Katarina Samohin is a lovely 25 years old artist. This wonderful woman currently lives in Belgrade, Serbia.
How would you describe yourself?
I am a dreamer and a hopeless romantic. I am a small person with a large galaxy inside of me. I can be shy sometimes, and enjoy my world alone. I like to see the beauty in small everyday things. I’m the type of person who cries more often when sees something very beautiful, than when something is really sad. Sometimes I’m very insecure about myself, and sometimes I think I can do anything.
I am a lover of cherry blossoms, sunsets, nice spring days, and the evening running along the coast. I am a passionate charleston dancer, a fan of vintage fashion, and a collector of fallen shooting stars. Besides all that, I am also a weightlifter.
How would you describe your art?
My illustrations are like me, soft and strong in the same time. Dreamy vibe, pastel colors combined with the message I found important and strong.
How would you describe your field?
Illustration is a picture worth a thousand words. It has the power to translate thoughts, words and feelings into colors and shapes. I think that Illustration is somehow more direct, honest and closer to people than the more traditional fine arts. This is what I love most about this field, so many people can relate and identify to.
What do you want to say through your art?
Creating illustrations helps me to communicate with the world, and to better understand and accept myself. Through my work, I can celebrate things I love and things which are important to me.
With my illustrations, I want to show that being romantic, gentle and soft in this world is strength, not weakness. I share my thoughts about self love, growth, and positivity. The center of all my creating is feminine innocence and feminine strength. I am showing the world of true inner light of women as muses, as goddesses, as sunshine, as inspiration. I would like my illustrations to be the glasses through which people will be able to see the world with my eyes…and to see all the beauty around us which is often forgotten in everyday life.
What / Who inspires you?
I find inspiration all around me: in my dreams, memories, fairy tales I love, places I want to visit, dear people, art history … the Moon and the Sun. I like to walk by the river, and that’s when usually something interesting comes to mind. I like to note down my thoughts and drawings in my notebook which I always carry with me. Sometimes, when I run out of inspiration, I like to flip through that notebook and remind myself of inspirational moments.
Also, the works of other artists inspire me a lot, especially musicians.
Does your work comment on your social or political issues?
Well, not in the first hand. Female inner power is my greatest inspiration , but I can’t call my illustrations feminist. I just want to show how beautiful it is to be a woman. I want to try to help others love themselves…or just to feel happy and peaceful when they look at my work.
What obstacles have you faced?
I have come a long way in understanding what I want to do in life and what my calling is. I have my degree in stage costume design. Through my studies, I preferred to draw illustrations of my costumes rather than making them. When I started to gain my first experiences working in theater and film, I realized that it was not for me, and that illustration is what I want to do.
It was hard for me to start from zero, with no qualifications, no money, no work experience in the new field I chose. A big problem I encountered, and probably the biggest one is the lack of money. This is what made me work harder and try harder. There were many people who thought I wouldn’t be able to make a living from a new call I chose, they thought I was childish and not realistic. Harry Styles once said that a person who does what he loves can’t be called unsuccessful. I deeply believe in it.
What is the best advice you could give to someone entering the same industry as you?
The best advice I can give someone is to not give up and believe in yourself. Fast success does not exist . There are so many illustrators, and it’s hard to get noticed. That is why it is essential to be honest and work from the heart, not to follow trends and what other people seem to like. You will not always have inspiration! Sometimes the inspiration comes to you, and sometimes you have to find it yourself. Be open minded, don’t be afraid to try new things in a new way. We all learn while alive, there is no perfection.
On a more pragmatic level have you been supported during your project?
My sisters are my biggest support. Without them I wouldn’t had the courage for my first step in becoming an illustrator. By nature, I can be quite shy and insecure about myself, so their help and advices mean a lot to me. Besides my sisters, my friends also give me a lot of support.