I was born in Russia, but grew up in Mexico City. I can’t remember a time when I haven’t been drawing. I studied product design because I thought I would draw a lot. Life took me from Mexico to Italy, backto Mexico, then to the UK, and finally to WesternCanada, where I currently reside with my husband and two kids.Itwas in England that I decided I wanted to become an illustrator. I did online classes, and tons of practice in my home studio. I keepasketchbook with meand draw things that catch my attention, mostly people or animals.I usea variety of traditional media, and my sketchbooks smell of hairspray, which I use to fix my drawings.I am an avid reader. I devour historical fiction, and can’t resist a whodunit. I also have a vastpicture book collection, which I pass as my children’s personal library.Udayana was born in Russia, but grew up in Mexico City. She can’t remember ever not drawing.She studied product design in Mexico, and did her masters in Italy. Life took her back to Mexico, thentothe UK and finally to Vancouver, Canada, where she currently resides with her husband and two kids.It was in England that shedecided to become an illustrator. She took online classes and practiced a lot from her home studio. She carries a sketchbook where she draws whatever catches her attention, mostly people or animals. She uses a variety of traditional media, and her sketchbooks smell of hairspray, which she uses to fix her drawings.Udayana is an avid reader. She devours historical fiction, and can’t resist a whodunit. She also has a vast picture book collection, which she passes as her children’s personal library.