It is no surprise to hear that we at Bryson’s Books love a good drawing! As the first way children can consume books, we think drawings are a vital part of any children’s book. Our newest book, The Day I Went to Space, features the vibrant and highly-detailed artwork of Natasa Kostovska. We asked her a series of questions to get to know her a bit more. To see more of her artwork, check out her website here!
Bryson’s Books: Who is your favorite artist?
Natasa Kostovska: Marc Chagall. I love the naive approach in his paintings. There's a sense of innocence in them that reveal his child-like soul.
BB: What is your favorite children’s book?
NK: Peter Pan. I've always been drawn to the fantasy of living like a child that never really grows up, in an imaginary and magical world where anything is possible.
BB: How did you get into art and illustration?
NK: Ever since I can remember I was holding a pencil, drawing, and designing. I was also constantly captivated and amazed by all the wonderful illustrations in my fairy-tale books. Even though I later graduated as an art historian, I spontaneously ended up doing what I loved the most - drawing cartoons and illustrating for children. Through illustrating children's books, I can awaken the child's imagination and I can most easily visualize my imaginary world, as well as the worlds of the writers whose texts I am reading.
BB: Favorite art supply or material?
NK: Watercolors and brushes
BB: What are some of your non-art hobbies?
NK: Now that I think of it, I'm not sure if I even have any non-art hobbies :) I love to swim and to cook. I also occasionally love to lose myself in a good movie or TV show.
BB: What is your favorite food?
NK: Cookies and ice cream. Anything with a sweet, sugary taste. My one and only vice, I guess.
BB: What advice would you give to up and coming artists?
NK: Be unique and original. Aim to develop your own artistic style and don't be afraid to experiment. When it comes to children’s illustration, always exaggerate and draw wacky characters that feel "alive". And never stop to creating!
BB: Is there anything else you would like to tell our readers?
NK: Make sure to let your kids read as many illustrated books they can from an early age. The books enrich their imaginations, teach them to think visually and develop their creativity.
Thank you so much, Natasa!