Egle Plytnikaite Interview
Eglė Plytnikaitė is a freelance illustrator based in Vilnius, Lithuania. She has worked on a number of social and editorial projects with her clever and colourful style. Eglė's works are minimal and conceptually driven, often utilising subtle textures that give her work a vintage warmth whilst maintaining a contemporary aesthetic. Her goal as an illustrator is to create works that catch your eye and make you think before scrolling down.
My name (Eglė) means a Christmas tree in Lithuanian.
United Nations, Campari, Popshot
I was always in love with art and kept drawing all my life but I also loved mathematics so I decided to study architecture at Vilnius Academy of Fine Arts. However, soon after finishing my studies I understood that I need more creative freedom than architecture can ever give me and turned back to visual arts. I fell in love with illustration because it allows me to express my ideas in a fast and powerful way and it’s working pretty well so far!
I use Pixelmator and Wacom tablet.
People and their stories. It can be anyone – from my neighbour to a Hollywood star. Everyone has an inspiring story to tell.
Instagram and Pinterest.
Actually, I'm working on one now! It's a Nordic-Baltic artists collaboration exploring a human and nature connection via old traditions. You can learn more about it here www.onnorthernroutes.com.
No day is a typical day when you are a freelance illustrator but i’m usually juggling a bunch of different projects. But ok, I'll try to tell you how it looks if nothing unexpected happens (which usually does). I try to wake up early but usually fail! Then I write my morning pages with a cup of coffee and get myself ready. I go to my studio and work on a variety of different projects. After a day of sketching, reading, brainstorming and working on the final illustrations I go jogging, have dinner with my husband and read something interesting before falling asleep. But once again, that's a story of a slow day.
I try to rest and to disconnect from everything. I go on long and difficult hikes and sleep a lot. Creative block only appears when I'm burned out so giving some time for myself is the only answer.
Create yourself a schedule and follow it.
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