Navana Katalina started her professional career last year. She’s from Bosnia-Hercegovina and behind her is a Bachelor in Graphic Design at the Faculty of Information Techonology as well as a Master degree in Graphic Communication which she moved abroad to Serbia to do. Basically Nevana Katalina has practiced and refined her graphic designing since she was affected by her grandparents at the age of seven. Now Nevana Katalina is 25, lives in her hometown and works fulltime as graphic designer and illustrator at a marketing and creative agency.
We chitchatted with the young contributor about her and her work that is inspired by architecture, movement, people and dreams.
Why did you become and illustrator?
Since I was seven I knew what my occupation and profession was going to be. My grandparents made a big impact in my childhood on me, since they are also close to my profession. In kindergarten I created things. Painting, making prototypes, drawings and looking at pictures rather than playing. I think everyone knows deep down what their thing is. Simple as that I knew right from the start. Talent is one thing, but behind it is a constant practice for hours and hours every day.
What is occupying you these days?
It depends. Besides working in an agency, I usually try on some new things to improve my illustrator skills in my free time. Since I am a huge fan of architecture, comics and geometry I am always mixing new elements and ideas. I love to multitask. One day I am drawing a huge building in my house, the other I am coping up with a graffiti wall.
As an illustrator, what inspires you today?
I use to say inspiration is everywhere. Not everyone knows how to find her. I find inspiration in objects, architecture, movement, people and dreams. My work is more often than not geometrically oriented and my lines are sometimes equal in every way of presenting. I try to emphasis the feeling by creating abstract shapes so individuals can see something they imagine in their heads.
How do you work from idea to finished product?
Ideas come first. They can be produced on paper or digital. For every new project I sketch and plan a final visual. Then I can work on the process of creating it. I sketch with ink pens or regular pen on blank paper, then scan it and with my graphic tablet produce the rest whether in Photoshop or Illustrator. I try to stay creative most of the time when it comes to creating the final product. If I am satisfied in the end I can say that it is a successful one and I can sell it to the client.
Where do you see yourself in five years from now?
I don’t know what the future brings. I think that I am on a right path at the moment. I like that I am making a progress everyday, and now I can say for myself that I want to learn even more. I am capable of taking risks and I know that they are going to bring me something worth ‘taking care of.’
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