Rita Dmitri­jenko

Lo­ca­tion: Eng­land Web: www.dark-tarou.de­viantart.com Email: dark­tarou@gmail.com Soft­ware: Pho­to­shop

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Lithua­nian artist Rita moved to Eng­land to study com­puter vi­su­al­i­sa­tion and an­i­ma­tion at Bournemouth Univer­sity. How­ever, now in her third year, she’s found her cre­ative tal­ents are best chan­nelled else­where. “I re­alised,” she says, “that I’m not as keen on an­i­mat­ing as I am on cre­at­ing con­cept art, il­lus­tra­tions and sculp­tures.”

From fan­tasy to fash­ion, macabre art to myth­i­cal tales, Rita’s many and var­ied in­flu­ences find their way into her work. The thread that knits ev­ery­thing to­gether, how­ever, is a tra­di­tional ap­proach to dig­i­tal medi­ums. “Most of my art is dig­i­tal, but I try to give my il­lus­tra­tions the warmth and tex­ture tra­di­tional art­work has.”

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1 Gears “This work was cre­ated for a monthly, themed chal­lenge. I had to draw a black and white il­lus­tra­tion con­tain­ing gears and a spe­cific shade of pur­ple. I re­ally wanted to tell a scary story, but one hid­den be­hind some­thing re­ally small and in­signif­i­cant.”

2 Happ y Harpy “This harpy paint­ing came out as I was learn­ing the im­por­tance of shapes and sil­hou­ettes in art. I was aim­ing for a very strong and stylised char­ac­ter shape.”

3 Happ y Harpy 2 “I re­ally love harpies! De­spite their his­tory of be­ing sin­is­ter, I wanted to por­tray them as charm­ing and warm crea­tures that are a bit cocky and play­ful, as birds usu­ally are. This im­age was in­spired by clas­si­cal Baroque and Art Nou­veau paint­ings. I re­ally wanted to give this paint­ing a vin­tage feel.”

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