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Elizabeth Kastrava is a digital artist who showcases her ambition through the insanely popular social media platform, Instagram.

A year ago, she told her husband she absolutely hated her job in the medical field, so he inspired her to just quit and go back to her roots. What makes Liz, Liz. She never really thought her art could be a career, but with his forever reach-for-the-stars attitude and an insatiable hunger for her to follow her passion, it became something bigger than what she ever thought was possible.

How did you realise you had a thing for digital art?

As a kid I would sit for hours after school drawing on Microsoft Paint... pixel by pixel. I was obsessed with drawing my own comic book and was specifically drawn to the X-men characters. That’s when I learned how to draw people. I would draw Gambit and Rogue on, well, everything!

How would you describe your style of art?

I actually don’t know... I know it’s a 'thing’ right now to love bohemian-style, but that’s how I was raised. My mother is the epitome of a flower child. She still has her Birkenstocks from the ‘70s and her crocheted hooded robe she wore to her wedding. I’m drawn to that boho style – it’s what I like to illustrate.

Would you say your personality suits your style of art, or is it a complete rebellion of who you are?

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Some of it is rebellion. I think tattoos are fascinating and they represent who you are. They tell a story on your skin. I jump at the chance to add those details into my art. However, I will never actually get a tattoo...

Can you run through the process of how you produce your art? What software do you use?

I use Procreate. It’s an AMAZING app. Anyone who is wanting to set themselves up in the digital art landscape, I highly recommend using the app.

What are your do’s and don’ts for those who want to get started in the digital art space as either a hobby or career?

Just do it. Your process and style will change as you go.  Even if you like watercolor, oil, sketch, and so on. You can achieve that medium through digital. There are specific brushes that give you all sorts of textures – the possibilities are endless.

What inspires you? Do you have a favourite artist?

Photographers inspire me! I wish I could say “this drawing is a product of my imagination”, but I can’t. I draw from photos. I don’t enjoy making my illustration look EXACTLY like the photo I’m drawing from, otherwise, I’d just take the photo. But I do love using a photo as inspiration to guide me and then I put my own twist on it. I can’t take pictures. Period. I just don’t have an eye for photography. So, I love collaborating with photographers because they provide me with these beautiful pictures that I can then draw inspiration from.

Do you have favourite colours that you work with?

YES. Green and blush tones.

What do you find is the hardest and easiest ‘things’ to draw?

Hardest: Dogs. People always want me to draw their dogs...
Easiest: People.

Who is an iconic woman you would want to recreate with your style of art?

Oh, man. Aleksandra Zee. There is just something about Aleksandra’s life that I’m drawn to. Also, Frida Kahlo, because obviously.

Do you have a favourite piece of work that you’ve produced?

No! Every last picture I post on Instagram I’m like “that’s my new favorite!”