Visual artist and illustrator Milica Golubovic creates one of a kind pieces inspired by her surroundings in the Mediterranean. Milica specializes in digital imagery based on nature and things she finds in her everyday life using various textures and colors. With over 50 exhibitions, both solo and group, Milica’s work can be found globally accompanied by many awards for her work. We had the pleasure of learning more about where Milica comes from and where she finds inspirations for her remarkable pieces. Check out this exclusive interview with none other than Milica Golubovic!
TH: Can you tell us a bit about yourself and what you do?
MG: I’m Milica Golubovic and I’m an illustrator. I come from Kotor, a small old town on the Adriatic coast in Montenegro and I currently live between Boka bay and Belgrade, Serbia. I create poetic digital imagery with focus on atmosphere, color and texture, and draw inspiration from nature, Mediterranean sea(side) and everyday life in general.
TH: How/when did you start creating your designs?
MG: I've always felt I wanted to be in the art field professionally, but I had a really hard time deciding which path I wanted to take. It wasn't a decision that came quickly or easily. At that time I knew nothing about illustration, let alone that it can be a profession. I ended up studying graphic design and after completing the degree and a few graphic design related commissions, I've realized that I wanted to do something less limiting and less determined by general trends, something through which I can express myself and my interests more freely, and illustration seemed to be a perfect fit. It still can be implemented in all fields that graphic design covers, and it allows you to have integrity through visually processing the assignments.
TH: What inspires your artwork?
MG: I’m mostly inspired by the sea and the seashore, clear sky and sunny days. I would say that generally Mediterranean life is a big part of that well from which I draw inspiration. It's not so easy to explain the exact thing I find inspiring about it, but it is present as a general feeling in my life and work. I think that it can be felt by looking at my work, it gives it a dreamy, calm, and a bit of a poetic atmosphere.
TH: Do you have any tips or suggestions for other aspiring artists?
MG: Define your style, work on your skills and never stop learning new skills. Having your own style can help you a lot in getting more work that meets your interests. Read a lot - books and articles on design, art and illustration; explore; browse works of colleagues from all around the world and learn from them. Try to learn everything you can about contracts and law and business terms for the illustrators, you’ll find that tremendously important in the days to come. Be always aware of your legal rights and don’t feel bad asking for them. Respect your clients and people you work with and educate them when necessary.
TH: What medium do you use for your creations?
MG: All my works are digital. I draw everything using a Wacom graphic tablet. I prefer digital over analogue because it gives me more freedom to experiment. As I really often change my mind about how something should look, it is more convenient for me to draw digitally and it is less time consuming.
TH: Do you have any favorite artist that has inspired you?
MG: There are many artists whose work I find inspiring, but if I have to name a few, first that come to my mind are: Henri Rousseau, Paul Gauguin and Henri Matisse. To name a few more, contemporary ones, I admire a lot the work of James Jean, Merijn Hos, Ugo Gattoni, Kustaa Saksi and Petra Börner. Furthermore, I like nostalgic and still atmosphere of Japanese woodblock prints and I love the narrative aspect and compositions of Persian miniature art.