Berlin-based illustrator, Karolina Zolubak, documents her motherhood journey – from pregnancy to her first steps of being a young mother of one – through a series of illustrations she regularly posts on Instagram.
With a Master of Arts in communication and cultural studies, Zolubak realized her artistic passion through hard work. “I have been drawing as a child, also as a teenager,” she told Strangerless, talking about the long road she took until realizing her true calling. “I’ve always been creative in one way or another but then… life happened. I wanted to study something creative but was convinced that to make a living it was a much better choice to study something else, something substantial. Although surely one could argue that Cultural Science, which I chose and concluded with a Master of Arts (sic!), wasn’t the best choice for earning money either.”
After moving out from home at the age of 17 she studied, worked as a translator, and inadvertently stopped drawing. “I had a wound in my heart, yet I thought I understood that adult life was not supposed to be fun,” she said. “It was just supposed to work out and therefore you needed to compromise, work and be serious. Creativity was put aside and labeled as a childish wish.”
Now she works full time as an illustrator, making editorial illustrations and personalised and individual illustrations; and proving, therefore, that work can be both serious and fun. With a passion for traveling and a huge love for all things creative, she’s inspired by different cultures, languages, and music.
Check out her latest series: