Bella is a talented illustrator from Mongolia, that I discover on Instagram. She is now living in New York. Personally, I love her style and her creativity, therefore I contact her to ask for an interview.
For those who don’t know you, tell us about yourself?
My name is Saikhantsetseg Tserendorj. I go by Bella. It’s the translation of the first half of my first name. I’m from Mongolia. I’m a fashion designer and fashion illustrator. I graduated from Fashion Institute of Technology with Associates in Fashion design and Bachelor’s in Technical design. I’m currently living in New York. You can find my work @inkfizz on Instagram.
When did you discover, you wanted to be a fashion illustrator?
I loved drawing ever since I was a child. I would draw just random stuff like vegetables and animals. Then in middle school I randomly enrolled myself to an afterschool introduction to fashion design club. It was my very first understanding of a fashion design world which I loved. But I didn’t stay in that club long. Then I was drawing on and off at home until I transferred to a high school which was art concentrated. I took so many life drawings, sketching and watercolor classes. Even though I enjoyed all of the art classes, I realized I loved drawing people and fashion more than drawing still objects. That’s when I decided that I wanted to be a fashion designer.
How did you find your own style?
By drawing and practicing a lot. A lot of experimenting. So many late nights and early mornings.
How would you describe your style?
Creative and Free
What are your favorite materials to work with?
I love mixed media paper. I mainly use Canson Mix Media paper 7”in x10”in 90lb
For markers, Copic, Pro marker and Touch new. For outline, I use Sakura Pigma Micron 005. Also, one of my favorite material is definetely a kneaded eraser.
When did you know you wanted to be in the fashion world?
I wanted to be in the fashion world when I made my very first dress in middle school. It was totally homemade. I didn’t have sketch or anything. I found some fabric from a storage and then and there decided to sew a dress. I used my mom’s home sewing machine to stich half the seams. Then I hand sew the remaining seams due to couldn’t thread a bobbin. It was blue and black checkered fabric with white ruffles and had a very long train. I remember I finished it then I tried it on then my cousins also tried it on. And we all loved it. And when my parents saw it, they gave me so much compliment and encouragement. That gave me so much confidence that I thought I might have talent for this to work out. I think that’s when I decided I wanted to be in the fashion world.
What was your first job in the fashion industry?
My first job in the fashion industry was an internship at a bridal wear company called JLM Couture in NY. I got to see and learn so many valuable lessons about wedding dresses from pattern making to hand embellishing to fittings. It was a great experience and I got to meet amazing mentors.
What would you say to someone who wants to start a career as an illustrator?
Start today. Don’t think about anything. Just keep drawing, illustrating and creating.
Don’t be afraid of making mistakes. Also, don’t be too harsh on yourself.
Give yourself a plenty of room to create, experiment and learn. You’ll get feedback from yourself.
With whom you would like to work?
I want to work with Prada, Vogue, Lady Gaga and YSL
To know more about Bella, please visit: Inkfizz