If you’re a fan of gritty texture, refined colour palettes and loveable long characters, this combination of the three will make your day. Feast your eyes on the beautiful illustrative work of Hamburg based illustrator, Barbara Dziadosz. There’s something incredibly satisfying about the raw quality of Barbara’s work, perhaps it’s the tiny screen printing nuances – a tiny line escaping the alignment or the thin overlapping of colour – but they are crammed with personality and details to pore yourself over.
Read her words and immerse yourself in Barbara’s work, as she talks about what she likes to keep in her workspace, her processes and shares her ideal day.
Hello! Thank you for being part of an artist profile with On Jackson Street. Can you start by introducing yourself, telling us a little about what yourself, what you do and where you’re based?
My name is Barbara and I’m a freelancing illustrator based in Hamburg. I was born in a little town in Northern Poland, but moved to Hamburg when I was two years. Even though I was raised in Hamburg, I loved visiting my little hometown with it’s beautiful nature and stunning eastern european vintage books. I’m currently working on a bunch of projects including books, editorial jobs and teaching classes. At the same time I’m working on my final project, an illustrated cookbook.
What is your earliest memory of creating?
As long as I can remember I was always drawing. One of my favourite memories is having a super long paper leftover and drawing a high rise building with every floor and their resident.
What are some important steps in developing characters to draw? Sometimes when I am illustrating I like to imagine little stories about their lives, do you ever do that?
This depends on the commission and the requirements. If I’m working on a personal illustration I just start without overthinking it too much. My most spontaneous works are mostly the best. So I like to follow my natural impulse a lot when creating something.
I know that you have done a lot of screen printing, which creates such a beautiful secondary dimension to your work. The texture and imperfections make each piece so special! Do you still do hand screen printing as your go to method of working, or have you developed ways to digitally produce this style as well?
Starting screen printing was a milestone in my development. I’ve learned so much about constructing a piece with just a limited amount of colours. After a while I had produced a vast number of prints, without any possibility to store them. So I decided to try put something new. I never worked digital before, so this was very hard for me. After some fails I finally found a way that satisfied me. Nowadays I mix digital elements with hand drawn pieces to avoid a too clean look.
What are your favourite things in your work station?
My favorite part of my work station is my bookshelf, filled with beautiful vintage east european books and lots of little zines from current artists.
What are some things that consistently influence your work?
I’m constantly on the lookout for special people or situations just around me. My work station has a great view to a very lively park in the middle of the city, so I basically just have to look outside if I'm in need of some ideas.
Detail your ideal/favourite day from start to finish.
Waking up late and getting some apple pancakes for breakfast. After this a little morning swim in a beautiful lake. After that meeting up with friends and just talk about this and that. In the evening a pizza party is obligatory, followed by a bonfire.
And lastly, what is on your standard studio day playlist?
Mostly I listen to some old rap and RnB from the 90s. That sets me into the ideal mood for me to work.