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.