I was born in Switzerland to two lovely non-artistic parents who have been wonderful at supporting my artistic interest. I always had a love for art, narrative, theatre and drama and channelled these interests into my work. After high school, I decided to move to Scotland for a change in scenery and to study at the Edinburgh College of Art. I’ve had a great time at university and just completed my final year; throughout my course I have learnt to refine my style, written and illustrated for magazines and books, sold at craft fairs and comic conventions, and enjoyed making all sorts of strange and surreal work. ~Sara Julia LjeskovacTo me, good art can be two things: visually appealing or meaningful. Sometimes I make my work purely aesthetically pleasing, other times I try to convey a character, story or message. Sometimes I’m lucky and I manage to do both. To be honest though, I don’t really mind what viewers take from it as long as they relate to it on some level – be it for the character design, costumes, colour or narrative. I don’t want to dictate what the viewers take from my work, I just hope people enjoy it.
I mix traditional and digital mediums. My process is quite straight-forward: usually I start with a pencil sketch, ink it by hand, scan it and colour it digitally with a WACOM tablet. I have many influences but noteworthy ones include Hayao Miyazaki and his Studio Ghibli films, Hajime Isayama (Attack on Titan comic artist) and Audra Auclair. I have a lot of respect for Audra Auclair who is a self-taught artist with a vivid imagination. Her work looks incredibly graceful and elegant and her colour choices are very unique. She is also exceptional at marketing herself and presenting her work.