A Victory for Wildlife Conservation: Allow me to introduce you to Sofia Kalina, the winner of the ‘Celebrating the Animal Kingdom’ drawing competition. In this exclusive interview, we delve into her artistic journey, her profound love for wildlife, and her dreams for the future.
A young artist has made her mark, not only in Russia but across the oceans. Sofia Kalina, a 10-year-old from Moscow, emerged as the winner of the “Celebrating the Animal Kingdom” drawing competition, a global event that transcended borders and united children from 15 countries across 5 continents.
Her stunning artwork featured an Amur tiger, a majestic yet endangered species, and captured the essence of wildlife conservation.
Congratulations on winning the “Celebrating the Animal Kingdom” drawing competition! How does it feel to be the winner?
Sofia Kalina: It’s incredibly exciting! Winning is such an amazing feeling, and I’m thrilled to have had this opportunity.
Did you expect to win when you first entered the drawing competition?
Sofia Kalina: Yes, I believed that my painting had a good chance of winning this competition.
What was the first thought that crossed your mind when you found out you were the winner?
Sofia Kalina: Hurray, my tiger won! I will be published in a magazine! I will become famous not only in Russia, but also in Germany and the USA!
Editor’s Note: Sofia Kalina’s interview about her victory for wildlife conservation will also be featured in PEPPER Magazine, based in the USA.
Can you tell us a bit about yourself and what inspired you to participate in this competition?
Sofia Kalina: My name is Sofia Kalina, and I’m 10 years old. I live in Moscow, Russia, and I’m in the 4th grade at school. Besides regular studies, I’m also learning German, and I attend a 4th-grade art school. I love reading books, drawing, and even sculpting.
I find it exciting to participate in competitions that promote animal protection and wildlife conservation. This is because I have a deep love for animals. It’s essential to me that people become more mindful of nature and especially rare animals. I want my art to convey this message to others.
When did you first discover your passion for art? Are you a self-taught artist or do you have a mentor teaching you different techniques of drawing?
Sofia Kalina: I’ve been passionate about drawing since I was a child. When I was just 4 years old, my mother introduced me to drawing. Later, I enrolled in an art school, where I learned various drawing techniques, and I also watched lessons on YouTube.
What is your favorite drawing technique and medium?
Sofia Kalina: My preferred drawing techniques include pencil, gouache, watercolor, acrylic, pastel, and ink. I typically work with watercolor paper, pastel paper, pencil, liner, pastels, watercolors, gouache, and acrylic markers as my favorite materials.
How much time did it take you to create your winning artwork?
Sofia Kalina: It took me approximately one hour to complete my painting.
Could you describe the process of creating your artwork? What materials did you use?
Sofia Kalina: To start, I sketched the image on a 300g watercolor paper using a pencil. Then, I traced over the sketch with a liner and filled it in with vibrant watercolor paints. The materials I used included pencils, liners, brushes, and artist-quality watercolors.
What was the most challenging part of creating your artwork, and how did you overcome it?
Sofia Kalina: The most challenging part to draw was the tiger’s paws and achieving the correct proportions. However, I persevered and successfully achieved the desired proportions.
Your drawing beautifully portrays a tiger. What drew you to choose this particular animal for your artwork?
Sofia Kalina: I have a great fondness for all feline species. My choice to depict the Amur tiger, also known as the Ussuri tiger, was driven by their critical situation.
These tigers face a decline in numbers each year due to poaching and habitat loss. As a result, one can find them in the Red Book. I wanted people to see how cute they are. I aimed to convey their incredible beauty and the urgent need for their protection.
What message or emotions did you aim to convey through your drawing?
Sofia Kalina: My goal with the drawing was to emphasize the importance of caring for both animals and nature.
Your drawing is part of a larger initiative to celebrate and protect animals. How does it feel to contribute to such an important cause?
Sofia Kalina: I believe this is a crucial issue. My drawing was seen by many people (593 people), and among them were many artists. I’m hopeful that my idea will inspire them to create more artwork featuring animals and to be motivated to preserve nature.
What do you think is the importance of young artists like you in raising awareness about wildlife conservation?
Sofia Kalina: I believe that the more young artists create and share their artwork online, the greater the number of people who will view it and hopefully become motivated to stop the destruction of nature and the harm to animals.
In your opinion, how can more young people get involved in efforts to protect endangered species, their habitats, and nature?
