Un-commissioned | Professional

Why did you make this work:
These prints were created for LUSTR Illustration Festival in Prague. This work is centred around the theme of ‘freedom’. I reflected what the term ‘freedom’ means in a contemporary society full of social pressure and consumerism. On the one side, I illustrated negative aspects of our life such as insomnia, stress, depression and addictions. On the other side, I tried to focused on the positive.

How was the illustration used:
Prints for exhibition, personal project

How did you make this work:
Usually starting my process with A4 white paper and a sharpened pencil. I begin by jotting down inspiring keywords and some loose, fluent sketches. If I finally come up with the right idea I just switch to digital. I work with Wacom Pro S. First, I am working on composition, character movement and position, then on details, patterns additional objects and colours.

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Currently Based:
I am currently based in Prague, Czech Republic.

Bessa is a Slovakian illustrator currently based in Prague. She graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts in Slovakia at the Visual Communication department. Since then she has been working with many different clients, mostly from the local scene such as Centrum Paraple, Villa Pellé Gallery, Novy Prostor Magazine, music label Genot Centre, Slovak design labels Retart and Popular or Slovak online magazine Kurnik. She is an active member of the ASIL - Association of Illustrators in Slovakia. She exhibited at LUSTR Festival of Illustration in Prague, 2018 and 2019. In 2019, she was selected by the Slovak Art Center Nastupište I - XII for a prestigious art residence in Seattle to collaborate with a small publishing house on book illustration. Her work includes playful illustrations based on vector drawing.