Ekaterina Koroleva

Ekaterina Koroleva came to East Berlin with her Russian family in 1985. She started her forays into painting early on – on her legs and on the backs of breakfast cereal cartons. Thanks to her parents, she soon discovered paper, which paved her way into the world of illustration.

At the age of 14 Ekaterina attended classes for drawing and fine art. During her graphic design studies she busied herself with digital illustration software like Photoshop and InDesign. After graduation she lived in Rome for a year, returning to Berlin as a freelance illustrator.

Ekaterina Koroleva loves classical painting, but also modern art. Especially Russian fairy tales and children’s books of the former USSR that she grew up with shape her way to illustrate: “The analogue characters, the graphic elements, the monochrome but also the colours are reflected in my illustrations.” –  Most of the time she has a vague notion of the image in her head, then she lets her intuition lead the way during colouring – the final image stays a mystery until the end!

Ekaterina Koroleva feels most at home with editorials for beauty and fashion clients. She pays speical attention to the female silhouette and the new facets of feminine beauty. For this she works with varying pressure strengths in pencil. In contrast she puts down soft, flowing watercolour fields behind the drawing. Through layering organic pencil marks and watercolours she creates perfectly dreamy illustrations.

Toyota apporached Ekaterina for a great project: She was able to illustrate her own personal view of her adopted home on a double-page map of Berlin. She went on the hunt for the perfect Berlin associations with her friends. – „We created a bustling map with lots of humour and quirky details, which proved very popular.”

Whenever time allows, Ekaterina Koroleva likes to put out her feelers for new artistic directions: „The most exciting thing about the creative world are its infinite opportunities to find something new!”

Ekaterina Koroleva loves classical painting, but also modern art. Especially Russian fairy tales and children’s books of the former USSR that she grew up with shape her way to illustrate: “The analogue characters, the graphic elements, the monochrome but also the colours are reflected in my illustrations.” –  Most of the time she has a vague notion of the image in her head, then she lets her intuition lead the way during colouring – the final image stays a mystery until the end!

Ekaterina Koroleva feels most at home with editorials for beauty and fashion clients. She pays speical attention to the female silhouette and the new facets of feminine beauty. For this she works with varying pressure strengths in pencil. In contrast she puts down soft, flowing watercolour fields behind the drawing. Through layering organic pencil marks and watercolours she creates perfectly dreamy illustrations.

Toyota apporached Ekaterina for a great project: She was able to illustrate her own personal view of her adopted home on a double-page map of Berlin. She went on the hunt for the perfect Berlin associations with her friends. – „We created a bustling map with lots of humour and quirky details, which proved very popular.”

Whenever time allows, Ekaterina Koroleva likes to put out her feelers for new artistic directions: „The most exciting thing about the creative world are its infinite opportunities to find something new!”

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