Kids’ Book Review: Meet The Illustrator: Iryna Medushevska


Name: Iryna Medushevska 

Describe your illustration style in ten words or less:

My drawings are everyday objects and people that are being transformed into creative art objects.

What items are an essential part of your creative space?
There are my library that is mostly vintage books in different languages with amazing illustrations and my iPad.

Do you have a favourite artistic medium?
It’s hard to say, as I’m always mixing them together, let’s say gouache with ink and soft pastels pencils.

Name three artists whose work inspires you.

The first artist is Egon Schiele, number two is Vassili Sourikov and illustrator Ronald Searle.

Which artistic period would you most like to visit and why?
I would like to visit an Art and Crafts movement (1860-1920) to learn how to borrow and mix elements from Medieval and Romantic periods.

Who or what inspired you to become an illustrator?

It was one of my friends, who is a great photographer and then became a successful and popular illustrator, while I stuck in oil painting and copying old masters.

Can you share a photo of your creative work space or part of the area where you work most often? Talk us through it.

What is your favourite part of the illustration process?

I’m enjoying the very beginning where the magic of a new story starts to appear.

What advice would you give to an aspiring illustrator?
Never stop learning.

Born in 1979 Iryna Medushevska was encouraged since her early childhood to take her talents seriously. During her school years she attended music and art schools. However, the success of her early art endeavours did not deter her from studying medicine, and she graduated as a general practitioner from Vinnica Medical University in Ukraine.
She moved to Dubai in 2005 to work as a doctor, but fate turned her life towards art. The principal themes in Iryna’s work is time, love and harmony. She can easily transform everyday objects into creative art objects by using oil, soft pastels, gouache and water colors. She has shown her work at group exhibitions in Egypt, UAE and Greece, and attended charity exhibitions for COVID-19 victims in Cairo in 2020.



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