“I love everything and every part of what I do. That sense of slight fear at the beginning when I’m questioning myself how I’m going to pull it off, the brainstorming, the euphoria you feel when you get an idea in middle of the night, the challenge to wrap the ideology of someones business and express it in the simplest and most creative way.”
Katarina Mijatovic- KACA Design
Katarina Mijatovic is a 29 year old self taught Graphic Designer from Serbia. She studied photography and values it a lot, but is truly passionate about graphic design. Katarina likes graphic design because it gives her the freedom to create situations rather than capturing existing ones. Read on to find our more about Katarina and her work.
You are a graphic designer, logo designer and fashion illustrator. Tell us about your work and how you got started.
I’m a self taught graphic designer. I’ve found out about website with graphic design contests. My desire was major to present my creative solutions, but I had zero skills back than working in programs that graphic design requires. I worked very hard, practiced a lot and learned how to use tools that will enable me to express my ideas. Starting from scratch was difficult but also helpful. I’ve had open hands and it allowed me to focus on my idea and how I wanted it to look instead of being driven by the things I know and trying to fit that idea in.
Was this always what you wanted to do or did it emerge over time?
I always loved to draw and used every moment and opportunity to do so, even when I wasn’t supposed to. Being a free spirit caused me problems accepting things that were imposed to me, so I couldn’t imagine becoming anything else instead.
Who has helped you in the process of following your dream?
My family, my boyfriend and friends. They were all and are 100% supportive. They believe in me regardless and every one of them gave their contribute in realization of my dream. But also the skeptics, they are boosting my desire to be better and to work even harder.
What inspires you?
It’s the things that I run into, unexpected, everyday stuff. Inspiration is everywhere, in everything. You just see something and it hits you. One thing leads to another.
What challenges have you encountered and how have you overcome them?
With art it’s a full time challenge. I remember in the beginning when I won my first logo design contest I was intimidated by the things I don’t know but than I realized that I all ready done the most important part, which is having an idea, all the rest you can learn.
Being an artist every new project is a challenge, and when you are starting a new one, you always feel like you’re doing something for the first time, you never know in which direction your idea will develop. But that is the beauty of it, the thrill when you start something new.
What message are you trying to share with your work?
I consider myself as a logo designer. When we speak about logo and identity design it’s more of delivering the message your client wants to send and reach to their costumers. It’s most important to deliver it on the right and best way possible, the market is crowded, everyone wants to stand out.
How do you deal with criticism?
Criticism in art is different than criticism in other areas. Art is usually a reflection of emotions, state of mind or point of view on certain things, so I think artists take it more personally. But if you were brave to expose even the smallest part of your soul, than you’re strong enough to take the critique.
What is it that you love about what you do?
I love everything and every part of what I do. That sense of slight fear at the beginning when I’m questioning myself how I’m going to pull it off, the brainstorming, the euphoria you feel when you get idea in middle of the night, the challenge to wrap ideology of someones business and express it in the simplest and most creative way.
What advice would you give to aspiring artists?
Pay attention to the details in the background, spread your view and change the angle of observation, don’t pressure yourself and be genuine, only your true self is capable of creating the most authentic pieces.
What advice would you give yourself if you could go back?
I think that is the same thing I would say to aspiring artists 🙂 And that is something I always remind myself of.
What are you most excited for in the future?
I’m excited about the things that I’m going to learn yet. Exploring the variety of styles and techniques. I’m excited when I think of it.