Daria Khoroshavina (kitchenghosts) – 7 days of inspiration – Advent Calendar [24]

December 24, 2019

It’s day 24 already, many of you have opened the last door in their Advent Calendar. That means, today is Christmas Eve and we have come to the final day of our 7 days of inspiration series. So we want to introduce a special artist, who has inspired us a lot this year with cinemagraphs partially inspired by Harry Potter, that already were perfectly suitable for this season. Daria Khoroshavina, you may know her as kitchenghosts, was so kind as to answer us some general questions. If you want to know more about how she creates artwork like this, stay tuned.
tumblr 227609504445c6fb935f06d56e3f9ba6 8f987c3c 540
Christmas is coming up for many, how do you spend this time?
I absolutely love holiday time! We have a big family celebration on New Year’s night, with the tree and presents under it, it is like Christmas in the US, only instead of Santa Claus we have Father Frost πŸ™‚ Also, the whole country of Russia doesn’t work until January 10th, it is official winter break for everyone, and I’m looking forward to it very much. Will be staying at home watching Lord of the Rings probably.
tumblr pysh3ydwM21u9ooogo1 540

One day it all started

How did you get started with Wacom?
I have a very warm relationship with my Wacom tablet. I got my first one about 10 years ago as a birthday gift from my parents. It was a white bamboo fun tablet and I fell in love with it completely. I didn’t know what I wanted to do for a job back then, I just wanted to try drawing something. But eventually I got into photography and had my first job as a retoucher. Got some mad skills back then! That tablet lasted for 8 years and it still works! My parents gave me another one (intuos pt m) for my 28th birthday, it’s new and black and I love it just as much.

First Wacom Tablet
Second Wacom Tablet

How did you find out what creative area you wanted to specialize in? Any recommendations?
I used to do retouching and portrait photography then I discovered video and cinemagraphs and that is all I do now. Also switched from people to food, because I don’t have to talk to food πŸ™‚ I’m not a very sociable person, I’m much more comfortable working with only one assistant than being on set with 40 people around. Although I do that as well sometimes, for work, but I’m glad it’s not an everyday thing.
Here’s a useful advice: when they tell you to do what you’re afraid of, you don’t have to listen! Do what feels right and comfortable. You may have an idea in your head about an artist you want to become someday, but it may not be you, it may be something imposed by what pays the most or what is popular or what someone else is doing. Try going the path of least resistance, find something you’re good at and become better at it.
tumblr pyshggiuXq1u9ooogo1 540

What does your day look like?

How do you find inspiration and motivation?
If I want to stay motivated and inspired I have to be organized. I am that freelancer, who wakes up at 6 to go to a pool/gym, then has a day full of to-do lists, meal preps, bullet journaling and timers set for work and breaks. Not every day of course, I am still human. My creative work is usually very chaotic: I do shopping, cooking, filming, eating and editing myself, things often get crazy. So my obsession with organizing is just a pathetic try to hold it all together when it wants to slip through my fingers. I feel like a lot of creative work is like this, isn’t it?
That sounds like a plan, so what does your workflow look like and what makes it unique?
My workflow is definitely unique, because I’m the only one still making gifs from my cinemagraphs. After I finish shooting, I take all my videos to After Effects and spend hours searching for perfect loops. I cut them out and take into Photoshop, where my favorite part begins – retouching! My cinemagraphs are closer to photographs than videos, that’s why the retouching process is similar to retouching a photo.
I clean up the crumbs (but not all of them!) fix cracks on macarons, adjust lighting and colors and cut out the mask for the moving part. That’s it! People always ask me what apps do I use to make such perfect loops, but it’s all mostly just meticulous work. If there was a quicker way to do what I do, I still wouldn’t use it. Because I like to control and be able to tweak every step of the creation, from filming to export. After making a thousand of cinemagraphs I definitively sped up my workflow, so that’s my best shortcut – the more you do it, the easier it is πŸ™‚
tumblr pz1qcpVi601u9ooogo1 540

So that was work, how about leisure time?

Do you like gaming?
Oh! I love gaming! I play overwatch a lot. It is so much fun AND I get to spend time with my friends AND I don’t have to go out and wear makeup! What’s better than this? 10/10 recommend as a hobby. I also think that it’s good to do something completely different from time to time, just to clear the head and reset the imagination.

Final words of advice?

