Today I have the great pleasure of introducing to the community the incredibly talented Sorcery: Contested Realm TCG Alpha artist, Elvira Shakirova!
Elvira is one of three artists who earned broad recognition for her artistic talents in the genre of Magic the Gathering card alters (the other two artists commissioned for Sorcery are Marta Molina and Caio Calazans). She has a vast portfolio of alter cards, and a large fan base all over the world. This is one of her breakthrough opportunities in full size traditional painting for a Trading Card Game (TCG).
Thank you so much for this opportunity, Elvira...
Mike @ Collector Arthouse: The story you shared with me about your background is very unique and interesting. Tell us a little bit about where you are from, and how your early interest in drawing evolved to the beautiful paintings you create today and are pursuing as a full time profession.
Elvira Shakirova: I was drawing from very early age, but I never saw it as an actual serious job then. After school I got into university, studying physics, then dropped out, because no amount of sci-fi could make me understand which way does a nut bounce off of a helicopter blade. Then I got a job as a layout designer in a magazine and didn't think of my future much, when my boyfriend's mum decided that this won't do and told me that I'm going to art school. She is a very formidable and determined woman and I know she had my best interest at heart. I'm very thankful for her care and support then, without her I don't know what I would be doing now. Then I found out about Magic the Gathering and all awesome boardgames with amazing artworks, and my next boyfriend told me about magic alters and if it's something I would be interested to do. So yeah, everything in my life so far is just a series of happy coincidences and kind people pointing me in right direction.
Elvira Shakirova Card Alters (I couldn't pick just ten!...)
Mike @ Collector Arthouse: You shared that your work started to become more visible to fans through doing alters of Magic the Gathering cards, but that you hope to expand beyond that. What are your goals as an artist in the near term and longer term?