pigeon is a little creature. she's a bit shy and often lost in thought (you know how pigeons are...). she comes from poland, but relocated to cardiff, wales in 2014 to study illustration at the university of south wales. she describes her work as whimsical and delicate with sullen undertones. she likes combining cute elements with dark and disturbing ones.
what is her process?
she has been drawing since childhood, creating characters to transform into images and words. she does not have a fixed work process - spontaneity is imperative. pigeon rarely makes preparation sketches before beginning a piece - she just goes for it. for traditional media, she enjoys mixing pencils, watercolours, markers, inks and acrylic paint. she also uses photoshop to add colour to some of her drawings. she chooses materials based on on a predetermined image, hoping to construct what already exists in her imagination. she finds creating to be a peaceful and immersive process. she loves learning while illustrating and will throw on a podcast, documentary or ted talk while she works.
what inspires her?
she fills her time with activities, including reading, learning, cooking, thrifting, walking and, of course, drawing/painting. she is particularly interested in sociology and other cultures. diversity is important and inspiration is everywhere. being open to the outside world is a huge part of pigeon's creative process. this includes noticing nature, colours, smells, conversations, people and small events. she also loves literature and is often inspired by writers.
where can you find and support her?
her website, facebook, twitter and patreon!