Rotterdam based illustrator Anila Mistry is inspired by the female body. Her work is characterized by minimal, intimate and artistic line drawings that are never the same. After offering her originals in Hutspot Rotterdam and Utrecht, you can now also get one of her beautiful drawings in our webshop. To celebrate, we visited Anila Mistry in her characteristic Rotterdam home to talk about her inspirations and creative process.
Hi Anila. How did you start out as an artist?
When I was younger, I owned a blue marker that meant everything to me. I would use it a lot and I remember that all my drawings had to be blue! Years later, I followed composition drawing classes at an art academy in Belgium and got challenged to experiment with charcoal and pen. The continuous flow of positive responses encouraged me to experiment with line drawings. Luckily, I am at my happiest when making art!
What is it that makes you love drawing?
Drawing is me finding my silence. It is that one moment where I can feel quiet and all distractions block out. I am basically tracing a line around what I am feeling inside. The outcome usually reflects my mood.
What in particular makes you feel attracted to line drawings?
I like to draw quick. I am a fast painter and my drawings develop organically. I work purely on instinct and I am not really scared of imperfection. There is growth in flaws and line drawings enable this way of working. Someone once told me that you should always have something ugly in your collections to make the rest stand out. This statement was initially about fashion collections, but I guess it can be applied to art in general.