Tasha Levytska’s illustrations have a quirky appeal to them. Very much character-driven, her work translates everyday life situations into comical nuggets. “I like to make a good laugh and usually trying to find something funny in the outer world and bring it to my illustrations,” reads Polytechnic’s bio.
Based in Kyiv, Ukraine, Levytska’s work spans web, editorial, advertising, and publishing fields. She also has a passion for small animated gifs. “Most of the time I work in digital because it’s fast,” she relayed in an interview with Ballpitmag. “But I like to try different mediums even though this leads to piles of wasted paper.”
But incredibly enough, when it comes to her illustrations, Levytska is very much self-taught. “I study Biophysics at Kyiv Polytechnic Institute,” she related. “And I’m a self-taught illustrator. I’ve attended short length illustration courses in Kyiv and I hope one day I’ll go to the Arts University to understand I’ve done it wrong all these years,” she jokes.
According to Levytska, her creative process includes much research, which doesn’t come easy. “Usually, I start by searching for the idea,” she explained. “It’s very painful to find more and more new ideas, so I’m trying to help myself and I have a kinda routine for that. I’m reading as much as I can about the topic, making mind maps, loading the information into my brain. And then I switch myself to some monotonic work where I don’t need to think – washing dishes, taking a shower, walking outside. And after 10 minutes my brain gives me a bunch of ideas for the project.”
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