My three children went back to school today, fitting then that I should begin by showing you some of Irina Troitskaya's wonderful illustrations from a school-themed Russian comic strip. You may already be familiar with Irina's work, especially if you read Uppercase magazine. I came across her portfolio quite by chance and instantly fell in love with her world of illustration, so different from anything I've ever seen before.
I've really enjoyed reading Irina's blog and seeing some of the things that inspire her, the environment she lives in and grew up in, all the things that she sees, lives, breathes and absorbs. The world that will influence her future creation.
I've loved seeing how dolls she played with as a child
have, over time, been transformed into these beautiful and strange Matreshkas.
How her fabulous sketchbooks
have developed into these patterns and illustrations,
and, how birds and animals from Russian litterature have been shaped into mysterious masks and striking Easter eggs.
Pictures speak louder than words.
Take the time to explore Irina's blog and portfolio, a whole new world awaits you.