Versatile Desing and Illustration by Anna Tretiak

Anna Tretiak

Anna Tretiak

Anna Tretiak was born and has been living in Kiev (Ukraine) for the whole life. Since childhood she has been drawing, but her education has never been associated with the drawing – Anna is a physicist and also finished a school of physics and mathematics. But she always knew that she wouldn’t be involved in science, as science comes easily to her. And during her university studies Anna was going to understand what she was going to do and what profession to choose.

At the second year Anna learned about graphic design, and realized that it was exactly what she was looking for.

Now Anna is involved in printing design, photo editing and started herself to develop in illustration sphere.

Anna TretiakAP: How did you get started in the arts?

AT: My mother says that ever since I could hold a pencil in my hands, it was hard to find blank sheet of paper in the house. Everything was sketched with my “masterpieces”:-) I do not remember exactly how graphic design appeared in my life, but it happened at the second year of college. I started to learn Photoshop, then worked for several months in the print shop, where I learned vector graphics and desktop publishing. And then I went to work at an advertising agency and I never leave my favorite job for a day.

Anna TretiakAP: Do you have any formal education in your sphere or were you self-taught?

AT: It so happened that I am a self-taught. First, I learned everything at home, and then when I worked at a printing house. The process was long, I had to expand my taste along with the technical part of my job. Two years ago I wanted to learn how to edit photos and my friend Alina Ruda gave me the first impetus to do that. Then I mastered the photo editing process myself and at the job at a photo company. Now I am getting another degree in graphic design, work with typography and calligraphy, learn drawing and painting with a tutor.

AP: What genre are your works?

AT: I would not say that the works in graphic design can be attributed to any genre. Every time I look and taste of a customer and try to create what he and me would liked. If I am asked to do something that I know for sure will look not good, then I refuse such orders. Difficulties certainly arise, arise and will arise. There could be no personal and professional progress if a person does not overcome the difficulties. While I’m trying to deepen my knowledge and skills in design, editing and drawing.

AP: How would you describe your works?

Anna TretiakAT: I still only feel about my style and technique in drawings. And for that I am obliged to my teacher –  Sasha Prahova, which unfortunately is no longer with us. Sasha was a woman who not only taught me but also inspired. And this inspiration, the ability to see beauty and unusual in everything I hope to keep for a long time.

AP: What kind of equipment and techniques do you use?

AT: Printing design and processing: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesing. Drawing: brushes, pencils, watercolor, pastel and very often Photoshop and Illustrator.

AP: Would you consider yourself as an expert in this sphere?

AT: Yes, at this stage, I  can call myself a professional, but it does not prevent me to learn and strive to work even better.

Anna TretiakAP: What is your success formula?

AT: I can not share it because I do not have it! I just cannot imagine what I could do something else in my life. I have an impression that I walk on a silk road. I cannot say that it is very easy, but when doing something that brings pleasure, all difficulties are perceived easily. In the near future, I still want to switch more to drawing and painting, as well as deepen my knowledge and skills in typography and calligraphy.

AP: Is there anyone who gives you support you in your creativity?

AT: My parents always support me in everything that brings me joy and pleasure. Liya Babenko, a friend of mine, is always ready to support me and not only about the work! Now I work at home and an integral part of it is my cat Lolita:-) She especially likes my drawings. If I draw something and the cat decided to sit on the drawing, it means that it was successful:-)

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