Any recommendations to aspiring artists of your creative area?
If you want to learn how to make cinemagraphs – go on youtube, there’s so much useful information there, and it’s free. That’s what I did and can’t recommend it enough. I am still learning and getting better at what I do (hopefully) so I don’t feel like I’m qualified to teach anyone yet. I am doing little workshops from time to time, but for now that is it. Also, if anyone has any questions about my work process, feel free to dm me, I’d love to help and chat!
You can find me on instagram @kitchenghosts and tumblr @butteryplanet, I have just finished a huge client project and ready to create cinemagraphs for fun, so please come check them out and let me know what you think!
tumblr pysgpaOBO21u9ooogo1 540

“Thank you, Daria!”

“Thank you Daria, for sharing this information with us and taking the time to write down some answers!”. We truly love her replies and are sure, they give a direction and some advice for aspiring artists and young creatives looking up to her work. As she already pointed out, you could send her direct massages and ask her questions too. Make sure to keep her on your radar:


Related posts:

Using the Wacom Cintiq Pro 27 in a dailies colorist workflow

Using the Wacom Cintiq Pro 27 in a dailies colorist workflow

Shop the Wacom eStore*

When you shop on the Wacom eStore you get access to discounts, financing, extended warranties, and our industry-leading customer support team.

Connect with Wacom on Social

With a mix of illustration and 3D, @kentushi shares with us his #WacomWorkspace, and even recreates how he was making it! ✨✍️⁣
Zoom in to see all the fun details! πŸ•βœοΈβ£
#MadewithWacom #digitalart #art #deskspace #wfh #officegoals
715 3
When our inner critic arises, it’s difficult not hear it 😭

Sometimes our internal voice criticizes, judges and makes us doubt of our work telling us that we are not good enough. It happens to all of us!

But it’s all in our heads, trust the progress you’ve made so far and don’t give up!

Have you ever felt this way? πŸ‘‡

#Artistslife #Innercritic #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth
357 4
Who's your favorite PokΓ©mon? πŸ’¦πŸƒπŸ”₯⚑⁣
Some nostalgic friends for #FridayFanart with amazing art by @philipsue_art. If beautiful landscapes, process videos, and art tips are your thing, Philip's page is the place to visit!⁣
#MadewithWacom #digitalart #animation #art #artprocess #fanart #pokemon #pikachu
6257 26
Digital kitchen time! 
Here's the last of @patrick_4d's digital burger tip series. We hope you tried making your own burger or at least went out and got one for sustenance πŸ”πŸ”πŸ”
Thank you Patrick for making us the most delicious digital burger we could have wished for. 
587 16
This is a reminder for you to embrace your geek side! πŸš€

For those who spend hours designing a new skin for their character, creating 3D models of their favourite video game or programming special effects for movies.
Your art makes us proud!

How are you going to celebrate? πŸ‘‡

#GeekPrideDay #Geek #ArtistsLife
851 5
Tag your other half. βœ¨πŸ’•β£
We had to share the love with @yuyo.psd's heartwarming illustration. 🫢⁣
If you like the flow and colors of Yuyo's design, make sure you check out their page for more colorful artwork! πŸ’œβ£
#MadewithWacom #digitalart #illustration #art #graphicdesign
696 8
From concept to reality, @pixebo’s home office is brought to life to create a cozy place to sit down with their Wacom Cintiq and get to work! ✨✍️

#WacomWorkspace #digitalart #homeoffice #deskgoals #wfh
1722 13
Discover the technology behind #CintiqPro24 πŸš€β£
The #WacomProPen2 provides state-of-the-art creative pen technology, meaning every stroke, every move of your hand is followed with unerring accuracy. πŸ’«β£
Want to discover how it feels to draw with it? Check the link in bio!⁣
#Cintiqpro24 #CreativeProfessionals #CintiqPro
710 14
Colorful creative portrait by artist @valerie.loves.colors to start off your week. πŸŒˆβ˜€οΈπŸƒβ£
Valerie finds that people and colors give her the most inspiration. She points out that everyone is unique and vibrant in their own way, much like the color spectrum! 🎨⁣
#MadewithWacom #abstractart #digitalart #art #portrait #illustration
473 6
The importance of taking breaks ❀️

We’ve seen absolutely identified with the words of @ms.shortyj πŸ’« Taking care of yourself will help you grow as an artist.

Stopping is not quitting, is just taking a pause of the path to get another perspective πŸ˜‰

What other things help you when you feel this way? Share it in the comments!

#Artistslife #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth
1285 18
If you could design your dream workspace, how would it look like? πŸš€β£
Tell us in the comments what are your must-haves! πŸ‘‡β£
#WacomWorkspace #ArtistWorkspace
635 14