Russian-born artist and illustrator Liubov Vladimirova, of Liuba Draws, has lived in Beijing for over four years. Art has always been a passion, but she made a pragmatic choice to study Chinese. After graduating, she returned to her first love, drawing.
She gets her ideas from her surroundings and mixes Chinese and western culture in original and quirky ways in her illustrations, particularly for her holiday cards. "I would like to see an ice rink in front of the Forbidden City and I imagine a Chinese family eating their traditional Christmas cake using chopsticks," she says. "I think my customers like my products because they are produced in small batches, and everybody doesn’t end up with the same stuff."
Vladimirova’s cards are RMB 20 for one, or RMB 100 for six. She also has originals and prints available ranging from RMB 50-100. Plus iPhone cases featuring her designs for RMB 50 each.
For now her products are only available at markets around town, or by contacting her directly. You can catch Vladimirova tonight, November 19, at Modernista’s Night Market, this Saturday November 21 at WAB Christmas Bazaar, on December 5 at The Bookworm Christmas Bazaar, and December 12 at the Hutong Fayre.
Vladimirova has worked with many local businesses, including designing menus, event posters, and beer signs for Jing A and painting a mural at Kenny’s Burgers. She also is available for commissions for original gifts, business cards, event posters, and more.
Liuba Draws 柳芭插画师
(185 1069 3383, firstname.lastname@example.org) www.liubadraws.com
Photos: Courtesy of Liuba Draws