“I just find something magical about moon-gazing in the night or searching for a falling star in summer,” Natali says when asked about her creative inspirations. That magic shines through the beauty in her art. Like gazing up into the stars, we feel a sense of wonder while admiring the art on our latest artist collaboration collection. It’s just magic.
Natali Waters, also known as AnesayArt on Instagram, is an illustrator and ceramist from Ukraine—a creative sorceress of sorts. Her work has inspired many creators through her digital vector art on Etsy and other platforms. With elegant simplicity and minimalist linework, the stamping designs she brings to our project exhibit themes of celestial wonders, astrology, magic, and divination. We learned more about her creative process through this exclusive Q&A:
How would you describe your design style?
For now, I do mainly black and white vector line art illustrations in celestial themes. I love to draw in lineart because I can use those illustrations with any other technique I want, for example: linocut, punch needle or ceramics. I also run a small ceramics shop, but in a more cute style.
Where do you get your design inspiration from?
I always loved those magical themes, like the moon and constellations. When I was a kid, I loved to watch Sailor Moon and draw characters later on in my notebooks. I guess those anime influence me a lot. [As an adult,] I just find something magical about moon-gazing in the night or searching for a falling star in summer.
What artist influenced you the most?
I love to watch artist YouTubers and their studio vlogs! My big inspirations are Leigh Ellexson, Frannerd, Applecheeks, Megan Wang, and Paloma the Peach. I would love to meet any of those talented girls in real life!
What is your creative process?
Nothing special, just do some sketches with ideas and then draw them in vector. That's it! But I do work on Etsy, so I have to spend a lot of time searching for trending themes, keywords, writing descriptions and searching for mockups for my works.
How would you explain color theory to someone without graphic experience?
I mainly work in black and white so it is easier for me, but with color, you have to practice and try different things, and then you will find the right color palette that suits your style the most.
What do you like to do in your free time when not designing?
As I mentioned, I also run a small ceramic shop, so ceramics is my second job and beloved hobby. It takes a lot of my time besides illustration. I also love punch needling too. It is my recent hobby :)
We foresee beautiful nails in your future. Capture the ethereal beauty of the cosmos on your fingertips with @anesayart’s new stamping plate collaboration collection, available now in our Maniology shop. If you’re interested in learning more about Natali and supporting her work, visit her Etsy shop for even more original art.