The beauty of social media is the ability to connect to a vast community of people; ranging from bloggers to artists to meme fanatics. With the use of a hashtag, your posts can transmit to smaller search engines within the platform and increase your visibility to a user searching that specific tag. After posting one of my latest pictures, I received a notification that an Instagram user named @kseniarybe liked it. Intrigued by her profile picture, I clicked on her handle and was completely fascinated by her feed of beautiful illustrations. Wanting to know more about her work, I reached out via email.
The artist, Ksenia Rybe, is from Moscow, Russia. She has had an immense love for drawing since childhood, in which she would draw things such as flowers, girls, her mom’s bag and cosmetics. Although she didn’t study art in college, she has taken special illustration courses. These courses further developed her passion for illustration and even pushed her to specifically illustrate fashion. Since then, she created her Instagram page to showcase her work.
The main inspiration of Ksenia’s work is beauty. She finds beauty in photos, people, fashion, music, and the city of Moscow. “I live in Moscow and I like walking alone taking photos of people, buildings, and other small randomthings I see, for example, a unique looking brick on the grass,” said Ksenia during our email correspondence. The illustrations can typically take one to two hours, depending on the size and materials she's working with.
Currently a freelance artist, she has yet to be published. Her time is mostly consumed by drawing, yet she hopes to work with fashion magazines in the future. “I would really love to work with Vogue!”
Lastly, I asked Ksenia if she had anything she wanted to share with Trespass Chicago readers. She said “It’s very important to step out of your comfort zone. Once you do, great results will definitely follow!”
It was a true pleasure to speak with Ksenia. You can check out her illustrations on her Instagram page at https://www.instagram.com/kseniarybe/. Additionally, she is currently open to collaborations, so feel free to reach out to her!
All illustrations courtesy of Ksenia Rybe.