Appias Albina is a Vilnius- based artist and freelance graphic designer. Working in a variety of mediums and styles- including line illustrations, photography, and her own signature carbon mono-print technique- her work is often (but not always) marked by minimal use of line and color, well-defined shapes and patterns, organic textures, and natural subject-matter. She holds a M.F.A. in Graphic Design from Vilnius Academy of Arts.
"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly, "one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower." H.C.Andersen, The Complete Fairy Tales
Her work is primarily inspired by nature, including organic patterns and shapes, as well as wild animals, their postures and behaviors.
I was born and live at the moment in Vilnius, Lithuania. I work with my own technique, which is based on carbon- copy paper thermal press transferring, as well as collagraph print and graphite techniques. Though carbon-copy paper is not usually considered a material for making serious art, through much time and experimentation I was able to unlock a universe of possibilities, and transform it into a versatile tool. Though I am still exploring it, I love this technique, because it gives me the possibility to transfer amazing amounts of detail onto paper, in any shape I want. The most intriguing aspect of using carbon paper hot pressing is that I never know exactly what the final result will be until I am finished. While I am able to control most of the process, there are always unexpected, pleasant nuances to the finished piece, which keeps the entire process exciting. My inspiration primarily comes from nature, in many of its manifestations. I especially love to study animals, their posture and anatomy. Though my drawings are not realistic; they are collections of basic anatomical shapes, so as to create a recognisable and detailed illustration of the animal using as few lines as possible. I also look for organic patterns and textures to accentuate my drawings (hence the carbon paper).
A freelance illustrator and graphic artist from Vilnius.
I can be contacted at: Appias.firstname.lastname@example.org
My works is a mixture of few traditional techniques combining collagraph print, carbon paper monotype, black-chalk, ink and pencil drawing techniques. Sometimes it includes digital colouring. A lot of my inspiration comes from nature, mostly animals.
Carbon monoprint. Author technique based on carbon monoprint. genre - animalistic graphic