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London, England
Masha 3arpushina works from home at a desk with ¹heaps of material all around itº in a
corner of her living room dedicated to her work. A scene she says is not a pretty sight, but
functional. It is here that she starts sketching. If she is creating work for a client, she will send
the sketch for approval and once it is approved, she will redraw that same image by tracing the
outlines of the image onto a better quality paper using a light box, and then add more details
and make any small corrections. All corrections happen at the sketch stage, and once it is Ånal
she will scan the image, clean it up digitally, and send it to the client.
PERSISTENCE IS KEY TO
SUCCESS: MASHA KARPUSHINA
Have a dream. Find the steps to get
to that dream and make it happen.
I think this pretty much sums up
the way I try to lead my life now.
Londons Masha 3arpushina proves that opportunity comes in many forms. Her Årst
illustration job was for Duncan McNamara at East London’s streetwear fashion brand,
Illustrated People. The job with Duncan started by coincidence. ¹At the time, I was
working for a trendy French–Brazilian-owned club called Favela Chic in Shoreditch.
For their Årst New Aear’s Eve party they wanted an extravagant invitation printed
on a pair of knickers,º recalls 3arpushina. ¹In Brazil, it’s considered good luck for
the year to wear a new pair of underwear on New Aear’s Eve.º She worked with
McNamara on the invitation, and he oٺered her a job. She designed her Årst T-shirts
for Illustrated People. ¹It was easy, fun, and really rewarding. There was no pressure,
and the briefs were really loose, so essentially we could draw whatever we wanted. A
dream job,º she says.
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LA meets Cyber Beauty
The client wanted palm trees
in the image because they
were part of the inspiration
for the collection. ¹Palm trees
for me mean Los Angeles,—
the city I have been visiting
on and oٺ for the past twenty
years. I wanted the illustra-
tion to feel surreal, abstract,
and beautiful at the same
time,º says 3arpushina.
Mashakarpushina.com.
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August ¹CThis pieceE was about the world of the real and surreal, the waking state and the sleep, our dreams, and realities. I used my two-year-old son’s drawings
as part of the collage to give it some young and pure energy,º 3arpushina says. Mashakarpushina.com.
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