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Bojana Boncheva and The Creation of a Different World with Each New Drawing

todayMarch 31, 2024 58 5


She is a product designer, illustrator and traveller – a connoisseur of a good cup of coffee. She’s been drawing since she can remember, and we can get inspired by some of her beautiful art on Instagram.

Bojana Boncheva is the creator of the drawing that will illustrate this year’s edition of LUNAR, provoking all visitors to open their eyes wide to the art that will make our city a little more fairy.

Read a little more about her world in the interview.

Tell us a bit more about yourself.

I’m a product designer, illustrator, creative soul, coffee addict. I’ve been drawing since I can remember and art has always been a part of my life. I graduated from the National Academy of Arts with a degree in Advertising Design, after which life took me to Barcelona where I switched from Graphic to Product design and completed a Masters in UX/UI Design. Illustration, on the other hand, has always been a means of expression for me, a territory where I can give freedom to my imagination and express things that I find difficult to share in any other way. In design I find the satisfaction of creating something that has a specific function, while in illustration I find the freedom to share my own world, where everyone can find something for themselves. In my spare time I love to read, travel and visit different exhibitions. For some time I have been talking about all kinds of creative and life topics on my podcast We Chill & Draw alone or with other creative people.

When and how did you start painting?

As cliché as it sounds, I started drawing when I was very young, and mainly as a form of a play. I was always drawn to illustrated books and visual art in its various forms. Drawing at first was mainly traditional – on a piece of paper, with pencil or paint, until I discovered the world of digital drawing. Since then, I draw on a tablet and find great freedom in that. Of course, I also go back to the paper and pencil quite often, because I think it’s a completely different kind of experience. In drawing I’ve always been looking for a way to express something – a feeling, an idea that my imagination gives birth to. In most cases, I am far from realism and I want to create a different world in each drawing.

What inspires you?

I am inspired by the world around me, by the exhibitions I visit, A big inspiration for me is the art of Frida Kahlo and many contemporary illustrators I follow with interest. Music always accompanies me when I paint, so it is also an inspiration. I’m also inspired by films, the way they’re shot and the characters that are represented.

If you could illustrate anything you wanted, what would it be?

I would illustrate different human emotions in a way that would be understandable to everyone. I think illustration is a very powerful tool to communicate without words, to present ideas in a way that is visual and understandable to many people. If we could better understand our emotions and the emotions of others, we could lead a more fulfilling life and improve communication with others to avoid conflict.

You are the creator of this year’s LUNAR illustration. What is your message to visitors?

My message is to have fun, to be energized by the art they will see. I’m extremely happy that Sofia is hosting such a creative light festival. I think this way the artworks of different artists become more accessible to more people and bring the city to life. I am glad that through modern technology and 3D mapping art can take such a form that can transform the city, give it a new life and I hope that visitors will immerse themselves and enjoy the worlds of the different artists.

Written by:LUNAR Festival of Lights

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