ARTIST OF THE WEEK / DONNA ADI

ARTIST OF THE WEEK / DONNA ADI

Tell us a bit about how you got started with arts .

I got started at a young age. I was drawing from the moment that I learned how to hold a pencil. My mom enrolled me into art lessons at a young age and it all unraveled from there. Throughout the last 15 years, I’ve experimented and studied many mediums of art such as pen and ink, oil, colored pencil, pastel, acrylic, mixed media, digital, photography and fashion design. My favorite will always be pen and ink.

When did the idea to combine art and fashion came ?

About a year ago. I was going through a period where I wanted to change career paths and move from working in fashion to start working on an illustration career. Somehow, by a lovely experiment, I found a way to combine two of my passions and I’m happy to see that my viewers love it.

What does your creative process look like?

It starts with a lot of research. I research photography that I adore until I find the perfect photo to illustrate on. Then, much like someone would work on a canvas, I start by sketching my ideas, later coloring and adding fun characters to create more of a composition.

What/who are some of your biggest inspiration?

Pernille Orum, Pascal Campion, Extra Crunchy, Kay Nielson, George Barbier, Ellen Von Unwerth, The Weeknd, and people who work hard to achieve their dreams inspire me.

Dreamy collab, what would it be ?

I have too many dream collabs. What I would love is to design the album cover of the Weekend or Jessie Reyez. I would also love to illustrate for a fashion house like Versace or Gucci.

Lastly any advice for the young creatives ?

Yes, practice every day, don’t get discouraged by slow growth and try to always use references. I used to try using my memory as my only reference and so much changed when I started carrying images around with me.
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instagram: @donna_adi

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