My name is Jana Walczyk and I was born in July 1989 in Bramsche, Germany. For as long as I can remember, I have been painting and drawing. About 4 years ago I started to do it professionally. Since 1.5 years I’ve been fortunate to be able to work as an illustrator for children’s books and magazines, for which I commute between Osnabrück and Hamburg. I began my studies in the field of illustration at the University of Applied Science in Münster and at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Bologna. At the moment I’m finishing my master’s degree at HAW-Hamburg.
I find it difficult to describe my style. It is sometimes picturesque, sometimes graphic, very imaginative, and sometimes cute but nevertheless with an artistic twist. Starting any illustration, I like to go back to the collage technique. I have a large collection of picture snippets, photographs and self-made structures, which I use to build a collage. I search for key words, form a chain of associations and finally come to a beautiful composition and wild ideas. Afterwards, I usually draw a sketch with pencil for the client. For the final artwork I always use Photoshop and use handmade structures or collage elements next to the digital painting.
I am mainly inspired by nature and the work with children. Choice of colours is particularly important to me. My biggest inspiration in this case is probably the Ikea catalog, which admittedly shows great colour combinations.
When it comes to children’s books, I like stories in which animals take over the leading role. Fairy tales and poetic stories are my favorites. But I also like nature themes and, recently, thanks to one of my current assignments, I’ve discovered a passion for non-fiction books. Overall, I love topics where I can use poetic pictures.
I always like to work on different projects at the same time if possible. I also have to admit that I like the pressure of having to develop a good idea in a short time. This really comes forward in my magazine work, where I’m involved in many different subjects in quick succession.
The work on my books is, of course, quite different but no less exciting. I always try to imagine the perspective of the reading child. While working on a children’s book you can let your imagination run free and be a child again.
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