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My name is Mateja Kovač and I live in a little town called Samobor that is placed near the capital city of Croatia, Zagreb. I have been practicing different branches of art, well it seems like forever now, but officially I graduated the Art academy in the year 2006. Since then my art has taken me from restora… Read More
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My name is Mateja Kovač and I live in a little town called Samobor that is placed near the capital city of Croatia, Zagreb. I have been practicing different branches of art, well it seems like forever now, but officially I graduated the Art academy in the year 2006. Since then my art has taken me from restoration, classical painting, interior design and finally today, to the place i can call my home…illustration.
Like every artist the main question everybody will ask, is where do I find my inspiration… the answer to that question I would say is simple…Life…Life and all the little wonders that come with it.
Is it the book I read, the movie I see or just a simple photography that makes me remember a certain moment in life.
As an illustrator the first thing that draws me is the visual part, but the thing that makes me want to illustrate it, is the emotions it provokes in me.
I was always fascinated with design, because for me design was always like a complicated mathematical formula that cannot be solved only by knowledge but also needs a lot of love and devotion to make it work.
About my illustrations I can only say that I always aim to make them in a way that they give a relaxed and unburdened atmosphere to their environment. I always try to capture that „ happy thought“moment that makes every day worth living.
I hope you enjoy looking at them as I do making them, and hopefully you will also find your „happy thought“ in them.

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Whenever somebody would mention illustrations, my first association would be “Mother goose” children’s vintage picture books. I would spend hours and hours going thru those pages. You could say that was one of my youngest inspirations but also the one that has started a path that would lead to my illustrations… Read More
Whenever somebody would mention illustrations, my first association would be “Mother goose” children’s vintage picture books. I would spend hours and hours going thru those pages. You could say that was one of my youngest inspirations but also the one that has started a path that would lead to my illustrations today. Then came the magical world of Disney’s cartoons, and as I grow older, the black and white romance movies and musicals.
As you know some things never change, so even today I enjoy going thru that childhood once more with my son Filip. Thru him I am able to once more enter that world that was my childhood and thru his perception see once more how beautiful and without stress life can be when you just free your mind. His presence in my life had a great impact on my work.
For me, if somebody told me to make a definition for illustration, I would say:
Illustration has a special mission in the world, and that is to transfer and explain the whole atmosphere to the viewer. It can work together with a certain story or it can stand alone and be a story for itself. In my case, the starting point is always some imaginary moment in time, like when you are daydreaming and in a certain moment you find yourself upgrading your fantasy, and suddenly everything is bursting out with emotions and colors. I usually take all those emotions and characters and built them into the set design and the objects around, which are often the only content in my illustrations, like the only silent witnesses to my imaginary moment and now they are talking about it. Read Less
Member Since: Jan 23, 2012