Anđela Janković’s “spongy and fruity” illustrations with a “milky dose of heaviness”
A few years later, Anđela has just obtained a diploma in graphic design from the Faculty of Applied Arts in Belgrade where she grew up. “I found that drawing is a great thing to do if you want to compensate for a little more rigid design tasks,” she tells Creative Boom. “Then I started posting a lot of my personal illustration projects on Instagram, which kept a number of people entertained. With this exposure, I landed my first illustration gigs and things became a little more serious. “
Working from her home studio, Anđela is making her first attempt at freelance work while “overcoming the post-graduate anxiety” that we inevitably suffer from when we are spat out in the real world. She is also learning animation. “I’m trying to spice things up and get into more immersive areas. New things to come, for sure.”
Looking at his style, Anđela describes it as “spongy and fruity, with a bit of spice and a dose of milky heaviness”. And then a bit of “noisy texture on top”. There are certainly a lot of bright colors, bold lines, distorted perspectives paired with characters of odd proportions.
“I am inspired by spaces – cities, rooms and buildings, real or imagined,” she explains. “Also, people, the way they move, look and eat. I’m inspired by the different characters I see on the streets and the people I spend time with.” As for other artists, the list is “huge”, but a few names include Miyazaki, David Hockney, Moebius, Nicolas de Crécy and Push Pin Studios.
For a recent project called Touch link, the brand asked Anđela to create illustrations for their blog posts on the topic of relationships. “My task was to capture the idea and tone of each item in one to three illustrations, using a limited color palette. This was one of the longest projects I’ve worked on, and I am very satisfied with the sense of visual uniformity of the works of art. “
Another piece, Love of coffee, fear of small spaces was a more personal project, something Anđela started during her last year of college. “The feeling of claustrophobia is the main point of interest, explored through different characters that I put in particular situations. Not taking me too seriously was the magical component.”
Outmoded, meanwhile, was a personal project that was carried out after a trip through Europe. “I needed an outlet for the visual stimulation I had received. Capturing spaces such as the Budapest metro station, the Moscow residential block or one of the Airbnbs where we slept were points of The characters then add additional context and emotional connection to the architecture. I wanted to communicate the special feeling one gets when interacting with foreign spaces. “
You can see more of Anđela’s work on Behance or follow her on Instagram. “I hope they start to marvel at the mundane. And think about what the world would be like if it stopped being boring,” she adds.