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Meet The Glitter Artist Yana Potter

With nearly 30K followers on Instagram Yana Potter is one of these new wave glitter artists, one of the Insta age and it’s fair to say she’s become somewhat of a digi art sensation

Please introduce yourself and tell us a bit about yourself and how did you started your career and did you always wanted to become an artist?

So, my name is Yana Potter. I’m a Glitter Artist from Russia. As far back as I can remember, I was always interested in visual art. There was a moment when I was thoroughly studying painting, painting pictures using acryl and oil. I have a number of works I am really proud of. Besides, during the last 8 years, I have been professionally practicing photography, studying Photoshop. Thus, contemporary art – I mean digital technologies, photo processing software – gradually superseded my desire to paint pictures and I thoroughly got down to study photo processing software. I can’t say I had a purpose to become an artist, I rather accumulated enough experience to start creating something that is my own and first of all to find myself and to start express myself. For a long time, I was searching myself, in all senses. And finally, there is a moment when I can definitely say that visual art is exactly that thing I’m ready to devote my life to.


From where do you get your inspiration?

I travel a lot. Wherever I would come, I first of all try to visit several art museums or art galleries in this country. For me, a trip to another country and submersion into a new culture and language is like a breath of fresh air every time. By the way, an idea to practice Glitter Art came to me during one of such trips. I was in Czech Republic that moment, and Prague became a start point for me as for Glitter Artist. I also derive inspiration from music. During the last year, I’ve been listening to Ludovico Einaudi albums almost continuously. To my mind, classic music together with visual art literally breathe a life into this world.

Is there an artist you look up to?

Initially, I looked for artists who create something similar. I was interested in a technique of so-called Glitter Art creating. I watched videos in the internet, studies everything connected with graphic design, collaging. Some time passed, and now I listen to myself only, to my intuition, to my mood. Now I just have no time to study activities of other artist in similar style.


Describe a typical day in your life at work?

I usually start my day with a cup of strong coffee and answering emails. It’s like a ritual: I open my mail and always answer all letters, no matter if it is a letter from a fan of my art or proposal of collaboration. Then I proceed to work at my orders. I try to spend not more than 5 hours per day for commercial orders. The rest of my time is devoted to creativity. I look through my old works, rework and update them. I look for new photos for processing. I make content plan. I constantly improve my skills. I study new processing techniques.

How long do you usually need for one picture?

Each photo is a new project. I make a sketch in a special software, then I need about an hour to check for sure if my technique will fit this photo or not. So, everything is very individually for every separate case. I sometimes need one hour to complete work, sometimes – two days to make corrections or I put it on the back burner and it can take up to two weeks. Therefore, I don’t like when a client hurries me and wants to get his glitter picture quicker. But I still try to complete commercial orders within agreed deadline – from 1 to 3 days.


What’s one motto you live by?

To live leaving a trail I would like to follow by myself.

What about the sport of polo, how do you see it and have you been to some polo matches before?

I have friends who are seriously interested in this kind of sport. I have never been to matches before, but I hope I would be able to rectify it soon. The only thing I can say is that polo is not just a game, it’s a lifestyle.


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One of the first glitter artists who started adding sparkles to photos were Sara Shakeel in 2016.

She inspired many people to follow her footsteps and becoming a crystal artist.