Alina: Because of my many hours of practice in drawing, I spend quite a bit of time online. Truth be told, I hate social networks. I have never had a good relationship with any of them. They are very necessary for my work, but I cannot and do not want to devote a lot of time to them. So it’s hard to catch me let’s say on the Facebook or other. But I regularly post my works on Instagram, on Flickr, and doing my channel on YouTube. Also I’m always available on email. So I have not a very big and active online life, like others have.
Visit Alina’s Flickr to view more of her work and don’t forget to check out her commissions page. Below is my current piece from her for the Holidays. Merry Christmas everyone.