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aNJA sLIBAR 

 “I hate everything that is not basic...I am a person of images not a person of words. One day I’ll leave Facebook 

for Instagram, I swear!"

ANJA SLIBAR

 

Tell us a little about you and your work.

I think if I start with talking about my work I will also tell you something about myself. My work is mostly about how simple things should be in life! I hate everything that is not basic. That is why I mainly work only with black and white colors. I use the color red as a substitute for everything that should represent something extra! A cherry on top.

 

How do you think the use of Instagram has benefited your art practice?

I think the use of Instagram has benefited my work for sure! Can not lie about that! Firstly because I saw what can be possible! Secondly, because other people found me and my work! I am a person of images not a person of words. One day I’ll leave Facebook for Instagram, I swear!


What do you most enjoy depicting in your illustrations?

The subjects I really enjoy drawing are people! Especially the hair! I could get lost drawing hair! I could draw naked hot babes with long hair and leather jackets all day long! 

 

Do you have a background in fashion design or the fashion industry? 

No, I don’t. The only thing that I have in common with fashion designers is the color of my wardrobe. 

 

Do you illustrate full time? Is it your only interest? 

I started doing that recently. And I am planning to keep it like that. Before I worked as a graphic designer in an advertising agency which was kind of a wakeup call for me.

 

Could you talk a bit about the process of launching your illustration career?

I think it started when I was working as a graphic designer and realized how much style adapting that kind of work needs. There was no way I could include myself in the design. I started drawing just for myself again. What a relief that was, with no pressure of thinking if someone will like it or not. I was the only one judging! 

 

Explain your typical work process.

It starts with watching a movie or seeing a photo or an object that catches my eye. If I find it intriguing I’ll look more into that and find as much photo references as possible. Use my own body too if I’ll need it. Then I make a series in my head. Because I always do a series of illustrations! Even if I don’t publish everything it helps me to tell a story. Then I do sketches and upgrade them with ink. Scan! And make them all pretty in photoshop! I listen to music during all of the processes. Sometimes I play with my cat too but I try to finish as much as possible before having a break.

 

What’s your medium of choice?

Black Ink! Love it yes

 

Does environmental concern enter your work practice/has it altered it at all?

Unfortunately not. I love nature, especially mountains and snow. I also love animals (furry ones only tho). But I know people are more ignorant towards environment than any beauty of nature and I know there is nothing anyone can do about it. It is funny because I made a poster for a festival about climate change. And it definitely doesn’t carry a positive message.

 

Name your top influences:

This one is difficult! I guess studying graphic design left me with love for Saul Bass’s work. I often look at his designs. The second one I admire is the work of Cleon Peterson, I wish I knew him! I love his color palette and choice of motifs, what a surprise!
The third one I’d say is more general - I love movies, especially horror movies. I find a lot of inspiration in them!  

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