Natalya Balnova’s brightly patterned creatures start their life as ink drawings before being printed in layers of eye-catching dots and dashes. The results sparkle on the page and really draw you in.
Describing her work to us, Natalya talks about the important relationship between her drawings and qualities of the printing process that in turn inform the direction of her projects.
What we really like about her work is the way that it brings together these two methods. The spontaneity of her inky creations are complimented by the more refined aesthetic of her prints. She describes this in more detail below.
I am a freelance designer, illustrator and printmaker living and working in New York.
I draw mostly with black ink and then depending on the project, adjust my drawing digitally. For me, drawing is a very immediate process and very spontaneous.
Sometimes while I am drawing, I come up with lines of text or funny phrases, which later on become part of the composition or a title of the series or narratives in my books.
I love printmaking, and I use a lot of silkscreening in my projects. I like the combination of paper texture and color overlapping that creates very interesting and unexpected effects.
© Natalya Balnova, 2015