Natalie Shau lives and works in Vilnius, Lithuania.
Since an early age I was interested in drawing and the various arts in general. Some years ago I got interested in working with digital media and since then I have worked mostly with it. My pieces are a mix between photo manipulation, 3D elements, digital painting, and drawing. However, I’m no stranger to traditional media–especially collage.
I enjoy the creative process and I believe that art is something like a contagious disease–it affects everything it touches. And this is the way it works with me. I get contaminated by the disease, which is spread through music, paintings, and books. Even some people and places are pieces of art by themselves. To get cured, I must create something.
My subjects are surreal and strange creatures. They are both fragile and powerful. That’s why I use female figures. I find the female aspect more interesting to portray, as it is a more suitable symbol to convey fragility and vulnerability. My style is influenced by religious imagery and fairytales. Classical and modern painters, photographers, and musicians also influence me. However, I am still searching for the perfect expression to totally convey my inner world and ideas.
Usually a vision or a thought inspires me. I then try to develop it into a more detailed idea by making some sketches and developing a concept. If I like the result, I prepare all the needed materials and start working. Sometimes the result is quite different than the first vision. It takes me a lot of time to finish one piece, and often my imagination and emotions direct me into different fields.
I am constantly working on my own portfolio, but I also enjoy creating illustrations for bands, fashion designers, writers, and event posters and flyers. I am proud to announce that currently I am working on illustrations for the first Lucas Lanthier novel Aboriginal Anemia. It’s a strange and captivating dark fairytale about the life of the dead and the death of the living. I find a lot of inspiration in collaborating with this varied artist, as his texts are dark, surreal, and visually rich, and his plots are weird and amazing. It might be not the last project we create together.