The Heroine’s Journey of Kseniia Dolhopolova

What is the best thing that I love about my work as an illustrator?

I adore turning simple things into something interesting. The illustrational world is a world of imagination. We can create our personal reality and plunge into it for some time.

What is my idea of happiness?

My idea of happiness is a life full of creative ideas, enjoying simple things and the beauty that surrounds us. If you can notice the beauty in simple things, you are a happy person!

What is my greatest fear?

My greatest fear is not to enjoy life to the full extent of one’s power. I’m afraid that I will not have time for everything that I want to see and to create. Life is too fast nowadays. We have a lot of doings and duties every day. And we may skip accidentally something important, we may forget about our purposes and dreams. That’s why I’m trying to keep life in balance.|

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?

Sometimes I take things to heart. And I’m rather a self-critical person.

Which living persons in my profession do I most admire?

It’s difficult to answer exactly.

What is my greatest extravagance?

I adore buying books, materials for the craft/work, and handmade mugs.

On what occasion would I lie?

If I don’t want to hurt someone with my truth

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?

Inconstancy. When you are an independent artist you need to find projects yourself.

Sometimes it may take more time than expected. But it happens rarely.

Also, you are a boss for yourself and sometimes you have to be a very strict boss.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work?

I have no definite moments. I like all the way that I walked through.

If I could, what would I change about myself?

I wish I could have more patience for my achievements and to be less self-critical.

What is my greatest achievement in work?

I think it is the books, which I illustrated. I’m proud that my illustrations will attract kids all over the world. And a part of my soul will live in these books forever.

Where would I most like to live?

In the place where the beauty will surround me. It may be the place near the forest and mountains. It would be adorable to have a sea or a lake near it also. But I also like the place of my current living. It’s a beautiful old town with magnificent architecture and history.

What is my most treasured possession?

I treasure freedom most of all

What is my most marked characteristic?

I’m optimist

What is my most inspirational location, in my city?

The center of an old town. It has a lot of historic places with amazing architecture

What is my favorite place to eat and drink, in my city?

Park, that I may reach on my scooter

What books influenced my life and how?

I have a lot but the recent – “Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself: How to Lose Your Mind and Create a New One” by Dr. Joe Dispenza

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?


Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?

Any woman with a strong personality.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?

People who are not afraid to be themselves

Which movie would I recommend to see once in a lifetime?

“Eat. Pray. Love”

What role plays art in my life and work?

Huge role! It’s not a part of life, it’s the whole life

What do the words ‘You are the storyteller of your own life’ to me?

For me, it’s about being myself and to achieve my goals despite the conditions of my life and the expectations of other people.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, a partner in crime?

My husband

Which people or companies would I like to work with in 2021?

I would certainly like to work with the Walt Disney Company

Which people in my profession who can make a real difference in my creative career would I love to meet in 2021?

Difficult to give an answer

What project, in 2021, am I looking forward to work on?

On the next children’s book

Where can you see me or my work in 2021?

On my Instagram/Facebook account @kseniiartist and on my website –

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?

It’s all about my profession. I think I’ll never be too old to illustrate and create something beautiful.

How can you contact me?

I am easy to find on LinkedIn as

or you may contact me via e-mail:

or through my website –

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