What’s your name and where are you from?
My name is Anđela Tucaković and I come from a small but beautiful country – Croatia. I am 18 years old. I usually draw humans – mostly expressive and emotional portrait.
How did you get started?
I started to get more into art when I was twelve years old and tried to draw Kurt Cobain – he inspires me a lot. Since then, I got into portraits. Nevertheless, I’ve always admired the old masters and thought to myself : “ If only I could draw faces so accurately and with so much emotion within. If only I could give a soul to the paper…”. I always try not just to portray the physiognomical features well, but also to portray the psychological features and possibly tell a story and give the audience the opportunity to connect with me through my art.
What Inspires you?
I have many sources of inspiration – art, literature,film, dogs, nature, traveling and everyday life (wandering around), but I’d have to say my biggest inspiration is music. I couldn’t survive a day without music. My favorites are Nirvana, Alice in Chains, The Doors, Pink Floyd and many many others. I cannot draw without listening to some music. Therefore, music plays a big role in my life. I even used to play the guitar before, but somehow I stopped along the way. I devoted myself to art and other aspects of life, so there was just no space for guitar. Positive feedback online and support from my family and friends mean a lot to me and motivate me to keep going.
What are some challenges you have faced and what advise would you give?
I don’t believe I have developed a proper style yet, since from the age of 12 to 15 I was drawing only realistic portraits in order to improve my drawing skills. From the age of 16 there are various styles, techniques and motifs included in my artwork, as I am still experimenting a lot and want to try it all. But I think ‘emotional’ and ‘expressive’ permeate through all of my drawings and paintings.
How have you grown and developed as an artist or creative person?
Some of my artwork is very much personal, almost like I’ve taken a page of my diary and shared it to the world. I also experiment with other motifs such as landscapes, architecture, animals, genre… I cannot really say that I have a favourite medium, because I still experiment a lot. I use pencils, acrylics, dry pastels, watercolors, ink
What are some of your goals as an artist?
My creative goals are to develop an art style I like but first of all, I still need more practise and I’m also planning to study art history. Since I want to learn everything about art and other artists in order to have more inspiration sources to help me improve my artwork. Same reason why I want to travel around the world. My dream destination is Iceland. I’m not a very organised person and therefore I do not have a specific routine and I do not draw regularly. During summer I usually draw all day long. I do not really balance social and school life with my art life.
What is your creative process like?
Sometimes I do not draw for months but I always think about future art projects. Sometimes I have no motivation to draw so I just wait for inspiration to hit me. The worst thing is to force it. It is very important to have a creative outlet, whether it’s painting, singing, writing or whatever, it keeps you occupied and satisfied. It also helps you improve your knowledge and ‘thinking – skills’ because being creative makes you think in different directions, wonder and notice things nobody else does. It gives you the spark that keeps you active. I love literature, I have many favourite books, poems and quotes, but I’d say my favourite quote is “L’art est la solution au chaos” which means “Art is the solution to chaos”. I have it tattooed on my arm to remind myself every day in every moment what my greatest passion is, to comfort me when I’m feeling blue and to remind me to buckle up when the feeling of nothingness strikes