Hi, dear friends! Thank you very much for visiting my website. I hope you like it! For those of you who want to know a little more about me, I’ll share my biography and try to explain how I became a web developer and illustrator.
As the phrase goes… Once upon a time
I was born on February 28, 1990 in Moscow. According to the “official version”, my older sister’s version, that is, I am in this world thanks to her. She loves to tell the story of how, when she was a child, she would sit under a table and cry, and cry, in an attempt to convince our parents to buy a cat, a dog or, at least, a sister. In the end, my parents, tired of listening to her constant wining, decided to go for option three and so, here I am! 🙂
I studied in one of Moscow’s most prestigious colleges, the famous school № 57. It was ranked in the top-5 best schools in the country for more than 25 years. Its old building, located on a small and quiet street in the very center of Moscow, only 300 meters away from the Kremlin, and directly opposite the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, made me fall in love with it at first sight.
I was taught to love art and culture, and to understand them as an essential part of the human nature, without which it is not possible to understand the world around us. Apart from classes, we had a lot of out-of-school activities. I particularly remember how we went to the Pushkin Museum to draw Greco-Roman statues, to write an essay on the portraits of the mummies of El Fayum, or to discuss Impressionism. And how, in the spring, we would go to the countryside to study biology, and make archaeological excursions to the Chersonese in the Crimea. I can say, without a doubt, that my education made me the person I am today.
In my adolescence, I had the opportunity to attend the “Ostankino” Television Academy, where I took classes in acting techniques, radio journalism, TV direction, and production, taught by Russian famous directors and journalists. This experience gave me the opportunity to see, first hand, how television programs are created and to get acquainted with the world of the media. So, when faced with the challenge of choosing a profession, I chose journalism, excited about everything it had to offer. It would allow me to travel and interact with all kinds of people, learn things about very diverse subjects, and write. So, in 2007, I entered the Faculty of Journalism of the Higher School of Economics. In my second year, I started working for the magazine “Discovery”, where I spent the next five years writing articles about travel, science and history. I also ran a monthly news column titled “Panorama” and, at the same time, I interned and worked in organizations such as WWF Russia, channel “Russia-1”, and the “RBC” Information Agency.
Change of direction
In 2012, I decided to move to Spain, for personal reasons, and I’ve been here ever since. I soon realized, though, that not having studied in Spain, finding a job as a journalist would be very complicated, especially in a time of crisis. So I decided to widen my horizons and I started looking for other options. In the end, I decided to pursue The Masters in Intercultural Communication, Public Service Interpreting and Translation from the University of Alcalá de Henares.
For several years, I worked as a translator and interpreter in different organizations such as the Spanish Red Cross and the Refugee Reception Center, and companies such as Talgo and Electronic Arts, among others.
Although my new profession brought me great satisfaction and job stability, the truth is, I soon realized that I wanted to do something that would allow me to develop both my creative and entrepreneurial skills.
At the same time, I began to study illustration and graphic design on my own, until I finally decided to enter the Superior School of Professional Drawing (ESDIP), where I am currently studying Illustration, Advertising and Design. These new studies have given a new, more creative dimension to my profession as a web designer and developer, and have also allowed me to apply new technologies to the creation of original gifts with my illustrations, participate in art exhibitions, and create my own corporate identity.
So, as you can see, with much effort, but in a very natural way, I have managed to find a profession that has allowed me to develop my artistic skills, while providing a high demand service linked to new technologies, as well as establish my own design studio.
And that’s my story! I hope that your visits and projects will add many more pages to it.