Tatiana Plakhova is an illustrator who could combine art and science. She lives and works in Moscow, Russia. Her works are very unusual. By using mixed media software she creates beauty in details. She owns the Complexity Graphics website where she uploads her portfolio. We were pleased to meet and take an interview with Tatiana Plakhova and are happy to share it with you. Enjoy reading and remember sharing is caring;)
AP: Tatiana, please tell us your first works. What did they look like?
TP: I always liked drawing, but my parents wanted me to study science at a university and then do whatever I want. So now I try to make art combinations of design and scientific perception of the world.
AP: How did you come up with idea about ‘Complexity Graphics’? What is the main idea you are trying to convey to people?
TP: I started drawing these illustrations 3 years ago and after a time I needed to have personal website for all of the series of works. The main idea is to show a new way of “infographic” drawings. Because everything we see is biological, mathematical or geological information. It can also be cultural patterns or any other thing.
AP: Do you have any formal education in design or were you self-taught?
TP: I had a wonderful teacher at the design school and all the skills came from years of client work.
AP: What genre are your works?
TP: I think it is graphic complexity, as there are many infographical abstracts in that style at visualcomplexity.com that inspired me.
AP: How would you describe your works?
TP: My works are based on mathematical simplicity and harmony. I would describe them as infographic abstracts. This mathematical style helps me to illustrate everything from biological cell to the space and meditative worlds. That’s why I admire by math, because it’s everywhere and nowhere.
AP: What kind of equipment and techniques do you use to create your pictures?
TP: It’s a mixed media software.
AP: Would you consider yourself as an expert in graphic design?
TP: I think at the moment my work is more about art and illustrations. But I came to it with the help of graphic design. I can “tell the stories” with my collection of illustrations.
AP: What is the formula for success in your activity?
TP: I try to understand this world and I think people around me want to do the same. So I think it’s the formula, to be honest with your interests.
AP: Is there someone who supports you in your creativity?
TP: I’m very thankful to my parents who insisted on getting scientific education first and then supported my education in design school. And my teacher Tagir Safaev is also a wonderful font designer, who has a talent to teach his students in all the aspects of art vision and art thinking and design analysis; he aroused my interest to infographic and abstract works. So I’m very proud I was his student.
AP: Would you like to wish something to your readers and AstrumPeople?
TP: I think the most important thing is to find for your own style and bring essential miracles to this world.
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