#MyVogueScandinavia: Artist Anastasia Smirnova finds inspiration in Nordic nature

By Jennifer Nilsson
Russian Artist Vogue Scandinavia

Photo: Senay Berhe

A recent Stockholm transplant, Russian artist Anastasia Smirnova's passion is fashion illustration, and we aren’t the only ones who have taken notice

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Anastasia Smirnova has found joy in drawing since she was a child, living in St Petersburg, Russia. “I was the type of kid that was drawing on walls, I just never had enough paper,” she recalls. “My parents were just like, ‘okay we’ll put some posters up and that will be fine’. I destroyed their room but they were never angry with me — they just saw an ‘art kid’.”

Though Smirnova, who just recently relocated to Stockholm having married a Swede, only began illustrating in a more professional manner a year and a half ago, she has already found her niche in fashion illustrations. The 23-year-old artist started off sketching the traditional way, using pen and paper, but quickly realized that she preferred illustrating on a tablet. “It’s trickier, but it’s also easier because you can always fix your mistakes,” she says.

Russian Illustrator Vogue Scandinavia

Photo: Senay Berhe

I am in love with the concept of fika.

Anastasia Smirnova

Russian Artist Vogue Scandinavia

Photo: Senay Berhe

She practices daily and has already begun working full-time as an illustrator. “I feel so overwhelmed with inspiration. I think that’s a sign that it’s something that’s really yours,” she says. Her enticing way of capturing women and fashion, as well as her way of using colours to express herself, resulted in an exclusive illustration for Vogue Scandinavia.

Lately, she finds inspiration in the Nordic lifestyle. Not only does she enjoy living amidst the trees and immense amount of greenery, she appreciates the local architecture and interior design. “This minimalistic lifestyle, when you bring minimalism into every aspect of your life, is a concept that’s close to my soul. You can be enough with just the basics — lagom, as they say in Sweden.”

Meanwhile, there’s one last thing Smirnova adores about her new home. “I am in love with the concept of fika,” she tells me, referring to the Swedish phenomenon of having a cup of coffee and a pastry, no matter the time of the day. “There are no limits to that, you can go every hour, and that is amazing.”

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