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Featured Artist: Aviva Kalagas

8th November 2017 Featured Artists

Avivia Kalagas has been working with us for a number of years now, reproducing her beautiful original pencil sketches of animals as fine art prints. She prints using our most eco-friendly paper Hahnemühle Bamboo, which gives each piece a lovely warm tone.

After focusing on animal portraits since she began putting pencil to paper just 3 1/2 years ago, Aviva is now experimenting with coloured papers and florals, which have already been extremely popular, and looks to do some large scale illustrations in the near future!

You can follow Aviva on Instagram to find out what market she will be at next or contact her to order one of her beautiful prints! Her new website is not far away!

How long have you been a visual artist for?
About three and a half years ago I decided it was my time to see what I could do with art. I joined an art group. Picked up a pencil after trying a couple of other mediums and that was it - I was hooked.

Have you always had an interest in illustration & art?
Yes, and mainly in fine art drawings. The more detail the better.

What do you feel is your biggest achievement so far? 
Being able to draw pieces that people enjoy and thereby enable me to create a new small business.

What/who are your creative influences?  I love the challenge of capturing the character of whatever I am drawing be it human or animal. I also admire and am inspired by so many artists who have such incredible talent.

What are your favourite tools of the trade?  Coloured and graphite pencils. My favourites being Caran d'ache and Prismacolor with a touch of anything else that I just have to have.

How have you found getting started with printing at Image Science? 
It without doubt has been and continues to be the best experience. I have been advised, encouraged, shown endless patience and blown away by consistent great quality of my prints.

Have you found creating edition prints from your originals to be influential to your business? 
Without prints I wouldn't have a business. Being able to offer quality merchandise in several sizes and to order is invaluable.

What's next? 
Your guess is as good as mine! But in the meantime - grow my business, have an exhibition (one day hopefully), and do more graphite drawings but on a large scale.