Rukibee (Luisa Toro) is a 90s baby born and raised in Colombia. She permanently moved to Austria in 2018.
She studied journalism but then decided to pursue a different path doing what she truly loves: painting, drawing and taking photographs.
As a kid she loved to draw birds and landscapes. Being an introvert, she has always had a wide imagination, constantly creating fantasy stories in her mind that now she wants to portray on paper… or canvas.
She also has knowledge on digital art and photo retouch and edition. She is skilled with Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Procreate.
In the year 2020 she took online drawing courses that allowed her to learn some basics on drawing and painting with graphite, colour pencils and watercolours.
During 2022 she’s focused on studying illustration in Casatinta, an art academy located in Bogotá, Colombia: the “9º Ciclo de Ilustración” (9th Illustration Cycle), is a whole year and very complete study program teaching drawing and painting techniques.
Most of my artwork is painted with mix media, fluctuating between watercolours, colour pencils, graphite and a little bit of acrylic paint. I usually draw quick and rough sketches on a notebook, I write down colour schemes ideas and details I want to portray in the final piece. I also use Photoshop to test those colour schemes before beginning to actually paint.
My artwork portrays, most of all, nature. Animals, flowers and plants are my usual subjects but I like to place them in dreamlike and whimsical environments with bright colours, strong contrasts and glowing details.
I have always loved fantasy, science fiction and Japanese animation and I try to incorporate these in my work. Also, I am an introvert and a shy person who has always found rejoice and shelter in my own mind, imagining universes and stories of magical creatures and the power of nature.
Hayao Miyazaki, Vincent Van Gogh and Odilon Redon widely influence the artistic style I want to develop, because of their colour palettes and also the matter of their work.
Would you like to ask me some questions? Do you have a special commission request? You think we can make a collaboration? Or maybe you just want to say ‘Hi’? You are in the right place! I’ll be happy to read you and I’ll get back to you soon! (Remember to check your Spam folder just in case!).