Meet Our Anxiety Illustrator: Evelin Bundur
It has been a tradition at CreativeMornings to work with an artist in our community to create an illustration for the monthly theme.
The global theme for January is Anxiety.
While the artwork speaks for itself, we wanted to get to know the artist on a personal level and introduce them to the creative community. We’re delighted to introduce you to…
Meet Evelin Bundur
Evelin Bundur, a freckled illustrator from the East, graduated Graphic Design University in Bucharest. After several years of working as an Art Director in advertising she decided to take a leap into freelancing wildlife. She co-founded Visual Playground, an alternative graphic design and illustration school, through which she met some of the most acclaimed fellow artists around the globe.
How did you get into illustration work?
I was fresh out of college and this newly formed storytelling magazine in Bucharest asked me to illustrate an editorial piece. I remember working very hard to find a strong concept and an illustration style to go along with. After seeing it in print I knew I would totally love to repeat that experience again.
At what point in your life did you realize that illustration was your calling?
After 5 years of jiggling between graphic design, art direction and illustration I felt a bit scattered and without purpose. So, almost two years ago I decided to quit my job in advertising and concentrate only on illustration, which I found to be the most enjoyable of them all.
How has your work evolved over time and what where some influences that caused it?
I can give you two things that really helped me grow as an artist in the past two years. The variety of subjects I had to research for commissioned work and traveling around the world. What I really wish for my work in the near future is to refine a signature style that can be instantly recognizable as my own.
What advice would you give to fellow illustrators?
Be a sponge! Absorb everything that surrounds you. One never knows where inspiration comes from. And also, be free and have some fun - think less of how other people see your work.
Anxiety is part of the creative life - How do you dance with it? What are some ways you alleviate or use it to your advantage?
Oh, anxiety, my dear friend. Before being a freelancer I hated it so much. Mostly because I was in an agency and had to cope with a lot of demands from people around and above me. That transformed my anxiety into a black hole of panic and despair.
Since I’m working on my own, it feels more like an adrenaline shot. I still feel nervous and jittery when I have no idea how everything is going to turn out but I embrace it every time, knowing that in the end, everything will be just fine.
Tell us something about yourself that we can’t find on Google.
I am a sucker for animals. When little, I wrote a letter to Steve Irwin asking him and his wife to adopt me. After that I asked my mom to mail it. Don’t think she did.