I am Viktoria, Hungarian illustrator and surface pattern designer based in London. I love painting patterns and drawing animal characters with human attributions. My main source of inspiration is nature, folk art and the infinite numbers of colours.
My happiest time in creating is when I mix colours. I sit down at my desk, open my box of paints, and I just pick a colour without any preplanning. I get another one - usually just one -, and I start mixing their shades, painting patterns. Watching how many different colours we can create using just two, and seeing how I fill up the page evenly with different shapes, makes me excited, gives me lots of ideas.
Beside colours my biggest inspiration is folk art (any nationalities - not just Hungarian, but Finnish, Danish, Russian etc..) and nature. However it hadn't always been like this. As a kid I used to love spending summer holidays in my room reading, I didn't want to go out at all. I guess I visited more places through books. But at some point I discovered the beauty of the surrounding world. And now I love watching the water running, I love staring at the fields from the top of a hill or looking at the ground really-really close mesmerized by lots of tiny plants or details of bigger leaves, I love imagining how animals live when we don't see them. But of course books are still my biggest treasure I own.
Another important part of my motivation is that I would like to help children to get through difficulties, that is why I am currently working on a book with my sister. She is a psychology graduate, I have a teacher degree, she writes, I draw, so we've put together what we've got, and started working on a children's book.
So based on the things above - besides trying to help children -, 2 of my biggest dreams are to visit Utah and New Zealand to see those beautiful colours in reality and to have a dog. Or two. Or ten. At the same time.
- 2004-2005 Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design - fabric design short course
- 2006-2010 University of Szeged - art teacher degree with specialising in Stained glass (my courses at uni included drawing, painting, typography, sculpture, ceramics, enamel, pedagogy, psychology and many more shorter courses)
- 2013-2015 Make it in Design - surface pattern design course
- 2017 Make Art That Sells - assignment bootcamp