Today, we are joined by Cella&Wolves , she is a Illustrator. You can view her portfolio here.
Firstly, I’d like to thank you for the interview. We’d like to understand how your interest for illustration started shaping up. Tell us a bit more about what made you go this route!
There has never been a rational decision for my interest in illustration, I am not a strategizer. I wanted for my works to be direct, clear and descriptive as much as they can, to me and to others. So I suppose on some subconscious level I went for illustrative way of expressing. At the moment it works for me, tomorrow it can completely change.
Tell us a bit more about how you learned it all. What changed in the last few years in terms of ease of expanding your skills and knowledge?
I have graduated from The Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb where I gained some classic foundations in various art techniques such as drawing, sculpting and painting.
After that everything else came through exploration, experimentation and simple old-fashioned hard work.
What does your creative process look like?
I don’t follow any patterns in my creative process, but I do need some kind of alienation so I can get in tune with myself. It doesn’t necessarily has to be complete isolation, sometimes the headphones will do the trick. Creative process doesn’t always go smoothly but with time you learn that you don’t always have to wait for the inspiration. Sometimes hard work leads straight to the beautiful lightness of creating.
Do you have a special place or object that boosts your inspiration and helps your creative drive? What is it like and why does it have this effect on you?
I don’t have any special places or objects that inspire me and in that I see the beauty of it all. I never know what could inspire me, what can be the trigger. And that is such a thrill. It can be something that you see on your way to the grocery shop or some small remark that a friend said after the cinema. Truly, it can be anything in the right moment, i don’t discriminate. I am always open for an adventure
Could you describe how a productive day would look like from your point of view? Which are the most important hours for you?
My ideal productive day is when I can easly channel everything what I want in my work. When my hands, eyes and mind work as a highly developed machine synchronized with that great unknown.
I am nocturnal person so morning is not my creative part of the day. I start in the afternoon and go deeply into the night. While the city is at sleep it’s easier to hear your own thoughts.
What is your stance on today’s ever growing opportunities enabling artists to take on remote design work?
I think it is great that there are no barriers to work or collaborate across continents. Possibility to work and collaborate with the entire planet from your living room to me is simply wonderful.
What would you prefer: a steady, well paying job in a local agency, or the freedom and often stressful life of a freelancer? Why?
To be a freelancer can be very stressful and nerve–racking way of living. But freedom that you have as being your own boss to me is priceless. I love the idea that I am making my own path based on my own decisions. Luxury of having these choices and being the master of my own time is worth all of the negative sides of a freelance life. But to be a freelancer, I think, is not for lazy, pessimistic and undisciplined people.
How would you describe “the ideal project”? Did you have any recent opportunities to come close to this?
My ideal project would be something “green”. I would love to work on projects which are dealing with problems of Anthropocene. To participate in projects that are focusing on future where humans live in harmony with nature… I’m still waiting on that one.