Meet the artist

Menis Art

Melpomeni Chatzipanagiotou, known to her friends as Meni, is an illustrator based in Northern Greece. Meni’s work is characterised by the blending of the natural and the surreal to create spellbinding designs; often they are woodlands, mountains and other landscapes not too dissimilar to her native Greece but with an enchanted, magical quality all their own.

“I want to create worlds where people can escape for a few seconds or minutes. To travel, to dream and to get inspired.” - Melpomeni Chatzipanagiotou

Although she specialises in traditional black pen she loves to constantly experiment with new materials and mediums such as gold leaf, wood cuts and much, much more. With her flair for the fantastic, Meni continues to create beautiful, escapist art giving us a glimpse into her vivid imagination.

In their own words...

Q: “What are the unique struggles of working with your chosen medium?”

A: “Most of all, Time. It is a very time-consuming work, my illustrated work is fully hand-drawn, which means that I spend lot of hours everyday inking and designing. Which is both bad and good. Sometimes I wish there were more hours within the day to able to create more ideas that I have, but at the same time I find it difficult to find time to do other things.”

Q: “What's your favourite part of working with this medium?”

A: “There are two things that I am most grateful (favourite) for: One, is patience. As much as time-consuming inking may be. It has taught me to have patience with my art, my clients and generally in my day to day life.Secondly, I am grateful to say that I do a profession that I love and admire. That each project and artwork is different, unique and interesting. That my work is not a routine of tasks and that has allowed me to grow conceptually as a person.”

Q: “On average, how long does one of your pieces take to complete?”

A: “I would say I can finish something within a couple of hours or a day (not a very big piece of art), in a week or it can take months. But we should take into consideration that each project requires different things and time. Such as coming up with an idea, multiple sketches, revisions and the size of the actual work.”

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