Lidia Tomashevskaya

Lidia Tomashevskaya

Born in Saint Petersburg, Russia, Lidia is an illustrator whose work has appeared in The Atlantic and Flow. She’s also contributed illustrations to Penguin Random House, the Nevertheless podcast, and Fodor’s Travel. After living in Israel for a decade, she moved to Prague in 2019, and plans to settle there permanently. She adores the Czech culture, as well as their unique style of illustration and typography—she calls it “brave”—and which is vastly different stylistically than other European countries. She feels at home here, something she was never quite able to manage in Israel.

Entirely self-taught, Lidia composes her pieces unusually--drawing them entirely with a computer mouse. Her style is somehow both thoroughly contemporary and traditional—uniquely her own and often incorporating brushes of whimsy. She tackles issues of identity and society and populates her drawings with animals and stunning patterns.

Dedicated to continuing to practice her work, she plans to tackle new techniques and work on bringing social topics to life. She’s also pretty determined to get a cockatoo.

Q&A

  • Why do you travel?

    To find the perfect place to stay.

  • What’s one thing you never travel without?

    My phone. I need constant access to Google Maps and the Depeche Mode discography.

  • City or country?

    City.

  • Do you like traveling solo?

    Absolutely.

  • What was your worst travel experience?

    A bus from Saint-Petersburg to Moscow. It got stuck half-way through for four hours. In total, it was 16 hours of hell: cold, awful music, police checks, and uncomfortable seats.

  • Train, plane, or ship?

    Train.

  • What’s currently on your airplane playlist?

    Arcade Fire, Regina Spektor, Kasabian, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, and Depeche Mode.

  • If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

    Prague.

  • Where’s your favorite beach in the world?

    Odessa, Ukraine.

  • What is your favorite book or genre of books?

    I like fantasy books.

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