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Meet Our Symmetry Illustrator: Anna Fadeeva

It has been a tradition at CreativeMornings to work with an artist in our community to create an illustration for the monthly theme.

A monthly theme inspires new conversations and ideas that we otherwise wouldn’t think about. At our events, speakers are invited to share a story around the theme and what it means to them. After a month, we are excited to see the talks and inspiration that are born out of the theme.

The global theme for February is Symmetry.


Given that these monthly illustrations are at events all around the world, it’s only right that we get to know the illustrator.

Meet Anna Fadeeva

Anna is an illustrator from the northern Russian city, Saint Petersburg. This year she will graduate from The Academy of Art and Design with a degree in book illustration. In addition to this, Anna has been taking part in commercial projects as well as creative ones for several years. She is fond of children’s books, considers the design of her own postcards, notebooks, and posters. Her favorite drawing techniques are watercolor and ink. Anna wants to delve into the animation and dreams of having a dog in the future.

How did you get into illustration work?

To be honest, I’m just beginning to work as an illustrator. However, it’s not a coincidence cause I am currently mastering a degree in book illustration. At one point I’ve simply started to do something that I was interested in, sometimes at the cost of the educational process. Eventually, my art acquired a positive response on social networks. Nowadays, I’m still in a creative search, albeit in a more profound one.


How has your work evolved over time and what were some influences that caused it?

I was influenced mostly by my friends in the art sphere, by traveling and children’s books. My friends and I often share opinions about our works, so I have a chance to get an adequate evaluation. As for traveling, this was a great opportunity to see how designers and illustrators worked all over the world. Through children’s books, I became familiar with some sophisticated techniques. Furthermore, I already have a few books in my collection that keeps growing despite the lack of space.


In your work, what have you learned about symmetry and its effect on people? Why are we drawn to symmetry?

I have an ambiguous attitude towards symmetry. On the one hand, I felt a bit constrained, working on this illustration, cause symmetry does not foster the chaos and freedom in art. On the other hand, symmetry evokes a feeling of orderliness and harmony that each of us is looking for to some extent.


What are some projects or plans for this year? How do you personally want to grow?

The main project for this year is my graduation work. I perceive it as a kind of boundary after which lie freedom and uncertainty. Actually, foreseeable future is not as uncertain as it seems to be. I am going to work on my portfolio, participate in illustration contests and, probably, take the first step to comics.


What’s a book that changed your life? How did it change you?

I can hardly mention any book that literally changed my life. However, “Lust for Life” by Irving Stone has once deeply impressed me. This book is devoted to Vincent van Gogh. When I finished it I realized that “Lust for Life” was the tensest and beautiful story I’d ever read. I suppose that every book been read slightly changes us. These changes accumulate and influence our philosophy, hopefully in a better way. All in all, ‘'Lust for Life” improved my self-confidence.


What does the future of illustration or graphic design look like to you?

The future of illustration in my point of view is a lot of unfamiliar illustrators, new projects, collaborations, and events. Also, it implies hard work and discipline that I lack sometimes.


Tell us something about yourself that we can’t find on Google.

Actually, a lot of facts about me cannot be found on Google. For example, I eat oranges almost every day and my favorite boot color is brown.

Discover Anna’s work on her Instagram and Behance.

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