Summer Memories – Kajsa Råsten

Why did you pick this picture?

This illustration is a piece from a series of landscape illustrations, I created a while back. I chose this one because I think it’s a nice representation of how I work; chaotically, disorganized, but retaining an undoubted attention to detail. It doesn’t really make sense, I know, but still, that’s how I see it. I never really know what I’m doing when I draw, which means that the end-result is hard to predict. Although with this one, I had a clear vision of what I wanted to create, which in turn, I think gave the artwork an air of tranquility.


Where did the idea for this art come from?

This piece is actually inspired by my family’s summerhouse, far out in the Swedish archipelago. It’s located on a small island surrounded by islets and passing sailboats. To me the illustration brings back memories of harmonic summer days in my childhood, even though I might have romanticized the atmosphere a little. I mean, let’s be honest, the sun can’t be shining all the time.


What does this art mean to you?

So much! As I mentioned, the illustration in itself is a symbol of my childhood, but also a reminder of how much I’ve grown as an artist since then. It’s always been a dream of mine, since I first could lift a pen, to become an illustrator, so it’s nice to see some fruit from all that determination.


What can you tell us about yourself?

Today I live in an apartment filled to the brim with plants, together with my boyfriend, right on the outskirts of Stockholm. I work full time as an illustrator and animator, so luckily I have the fortune to do what I love almost every day.


What more can you tell us about your art?

I often say that I wish my art was a bit more collected, but in all honesty, every artwork is different from the last. My head often feels like a creative tornado, leaving me with countless ideas and visions, all needing to come to life. Thankfully, Photoshop makes it easy to try new things without being limited by the tools and materials available. By using various brushes and blend modes, I can play with light and color in a way that just isn’t possible with analogue painting. It’s perfect for someone like me, who lives and breathes for the creative part in me.​​

To see more of Kajsa’s artwork please follow the link below to see their instgram page 

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