Dena Taiebat is a Redfern-based illustrator and designer whose portraits have caught our eye. When not designing, Dena is sometimes drawing on windows at gallery, He Made She Made, and occasionally printing her illustrations onto T-shirts. We asked her a few questions about her illustrations, and here’s what she had to say!
Pen or Pencil?
Tricky one! But I love the definition of a smooth black inky pen.
Tea or Coffee?
Coffee is essential. Tea is a bonus.
How long have you been drawing for?
I’ve probably been attempting to draw since I developed hand eye co-ordination, but I don’t think I drew anything half decent till I was 7 or 8.
Where do you get your inspiration?
Everywhere! I feel inspired everywhere I look, from nature and people to places and objects. It all depends on how you choose to look at things.
I’m not even going to attempt to answer that, it’s way to hard to pick just one.
You draw at lot of people and faces, what’s your favourite type of face to draw?
I really like drawing faces that have a bit of a story behind them. I might not know what the story is exactly but some faces are just more intriguing than others.
Who are the people that you draw?
Some are people I know (if I can convince them to sit still for long enough). Other times they are strangers, and sometimes, they are how I picture a certain character from a story to look.
What’s your day job?
I’m a designer for a visual communication design studio in Sydney.
What do you have planned for your designs in the future?
I’d really like to experiment with different mediums and textures, work in three-dimensional spaces and combine my various passions and really challenge myself as much as possible.
You can see more of Dena’s work at her website, denadesign.com.au