Alina Zamanova is a London based illustrative artist. Raised in Ukraine, where drawing had always been a childhood passion and over time Alina’s attraction to the fashion industry lead her to enroll into the fashion illustration program at the London College of Fashion. With an endless thirst for classical and experimental ideas, her inspiration comes from everyday life and traditional fine art influences. Alina began her print design career with the Alexander McQueen studio where she continues to reinterpret drawings and incorporating digital manipulation to create new textile possibilities.
When did your parents (or yourself) realized that drawing was a talent?
It just happened to be honest, I just decided to enroll into art school and that’s where it began. Like most children, I did lots of drawings so it had developed into a habit over the years.
I would say steadily over time, I was increasingly more interested in the fashion industry and started to incorporate the elements that I liked into my drawings. Finally I enrolled into the Fashion Illustration course in London, which suited my interests perfectly.
Describe a normal day in the Alexander McQueen Studio. What normally goes on and is there a most memorable moment for you that you could share?
Every moment has been special to me. A funny memorable moment in my mind would the Christmas party for the studio and the days when I see my print designs in the stores in London and online also makes me very happy to be able to do what I do every day.
Who are some of your favorite artists and designers?
There are some specific artists that I admire for the past year, which are Egon Schiele and Marlene Dumas. As for designers, I would say my favourite would be Alexander (McQueen) but sadly he is not with us anymore.
Can you describe your creative process when you work on an idea?
Sometimes I go to the library or exhibitions and collect information, which I am interested in that specific moment. It does not have to be related to any projects I am running at the same time. It is just good sometimes to jump on something just for inspiration. When I feel something happens in my mind, I run straight to paper and start sketching, and sometimes I just let the inspiration grow and see where it takes itself.
I like to watch old movies about artists (like Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt, Jean Cocteau “The blood of a poet”). When the inspiration just suddenly hits my head- I take the brush, paint, big paper stick to the wall and start creating my ‘ugly’ characters.
To be honest I think there are no such a thing like Top Illustrator/ Artist for me , because I think there are so many various aesthetic preferences all over the world, that any illustrator can be Top in his field. I do not like to put boundaries and judge art that we create.
If you had to start over in your career, what and where would you be?
I think I would do totally the same, step by step. I am very happy at where I am now.