Sofia Kalina: In my view, the more young people get involved in protecting endangered species and preserving the environment, the better it will be for the environment and animals.
What do you believe is the most pressing issue facing wildlife and the environment today?
Sofia Kalina: In my opinion, the most pressing issue for wildlife and the environment today is human actions. I am refering here to plastic waste, ocean pollution, destruction of rare animals, and deforestation.
Besides your artwork, have you been involved in any other activities or projects related to animals or the environment?
Sofia Kalina: Yes, I also participated in the ‘Feed the Birds’ competition, where I won first place.
Sofia Kalina: Additionally, I joined a school project advocating for forest conservation and against tree cutting. The project was called ‘Take care of the forest’.
If you could choose any animal to spend a day with in its natural habitat, which one would it be, and why?
Sofia Kalina: If I could spend a day with an animal in its natural habitat, I would choose the jungle cat. I love cats, and the jungle cat lives in the Caucasus. It’s listed in the Red Book of Russia, and its population is decreasing each year.
Can you tell us more about your favorite animals beyond the drawing competition?
Sofia Kalina: Beyond the drawing competition, my favorite animals are all feline species, including rare and endangered breeds of various sizes. I’m an avid reader about them, and I even have a Kurilian Bobtail cat at home.
What are your thoughts on World Animal Day and its significance in the larger context of animal welfare?
Sofia Kalina: I believe World Animal Day is a fantastic celebration of Animal Protection. It should be an annual event with extensive media coverage to raise awareness among more people.
Can you share some of your future plans and goals, especially in relation to your passion for art and wildlife?
Sofia Kalina: In the future, I plan to further develop my drawing skills, focusing on creating more artwork featuring animals and nature. My dream is to become a cartoonist and bring my drawings to life through animation, particularly in the form of animals.
Is there a specific message or wish you’d like to convey to 4TinyHands’ readers and the world as the winner of this competition?
Sofia Kalina: I’d like to encourage 4TinyHands to host more competitions like this to discover young talents.
Lastly, can you share your opinion about 4TinyHands’ mission to empower children and encourage them to act as ambassadors for the environment and wildlife in a creative way?
Sofia Kalina: 4TinyHands is a very cool platform for children and nature. It is the best playground for children’s minds, giving them the opportunity to develop their creativity, discover new talents, and explore exciting stories.
A Special Tribute: Sofia’s Portrait by Artist Patrick Gauthier
As a heartfelt recognition of Sofia Kalina’s exceptional talent and dedication to wildlife conservation, the talented artist Patrick Gauthier has thoughtfully created a unique gift: a beautiful portrait of Sofia herself.
This carefully crafted piece of art stands as a symbol of Sofia’s remarkable victory for wildlife conservation as the winner of the ‘Celebrating the Animal Kingdom’ drawing competition, recognizing her dedication to protecting animals.
Artist Patrick Gauthier is known for his vibrant and imaginative creations. With a background in Fine Arts and a deep love for the imaginative Americana style, Patrick’s artwork has been featured in a variety of settings ranging from public art installations to commissioned fine art pieces. His folk-style paintings overflow with creativity, inviting viewers into a world where colors and shapes come alive together.
Join Sofia in Celebrating the Victory of Wildlife Conservation: Act Now for a Brighter Future
Sofia Kalina has emerged as a triumphant voice for the voiceless, and her remarkable journey is an inspiration for young conservationists worldwide. Through her incredible drawing, Sofia champions the cause of wildlife conservation, inviting us all to join in her mission for the victory of wildlife conservation.
Her message is clear and simple: to protect the world’s wildlife, to conserve our planet’s precious ecosystems, and to secure a brighter future for the next generation.
Moreover, Sofia Kalina is showing us that young voices can indeed make a difference. So let Sofia’s passion and dedication ignite a sense of responsibility in each of us and act now. Together, as stewards of our environment, we can make a profound impact, advancing the victory of wildlife conservation one step at a time. Together we can build a better future for all living creatures!
Furthermore, let us support and encourage more young artists like Sofia, young ambassadors for wildlife, who are changing the world one drawing at a time.
Additionally, explore 4TinyHands’ Facebook and Instagram profiles to stay connected with more inspiring young artists and their creative journeys. And don’t forget to download your free copies of “Celebrating the Animal Kingdom” eBook, “Celebrating the Animal Kingdom” calendar for the year 2024, and coloring book!
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