This month it’s all about the artist! I spoke with Sharona from Diseño de Sharona about her love for drawing and painting, the story behind the wintery girl below, and her ultimate art dream. Here’s what she had to say.
Where do you find the inspiration for your designs?
Sharona. “I’ve got a background in fashion styling and I absolutely love fashion, which is why most of my designs are fashion related. I often find my inspiration in fashion magazines, especially when I flip through the pages of Vogue. Instagram is a big source of inspiration as well, that’s where I get most of my illustration ideas from.”
When did you start making art?
Sharona. “To be honest with you, I never was great at art because I didn’t have the patience for it. Drawing and painting requires a lot of patience, you need to thoroughly observe everything that surrounds you. In high school I started to really observe and learned to translate what I saw into a drawing or a painting. That’s when I noticed my work got better and I started to truly enjoy being creative. Now, every time I start a new painting I tell myself to observe even better and to apply new techniques: That way each project is a new challenge!”
Do you prefer working with paint or pencils?
Sharona. “My preference depends on the material I want to use. If I decide to draw a portrait – something I want to be as close to the real thing as possible – I’ll always use a pencil. It’s the best way to draw shadows and being able to erase is an added benefit, haha! When I start a painting, I tend to draw a few lines on the canvas first, but usually I end up with something completely different than the image I had in mind beforehand. This happens purely because I always get inspired by new ideas while I’m painting, something I love about working with paint. I only use acrylic paint as it creates relief on the canvas.
And then there is my iPad that I love for designing fashion illustrations! Here, I’ve been able to completely develop my own style to do the illustrations. Personally I like it when the designs are neat, something I can’t do with a paint-brush or paint. So basically I use three types of tools and I know which one to use in order for it to be at its best.”
What’s the story behind the wintery girl below?
Sharona. “The ‘wintery’ girl was supposed to be a summery girl with a flower in her hair, I had this romantic image in my head. However, while painting I realised the flower didn’t turn out the way I wanted and hence became a headphone. What a lovely response this is, haha!”
What’s your dream for the future when it comes to your designs?
Sharona. “I’d love to create paintings and illustrations that make people think ‘This is exactly what I need to finish off my interior!’. For me, a house without art on the walls simply is unimaginable.”
Got inspired? If you want this young Dutch designer to create something for you from scratch – you can message her directly via Instagram. Alternatively, you can leave a message on the bottom of this page. And of course I’ll feature another one of her designs here next month.