Watch This Impressive Timelapse of Tanya Shatseva’s Large-Scale Piece, "Self-Crowned"

She has three rats, was paid $2,000 by a stranger for her thoughts on god and lives entirely on her artistic talent. Tanya Shatseva, 26-years old and based in St. Petersburg, Russia, didn' realize her incredible talent until making it through a short stint of doing comedic portraits on commission. Now? Her fantasy-inspired artwork is being added to private collections all over the world. She's built a healthy following on YouTube with her timelapses so we were super excited to have her invite us in. BELOW: Watch the impressive painting process behind Self-Crowned in this new timelapse.

What's the most creative way you've made money?

Once, I told a man a long story of my view on how the world is set, how the universe works and what god is. I got $2000 for this information.

Weirdest painting habit?

I make a duck-face when concentrating.

At what point were you able to make a full-time living as a painter?

Well, I've never made a living as anything besides a painter. While studying foreign languages at university, I realized that a normal job would be a nightmare come true and there is no way I'd be able to stand it. While studying, I started to really practice drawing and digital painting. I tried to give it 100% effort to see if it would work. And it did. After graduating, I was already taking commissions-hilarious portraits mostly, but still I was able to make a minimum living. I never stopped improving my skills in that time and after a couple years, I had a hard decision to make: keep taking commissions or start making a living from personal art. I committed to personal art and it's paid off. I love this never ending cycle of pain-struggle and reward-euphoria that comes with the artist's job.

Watch This Impressive Timelapse of Tanya Shatseva's Large-Scale Piece, Self-Crowned

What's been the most exciting moment for you as an artist?

I don't allow myself to get too excited. I must behave like a samurai, calm and candid. I'm trying to stay out of the mental hospital for as long as possible!

No offense, let's talk about your rats.

Well, I live with three rats and could speak about these incredible beings for way too long. I would just say that it is unbelievable how such a tiny creature could generate so much love. So enormously much that a human doesn't even deserve it, I think. However, they behave themselves much like humans in their society and that is really fun to look at, tiny perfect humans. Animals are probably the best thing on Earth in my opinion.

What inspired Self-Crowned? Such a cool piece.

It's inspired by my fantasies of a subtle borderline world like most of my paintings. On the sunset of the age, entranced, she's building her own metaphysical crown from jewels melting inside her and solidifying in the air.

Watch This Impressive Timelapse of Tanya Shatseva's Large-Scale Piece, Self-Crowned

Watch This Impressive Timelapse of Tanya Shatseva's Large-Scale Piece, Self-Crowned

Is there a piece or series you're most proud of?

I usually love a certain detail or fragment from something I've already painted and that'll influence what work follows. As for Self-Crowned, I loved the space full of crystal plants on the edges. I didn't plan to paint that in. The misty land behind her reminds me of my lovely hometown fields. This painting is probably my favourite, currently, as it almost materialized the atmosphere that I imagined, and even revealed something new-like a quiet, pleasant melody I hadn't heard before. And this queen was for sure very widescale, challenging and it absorbed a lot of my soul. In general I can say that all my pieces are one series and I am proud of Self-Crowned as of part of it.

Any advice for those just learning to paint?

Don't forget to sleep well and to wake up more often.

Photography by Pavel Yavnik


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Dorian Legret commented on Friday, November 18, 2016 2:26pm
Awesome :)
Vin Zzep commented on Sunday, November 20, 2016 2:26am
Awe inspiring, beautifully done. Congrats
Tanya Shatseva commented on Monday, November 21, 2016 7:38am
Love you
Sand Salt Moon commented on Monday, November 21, 2016 11:19am
Ella commented on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 5:26am
So talented! I love your work! Wish I could paint like you and live on my art one day.
Agata Lisiecka commented on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 6:05am
Zsalto commented on Monday, November 28, 2016 1:38pm
Inspiring story!
wildman commented on Friday, December 2, 2016 7:40am
Wish I could paint that fast ;-) Love it
EwKaPhoto commented on Friday, December 2, 2016 7:50am
vogel commented on Friday, December 2, 2016 8:14am
Beautiful work! Very inspiring!
MJILLUSTRATES commented on Friday, December 2, 2016 8:22am
Brilliant! Very inspiring. Now how can I find people who will pay me $2000 to discuss life. It's something that's been on my mind, now I just got the confirmation that it is possible. Thank you ;)
Lassana commented on Friday, December 2, 2016 9:26am
russian talent! good work
Sharon Mau commented on Friday, December 2, 2016 2:36pm
. . ★ . . :: love the video . beautiful colours + super pretty painting . . congratulations on your feature :: . . ★ . .
vicbricart1953 commented on Saturday, December 3, 2016 6:08am
Fantastic artwork. So wonderfully uplifting. Thank you. X
yvetteas commented on Monday, April 10, 2017 4:38am
Wow. Wow Wow - what a talent! Truly amazing - love your work.

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