In our ATAS Artist Spotlight series, we take a deeper dive into our artists through their work and the creative process and stories behind them.
Anna Kuptsova is a Moscow-based artist known for her serene, vivid, romantic, and thought-provoking digital art. Her artwork is influenced by her favorite music, photographs and works of twentieth century artists, sci-fi books, and cinematography. When Anna is not drawing, you can find her riding a bicycle, reading, watching a sci-fi movie and Netflix documentaries, or playing a video game.
Anna believes that “done is better than perfect” because people are usually afraid to start something new, as it may come out not that good or they have to wait for a long time for a perfect moment to come. However, Anna thinks that if you want positive changes to happen in your life, you should just start. Even if the outcome won’t be perfect, you’ll learn a lot in the process and open a room for new possibilities.
This interview has been lightly edited for length and clarity.
“I think the ATAS Foundation serves a great purpose by supporting Alzheimer’s sufferers and popularizing art therapy”
What is your creative process?
Anna: I really feel the most productive in the mornings, so I like to start my working day with a brief plan of tasks that I need to accomplish. Apps and online schedulers don’t work for me for some reason, so I stick with a good old paper notebook. When working on a new illustration I like to start with quick sketches to define basic composition first. Then I make a more detailed digital sketch. I usually have some particular color palette and plot in my mind but sometimes it’s useful to check a couple of references.
Which one of your works is your favorite?
Anna: Recently I was working on an editorial illustration for the Medium platform. The article tells about the fate of Yemeni migrants who got hit by Trump’s travel ban (You can check out the article here). I really enjoyed conveying the message with my illustration, not just drawing an aesthetically pleasing picture. I used double exposure to depict the connection between the main female character and her home country suffering from war and famine. It’s difficult to tell which work is my favorite though, as we are all subjective about our own creations. However, this illustration is definitely among the ones I enjoyed working on the most so far.
If you could travel to any place in the world, where would you go?
Anna: I would love to visit New Zealand as it always seemed fascinating and exotic to me, but what keeps me from spending my vacation there is that it’s literally located on the other side of the world.
What is your favorite piece of artwork that is not your own?
Anna: I adore the works of Gustav Klimt and Van Gogh.
What do you listen to while you work?
Anna: The music in my headphones greatly depends on my current mood. It’s Lofi beats radio right now! I also like to listen to indie rock artists and undying classics like The Doors or Queen while I work.
Why did you decide to become an ATAS artist?
Anna: I think the ATAS Foundation serves a great purpose by supporting Alzheimer’s sufferers and popularizing art therapy. I am happy to join this community!