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Interview with PhantomRin

Today, I interview PhantomRin, the artist behind the illustrations of Fairest Son. Come on by to learn more about her and see more of her amazing art.


Hello, Rin! Welcome to my blog, it’s so fantastic to have you here. Tell us a bit about yourself and why you love being an artist!


Hi, Hannah! Thank you for having me here!

I guess it's safe to say that I've been drawing all my life, with more and less active periods. And what I think the most amazing thing about being an artist is - it's the chance to convey different emotions and ideas through images, either tangible or vague, and touch some strings inside someone else. Then there's just simple joy in playing with lines and colours and satisfaction when it all comes together nicely in the end.


Commission from Bryn Riplinger Shutt for her series, "Time of the Immortals"

What were some of your biggest steps to improving as an artist? Were there difficulties you’ve been proud to defeat?


I'll just merge "the biggest steps" and "difficulties", because for me they are undivided. First, I got myself used to sitting for hours working on a piece. I'm quite an impatient person, so in the beginning this was a pain. Then, I accepted the fact that I was bad at a certain time and I would continue failing for a while. It wasn't fun either, but that was the start and I had a goal - to improve.


A commission for my own future series, "King of Aselvia"

You’re an amazing fashion designer! How and where did you learn to excel in this area of art?


Why thanks! Even though I don't see myself as great. I've been studying in Saint-Petersburg State University of Technology and Design and graduated with a degree in Fashion Design. That was undoubtedly a valuable experience, and I'm thankful to all the amazing professors and cool peers.


What are some of your favorite things? (Raindrops on roses, whiskers on kittens, etc.) Where do you draw inspiration?


Some of the things I have strong affection for: blooming apple tree, feathers, ravens (and birds in general), wings, tattoos, bones, masks, stars and constellations... There are more, but these are the first to come to mind. Literally anything can become an inspiration, so there's no one definite answer. For example, music offers great ideas every now and then.


A commission from Bryn Riplinger Shutt for the series, "Tales of Goldstone Wood"

What environment do you tend to draw in? And what is your dream environment?


Environment - my working desk with music (mostly) or a movie playing in the background. I haven't "dreamed" about it, but my current one works just fine.


How do you like to relax and recharge?


I can't just throw everything from my head - my mind is always working, thoughts racing to and fro, and I like being able to sit and scribble something down. But I love reading at breaks, and walking and exercising helps to get rid of some tension.


A PhantomRin Original

What are some artistic goals you’ve set for yourself?


I feel the need to take on bigger, more complex and challenging projects, pay more attention to my work, try new things and improve my skills - these are my goals for the nearest future.


Thank you so much, Rin! Twas an absolute delight to have you on the blog today!


For more PhantomRin art, be sure to check out her tumblr: http://phantomrin.tumblr.com/

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