Hungarian born, Cyprus-based illustrator, Anna Kövecses, creates child-like digital collages, characterized by organic shapes and bright colors. Her simple, minimalist compositions and earthly color palette appeal to both children and adults, attracting clients as big as the BBC, The New York Times, and De Zeit, on top of more than 50k followers on Instagram.
Aside from working on commissioned illustrations, Kövecses enjoys exploring small quiet scenes that portray parts of her everyday life. Living in a small seaside village on the island of Cyprus, her inspiration comes from living by the Mediterranean Sea, growing up in Eastern Europe, and being a mother of three small kids.
“I often scribble some vague sketches into my phone or notebooks that lay around the house and then get back to them later to turn them into final artworks,” she described her creative process in an interview with Papirmass. “When working I often surround myself with books and albums on art, plants, children’s novels, landscapes or food that I spread out on the floor like a live mood board,” she notes “I spend the morning drawing or working on illustration projects and drinking way too much tea.”
“It took me quite a while to learn how to distinguish myself as an artist and my other self as an illustrator,” admits Kövecses. “Accepting the fact that as an illustrator I usually have to follow instructions I still find it hard to cope with tweaking my artwork many times before coming up with a final illustration.”
When not working on commissioned projects, Kövecses creates drawings with oil pastels, experiments with clay and paints with her kids’ tempera. She also enjoys baking fresh bread in the morning, picking oranges, and growing veggies in their garden. An ideal lifestyle if you ask us.