The mixture of styles and influences makes the illustration produced by Ekaterina Koroleva truly fascinating. The Slavic-sounding name might mislead you into believing we’re featuring yet another Eastern European or Russian artist, when, in fact, Ekaterina is Berlin-based. We like her work for its colors, both dreamy and intense, its randomly psychedelic patterning and the way in which geometry and portraiture overlap. There is a hefty dose of retro influences at play here, with some of her work reminding us of the groovy, hippie sixties, while other images echo the vintage elegance of classical movie stars such as Audrey Hepburn. The Russian-born Ekaterina, who is now twenty-seven, started off in the arts with selling self-printed clothes, currently works as a freelance illustrator for various musicians and fashion labels and admits to being influenced by Mucha, Schiele, Klimt and Klee.