Victoria Usova

Name: Victoria Usova
Website/shop: vusova.etsy.com ; vusova.blogspot.com
Location: New York City

1. If I wasn’t an artist I would be a veterinarian.

2. My worst habit is forgetting to close the caps on various bottles.

3. I am in love with life and my husband in particular.

4. Who/what inspires you?
Chagall, Miazaki, Russian folk art and tales, Celtic music.

5. What is your biggest accomplishment to date?
I am able to support myself with my Artwork.

6. What is your biggest fear?
To lose my inner guide.

7. If you could have superpowers, what would it be?
Definitly flying.

Milady Productions

Name: Stephanie Morgan Rogers
Website/shop: miladyproductions.com ; miladyproductions.etsy.com
Location: Ridgeway Colorado

1. What / who inspires you?
I have always been inspired by the life and art of Carl Larsson,
a Swedish painter of the late 1800’s. He rennovated a mill he
inherited, had a ton of kids, was an outspoken socialist, hosted
gatherings for artsy thinkers, his wife did all the sewing and
decorating and he painted his life’s surroundings. Its beautiful
stuff full of traditions and celebration of family, working and crafting.
My Grandmother and Father share this love for his work and
we all have many of his books. As far as everything else that inspires me…well, that’s a tall order! OH, that reminds me of the Tall Book of Make Believe full of Garth Williams illustrations…love that kind of stuff.

2. Tell us which quote (and from whom) inspires you the most.
“Have nothing in your home that is not useful nor beautiful”(or something like that! ) ~William Morris

3. What propels you to create art?
Its just what I’m supposed to do, that all. When I’m really onto something I feel like I’m on the hunt for a magical place full of beauty and all things pure of heart like I’ve stepped right into an old mysterious illustration.

4. What is your favorite tool?
A teeny tiny brush dipped in india ink.

Gaia Bordicchia

Name: Gaia Bordicchia
Website/shop: piccolini.etsy.com
Location: Italy

1. If I wasn’t an artist I would probably be a biologist. I have a
passion for Natural History and I worked as a scientific illustrator
for many many years after I graduated from art school.

2. My worst habit is starting too many projects at the same
time. I often end up with many unfinished things and a lot of
frustration!

3. I am in love with the movies of Hayao Miyazaki! They are always fun, entertaining, inspiring and most of all poetic.

4. Who/what inspires you?
There are so many sources of inspirations these days on the internet. Online illustration communities offer the opportunity to meet so many talented people you wouldn’t know otherwise. As far as illustration, I greatly admire the work of several french artists
such as Frederic Pillot, Samuel Ribeyron and Adolie Day. They are all very different and show different approaches to storytelling, that will appeal to both children and adults.

5. What is your biggest accomplishment to date?
My masterpiece is my 3 year old son. I don’t think I’ll ever beat that! 🙂

6. What is your biggest fear?
I’m afraid one day my workroom willblow-up for the excess of supplies and junk I have accumulated over the years!

7. If you could have superpowers, what would it be?
I would be able to control time!! I could go back and forth to the happiest periods of my life and I would have 24 full creative hours
each day!