The reasons Why Blue Matters continue to get better and better, and as we close out the year we would like to draw your attention to Rachel Shamailova, an emerging talent from New York. Her gift as well as skill with art and design is truly something to gaze upon. So with some time to share with us and now with you, connect with one of the world’s next greats. Racheal is indeed creating opportunity as she sees fit.
WBM: Who is Racheal Shamailova?
RACHEAL: Racheal Shamailova is an 18 year old graphic designer and makeup artist living in New York City.
WBM: Where are you from?
RACHEAL: I was born in a little town in the country of Azerbaijan. After living in Russia for a while, my family moved to Brooklyn New York.
RACHEAL: My interests include Photoshop, Special FX makeup, tattoos, sushi , and crime dramas on TV 4. Art means everything to me. Raised in a really strict household, I didn’t have the same freedom everyone else did. I couldn’t go out and play, have sleepovers or anything. All I could do was pick up a pencil and lose myself in the canvas. In that canvas, I could create my own world, there were no set of rules I had to follow. It feels amazing to have that sense of control at your very fingertips.
WBM: What does art mean to you?
RACHEAL: Art means everything to me. Raised in a really strict household, I didn’t have the same freedom everyone else did. I couldn’t go out and play, have sleepovers or anything. All I could do was pick up a pencil and lose myself in the canvas. In that canvas, I could create my own world, there were no set of rules I had to follow. It feels amazing to have that sense of control at your very fingertips.
WBM: How long have you been involved?
RACHEAL: I started sketching at a very young age, in first grade when all the other kids were playing pretend kitchen, I was reading Dr Seuss books and drawing up my own creatures. Around 14 I started painting and soon took my skills digital.
WBM: What sparked your desire to become an artist?
RACHEAL: I was always designing my own album covers in hopes that I’d end up a rock star one day. Soon after it became clear that would never happen due to the fact that I can’t sing, and guitar confuses me, I started coming up with my own clothing designs wanting to be a fashion designer. Then I wanted to do makeup for movies and TV shows. It was in high school that I realized I wanted to be an artist no matter what kind of art it was.
WBM: Anyone you would like to work with in the future?
RACHEAL: I am pretty new to the digital side, so I can’t really say that there’s one specific person I’d like to work with, but I do want to work with musicians, and fellow artists.
What inspires you?
RACHEAL: I get a lot of my inspiration from ads online and looking at websites of other graphic designers. I’m always looking for new tutorials to try and challenge myself.
WBM: Biggest accomplishment?
RACHEAL: My biggest accomplishment I’d have to say was working on the book “Empathy and the birth of the white army.” By a good friend of mine Michael Kantor. I was lucky enough to be the graphic editor for the book and I really enjoyed it. That was my first best step into the world of graphic design and what really got my name out there and got more people looking at my art.
WBM: What would you be doing if you couldn’t design or create?
RACHEAL: I like to think if I wasn’t doing this, I’d be an FBI agent. I have a thing for criminal justice and I hate to think I’d end up stuck working something else like a nine-to-five in a boring cubicle.
WBM: What are your thoughts on success?
RACHEAL: As far as success goes, I’ve never wanted to be super rich or anything. A loft in SoHo has always been my dream. To me success would be, making enough to be comfortable, having my art featured in websites, getting that puppy I was never allowed to have as a kid and all the sushi and caffeine I could want.
WBM: What type of impact would you like to make with your artwork?
RACHEAL: I definitely want to make an impact with my art. I want to inspire young artists and show them anything is possible. Nothing is out of your reach.
WBM: What’s next?
RACHEAL: Currently I’m working from a 4 year old laptop that’s beyond repair, so the next thing on my agenda would have to be to keep doing what I’m doing, keep working so I can save up for a Macbook. The idea is for all of this to help with college. I want to be the first person ever in my family to graduate.
WBM: Any advice for those looking to pursue their aspirations in art and graphic design?
RACHEAL: My advice to aspiring artists would be to never stop what you’re doing. Go with your gut and don’t let somebody bring you down for what your dreams are. Anyone can make something of themselves. As someone who grew up with nothing and struggled to find herself, I can tell you. It won’t come easy but if you really put your blood sweat in tears into something, it will all pay off in the end.