Hana, surrounded by art

Introduce yourself in two lines

I'm Hana, (mostly) an illustrator and I studied Visual communications on Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana, Slovenia. I love beautiful things, animals, history, food, winter and staying up late at night.

Tell us something about the beginning of your career.

I think my career began when I was born into a family of artists. When I was a child I didn't want to become an artist even though I was constantly drawing. But I have never stopped drawing and I still don't consider myself an artist :)

Where does your passion for art come from?

As I said from young age I am surrounded by art so I guess the interest in art in general or art history came with it. I really enjoy old authors, from books to visual arts.

Where do you find inspiration?

I draw inspiration from my life, environment I'm in, history, books, animals etc. Particularly big inspiration is internet with all of its crazy stuff, from watching funny animal videos at 3 a.m. to some other bizarreness. All of this is then mixed in my head.

Is there any other Camaloon artist that you like?

I like works of Terry Fan (and his brother Eric Fan)!

Tell us about your creations on Camaloon.

These are some old and new works, the black and white animals were made for Old maid card game and the coloured ones were made for birthday presents for certain people or children's magazine. They were on my computer and I thought why not to put them on some internet shops which are selling t-shirts and other stuff.

Hana Stupica's gallery

The project that makes your prouder.

My first illustrated children's book Ukrainian folk story The Mitten that brought me the highest award for illustration in our country. Or to see people with products decorated with my artworks.

What is Camaloon for you?

New opportunity of course and I have never had my illustrations printed on badges, stickers or mirrors! Oh and everyone at the Camaloon with whom I came in contact with are very nice :)

Tell us a funny story about you or your work.

Well it wasn't funny then but now I'm happy it is. I'm very cautious when doing illustrations, I never go over the edge or stain them. When I was working on my book on illustration with a wild boar an accident happened. I was almost finished, only the snowflakes were missing. Then I realised that the pastel I used for the background wasn't fixed properly in the middle of the illustration. I automatically took the fixative and sprayed it over… and to my horror a huge yellow stain appeared in the middle of my illustration! I used the wrong spray! I was angry, sad and of course to lazy to do the illustration (on which I worked on more than one week) once again. Because I couldn't wash the stain away I patiently retouched the illustration. After two or three days the stain was no longer there and it didn't even need the Photoshop later. OMG I was so happy!

One last comment?

Fluffy fat animals in elegant clothes! Plus a cliché advice: support young artists!

/ federico