I recently discovered an amazing talent that I want to share with you guys. Her name is Jenny Schukin, and she is Russian artist and graphic design student currently residing in Israel. Her ongoing art collection I am sharing with you today focuses on surreal animal visions. These mix media pieces are mostly created using watercolors, pastels and ink. Inspired by Slavic and Eastern folk tales and legends she creates her own art with unique twist, sharing her surreal and deeply emotional stories. What do you see in them, I wonder?
I am a creative person working primarily in traditional media. My most frequent theme of work is wildlife and fantasy illustration.
Since my early childhood, I have been fascinated by wildlife and wood keepers’ stories. I remember myself spending hours drawing and painting various birds and animals I learned about. I also used to make up fantastical and somewhat surreal stories about them. As I grew up, my interests expanded to embrace myths and folklore of different cultures, especially Slavic and Eastern. Personal life events and experiences, people I met also contributed to my visual dictionary, especially in my darker works. As time passed by, this mix materialized into my works of today, shifting from dark to childish and simple, from surreal and emotional to more technical and realistic.
I am an avid admirer of hand-made things. I love meddling with physical traditional media (although I have a lot of respect to and do dabble with digital art as well). Watercolors, acrylic, pencil and pastel are media I use the most. I use a lot of water in most of my paintings, since it helps me create texture and occasionally, provides surprise effects, since one cannot entirely control how water with lots of layers of paint will behave on a surface. I believe that this technique, being deeply organic, works well with animal and wildlife themed works.
At the moment, I am in my second year of graphic design studies at Shenkar College, and school work takes up most of my time. I am trying to master digitals techniques, while certainly, maintaining my old love to traditional media. Also, before I did not work with larger formats – for logistical reasons. In the near future, I plan to create a few larger scale paintings. Having a natural affinity to illustration, graphic design opened my heart and eye to things that were foreign to me – typography, clean vector design (opposite of my highly textured work) and much more.
Surreal Animal Dreams..
I will not lie; I often have dreams similar to Jenny’s masterful paintings. As a Slav I learned from a really young age to respect animals and feel deep connection with their gentle spirits. Living in an unsettling and destructive world we tend to treat animals with little or none respect. Having this artistic experience is beneficial for everyone, and I can only hope her art will reach enough people to make a change. To see more of Jenny’s art pieces visit her Facebook, Instagram, Behance, and DeviantArt profiles. Finally, if you would like to share your thoughts on these surreal animal illustrations do it in comment section bellow.
Visual content courtesy of Jenny Schukin